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Celine Dion hits back at Winslet's Titanic diss (+video)

Celine Dion says My Heart Will Go On is a classic song that will 'live forever'.  Photo / Supplied
Celine Dion says My Heart Will Go On is a classic song that will 'live forever'. Photo / Supplied

Kate Winslet recently admitted that she feels "like throwing up" when she hears My Heart Will Go On.

But spare a thought for Canadian singer Celine Dion, who has been belting out the saccharine-laden, chart-topping power ballad since 1997.

How does she feel about the loved and loathed Titanic theme song?

"My Heart Will Go On gave me the opportunity to be associated with a classic that will live forever," Dion, 44, said during an interview on the Today show this week.

"If I just count how many times I've sung it, maybe it'll get me sick. If she [Winslet] feels tired just hearing it, and like throwing up, I'm glad she was not the one singing it."

Earlier this year, Titanic star Winslet told MTV that the once-inescapable iconic song turned her stomach.

"I feel like throwing up when I hear it. No, I shouldn't say that. No, actually, I do feel like throwing up," she said.

"I wish I could say, 'Oh listen, everybody! It's the Celine Dion song!' But I don't. I just have to sit there, you know, kind of straight-faced with a massive internal eye roll."

Winslet continued: "It's thrilling for people to surprise me with the Celine Dion song. I did a talk show recently in Italy and they actually had a live pianist who started gently playing the theme song.

"I was not even gently, rather severely, urged to go and sing it as though I had in fact sung it myself in the first place. It was like, 'No! I'm not going to do that.' They're like, 'Oh no, come on, it will be funny.' No, it won't be funny. At all. And I'm not going to."

Video: Winslet talks Titanic theme tune

Dion was forced to pull out of a string of concerts at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in February, after a virus affected her vocal cords.

"[My voice] was just choppy a little bit," Dion explained to Today's Savannah Guthrie. "It's hard to do a show, but it's much harder to cancel the show. We disappointed a lot of people. It was hard."

She added: "I don't depend on my vocal cords; I don't depend on my success and my singing. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but I don't hold on to that. When you have children you have accomplished a lot."

Dion has three children with husband Rene Angelil - 11-year-old René-Charles and 19-month-old twins, Nelson and Eddie.

Watch Dion's Today interview below:

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* What do you think readers? Does your heart go on for Dion's Titanic track? Or does it make you break out in hives?

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