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Celine Dion 'afraid' of music business after Whitney's death

Celine Dion says she's "scared" of the pitfalls of the music business in the wake of Whitney Houston's death.

Celine Dion says she's "scared" of the pitfalls of the music business in the wake of Whitney Houston's death.

Talking to interviewer Robin Roberts on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday (2/13), the French-Canadian superstar called Houston an "amazing inspiration" and said she wanted to be just like Whitney when she started out in music.

But she admitted that Houston's death felt like a caution flag to her. "It's just very unfortunate that drugs and -- I don't know -- bad people, or bad influences took over," she said during the phone interview. "It took over her dreams, it took over love and motherhood."

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"Taking pills to go perform and taking pills to wake up and taking pills to go to bed. It's so unfortunate," she said. "There's something that happens that I don't understand, and that's why I'm so scared. I'm scared of show business. I'm scared of drugs. I'm scared of hanging out. That's why I don't do parties and I don't hang out. That's why I'm not part of show business. Because we have to be afraid."

"I've always said you have to have fun and do music and you can never be part of show business because you don't know what it's going to get yourself into," Dion added. "You have to do your work and get out of there."

Dion famously took a three-year break from music starting in 2000 to sort out her priorities before returning in 2002 with "A New Day Has Come" and settling into a long residency in Las Vegas. Following a new album in 2007 and a world tour lasting more than a year, she once again took up residency in Vegas last year.

 

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