Celine Dion is still 'not ready to date' more than three years after the death of herhusband René

Her husband lost his battle to throat cancer more than three years ago.

And while Celine Dion has relied on her friends and family for strength following René's death in January 2016, she's not quite ready to open her heart to more love.

The 51-year-old legend sat down with NBC's Sheinelle Jones on the TODAY show and admitted she's 'not ready to date' as she pours herself into work and a new tour.

Staying strong: Celine Dion has relied on her friends and family for strength following René's death in January 2016, but she's not quite ready to open her heart to more love

Staying strong: Celine Dion has relied on her friends and family for strength following René's death in January 2016, but she's not quite ready to open her heart to more love

'I don't date,' she happily declared. 'I'm not ready to date. I'm very lucky and happy to have so many people in my surrounding to make me — they make me laugh, but I miss to be touched. 

'I miss to be hugged. I missed to be told "you're beautiful." I miss what a boyfriend and I miss what a husband would do.' 

Rene lost his battle with throat cancer on Jan. 14, 2016, and barely a day goes by without him in her thoughts.

Talk about it: The 51-year-old legend sat down with NBC's Sheinelle Jones on the TODAY show and admitted she's 'not ready to date' as she pours herself into work and a new tour

Talk about it: The 51-year-old legend sat down with NBC's Sheinelle Jones on the TODAY show and admitted she's 'not ready to date' as she pours herself into work and a new tour

'I don't date,' she happily declared. 'I'm not ready to date. I'm very lucky and happy to have so many people in my surrounding to make me — they make me laugh, but I miss to be touched

'I don't date,' she happily declared. 'I'm not ready to date. I'm very lucky and happy to have so many people in my surrounding to make me — they make me laugh, but I miss to be touched

Sad: Rene lost his battle with throat cancer on Jan. 14, 2016, and barely a day goes by without him in her thoughts

Sad: Rene lost his battle with throat cancer on Jan. 14, 2016, and barely a day goes by without him in her thoughts

She recalled one of the last conversations with her late husband of more than 12 years. 

'He called me before a show and give me a little message: "I love you" and when I came home that night, it was very, very late ... And I didn't want to come and wake him up to give him a kiss, to wake him up and then he can't find sleep again. 

'And the next morning, he was gone. So, we talked before. And he sent me a text message. So we said goodbye.' 

Star power: She has focused on her three children and music since his death, and is releasing a new collection to coincide with a new tour

Star power: She has focused on her three children and music since his death, and is releasing a new collection to coincide with a new tour

'He called me before a show and give me a little message: "I love you" and when I came home that night, it was very, very late ... And I didn't want to come and wake him up to give him a kiss, to wake him up and then he can't find sleep again

'He called me before a show and give me a little message: "I love you" and when I came home that night, it was very, very late ... And I didn't want to come and wake him up to give him a kiss, to wake him up and then he can't find sleep again

She has focused on her three children and music since his death, and is releasing a new collection to coincide with a new tour. 

'This is my first English album without René,' she said. 'When I say without René, without René physically, because René will always be part of me.' 

Celine constantly keeps his voice in her head throughout the day, relying on his words of wisdom to guide her through every step of the way. 

'Before I talk he goes through my mind,' she said. 'Would he do that? Is it too edgy? Would he be like approving that? I believed in him so much. And I still do. 

'But there's a point that he's not here anymore. I have to take charge of my life.' 

Family: Celine and René had three children together: twins Eddy and Nelson and son René-Charles; seen in 2011

Family: Celine and René had three children together: twins Eddy and Nelson and son René-Charles; seen in 2011 

Celine Dion is still 'not ready to date' more than three years after the death of her husband René

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