Celine Dion has opened up about her close bond with Pepe Munoz, after it was reported last month by her ‘friends’ that her ‘boy toy is taking over her life’.
The 51-year-old My Heart Will Go On singer said she instantly connected with 34-year-old backup dancer, Pepe, when they met three years ago and he’s a massive part of her life today.
"We were laughing constantly, we had to be like children! 'Pay attention! Calm down!' And then he became my stylist, my friend, dancing with me, illustrator, I mean, and now he's part of also two productions, doing quite a bit,” Celine said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
When questioned about whether things have ever been romantic between them, Celine denied it, saying ‘Pepe is gay’ but dancing with him is very ’theraputic’ for her.
In August, it was reported ‘friends’ of Celine were worried the star was being isolated by her backup dancer, who was said to be ‘taking over’ her life.
However, Celine and her team hit back at the reports, saying she was “saddened and disappointed” by what was said, labelling it “untrue gossip”.
The iconic singer and Pepe are sid to have been inseparable since her beloved husband, René Angélil, passed away at the age of 73 in 2016, after battling with throat cancer.
Pepe has been described as her ‘boy toy’, but Celine herself has said he is gay and her ‘best friend’.
“She’s in love with this guy and listens to everything he’s saying,” an anonymous source told Page Six.
“People go to him when they have questions. He’s fully taken over.”
The publication added a claim that Pepe, who's also her creative director had “helped orchestrate the exit of some of Dion's senior team”.
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