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Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK


Sinatra 'duet' for retiring Celine

Celine Dion and husband: "We are going to try to have a child."

Canadian superstar Celine Dion has announced that she will stage a New Year's spectacular and release a "virtual" duet with the late crooner Frank Sinatra before taking an extended break from showbiz.

"I think the timing is super good for us to stop at the end of the year," Dion told reporters in her first interview since her husband underwent treatment for skin cancer.

The 30-year-old, who married her manager Rene Angelil in 1994, says she will be out of the spotlight "at least two years, maybe two-and-a-half, maybe three".

The singer will retreat to her homes in Florida and her native Quebec with her 56-year-old partner. "We are going to try to have a child," she admitted.

[ image: My Heart Will Go On, but Celine plans to give her voice a rest]
My Heart Will Go On, but Celine plans to give her voice a rest
Dion cancelled a series of concerts last spring to be at home with Angelil during his six weeks of cancer treatment.

Having since gone back to touring, Dion says she is now keen to spend more time with her husband.

"I cannot wait to just go back to this life because that is the real way to have a wonderful life."

Prior to the break the singer will release an album, All The Way, whose title track is a "virtual" duet with Frank Sinatra, who died in 1998.

"It will be her last album for a good while," remarked Angelil.

The couple also announced that Dion will play a farewell concert in Montreal on New Year's Eve.

It's believed the 31 December extravaganza will include a guest performance from fellow Canadian star Bryan Adams.

An additional two hours of the end of millennium show will feature the cast of the musical Notre Dame de Paris - a show which has been playing to packed houses in France and Canada.

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