Celine Dion says she’s ‘holding up’ after the death of her husband and brother

She's praised the support of her children and fans

Celine Dion has said she is ‘holding up’ after both her husband and brother passed away earlier this year.

Rene Angelil, the singer’s husband and longtime manager, died in January after losing a long battle with throat cancer

Tragically, his death was followed by that of Celine Dion’s brother Daniel, who died from cancer only two days later.

But the singer has now opened up about their deaths – and says that’s she receiving huge support from both her children and her fans.

She told Entertainment Weekly: “I am more than holding up, I have to tell you. My children, my family, my fans night after night—it feels like it’s not just one thing that’s helping me.

“My children adapted themselves so well, so that helps me as a mom to really cope with that tremendous loss. But I feel that he is inside of us, helping us, [saying] ‘Go for it! I’m here, the kids are safe—have your passion, have a good time.”

Praising her fans further, she added: “Every day I go out and there are hundreds of people giving me paintings of [René Angélil], letters for me, books to soothe me, products for me to take time for myself, candies for the kids, coloring books. It’s like, “Wow, this is beyond music.”

The singer has taken a break from her Las Vegas residency show to embark on a tour of both Europe and Canada this summer, but will return to the show in September.