Celine Dion Says Her Cancer-Stricken Husband Wants to 'Die In My Arms'

Celine Dion Says Her Cancer-Stricken Husband Wants to 'Die In My Arms' Singer Celine Dion is opening up about her husband's cancer prognosis and that he has already planned his own funeral. (Getty)

Celine Dion is opening up about her husband’s battle with cancer.

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The 47-year-old singer spoke out as she returned to the Las Vegas stage to resume her Caesar’s Palace residency, which she put on hold last year to care for René.

“I didn't want to be here at first, I don't need it," she told USA Today. "Don't get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities. But my biggest job is to tell my husband, we're fine. I'll take care of our kids. You'll watch us from another spot."

Rene, 73, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2013.

"We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know," Dion said. "But they say they don't know."

The singer told Good Morning America that he has lost the ability to speak or swallow. He is fed through a feeding tube.

Celine also told USA Today that her husband has already planned his funeral.

"I'll say, 'You're scared? I understand. Talk to me about it,'" she said, pausing. "And René says to me, 'I want to die in your arms.' OK, fine, I'll be there, you'll die in my arms."

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The couple met in 1980 when he signed on to be her manager. She was 12 years old at the time.

They married in 1994 when she was 26. They have three sons.

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