More than two-and-a-half years after her husband, Rene Angelil, passed away from cancer, rumors are still swirling that Celine Dion has another man in her life, and they have been together for a year. Since last summer, various reports have linked the singer to her backup dancer, Pepe Munoz, but her reps have said that the two are just friends.
According to Extra, cameras have caught the 50-year-old Dion and the 34-year-old Munoz enjoying the sights of Paris together, and she also invited him to join her at the Giambattista Valli fashion show last year. Since he is also an illustrator as well as a dancer, Munoz sat across from her at the show, so he could sketch some of the runway fashions.
Celine Dion on Instagram is my summer aesthetic. pic.twitter.com/udrtk91cKa
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In the spring of 2017, the To Love You More singer was looking for a dancer for her tour, and Munoz got the call from Dion’s assistant. He says that he has always been a fan of Dion’s and loved her music, so he said “yes” right away and immediately went to the gym and started doing sit-ups.
“She’s the kind of person [for whom] the day has no schedule, no time, no nothing, so whenever she feels the creativity coming, that’s what happens,” Munoz told Vogue magazine.
He went on to say that Dion “makes you feel welcome,” like you are part of the family and the group. He says that her style, dancing, and performing are absolutely fearless, and she is also a fearless person. Munoz also praised Dion’s recent fashion choices by explaining that clothes don’t wear her, she wears the clothes.
In April 2017, Dion said that she wasn’t ready to date yet. She told The Sun that it was too soon for her, and she was still live in love and married to Angelil. And, earlier this year, Munoz said that both he and Dion found the dating rumors to be funny. He said they “really amused us” and they “still laugh about them.”
Munoz admits that he can count on Dion when he needs to talk, and he is always ready to listen to her.
A « California Girl » and a girl from Quebec meet in Australia! You’re the best Katy, thanks for the amazing show! Love you… – Céline xx… . Une « California Girl » et une fille du Québec se rencontrent en Australie! Tu es la meilleure Katy, merci pour ce spectacle incroyable! Je t’aime… – Céline xx… . ? @sydneylopez
But, the dating rumors haven’t gone away. In fact, when they shared a sensual dance on-stage during a January concert it briefly fueled the rumors even more. Since then, their insistence that they are strictly friends has silenced some of the whispers.
Dion is currently in Australia, and she recently ran into Katy Perry while she was backstage at the Dark Horse singer’s show in Melbourne. The two posed for a pic together, and each one of them posted it on Instagram.
Perry wrote that Dion showed her how to do the famous chest slap, and she did it to her while singing Firework. Meanwhile, Celine Dion wrote on her social media page that Perry was the best and thanked her for an amazing show.