September 12, 2016 3:37 pm

Céline Dion to Ellen about René Angélil’s death: ‘He’s not suffering anymore’

Singer Celine Dion performs on NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Plaza on July 22, 2016 in New York City.

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Céline Dion‘s healing process is underway.

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The chanteuse has started opening up about the heartbreaking death of her husband René Angélil, and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, she shared her outlook moving forward: “It is tough, I have to admit… that was his destiny and I still feel extremely fortunate that he has given me three magnificent children. Wonderful pieces of luggage.”

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Dion and her children are learning how to live without Angélil, who died in January of throat cancer at the age of 74.

“I’m well because I know he’s not suffering anymore, because the hardest thing is not to lose somebody you love, it’s to see them suffer,” Dion explained.

“I feel extremely fortunate as a mother — it’s probably the thing I’m the most proud of — I prepared my children for how to live… how to live with him without his presence,” Dion told the talk-show host.

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Dion revealed in July that she was working on new music, and she’s keeping her husband’s memory alive through her work. She released a new song, Recovering, on Thursday, which gives voice to her feelings about life without the man she called “the only boyfriend” she’s ever had.

The 48-year-old singer’s time with DeGeneres wasn’t all serious, as she showcased her beautiful pipes to cover some of rap’s biggest hits, including Nelly’s Hot in Herre and Missy Elliott’s Work It.

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“[Your music] is so beautiful and you sing these ballads all the time. I want you to keep growing as an artist,” DeGeneres told Dion. “So we put some rap songs in the prompter and all you have to do is sing the words.”

Dion didn’t miss a beat, even if she did appear a bit nervous to accept DeGeneres’ challenge at first, jokingly saying, “My career is going to end tonight.”

The Recovering singer received applause for each performance and a few audience members even laughed when she belted out LMFAO’s 2009 hit Shots, which features Lil Jon.

Watch Dion on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the video, below.

With files from ET Canada

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