Celine Dion Credits Gay Pepe Munoz for Doing So Much for Her Mental Health
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When announcing her first tour in more than a decade, the 'My Heart Will Go On' hitmaker pours cold water to speculations that she is dating her back-up dancer, insisting that he is just her best friend.

AceShowbiz - Celine Dion has laughed off reports linking her to dancer Pepe Munoz, insisting he is gay.

The singer has been linked to Munoz romantically for weeks, but now she's setting the record straight as she announces her first world tour in more than a decade, insisting her backup dancer is nothing more than a good friend.

"At first, I felt for him quite a bit," she tells news show "Extra". "Pepe is gay, and at first I think some people did not know that.

"The thing is that he's my best friend and we dance together and he did so much for me and even just holding my hand... it's something that I haven't had for a long time... A hug from a 6" 3' man, it was wonderful... and people really thought there was a romance going on."

Celine reveals Pepe was there for her while she was mourning the death of Rene Angelil, her husband of 20 years: "He did so much for me, for my mental health, my spirituality, my strength... my inner strength," she tells the news show.

The "My Heart Will Go On" singer recently fuelled romance rumours during an appearance on "Good Morning America", but was quick to point out she's just in love with life and nature three years after Rene's death.

"I am in love," she admitted. "Love is not necessarily to marry again. When I see a rainbow, when I see a sunset... a beautiful dance number, I laugh, I cry. I'm very much in love."

Meanwhile, Celine, who was announced as the new global ambassador for L'Oreal Paris earlier this week, is preparing to take the stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on June 8 for the last time after a 20-year run at the venue. Her first world tour in a decade, Courage, will kick of in September.

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