Celine Dion is a legend in the music industry. Really, this singer is one in a million. The singer has a beautiful talent but she, is also a wonderful person on the inside. So lets see what she has to tell her fans today!
In 1999, Celine Dion got the worst news of her life. She recieved a phone call that Rene Angelil was suffering from throat cancer. She was then informed that her husband was going to lose his basic life functions as time passed by. This meant that she had to become his primary caregiver, which put a strain on their relationship. Although it was difficult, she did everything in her power to ensure that he still enjoyed his life.
Her Life Is Never Dull
When it comes to describing her life, ‘dramatic’ doesn’t do it justice. Ever since a young age Celine had to deal with a bunch of challenges in her life. Although she got lucky in terms of her career, she also had to live in the limelight, experience forbidden love, lose people important to her, and deal with a bunch of other problems. This is unexpected for her fans because Dion always maintains a smiling face.
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship
Celine’s mother was very against her relationship with her older manager. “When I told her I had some really strong feelings for Rene she tried everything to kill him and make me snap out of it… I was very frustrated and mad at first, but she tried to make me understand that this man tried marriage twice before – he has three children, he’s not responsible, ‘I want the perfect Prince Charming for you’.”
She Had Problems Conceiving
Even though she is a legendary music icon, even big stars like her have to go on a break every now and then. In 2000 Celine decided to take time off to focus on her family. Celine and Rene had tried to get pregnant in the past, and she even got two operations for this. At last, she became pregnant and then gave birth to Rene Charles Dion Angelil in 2001.
She Almost Died
At just age 5, Dion was involved in an accident that almost killed her. Back then, she was hit by a truck out of nowhere. She was unconscious for nearly a week but fully recovered later on.
She Hated My Heart Will Go On
When Celine Dion first recorded “My Heart Will Go On,” she hated the outcome and assumed the worst. She thought it would flop and ruin her career for good! She explained, “…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…”
They Called Her A Traitor
Celine Dion first became famous when when she worked on a track for the 1991 film “Beauty and the Beast.” Her work on the movie even gave her the first Grammy she ever won. This was good news, but her fans in Quebec did not see it this way. They did not appreciate the publicity it gave her because they thought she was betraying them. The French-Canadian singer decided to turn down the Felix Awards English Artist of the Year award because of this.
Celine Wasn’t Planned
Celine is the youngest of fourteen children. They did not want to have any more after the one that came before her, but fate had her birth written out already. It was hard to provide for so many children, we are sure. In fact, she even had to sleep in the drawer of a cabinet when she was young. They did not have enough beds to go around.
Her Husband Put His Foot Down
Even though she was not a fan of “My Heart Will Go On,” her husband managed to persuade her into making and releasing this single. During an interview with Jonathan Ross, Celine Dion said, “[Angélil] said, ‘Let’s just do a demo. Let’s give it a try and we’ll see after.’ The demo is actually the real recording. I never sang the song again.” It turned out to be one of the best decisions of her life! Since its release in 1997, the song was an instant hit and is known today as her best song. She also has a couple of awards for this track.
A Shark When It Comes To Business
She is the daughter of Therese Tanguay Dion, who has become famous all over Quebec for her cooking skills. Even Celine is not so bad at it herself. In 1990, she even opened a Quebec-based joint called Nickels. It was so successful that she expanded it into a restaurant chain. Drop by one the next time you’re in Canada!
Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies
The ‘90s had been full of ups and downs for Celine. She was able to release 13 studio albums and also learn that Rene was suffering from cancer. After the diagnosis, she decided that it was time for her to go on a break. National Enquirer used this chance to publish a false story that she was pregnant with twins. She sued this tabloid magazine for $20 million. They apologized and donated money on her behalf.
Celine did not only get stars on the Canadian and Hollywood Walks of Fame, but she was also granted the National Order of Quebec! On top of these things, she also got an honorary doctorate from Laval University. How cool is that? She called it “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.”
She Had No Other Choice
Two years before her birth, French singer Hugues Aufray released the song called “Céline.” When she was 5 years old, Celine sang this song when her brother got married. It is thought to be the moment that launched her career. While the Dion family is a musical lot, they saw that she had so much potential!
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
Her family knew that she was a talented young girl. They worked together to pen a song that they hoped would help her get discovered in the industry. It worked. She attracted the attention of a producer in the industry. His name was Rene Angelil.
Her Mom Had To Interfere
Her mother sent this demo to the producer and added a note that read, “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” He did not reply right away, only doing this when one of Celine’s brothers talked to him about it. He asked Rene to give it a shot at the very least. When the producer finally did, he was impressed by what he heard.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
He was impressed by her voice. When Celine went in to audition, he gave the young girl a pretend mic sand said this: “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” Her performance had been so amazing that he needed no further convincing.
Younger Than Her Own Stepson
Rene Angelil had been married twice before he and Celine Dion decided to tie the knot. He is the father of Patrick Angelil, his son with his first wife. Celine was even younger than her own stepson.
Rene Burst Into Tears
The audition had been a very emotional affair for both of them. As Celine started to sing, Rene could not hold back his tears. She could tell that she gave an impressive performance. He signed her in no time at all because he knew she was going to be big. However, he also knew that she had to work had first.
High Stakes Gambler
Rene felt so confident that she would be a huge star that he got a mortgage on his house to ensure that her first album would be funded properly. This was a huge risk that paid off in the end. In 1981, she released her first single to great success. We bet he was happy that his gamble did not fail.
The Pope Loved Her
In 1984, the Pope went to Quebec for a visit. She was asked to sing Une Colombe for him at the Olympic Stadium in front of a large crowd. Pope John II was said to have enjoyed her amazing performance.
She Demanded Time To Grow Up
She had an awesome debut in the music industry, but Rene told Celine to go on a break. It was risky since she was not yet established. Still, she agreed. She took 18 months off, saying that was the period in which she became a woman!
Learning English And Going Global
It was a good idea to go on a break since she was more confident upon her return. She could also sing in English better! The comeback album, called “Incognito”, went on to sell more than half a million copies.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
In 1990, Celine Dion released her first album in the English language: “Unison.” It helped her career blow up and made her a big star on the global stage. The album went gold in the US. Many of the songs in the album climbed the charts. It was all going well for her when the unexpected happened out of the blue.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
Before she went on a tour, Celine Dion lost her voice all of a sudden! The diagnosis was laryngitis and exhaustion. She might have wanted to keep going with the tour, but the doctors told her that it was better for her to rest and avoid using her vocal cords.
Revealing Her Big Secret
They refused to address the talk of a romance between the two of them for a pretty long time. In fact, they only let he world know about it before Celine Dion released her album, “The Colour Of My Love.”
Fearing The Public
The two of them started to go out when Celine Dion was 19 years old. He was 26 years older than her and worked as her producer, so they knew that a lot of people would find it scandalous. They were not wrong about this. Nevertheless, they remained together, tied the knot, and began their own family.
She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper
Celine and Rene kept their relationship under wraps for more than 5 years. In 1994, Rene admitted that he had been the one who wanted to keep it a secret. Meanwhile, Celine had been the one who kept on talking about their love! The singer went on, “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world.”
The two of them made things official on December 17, 1994. The ceremony at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal had been broadcasted on national TV! By that point in time, the two of them were treated like the royal couple of Canada. It was not surprising to hear that a lot of people wanted to watch it.
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?
Celine had a gorgeous wedding dress that was crafted by none other than Steve and Mirella Gentile. They spent more than 1,000 hours to create that dress, mostly because it had a 20-foot long train. It had a 20-pound tiara that Celine wore. Everyone could not stop talking about it in the days that followed!
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments
Rene and Celine had a very comfortable lifestyle together. In fact, they managed to buy a mansion that had three pools, a water park, and a golf course in Florida. They paid $72 million for it.
He Was Her Everything
After the success of the Titanic movie, Celine Dion went on the “Let’s Talk About Love” tour. It was going well when she received news that sent her in a panic. Yup, it was the one about how Rene had cancer! This happened when she was doing a show, so she sang in his honor. He died on January 14, 2016 at 73.
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully
Before he passed away, the two of them first welcomed a pair of twins on October 23, 2010. She also gave birth to her sons Eddy and Nelson. They picked out the names very carefully. They were named after French musician Eddy Marnay and South African President Nelson Mandela.
Dreaming Of Changing The World
In 2004, a tsunami struck Asia and killed thousands of people. Celine raised $1 million for the victims! The following year, she helped Hurricane Katrina relief operations by donating a million bucks as well. She also spoke out about how the U.S. government responded to this crisis.
Her Secret Dad
We hear her talk about her mom a lot in interviews, but what does she think of her dad? Adhemar Dion died in 2001. She said, “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.”
She Prepared her Kids for Death
In the past, Celine Dion had to prepare all of her kids for the eventual death of her husband. This could not have been easy. Looking back on this, she said, “I’m proud of the way I prepared my boys for their dad’s death. In life, you never know what’s going to happen, so you should never wait for tomorrow to do what can be done today, to say I love you, or send a thank-you note…The future is now.”
Her Son is Too Young
At the Billboard Music Awards, Rene Charles Angelil had been asked to present an award to Celine Dion. It was one of the first few times that he appeared in public, and many fell in love with the young man!
She Made it to 90
Even though Celine and her mother did not always agree on various things, they are still as close as ever. If you wanted to know, Therese Dion is doing just fine. She has also made it past 90 years old as well.
She NEVER Misses a Beat
There a lot of celebrities who are known to be unpleasant during interviews. Celine Dion is definitely not one of them! In fact, many adore her for her personable and sweet demeanor. When Ellen DeGeneres complimented her jewelry choices, Celine responded by singing along to Donna Summer: “She worked hard for the money.” People loved her even more for this!
Without a Brother
We can’t deny that she has been lucky in life. However, she has seen a fair amount of tragedies in the past as well. Not only did she lose Rene, but she also lost a brother of hers in the same week!
Her Siblings Never Made It Big
Celine Dion has a huge musical family. She has an older sister called Claudette who wanted to try her luck in this harsh industry as well. Unfortunately, she did not go on to be as big as her youngest sister.
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
Celine Dion has worked on a fashion line of her own as well. She has been hailed as one of the most stylish people on the planet, so we think this is very fitting. She has released a line of more than 200 items such as accessories and bags. Her main inspiration is her family. In particular, she says that her mom and twins inspired the collection.
She does not limit herself to singing whatsoever. Celine Dion has given acting a shot in the past as well! You should check out her acting skills by watching the Thanksgiving special of All My Children.
A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions
Nothing has ever come close to her real passion: singing! After all, it was what propelled her to fame and stardom. Without her voice, she would not be where she is. She now has a $700 million net worth.
A Canadian Star
Do you want to hear something interesting about her? Only a few Canadians have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is even rare for one to have a star and on the Canadian Walk of Fame!
They Are All Related
We know that this will sound crazy, but we want you to know that Celine is related to Madonna, Shania Twain, and Beyonce. These talented women can all trace their lineage back to one French-Canadian man called Zacharie Cloutier. He went to North America in 1634 in search of a better future. This Frenchman settled down in “New France” and started a family there. We bet he can sing really well like his progeny!
Master Of Many Tongues
We are sure that you are already impressed by Celine Dion, but this one takes the cake for us. While she mostly sings French and English songs, she has performed in other languages as well. In the past, she has sung songs in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Spanish, Italian, and German. How cool is this?!
A Staggering Net Worth
Her life has changed so much after she became a star. Look no further if you want to hear a rags to riches story. She made a lot of money over the years thanks to her restaurant chain, fashion line, record sales, concerts, real estate investments, and public appearances. It is not surprising to learn that she was among the top-grossing artists of the ‘00s. She earned $465 million for her Las Vegas shows alone.
Hit And Miss
She has quite a lot of huge hits to her name, doesn’t she? Celine Dion has also worked on some songs for films, but the most successful one has got to be “My Heart Will Go On.” Her other tracks did not become as famous. Take “Dreams to Dream” for “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” for example!
A Lifetime Hobby
She just continues to surprise us, doesn’t she? We think it is pretty neat that she likes golf. Yup, she likes to play and to watch. It has helped her stay grounded over the years as well!
Love Of Golf
Do you want to know just how much she adores the sport? In 2008, she chose to take it up a notch. She and Rene decided to renovate Le Mirage, pouring in millions of dollars for the benefit of the Quebecois golf club. They helped promote it as well. As a matter of fact, you can see the official statement they issued on the website of the club. They said that “a visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself.”
And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion
Celine Dion has a fantastic voice, and it is a good thing she has gotten awards for it. She deserves this, without a doubt! She is the recordholder for the highest number of Oscar performances in history too.
In the past, she has worked on various movie hit singles. This has something to do with how they keep asking Celine Dion to perform at the ceremony. She has sung on stage more than any other performer has! In 2011, she performed her record-breaking 6th performance. It was the song “Smile”, which was sung to honor the people in the industry who died the previous year.
She has quite a bold fashion sense as well. During the 1999 Oscars, her backward white tuxedo had been the cause of plenty of debate. What do you have to say about her daring fashion choice?
Backwards White Tux
When she wore this, Celine Dion got a lot of criticism! Some said that it was such a “fashion disaster.” She told PEOPLE magazine that she still has no regrets about the outfit she wore. According to her, it was just ahead of its time. We honestly loved it in the past and continue to do so. Good for you, Celine!
White Backwards Tux
Celine explained, “When I wore that look, yes it was at the Oscars, and when I wore that, everyone was wearing dresses, not pants.” She went on to say, “I was the only one with pants in a backward suit from Galliano and if I would do this today it would work. It was avant-garde at the time. And it doesn’t matter, you just have to assume what you wear, you wear, and I did.”
It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
This one took us by complete surprise! Don’t you think it is interesting that Meat Loaf was the one who was initially asked to record “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”? We know just how crazy that sounds. In the end, the composer decided that it would be better if a female artist worked on it. Good choice, man.
Clinging On To Her Children
Needless to say, it has been hard for Celine to get over and move on from the loss of Rene. She decided to be candid about it in one interview: “I miss him a lot for my partner, for the man I was embracing, kissing, making love with. I organize myself to not feel lonely. So what’s happened is I got myself a huge bed and I sleep with my twins. My twins are comforting me a lot. I need them. I need them close.”
She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything
One of the reasons she is so popular is because of her incredible vocal range. It feels like there is no song out there that she cannot sing! She has a diverse discography, that much is for sure. On top of this, she likes to cover songs performed by other artists. She has a great cover of Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself,” John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” and “I Drove All Night.” Make sure to give them a listen, will you?
Aside from this, she has also earned a wonderful reputation for being “a great collaborator.” Celine Dion has done some powerful duets with a few of the greatest people in the industry. She has previously worked with Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti, and Barbra Streisand.
In 1999, the Record Industry Association of America started to recognize albums with more than 10 million copies by giving them “diamond status”. It is not easy to do such a thing, but Celine Dion has two albums that have achieved these incredible feats. They are none other than “Falling Into You” and “Let’s Talk About Love”, which were released in 1996 and 1997 respectively.
A Best Selling Female Artist
In 1991, music executives started to keep an eye on album sales with the use of the Nielson Soundscan System. The data revealed that she is one of the best-selling female artists across Canada and the United States. Mariah Carey and Rihanna are the only ones who have outsold her.
Celine Dion was raised in a Roman Catholic family. In 2014, she said, “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in.” She went on to explain, “I say that to believe in yourself is to believe in God. For me, God is life itself, the birds, the air, the sunrise and the sunset, the children. Yes, that is where I find God. Not in a church.”
Reaching For Gold
Celine Dion is truly one of a kind! She has a lot of records in North America, but she broke records on a global stage as well. Her single “D’amour ou d’amitié” went gold in the notoriously difficult country.
Upgrading Her Image
As Celine became older and more famous, she knew that it was time for her to undergo various changes as well. She thought that she had unattractive teeth, so she got them fixed. In the past, they gave her the awful moniker, “Canine Dion.” This must be why she wanted to get them done during the mid-‘80s.
Mid Career Misses
We already talked about the three-year break that she took during the fin de siècle. When she returned, she released an album in 2002. “A New Day Has Come” discussed what it was like to be a new mom.
Accessible To All
Even though she has been wildly successful, she has never forgotten her roots. She is still very grounded and treats her fans very well. After the death of Rene, she allowed them to see her so that they could express their sympathies and condolences personally. How selfless was it of her to do such a thing? Apart from this, she let his eight-hour funeral go on TV. She just wanted to be transparent with her fans!
She Won By A Single Point
Celine Dion became big when she competed in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. At the time, she was the representative of Switzerland. She managed to win and beat the United Kingdom by a single point!
Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan
Did you know that she is a big Michael Jackson supporter? When she was just starting out, she even told Rene that she wanted to achieve the same things he did. The King of Pop was a big influence on her! It must be why she has also won a bunch of awards and released many albums by the time she turned 18.
A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar
The Dion family once had a piano bar of their own. Called Le Vieux Baril, they often went there to play music. It was located in Charlemagne, Quebec. Celine started performing there when she was just 5!
“A New Day Has Come” Received Harsh Criticism
Her album called “A New Day Has Come” talks about what it has been like to be a new mom. It was the first album of hers to debut in the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. Sadly, critics called the lyrics “forgettable” and “lifeless.”
Gold In France
Did you know that she is the first Canadian artist to have gotten the gold status for France record sales? Pretty impressive, isn’t it? What is more is that she managed to do this when she was only in her teens.
Celine Dion earned her first taste of international recognition during the 1980s. She won both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival as well as the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. She represented Switzerland in both contests!
She was enjoying the height of her career in 1999. However, she chose to go on a break to spend more time with Rene after his diagnosis. She made her comeback in 2002 and signed to perform at Caesars Palace on a nightly basis.
Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time
That is right, this is one more record that our girl calls her own. Her five-star shows at the Las Vegas venue is thought to be the top-grossing concert residency in history. It made $385 million!
Another Residency Show!
The first run of the show had been such a huge hit that she eventually returned to do the second one in 2011. The contract said that she would keep performing at The Colosseum until 2019.
Highest Paid Resident Performer
Are you aware that she is the top-paid resident performer? She makes about $500k for each show. This means that Celine Dion is paid more than people like Britney Spears, Elton John, and Mariah Carey.
OWN Network released a documentary about her life in 2011. It bared the details of her life, her pregnancy, and her Las Vegas Show. To date, it is the second top-rated TV show on TV OWN Canada!
Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her
FlightNetwork.com wanted to know which celeb folks would pick to be their seatmate on a flight. They asked 780 people, and the top answer with 23.7% of the votes went to Celine Dion! This is a no-brainer.
She has gone into many businesses over the years. One of the most successful of these would have to be her perfume line. She released the 14th entry in the Celine Dion Parfums Collection, “Signature.”
She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists
Here are the music acts that Celine Dion thinks had an impact on her music: Michael Jackson, Charles Aznavour, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Anne Murray, and the Bee Gees. What a list!
She Has A Great Sense Of Humor
Celine Dion has been impersonated on various comedy shows like This Hour Has 22 Minutes, South Park, Saturday Night Live, Royal Canadian Air Farce, and MADtv. They like to poke fun at her accent and antics. We are glad that she is a good-natured person who can take this in stride. Celine has said that she felt flattered that people would even do such a thing. In the past, she even asked her SNL impersonator Ana Gasteyer to come up with her on stage during one of her New York performances.
She is not one to get involved in politics. However, she could not stop herself from criticizing the government during Hurricane Katrina. On Larry King Live, Celine Dion said, “There are people still there waiting to be rescued. To me, that is not acceptable … How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to kill everybody in a second and destroy lives. We need to serve our country.”
She Is Greatly Admired By Other Artists
Britney Spears, Adele, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Frank Ocean all say that Celine Dion has influenced their music in the past. How cool is it to hear such a thing?
Timbaland Loves Her Too
DJ Timbaland only has good things to say about her! He said, “Celine has such a beautiful, mesmerizing voice. She is so talented. I think we could create something that is a classic like she is already.”
Celine Changed Vegas
Gary Bongiovanni, Pollstar EIC, and president, said that Celine Dion changed Las Vegas for the better. Kurt Melien, VP of entertainment at Caesars Palace, definitely agrees. He said, “Celine was a pioneer without question … Twenty years ago, we couldn’t have got someone the stature of Britney Spears to appear in Vegas. Stars like her would never have considered it if Celine hadn’t paved the way. She changed the face of modern Vegas.”
Song Of The Century
“My Heart Will Go On” is such an iconic song. We are not surprised that it has been tagged a Song of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts
Let us take a look at her other interests outside of singing. In 2010, she was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador! This was a program that the UN started to roll out in 1999.
Canada Honored Her Too
Canada has also honored Celine Dion in the past. In 2013, the musician was given the Companion of the Order of Canada. It is the highest rank given by the Order of Canada. She deserves it.
She’s A Big Philanthropist
One of the reasons they chose her to be a UN Goodwill Ambassador is her charitable and philanthropic contributions. Among others, she has helped the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and then McDonald’s on World Children’s Day.
An Emotional Announcement
It has been a few years since her husband died. The two of them enjoyed marital bliss for 22 years. There are many rumors about her, but she decided it was time to clear the air. Asked about her love life in an interview, she replied, “Bizarre.” She added, “Now it is too soon for me. I am definitely in love with him, married to him…He’s the love of my life. It’s very difficult for me to see myself with another person.”