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She Had No Other Choice: She was named after the song Céline, which French singer Hugues Aufray had recorded two years before her own birth. At the age of five, the young Céline made her first public appearance at her brother Michel’s wedding. Thereafter, she continued to perform with her siblings in various occasions. Being born to such a musical family, Celine might not have stood out between her large immediate family, but she felt special. Celine loved the stage so much, she dreamed of being a performer.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way: Celine’s other brother, Jacques, and mother decided to write and compose a song, which was later sung by Celine and recorded for fun. Celine’s mother decided the recording had to be heard by someone in the industry, as Celine’s talent was too extraordinary to pass on. Finding a random name and contact information printed at the back of a music album, she sent the recording to music manager Rene Angélil.
High Stakes Gambler: Celine’s voice was so unique, powerful and moving, Rene deeply believe that, with the right guidance, she would be the next big thing. Therefore, in 1981, Rene mortgaged his home to fund her first record, La Voix Du Bon Dieu, which later became a local number one hit and made Dion an instant star in Quebec. Rene was always known to be a huge risk taker, he even played poker in his free time – but this particular gamble was just risky enough that it paid off.
She Demanded Time To Grow Up: After her tour, Celine and Rene thought it would be best if Celine took a little break from the business. Quite a risky move, considering she was just breaking into the industry and might have been forgotten over that period of time, but it was necessary. Celine was going through a personal transformation as well, moving from childhood to adulthood, and she needed to find her voice and mature offscreen and offstage. Set on their decision, Celine took an 18 month break.
Paid Millions For Spreading Lies: After releasing thirteen albums during the 90’s and Rene’s diagnosis with cancer, Celine announced she was taking a step back from the spotlight. While on break, the National Enquirer published a false story about the singer, with the headline reading “‘I’m Pregnant With Twins!’” attached to a picture of Celine and Rene. Dion later sued the magazine for more than $20 million. The editors of Enquire printed an apology and donated money to the American Cancer Society in honor of Dion and her husband.
They Called Her A Traitor: Dion’s real international breakthrough came when she sang Disney’s Beauty and the Beast track in 1991. The song earned Dion her first Grammy Award, but suddenly, Celine was called a traitor and two-faced by her French fans in Canada, saying she neglected them for her American audience. Celine would later rebuff these criticisms at the Félix Awards show, where she refused to accept the award “English Artist of the Year”, asserting that she was and would always be an artist of French and not of English heritage.
She Hated The Song “My Heart Will Go On”: The jewel of Celine’s repertoire is, of course, the prodigious “My Heart Will Go On” single but for Celine, the song was a huge flunk waiting to toss her career down the drain. As she told talk show host Jonathan Ross, she was dreading the moment she’d have to record the song “… I didn’t really like the song, at first. I did another song for a movie before. It was very successful, and I thought we were pushing our luck…”
A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar: Her family owned a piano bar called Le Vieux Baril, where Dion and her siblings would regularly perform. The name of the bar translates into “The Old Barrel” and was situated in the town of Charlemagne, Quebec. Celine’s family even lived on the premises. Celine started singing at the lounge at age 5, and it didn’t take long for customers to notice her majestic voice, and they began making requests for her to perform. This part-house part-bar was later demolished.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born: In 1990, Celine released her first English album named Unison. By doing so, she successfully entered the American market, which resulting in her album being certified gold in the US, with the single Where Does My Heart Beat Nowreaching number 5 on the charts. Jay Leno invited Celine to The Tonight Show, and he predicted she would go on to an extraordinary career. But then, after booking her American tour for the album, the unexpected happened.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever: While Celine was touring for Unison, she lost her voice. Celine was suffering from severe fatigue and an outburst of laryngitis. Her packed schedule was exhausting, her vocal cords became inflamed and she was utterly disappointed when her doctor forced her to cancel her shows. His instructions were clear – if she wanted to avoid vocal cord surgery, she had to remain absolutely silent for three weeks. After that, she began a strict routine to take better care of her voice, but it wasn’t easy…
Revealing Her Big Secret: On a personal level, Celine decided to come out with the biggest secret she has ever held away from the public that she and Rene have transitioned their relationship from professional to romantic. Dion announced her feelings for her manager by declaring him “the colour of (her) love” in the dedication section of her third album The Colour of My Love. “Maybe at 17, 18 years old, my feelings started to change for him,” Dion told Access Hollywood in 2013, “I kind of saw him differently.”
Fearing The Public: Turns out, they began dating when Dion was 19 – while Rene was 45 years old. Twenty-six years her senior, Rene was keen on keeping this relationship a secret. Actually, both Celine and Rene feared that the public would find their relations inappropriate due to their significant age difference, but this was no ordinary fling better kept under the radar. After being together for so long, the two love birds wanted to move forward in their relationship, to get married and have children.
Going Overboard: Ready for the next chapter in their lives, Celine and Rene married on December 17, 1994. The wedding took place at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, which is one of the most extravagant locations available in Canada. Additionally, the whole ceremony was televised on Canadian national television, so the entire nation could watch as the two say their vows. Many media platforms criticized the wedding, saying it was too overboard and had a unnecessary royal sense to it.
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?: According to Dion’s official website, the silk gown that Dion wore as a wedding gown was designed by Mirella and Steve Gentile, and took over 1,000 hours to make. The dress featured an enormous train that was twenty feet long, which matched a twenty pound heavy tiara, just to add that extra magical touch. Their fairytale wedding was the hottest topic discussed for many weeks to come in all different tabloids and magazines all over the globe.
She Had Problems Conceiving: In the first months of 2000, Dion announced that she was taking time off from her career in order to focus on her family. Dion had two small operations at a fertility clinic in New York to improve her chances of conceiving, after deciding to use in-vitro fertilization because of years of failed attempts to conceive. After undergoing many fertility treatments, Dion gave birth to a son, René-Charles Dion Angélil, on January 25th, 2001, in Florida.
He Was Her Everything: The Let’s Talk About Love world tour, that followed right after the Titanic blowout, was a massive triumph. While Celine having concerts attended by 180,000, Rene was diagnosed with cancer. Celine paid tribute to him during the show, receiving a towering ovation. A few months later, Rene felt better and was onstage to kiss his sweetheart in the last seconds of the millennium. The extraordinary concert was the last before taking some time off. Angélil died on 14 January 2016, two days before his 74th birthday.
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully: In May 2010, Angelil announced that Dion was 14 weeks pregnant with twins after a sixth treatment of in-vitro fertilization. On Saturday, 23 October 2010, Celine gave birth to healthy fraternal twins. The twins were named Eddy, after Dion’s favorite French songwriter, Eddy Marnay, who had also produced Dion’s first five albums, and Nelson, after former South African President Nelson Mandela. Dion appeared with her newborn sons on the cover of 9 December 2010 issue of the Canadian edition of Hello! magazine.
Her Secret Dad: Most fans know all about Celine’s mom but most people don’t know that her father was a huge part of her life. His name was Adhémar Dion and he passed away in 2003. The day she lost her father, Celine told her fans, “My dad was and is still my number one fan since I was a very little girl. I know that my dad would want me to be here tonight on stage with everyone I love, doing what we love.”
Her Son Is Too Young: After Celine’s son, Rene Charles Angelil, helped her present an award at the Billboard Music Awards, people on Twitter quickly responded to seeing her son for the first time as a young adult. Many Twitter followers developed a bit of a crush on the superstar’s son. There was only one little problem. He was fifteen at the time! One clever fan jokingly tweeted, “Shawn Mendes is 17, Celine Dion’s son only FIFTEEN. Thanks #BBMAs for making us all feel like fat old perverts.”
She Made It To 90: Celine Dion’s mom has been by her side through thick and thin. Luckily, she is still alive and well and very close with her famous daughter. This past on her mother’s 90th birthday, Celine shared some special pictures on social media and a very thoughtful caption. Under the rare family photo, Dion wrote in English and in French,”What a privilege for all of us to still have you around. Happy 90th birthday mom! We love you.”
Surviving The Death Of Her Brother And Her : Celine Dion had to deal with a lot of loss throughout her life. However, nothing compares to the time in her life that she lost her husband and brother to cancer in the same week. Of course, Celine, the eternal optimist, always finds a way to put a positive spin on even the most tragic of events. In an interview with People magazine, she said, “René (her husband) escorted my brother. It was perfect.”
Her Siblings Never Made It Big: Out of Celine Dion’s twelve siblings, it is no surprise that she was not the only child that wanted to make it big as a singer. Her older sister, Claudette, also had dreams of becoming a music superstar. Claudette has had a little success in the music business, but not nearly as much as her famous sister. Celine’s deceased husband, René Angélil, produced two albums for her that attracted a more mature audience.
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense: As if Celine was not already talented and wealthy enough, she had to go and create a brilliant fashion line too! She was always known as one of Hollywood’s best-dressed celebrities, so it is no surprise she put her great taste to good use. Her new collection features more than 200 items. her bags and accessories have already received rave reviews. Interestingly, her handbags were inspired by her 90-year-old mother and her twin boys, according to People magazine.
A Canadian Star: When you think of the Walk of Fame, the first thing that may come to mind is the iconic one located in Hollywood. But believe it or not, Canada has it’s very own edition, featuring the hottest properties to have come out of the land of the maple leaf. So it makes perfect sense that Celine Dion would have her own star. She proudly received the accolade in 2003, which was swiftly followed by her inclusion in the Hollywood version.
Master Of Many Tongues: As well as being a Canadian icon with a stunning voice, Celine Dion also has another skill: she can sing in many different languages. While many recognize both her French and English songs, Dion has also graced fans around the world, accommodating them at concerts in their own mother tongues. She has also been known to both record and perform songs in a variety of languages such as Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and even Mandarin Chinese.
Younger Than Her Own Stepson: Rene Angélil was married twice before marrying the beloved Celine Dion. In 1966, Angélil married his first wife, Denyse Duquette. They had a son, Patrick, who was born in 1968 – making Celine three months younger than her stepson, Patrick Angélil.