Celine Dion on caring for ailing husband Rene Angelil: 'He's such a champ'

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Celine Dion on Caring for Ailing Husband Rene Angelil: 'He's Such a Champ'

Celine Dion's astounding 20-year marriage to Rene Angelil is one of the most enduring relationships and celebrated love stories in show business, and it was Celine's unwavering devotion to her ailing husband that made the Grammy winner's decision to postpone her highly successful Las Vegas residency an easy one.

"It's not hard to take time off," the legendary singer told ET's Cameron Mathison. "It's not hard to be with him, obviously. It's not hard to be with the family and the kids. It's hard because life imposes things on you."

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In December 2013, 73-year-old Rene underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his throat. Celine revealed that, two years later, her husband is "doing really well."

"We know the path that he's going, the treatments-- I knew he was amazing. He's such a champ. He's working hard on that," she said.

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Together with Rene, the 47-year-old singer is ready to return to the Vegas stage with new shows at Caesars Palace beginning August 27.

"[Rene's] strong," she said. "We're creating this show together. We make changes together. He wants me back. He wants me strong and this is what we're doing together."

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - JANUARY 10: Singer Celine Dion she speaks to the news media after performing for DaimlerChrysler employees at the company's headquarters January 10, 2003 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Dion will be featured in an upcoming DaimlerChrysler ad campaign. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Musician Celine Dion attends the UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Luminary Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on January 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery)
405715 18: Singer Celine Dion attends the 5th Annual VH1 Divas Las Vegas concert May 23, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV. The concert benefits the VH1 'Save The Music Foundation.' (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Musician Celine Dion performs onstage during the UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Luminary Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on January 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery)
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PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 05: Singer Celine Dion performs at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy on December 5, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
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