Celine Dion is regarded as one of the music industry’s most gifted singers ever. Her voice is definitely beautiful. She is gorgeous, as well, and she recently opened up about her life, so keep reading to find out more.
Her Husband’s Diagnosis
Back in 1999, Celine received unexpected and unfortunate news – Rene, her beloved husband, had been diagnosed with throat cancer. They were told by doctors that he would lose his basic living abilities over time. Thus, Celine needed to be his caretaker. Some may think it was a huge challenge in their relationship, but Celine actually went above and beyond, making sure that Rene was well taken care of and enjoying his life in spite of the diagnosis.
Her Life Is Never Dull
It is quite the understatement to say that Celine’s life is dramatic. Since the star was born, she has faced some challenges, and things from her past sometimes still come back and haunt her. She may have experienced massive success in her career, but she has to live in the public eye, she has had quite a few health problems, and she had a forbidden love affair. Still, you always see her with a smile, she is one talented and tough lady!
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship
Celine’s mother was not keen on her relationship with Rene. “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’,” Celine said.
She Had Problems Conceiving
Celine Dion is a legend in music, but even legends need a break every once in a while. In 2000, she took some time off to be with family. She and Rene tried several times to get pregnant, and she even had a couple of operations to help. Finally, Celine got pregnant and on January 25, 2001, she gave birth to her first child, Rene-Charles Dion Angelil.
She Almost Died
Celine Dion nearly died before she was famous. When she was 5 years old, she got hit by a truck that came out of nowhere. She was knocked unconscious and didn’t wake up until almost a week later. Although her skull was fractured, she was able to fully recover.
She Hated My Heart Will Go On
After she first recorded “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine hated the song and thought it would not do well on the music charts. The star even thought it might damage her career. Well, she was wrong. She said, “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
In 1991, Celine Dion had a massive hit from Beauty and the Beast, which actually earned the star her first Grammy! This was great, but the song’s popularity and the Grammy caused fan retaliation against her. Her fans in Quebec were angered by the song and publicity. Because of her fan base’s response, French Canadian Celine Dion refused to accept the award for English Artist of the Year at the Felix Awards.
Celine Wasn’t Planned
In case you didn’t know, Celine is the youngest of 14 children. The family didn’t plan on having more children because of the financial struggles of paying for 13 kids, but fate had planned Celine’s birth. At the start of her life, she slept in a cabinet drawer since there were not enough beds. Her life has definitely changed since then!
Her Husband Put His Foot Down
In spite of Celine’s initial apprehension about the song “My Heart Will Go On,” her husband, Rene, was able to persuade the star to record the single and release it. In an interview with Jonathan Ross, Celine explained, “[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’s definitely a good decision to have recorded the demo! After its release in 1997, the song became a huge hit, earned Celine several awards, and went on to become her most popular song to date.
A Shark When It Comes To Business
Therese Tanguay Dion, Celine’s mother is well known in Quebec thanks to her cooking. Celine appears to have inherited her mother’s skills because in 1990, the star opened a restaurant in Quebec and called it Nickels. It became really successful, so Celine turned it into a chain. These days, she owns a number of restaurants in Canada.
Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies
The 1990s was quite a rollercoaster for Celine. The star managed to release 13 studio albums and her husband was diagnosed with cancer. After learning of the diagnosis, she took a break, but while she was on that break, the tabloid National Enquirer released some false story about Celine being pregnant with twins. She sued the magazine for 20 million dollars. The magazine apologized and made a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Celine became the recipient of The National Order of Quebec, the highest honor that Quebec can give. She has stars on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walks of Fame, and Laval University even gave her an honorary doctorate! She said it was, “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.” Celine dedicated the award to her husband, Rene.
She Had No Other Choice
When Celine was two years old, Hugues Aufray, a famous French musician, released the song “Céline.” At the age of 5, Celine performed the song at the wedding of her brother. This is now considered Celine’s breakthrough moment, one which started her career. Her entire family are musicians, but this performance showed that Celine had a bit of extra talent.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
Celine’s family recognized early on how talented she was. Celine’s mother and brother Jacques composed a song for her hoping it would help her get noticed by the music industry. Well, it certainly worked because producer Rene Angelil contacted her.
Her Mom Had To Interfere
Actually, Celine’s mother sent Rene the demo with a note that said, “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” At first, he didn’t respond but one of Celine’s brothers managed to contact Rene. He pleaded with the producer to try listening to the demo. Rene finally did and contacted Celine right away, inviting her to an audition.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
Celine’s voice moved Rene. When she came for the audition, he gave her a pretend microphone and told her, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” Celine’s performance was amazing, so Rene was instantly sold.
Younger Than Her Own Stepson
Before he met Celine, Rene Angélil had already been married twice. He had a child with his first wife, a son named Patrick Angelil.
Rene Burst Into Tears
The audition was very emotional. Celine said that while she was singing, Rene started to cry and because of that, she knew she did well. Rene knew she would become famous and immediately signed her. He also knew that she was young and needed to put work in before she started her career, but he had a vision and wanted everything to be perfect.
High Stakes Gambler
Rene knew he had a superstar in Celine. He mortgaged his house to ensure her first record had enough funding. His hard work totally paid off and Celine’s first single in 1981 rose to the top of Canadian music charts. A known gambler, Rene took a huge risk, though it definitely paid off!
The Pope Loved Her
In 1984, Quebec was visited by Pope John Paul II. Celine performed “Une Colombe,” the French anthem, for him in front of a massive audience in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. It was reported that the Pope loved the performance and that Celine very much enjoyed performing for him.
She Demanded Time To Grow Up
After her career had a great start, Rene advised Celine to take time off. Although this was seen as a risk since Celine was a new artist, she still decided to take a year and a half off anyway. Celine believes that it was during this time that she became a woman.
Learning English And Going Global
As it turned out, taking time off was the right decision. When Celine Dion came back, she had more confidence and sang in English even better. Her “comeback” album’s title is “Incognito,” and sold more than half a million copies.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
In 1990, Celine released an English album (titled “Unison”) for the first time. This helped boost her career and made her a huge international celebrity. The record was certified gold in America and had several top 10 hits like “Where Does My Heart Beat Now.” Everything appeared to be going great but something unexpected happened.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
Right before she went on tour, Celine unfortunately lost her voice. Aside from being exhausted, the star was diagnosed with laryngitis. Even though she wanted to continue with her tour, the doctors strongly advised Celine not to sing because singing might inflame her vocal cords further.
Revealing Her Big Secret
There were a lot of rumors about her romance with Rene, but Celine hadn’t made any official announcements of their relationship. Finally, she announced it right before she released her album “The Colour of My Love.”
Fearing The Public
Celine started to date Rene when she was just 19 years old. He was 26 years her senior. In spite of their great relationship, the two knew that people would think the age gap was controversial. Nevertheless, Celine and Rene remained a couple, got married, and eventually started a family.
She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper
Celine kept mum about her relationship with Rene for more than half a decade! In an interview, Rene said, “I was afraid of what people would think.” However, Celine insisted they reveal their relationship and she didn’t care about getting judged. “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world,” she said.
On December 17, 1994, Celine and Rene tied the knot in Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica. The ceremony was broadcast on Canadian TV! In Canada, the two were like a royal couple at this point, so her fans wanted to have a glimpse of her wedding.
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?
Celine’s beautiful wedding dress was designed by Steve Gentile and Mirella. The dress took more than 1,000 hours to make, and the 20-foot train was part of the reason for that. Celine also wore a beautiful 20-pound tiara. The whole world couldn’t help talking about her outfit even days after the ceremony.
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments
Money was not a problem for Celine and Rene. The couple bought a $72 million Florida mansion that had three pools, a water park, and a golf course.
He Was Her Everything
After the success of Titanic, Celine Dion went on a tour called “Let’s Talk About Love.” Everything seemed fine until she received some terrible news – Rene had been diagnosed with cancer. Celine found out while she was doing a show, and she performed a song for him. Rene battled cancer but he passed away on January 14, 2016 at the age of 73.
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully
Prior to all of this happening, the couple welcomed twin boys on October 23, 2010. The boys were named Nelson and Eddy. Nelson’s name came from Nelson Mandela while Eddy was named after Eddy Marnary, the Frenchman who produced Celine’s first five albums.
Dreaming Of Changing The World
After the tsunami in Asia in 2004, Celine helped raise 1 million dollars for victims. In addition, she helped with relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and donated $1 million. She also spoke out about the U.S. government’s failure to respond.
Her Secret Dad
Although Celine often talks about her mother, she rarely does about her father, who died in 2001. Her father’s name was Adhemar Dion and talking about him, 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
It was a huge challenge for Celine to prepare her children for the news of their father’s passing. When she reflected on the process, she explained, “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
Rene Charles Angelil, Celine’s first son, got social media abuzz when he presented his mother with an award at the Billboard Music Awards. It was among his first public appearances. He then gained a huge following because of his young age and good looks.
She Made it to 90
In spite of the challenges that she had with her daughter, Celine’s mother is still doing well. The two remain quite close. Celine’s mother recently celebrated her 90th birthday!
She NEVER Misses a Beat
Interviewing celebrities can get difficult. However, it is known that interviewing Celine Dion is enjoyable. For example, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the host complimented Celine on her jewelry, and the music legend started singing Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard For The Money.” This fun and positive attitude that Celine has helped propel her to stardom.
Without a Brother
Overall, Celine may have been really fortunate with her life, but she has had her share of misfortune. Just two days after she lost Rene, she also lost her brother to cancer. We’re pretty sure it was an incredibly difficult week for her.
Her Siblings Never Made It Big
Celine is from a large musical family. Her sister Claudette also tried to pursue a career in music, but she never really had as much success as Celine did.
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
Celine Dion released her very own fashion line. Being hailed as one of the world’s best-dressed people encouraged her to start her own brand. There were over 200 items in her line, including bags and accessories that her own family inspired. She said in interviews that her collection was mainly inspired by her mother and her twins.
Celine also ventured into acting and accepted a number of small TV cameos. For example, she appeared on All My Children in one of its Thanksgiving episodes.
A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions
In spite of venturing into other things, Celine Dion’s biggest passion and main talent are connected to her voice. She went from rags to riches because of her voice. Currently, her net worth is reportedly $700 million.
A Canadian Star
Fun fact: Celine Dion is one of the few Canadian celebrities who have a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. She is also one of the very few stars who have stars both there and on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
They Are All Related
It might be hard to believe but all the celebrities in this picture are related to Celine Dion! Beyonce, Madonna, and Shania Twain are just some of the celebrities who have traced their families back to Zacharie Cloutier, a French-Canadian. He fled France in 1634 and found a better life in North America. His family was among the first to live in “New France.” All the celebs in this photo are related to him, including Celine.
Master Of Many Tongues
While most of Celine Dion’s songs are performed either in English or French, she has performed in quite a few other languages, such as Spanish, Italian, Latin, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. We don’t know about you, but that is pretty impressive.
A Staggering Net Worth
Since Celine Dion hit it big, her life has changed radically. She has accumulated massive wealth due to selling millions of records, selling out concerts, having a restaurant chain, popular fashion line, and real estate investments, and making public appearances. It was reported that Celine Dion was one of the highest grossing artists in the 2000s. Performing in Las Vegas alone has earned her $465 million.
Hit And Miss
Celine Dion has been lucky to have several big hits to her name. She has done some songs for films, but not all have been as successful as “My Heart Will Go On.” For example, she recorded “Dreams to Dream” for An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, an animated film, but the song didn’t gain much popularity.
A Lifetime Hobby
Celine Dion never stops surprising us! She is actually a big fan of golf. She enjoys both playing and watching the sport! Throughout her life, golf has been a major hobby of hers.
Love Of Golf
We have evidence of how much Celine loves golf! In 2008, she went to the next level for her love of the game. She and Rene decided to invest millions on the Quebecois club Le Mirage. They also helped in promoting the lush club. On the club’s website, there is an official public statement from the couple saying “a visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself.”
And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion
Celine Dion’s voice is amazing, and she has received numerous awards for it! We think she absolutely deserves the recognition. She actually holds the record for performing the most number of times at the Oscars!
Celine Dion has had quite a few movie hit singles, so that is one of the reasons why she has been asked to perform at the Academy Awards many times. In 2011, she performed the song “Smile,” making it her 6th performance and setting the record for the most number of performances at the Oscars by any artist. The performance was done to honor the celebrities who died in the last year.
Well known for having a bold fashion sense, Celine Dion caused a riot at the 1999 Oscars. She made an appearance at the awards show wearing a backwards white tuxedo.
Backwards White Tux
When Celine wore the backwards tuxedo, she got a lot of criticism. The look was dubbed a “fashion disaster.” However, Celine Dion told PEOPLE magazine that she didn’t regret wearing it and that it was before its time. Who cares what anyone thinks as long as you like what you’re wearing, right? Also, it’s awesome that Celine takes big fashion risks.
White Backwards Tux
Celine said, “When I wore that look, yes it was at the Oscars, and when I wore that, everyone was wearing dresses, not pants.” She added, “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
Let’s go back to the music. Did you know that Celine Dion’s song “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” was originally going to be recorded by Meat Loaf? However, the song’s composer ultimately decided to have a female singer record the song. He chose to save it for Celine Dion, and it’s a good thing that he did seeing as it went on to become a huge hit!
Clinging On To Her Children
Celine has been quite open about how difficult it is to get over the loss of Rene, her beloved husband. In an interview, she candidly said, “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
Celine Dion’s amazing vocal range is part of the reason for her popularity. Basically, she can sing any song and she can do anything! She isn’t only well known for her musical diversity but also for putting her own spin on popular songs by other musicians. A few of the amazing covers she has done are John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself,” and Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night.”
Aside from covering several hits, Celine Dion has also become well known for being “a great collaborator.” Some of the people she has done powerful duets with are Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Jackson, and Aretha Franklin. Nice job, Celine! Not all artists can claim they have worked with the most famous artists in the world.
In 1999, the Record Industry Association of American started awarding “diamond status” to records that sold more than 10 million copies. Celine Dion is among the few musicians who achieved this. She has two albums which have certified diamond status – her 1996 album “Falling Into You” and 1997 album “Let’s Talk About Love.”
A Best Selling Female Artist
In 1991, record executives started using the Nielson Soundscan System to track album sales. The data showed that Celine Dion is among the best-selling female musicians in Canada and the USA. Only Mariah Carey and Rihanna have outsold her. Impressive!
Celine Dion grew up a Roman Catholic. In spite of this, in 2014, she said, “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in.” She added, “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 also broke records internationally. Her rise to worldwide fame was rather quick and she managed to crack a pretty notorious hard market: France. Celine’s hit single “D’amour ou d’amitié”, meaning “Of Love or of Friendship”, went gold in the country.
Upgrading Her Image
As her fame grew, Celine grew up as well, and her style evolved. She and her manager thought of giving her look an upgrade. Celine thought she had unattractive teeth, and tabloid magazines meanly gave her the nickname “Canine Dion.” Therefore, she went through a few dental procedures in the mid-80s to improve her smile.
Mid Career Misses
Celine took a break from the industry for three years. When she came back, she released a new album entitled “A New Day Has Come” in 2002. Much of the record discusses her experience being a new mom.
Accessible To All
In spite of all her success, Celine Dion remains down to earth. She also treats her fans really well, which is why she is so beloved. After her husband passed away, she let every fan who wanted to see her, see her, allowing them to personally extend their condolences. The eight-hour funeral was televised because she wanted to be open and transparent with her fan base and the public.
She Won By A Single Point
In the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, Celine Dion took home the prize. The weird thing is that she represented Switzerland though she doesn’t have any formal connection to the country. She beat the UK by only one vote!
Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan
Celine Dion is a big Michael Jackson fan! Since the beginning of her career, Celine was open with Rene about her desire to emulate his achievements. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why she has won many awards and released several albums by the time her 18th birthday rolled around.
A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar
Not a lot of people know that the Dions have a piano bar called Le Vieuz Baril, which is located in Charlemagne in Quebec. Her family actually practices music there. Since she was 5, Dion has done performances there regularly!
“A New Day Has Come” Received Harsh Criticism
Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” album talks about her experience of being a new mother. It debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200 – her first album to do so. In spite of this, critics weren’t really fond of it and said her lyrics were “lifeless” and “forgettable.”
Gold In France
Celine Dion is actually the first performer from Canada whose album sales reached the Gold status in France. And she was only a teenager at the time!
Celine Dion first got international recognition in the 1980s by winning the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in 1982 and the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988. In both competitions, she represented Switzerland.
In 1999, at the height of her success, Celine Dion took a break so that she could be with her husband. At the time, he was just diagnosed with cancer. She returned in 2002 and signed a deal to do nightly performances at Caesars Palace’s The Colosseum.
Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time
Celine Dion holds the record for having the highest grossing residency in history. Her five-star show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace grossed $385 million dollars!
Another Residency Show!
Because of her first show’s success, Celine returned in 2011 for her second residency show. The music legend signed a deal to perform until 2019.
Highest Paid Resident Performer
When it comes to resident performers, Celine is the highest paid of all time. She earned $500,000 per show. She definitely made more than Elton John, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and many others!
In 2011, OWN Network by Oprah Winfrey released a documentary about Celine Dion’s life. It shows her life’s intimate details, her pregnancy, and how her Las Vegas Show was produced. To date, the documentary is still TV OWN Canada’s second highest rated show!
Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her
FlightNetwork.com carried out a poll and asked 780 people which star they would like to sit beside on an airplane. Celine Dion was the favorite, getting 23.7% of the vote! Who wouldn’t want next to Celine?
Celine Dion has several business ventures. One of the most successful side projects that she has taken on is her perfume lines. Celine Dion has released her Parfum Collection called “Signature.”
She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists
Celine cites artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Charles Aznavour, Carole King, Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, and Anne Murray as her primary musical influences.
She Has A Great Sense Of Humor
Celine was impersonated on shows like MADtv, South Park, Saturday Night Live, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Royal Canadian Air Farce for her funny stage antics and strong accent. Celine has a wonderful sense of humor, so she doesn’t really mind and she has said the comments don’t affect her. She also said she is flattered people spend time impersonating her! She even invited Ana Gasteyer, the actress who parodied her, to appear on stage in one of her New York performances.
Although Celine tries not to get involved in politics, in 2005, after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, she shared her thoughts when she appeared on Larry King Live. She tearfully criticized the slow response of the US government in aiding the disaster’s victims. She 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, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Adele, Lea Michele, Jordin Sparks, Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande are just a few of the artists who said Celine Dion is one of their biggest influences.
Timbaland Loves Her Too
American record producer, songwriter, singer, rapper, and DJ Timbaland 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
In an interview, Pollstar editor-in-chief and president Gary Bongiovanni said that Celine Dion redefined the possibilities for artists Las Vegas. Caesars Palace vice-president of entertainment Kurt Melien agrees and explained “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
The National Endowment for the Arts and The Recording Industry Association of America included “My Heart Will Go On,” in the list of Songs of the Century! We definitely see why they did.
Did you know that Celine Dion was named a Goodwill Ambassador by the UN in 2010? The UN created the program in 1999.
Canada Honored Her Too
Canada also honored Celine Dion in a grand way. In 2013, the Order of Canada awarded her the highest rank – the Companion of the Order of Canada.
She’s A Big Philanthropist
Celine Dion became a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN because of her philanthropy and worldwide charitable contributions. She has worked with several organizations, such as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, she helps children in need. She has worked with McDonald’s in raising money for World Children’s Day.
An Emotional Announcement
It has now been years since Celine lost her husband to cancer. Celine and Rene were together for 22 years. Recently, she made an emotional announcement regarding her love life. Some rumors have been circulating that she has someone new in her life. In an interview with the British magazine Bizarre, she said, “Now it is definitely 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.”