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Céline Dion on Rene Angelil's Cancer Battle: My Husband Wants to 'Die in My Arms'

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Céline Dion is staying strong for her husband.

As René Angélil continues to battle throat cancer, the singer will return to her Las Vegas stage to resume her Caesars Palace residency Thursday after a year-long hiatus.

“I didn’t want to be here at first, I don’t need it. Don’t get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities,” Dion, 47, told USA TODAY Sunday. “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.”

Angélil, 73, has battled three bouts of cancer and is currently living at their Las Vegas home.

“We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know,” Dion told the newspaper. “But they say they don’t know.”

The “My Heart Will Go On” singer – who shares three kids with her husband of 20 years, René-Charles, 14, and 4-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy – added she has promised she’ll keep Angélil’s dying wish.

“I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it’ And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ Okay, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”

And the singer says she’ll keep a brave face until the end.

“You can have your shaking knees at the end, but when someone you love falls and needs help, it’s not time to cry,” she said. “Afterwards, sure. But not yet.”