Céline Dion is expanding her empire and opening up about life a year after her husband René Angélil passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Dion told “Extra’s” Renee Bargh she is coping thanks to René himself. “I still have my power; my husband gave me so [many] tools for the rest of my life,” she said.
“What makes me most proud is to be a mother,” Dion went on to say. "I have three magnificent kids, that through them, I see my husband and I have the strength today to keep dressing up."
Breaking into song, Céline said, “Still want to sing, still want to go, and still want to make it — today’s the day to do it.”
As for how her children, René-Charles, Eddy and Nelson are doing, she shared, “To be honest, they’re remarkable. They are helping me, I am helping them — it’s mutual."
Dion said she is proud of her kids, not only for how they dealt with René’s illness for many years, but also for how they have handled his passing. "They cope with the loss of their dad very well,” she said, especially praising 16-year-old René-Charles. “I said to him, 'I never want you to feel the pressure of being the man of the house, you have your own dreams and he is always with you in your heart and I am here for you.'”
Céline also dished on Gwen Stefani and mentoring her team on “The Voice” this season. Gwen recently told “Extra" Céline was "inspiring and positive,” and Céline had the same sentiments about Gwen, gushing, “I love her! I love her style. I went to Montana during the holidays with my kids. I bought a suit from her collection and I didn’t know it was hers, and on the lift people were saying, 'Ma’am, ma’am, we love your outfit.' I told her that and she was like, ‘No way.'”
Dion, who is launching the Céline Dion Collection of handbags, luggage and accessories with the Bugatti Group, admitted she was “overwhelmed” at first. She explained, “My fans have access to me. I want the leather goods and the luggage to be affordable. To me, those two words come together: accessible and affordable.”
She emphasized, “To share with my fans and give them the opportunity to buy something they might like — I hope, because I did so many things — that they can afford.”
Dion made a point to tell Renee the goods are made here in America, commenting, “It’s not children making it; that’s important because I am a mother.”