Is Celine Dion’s ‘best friend’ Pepe Munoz actually her low-key boyfriend?

Celine Dion and Pepe Munoz enjoy dinner at the Girafe restaurant in Paris

Celine Dion was in Paris for more than a week for yet another Fashion Week extravaganza. She’s been a widow for three years, and it feels like in the past year or so, she’s gotten back to a point where she feels good/normal/not grief-stricken 24 hours a day. Say what you will about Celine’s marriage to Rene Angelil (creepy), but she really loved him and her world came crashing down when he passed. But while she was in Paris this year, she’s been photographed everywhere with her “friend” Pepe Munoz. Pepe is the attractive cheekbone bae in all of these photos – he’s apparently 39 years old (she’s 50) and they’re been spending a lot of time together for the past two years. Pepe is often described as her “friend” or “backup dancer” in articles and photo captions. And he’s both. But is Pepe also Celine Dion’s lover??? Celine answered those questions directly this week:

Whether she’s dating Pepe: “I am single… The press said, ‘Oh my God, René just passed and now there’s another man.’ Yeah, there’s another man in my life but not the man in my life.”

Her second wind: “To be honest with you, I think I’m at the best of my life right now and I really want to enjoy and embrace every moment of it and really enjoy it. It’s like I’m having a second wind, like I’m having the wind beneath my wings, kind of like I’m spreading. I’m having a good time.”

She thinks the attention is “difficult” for Pepe: “It was probably overwhelming for him at the beginning when we started working together because we were dancing together. We bonded right away as friends, we had a good time. It evolved. But when people started to take pictures and it was like, ‘Who’s that guy? René?’ … Let’s not mix everything.”

Now Pepe is her best friend: “We’re friends, we’re best friends. Of course we hug and hold hands and go out, so people see that. I mean, he’s a gentleman. He’s giving me his hand to go out.”

On the assumptions that Pepe could be her lover: “I don’t mind because he’s handsome and he’s my best friend.”

[From People]

WELL. I have some thoughts and suppositions, so let’s make a list and you can choose your own adventure.

Option #1: Celine and Pepe are lovers. He is tender and cheekbone-y and she is so happy to be with someone so uncomplicated and beautiful. He adores her and she adores him and it really is that simple.

Option #2: Celine and Pepe are truly best friends and they’ve never slept together, possibly because he might be gay, or maybe he’s straight and they’re just friends and it’s fine. He is her emotional support and she adores him and he adores her and it’s fine.

Option #3: This is some kind of contractual situation where Celine wanted someone pretty to look at and hold her hand and Pepe is collecting a paycheck but it’s fine because everything is very upfront.

Option #4: Pepe is a hustler and he’s using his Cheekbones of Doom to seduce Celine for her money!

I honestly don’t know which option I believe. I never really think of Celine as a very sexual person, but if Pepe is straight and single and traveling with her everywhere, YES OF COURSE SHE IS HITTING THAT. And that’s fine! It’s not disrespecting Rene’s memory. She’s still here, she’s still alive and mama needs to get some from Pepe.

Celine Dion and Pepe Munoz arrive at the Mogador Theater to attend the Chicago musical in Paris

Celine Dion and Pepe Munoz leaving the Givenchy office

Celine Dion and Pepe Munoz exit dinner at the Girafe restaurant in Paris

Photos courtesy of WENN, Backgrid.

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  1. Kittycat says:

    I’m thinking a little of option 2 and 3.

    He’s her gray best friend and she is paying him to hang out with her.

    But damn is he hot!

  2. Millennial says:

    Well, I for one, hope she’s getting it. After decades of Rene, I hope she gets it from every younger man hottie she finds.

  3. Jessie Quinton says:

    I pick Adventure #1. Ten out of ten, I totally would.

  4. Ali says:

    Cheekbones of Doom 😂

  5. SparkP says:

    Pepe is her Bryan Tanaka.

  6. Maya says:

    Sorry to burst your bubbles but rumours are that he is gay…

  7. RBC says:

    I would love to go shopping and hang out with Celine. She looks like she would be a lot of fun

  8. Mia4s says:

    Not sure to be honest! But I’m glad she’s not scandalized by the idea we might think she is dating. Her husband passed three years ago and she cared for him during terminal illness (a LOT of mourning gets done during that time, believe me). If she’s found a romantic companion, great, she doesn’t have to remarry.

  9. Abby says:

    LOL, I have no idea. Any of these doors seem cool, except for #4 of course.

    That top outfit, with the pants and tutu, my daughter would snatch that up and wear it everywhere. She’s 3, but she has style like Celine. SO great.

    I saw some photos yesterday online of Celine looking very very gaunt. She doesn’t look it here. I hope she is OK! I want her to live her best life and be happy in her awesome clothes.

  10. Barrett says:

    In later peri menopause I’m not that into sex. But sometimes even my blood will boil for a young hottie.

    In end I’d rather go to yoga and eat dark chocolate w a Netflix! Ha ha #lazy

    She may be happier w chocolate, hand holding and some couture!

  11. Redgrl says:

    I had always heard chatter in Quebec that she’s gay; the creepy grooming marriage to Angelil petered out to an arrangement/friendship as she got older and realized who she really is.

    • RBC says:

      I have heard that gossip, also a story about how she and Rene had a child together when she was very young. The child was adopted by one of her siblings. You don’t hear this gossip outside of Quebec

    • Audrey says:

      Yep, that’s what I have heard. If it’s true, I wish she would come out.

    • josephine says:

      I can imagine it was hard for her to understand her true feelings about love, sex and the like when she was with her manager from such a young age. I marvel at how people make their relationship out to be some sort of romantic ideal. She was a child, a child, and he had a hugely powerful position over her.

    • HK9 says:

      I have never heard this but I love Celine and I hope she’s getting it from everywhere and anyone she chooses. It’s her time now.

    • Case says:

      It’s not anyone’s business, but I so wish more women would come out of the closet. I’ve only recently been coming to terms with the fact that I’m bisexual, and you know what has helped me tremendously — more than anything? LGBTQ celebrities and characters. They have the power to normalize it for those of us who don’t feel “normal.”

  12. Tiffany says:

    I look forward to Paris Fashion Week just to see what Celine is going to wear. The leather outfit *chefs kiss*.

  13. minx says:

    He’s probably gay, but she looks fabulous being out and about, so good for her.

  14. Audrey says:

    I’ve also heard rumors that she is gay and has a long term girlfriend.

  15. Spicecake38 says:

    This could be me using too much analysis,but since she was with Rene since her very young youth(14?),and he was so much older,developed her voice,career,talent,and their lives so extremely interwoven until his death,I wander what capacity she has to really determine whether she has romantic feelings for someone or not.Would it not be very challenging to figure out your feelings for someone very opposite of her life long partner in every way?.Perhaps Rene told her in the early stages that they were just best friends too,IDK.Seems she is very happy,but she may not be able to quite express in words what they are because of how her earliest and strongest relationship began.
    I really like her and just hope she and her sons find happiness and peace.

  16. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Honestly I don’t really care. If she is dating him? Good for her. She deserves companionship. If he’s just a friend? Good for her. She deserves companionship. Either way? Good for her.

  17. RoyalBlue says:

    I am getting a Kris Jenner and Corey vibe from these two. Nothing but a contract.

  18. me says:

    whats the big deal here? world famous performer and widow looks fabulous in haute couture and goes out on the town with a good looking guy?

    could be any of those options and every single one is a non issue in my book. GO GIRL! Nice to see her living life after losing her spouse.

    I think of her as this eccentric lady

  19. TaniaOG says:

    She looks happy. He is gorgeous. Live and let live.

    • SJhere says:

      Yup. Yup. Yup. She can do as she likes, and more power to her. 🙂
      Both over 21. Consenting adults, go for happiness!

  20. Jerusha says:

    She seems so much free-er and lighter and happier the last couple of years. Good for her.

  21. char says:

    I hope they are some combination of best friend and lovers and that he truly has her best interests at heart.

  22. Zapp Brannigan says:

    I just hope whatever this is that she is happy, it is the least she deserves. I always side-eyed her husband, it seemed a very unbalanced relationship, both age and power dynamics wise.

  23. Pandy says:

    She’s great and that tulle coat is everything … but any guy wearing his coat over his shoulders (not ironically) probably bats for the other team.

    • JANAK says:

      I always think of the line Jerry Seinfeld says when he sees men with a sweaters tied around their shoulders…are their socks tied around their ankles too??

  24. Mara says:

    You go, girl! Live your best life, Celine. I am a young widow, and trust me when I say that if arm candy that looked like Pepe Munoz wanted to do anything other than Option #4, I would be all for it. Life is short.

  25. Milkweed says:

    She’s 50?! She looks 80. She also looks like Magda from There’s Something About Mary.

    • Olive says:

      she has always had a thin and angular face, even as a young woman. those types usually tend to look older sooner due to not having as much facial fat to keep them looking young.

  26. laura-j says:

    Not trying to shame, but in a couple of these pictures I wonder if she is ok? I appreciate her not botoxing and fillering her face to death and such, but the hollowed out forehead doesn’t look well.

    And I hope they are both straight and she is getting it. That man is delicious.

  27. Justme87 says:

    Gay or not she damn well better be hitting that

  28. FredsMother says:

    Pepe is Celine’s walker. Rich society women always need one of those. 😊

  29. SJhere says:

    Hey, I don’t care what either of them are up to sexually.
    He’s a good looking guy, she is a wealthy widow who cared for her husband thru a long illness.
    Live and enjoy. I gotta say, she really pulls off those fashion outfits. A little bit Audrey Hepburn? Little bit, I think. 🙂

  30. Renee says:

    Probably 2 & 3

  31. Carol says:

    Has anyone commented on her weight? I mean she looks scarily underweight like anorexic. She always has been skinny but this looks beyond normal where you can see her bones when she’s wearing some dresses with a deep V plunging.

    • Andrea says:

      She claims she is doing it to wear fashionable clothes. She looks skinnier than Victoria Beckham!

    • Milkweed says:

      I agree she looks anorexic. You can see all of her bones. She must be under an immense amount of stress.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yes that’s my impression. I know she lost a lot of weight during her grief but this isn’t normal.

  32. Betsy says:

    That woman is beautiful to behold and I’m tickled every time you dona story on her. I hope she gets hers after her gross old husband. Grooming is not okay.

  33. Anare says:

    I think her comments speak volumes. She said she is living her life on her terms now and if you don’t like what you see don’t look. Don’t take pictures. Don’t ask her questions. She’s not here to please anyone else just herself. She has a bff she is hanging out with and who cares if they are intimate? Who even cares if he is on her payroll? The woman has spent a lifetime having her life and career controlled and shaped for her. That is over. She turned the page. She’s rich, she can sing or not sing as she choses. She can be as thin as she wants, wear what she wants, hangout with whoever. Good for her and long may she run!

  34. Maria_ says:

    oh my gosh!!! I knew i know him! im from Spain, he is pepe muÑoz and sorry for the lovers part (altough anything is possible) but he is gay.
    she is a lucky girl thou cos he is a prince charming 😉