Céline Dion's Camp Reportedly Worried About Her 'Boy-Toy' 'Taking Over'

Céline Dion at Paris Couture Fashion Week, July 2, 2019.
Céline Dion at Paris Couture Fashion Week, July 2, 2019.
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It seems unlikely that a powerful font such as Céline Dion would allow another dude to orchestrate her career after the 2016 death of her longtime husband René Angélil, but that is exactly what “sources” told Page Six is happening. The gossip is that Pepe Muñoz, her backup dancer and creative director, is also occupying the position of “boy toy who is really trying to take over”:

“He’s isolating her and people are feeling it. She’s in love with this guy and listens to everything he’s saying. People go to him when they have questions. He’s fully taken over. The only people around her now [are] Pepe, the hairdresser and the stylist,” one source told Page Six.


Another source disputes this characterization to Page Six, saying that Muñoz is instead an “inspiration” who is “inspiring her to take risks.” That amounts in part to letting go of some of her key team, including Law Roach, the genius stylist who reinvented Dion’s look after René’s passing, notoriously dressing Dion in a Titanic sweatshirt made by Vetements. I personally would never, ever fire Law Roach, but the source tells Page Six Dion is simply “reinventing herself and she’s thriving right now.”

Thrive! Thrive! That’s all we want for Dion is to see her thrive. [Page Six]


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The thing with Celine is that the way her relationship with Rene continued and ended seems to have rendered how it began moot, but it was deeply problematic. He became her manager when she was *13* and he was *40.* He was not only much, much older but had incredible power as the manager of a very young girl from a poor family, and who spoke no English. And then it grew into a romantic relationship when she was 19. Am I saying it’s impossible that they ever had an equitable relationship founded on true love? No. I wasn’t in their marriage. But if they hadn’t lived happily ever after until his death, we’d all have a lot of questions about power dynamics, exploitation, etc. And I wouldn’t be remotely surprised if her understanding of love is that a man assumes control and calls all the shots and in the wake of Rene’s death, she’s ended up with another man who does the same and with perhaps less of her best interests in mind.

PS this is NO shade to Celine, who is a queen, icon, and legend.