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EXCLUSIVE: Celine Dion on Recording New 'Beauty and the Beast' Song: 'I Couldn't Say Yes Right Away'

by Alex Ungerman 11:20 AM PST, March 03, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Celine Dion on Recording New 'Beauty and the Beast' Song: 'I Couldn't Say Yes Right Away'

Celine Dion knew that in returning to Beauty and the Beast, she was returning on her own.

The 48-year-old singer opened up to ET about making the decision to record a song for the latest movie incarnation of the classic fairy tale -- without the guidance of her late husband, Rene Angelil -- at the live-action film's premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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"My first Beauty and the Beast, the decision was made with my husband. Now I'm making decisions on my own. It's a little bit harder," she explained. "I couldn't say yes right away, because I felt like I was kind of cheating in a way."

Well, thankfully, the singer decided to sing again for the revival movie starring Emma Watson, this time with the perspective of how transformative the 1991 animated version was in her career.

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"I was at the beginning of my career, it put me on the map," Dion acknowledged. "It put me where I am today."

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17.

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Meanwhile, Dion recently spoke to ET about her plans to own 2017 following her tragic losses last year.

Watch the video below for more.

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