Celine Dion feels "stronger" since the death of her husband Rene Angelil.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

The talent manager passed away in January 2016 aged 73 after having suffered from throat cancer since 2013, and the 48-year-old singer has said she feels her late husband will "always be with" her, and now feels like the "leader of the family".

The 'Power of Love' hitmaker - who shared sons Rene-Charles, 16, and six-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy with Rene - said: "When he left, he came inside of all of my kids' hearts and mine, he gave the rest of his 50 percent for me to be complete, to continue the rest of my life, to feel strong and to believe that I can still do this and he will always be with me.

"I feel stronger. He gave me the rest of him. I feel stronger, I step forward. I say what I mean, I mean what I say. I stand up for my kids and I feel like I'm the leader of the family."

And the 'My Heart Will Go On' singer says her children "didn't suffer" with the news of their father's passing, as she "told them the truth" about his condition.

She added to 'Entertainment Tonight': "My oldest, 16, is not the man of the house [because] you have to have your own dreams.

"And the twins, they didn't suffer because I told them the truth. They didn't see my husband the last three years of their life, so they didn't get to know him so well.

"I was so confident in the way that I presented them the passing of their dad. [I told them that] he was going to be with us in a different way [and] I didn't have the rebound of that."

Meanwhile, the 'Because You Loved Me' musician recently said her family was "doing really well" one year on from Rene's passing.

She said: "We're doing really well, thank you for asking. There's days where I feel it's been three years and then there's days it feels like it's it's not happening.

"He's always with me and I know that he's very proud."

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