Celine Dion says her late husband is the only man she's ever loved.

The 49-year-old singer was married to Rene Angelil from 1994 until he died of throat cancer in January 2016, and Celine admits she's never shared the same kind of intimate bond with anyone before or since.

She shared: ''He thought me everything. He's the only man I've seen. The only man I've loved. The only man I've kissed.''

The Grammy Award-winning star opened up about her husband's illness, revealing his cancer left him having to eat through a tube towards the end of his life.

Celine - who has kids Rene-Charles, 17, and seven year-old fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson - told 'The Project': ''For three years my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube.''

Celine also revealed that she was heartbroken to see Rene experience so much physical pain during his cancer battle.

She said: ''The only thing I hoped while he was in three years of agony ... I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries.

''He had a little heart attack, it's so quick, he didn't even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain.''

Earlier this month, Celine revealed that she's come up with ways to feel like Rene is still a part of her life, including a bronze replica of his hand that she keeps in her dressing room.

She explained: ''I shake my husband's hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show.

''Even after he's gone, I still talk to him. I'm trying to prove to him every day I'm fine. Our kids are growing, we feel strong. We're good.''