Celine Dion found it "harder" watching her late husband battle cancer than dealing with his passing.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

The 48-year-old singer was left devastated earlier this year when her beloved spouse René Angelil died after a long battle with cancer but she insists she is "well" now as she knows he is no longer in pain.

She said: "As an artist to feel confident and to have experience enough and to keep going. And I'm well because he's not suffering anymore. Because the hardest thing is not to lose somebody you love but to see them suffer.

"So for me to know that he is in a place where he doesn't suffer anyone makes me feel way better."

But the 'Recovering' singer admitted it is "tough" dealing with her loss, though she remains thankful she and René had three "magnificent" children together, sons René-Charles, 15, and five-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, and that she was able to prepare them for his passing.

Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing on Monday (12.09.16), she said: "It's part of our life and life has imposed this on him. That was his destiny and I still feel extremely fortunate that he has given me three magnificent children. Wonderful pieces of luggage.

"I feel extremely fortunate as a mother that, it's probably the thing I'm the most proud of, is how I prepared my children for how to live with dad. How to live with him without his presence."

Celine recently admitted she is thinking of having a electrocardiogram line - a display of the electrical activity of the heart - tattooed on her body in tribute to her late spouse.

She said: "Since my husband passed away, they can make the tattoo as his heartbeat.

"So, I might have his heartbeat on my body for the rest of my life."