Her Life Is Never Boring
Céline Dion’s life was not always easy going. She had humble beginnings, as she was born into a large, but rather poor family. She also, faced a lot of bumps on her road to stardom. Due to her being a music icon, she can’t seem to escape the eyes of the public. Nonetheless, Dion stayed strong, and persevered through.
Her Life Is Never Dull
Her Husband’s Diagnosis
Céline received some unsettling news that her husband, René, had throat cancer, in 1999. René was later advised by doctors that he would lose his basic abilities, which meant that Céline had to be his caretaker. She put a lot of effort into taking care of her husband, making sure that despite everything, he still lived life to the fullest.
Celine’s Mom Disliked The Relationship
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship
In an interview, Céline had mentioned that her mother detested her relationship with René. Here’s what Celine had to say about it: “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
Céline had announced that she was going to take a break, after having 13 successful albums released in the 1990s. Wanting to take a break, stemmed from the difficulties she faced in conceiving a child, after six years of marriage with René. Céline even underwent two fertility operations. However, their long wait was finally over when their son, René-Charles Dion Angélil, was born on January 25, 2001.
She Almost Died
At the age of five, Céline almost died due to a sudden truck accident. She had a fractured skull, and was unconscious for a week. Luckily, she recovered.
She Actually Hated One Of Her Songs
She Hated My Heart Will Go On
One of Céline’s greatest hits of all time is the song “My Heart Will Go On”. She actually believed that this song wouldn’t do well on the charts. According to Céline, “…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…”
She Was Called A Traitor
They Called Her A Traitor
In 1991, Céline Dion first received a Grammy award for her hit song “Beauty and the Beast”. The popularity of her hit song enabled her to break through the international market. Unfortunately, her French-Canadian fan base became angry about this. Her Quebecois fans felt that they were being neglected, once she gained international success. Céline made the executive decision to not receive the English Artist of the Year award to prove that she was French and not English.
Celine Actually Wasn’t Planned
Celine Wasn’t Planned
Céline came from a huge family, seeing how she is the youngest of 14 siblings. However, her parents weren’t planning on having more than 13 children due to financial difficulties, Céline being born was fate. She actually had to sleep in a cabinet drawer as a baby since they had no more beds left. Céline’s life is a perfect example of someone’s life making a 180° turn.
René Put His Foot Down
Her Husband Put His Foot Down
René was Céline’s manager before he was her lover. He was actually the one who insisted that Céline needed to record the song “My Heart Will Go On”. In an interview with Jonathan Ross, here was what Céline’s lover had to say: “[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.” The song instantly became a hit after being released in 1997.
Business Is Business
A Shark When It Comes To Business
Céline’s mother, Thérèse Tanguay Dion, was well-known in Quebec for being a fantastic cook. Céline must have inherited her mother’s cooking skills, because in 1990, she opened her own restaurant named Nickels in Quebec. Later on, it would become a chain of restaurants all around Canada.
Suing Millions For Spreading Lies
In the 1990s, Céline decided to take a break so she could take care of her family. However, during her break, National Enquirer headlined fake news saying that Céline was having twins. Céline sued the tabloid magazine $20 million for spreading rumors and lies. The magazine then donated to the American Cancer Society in Céline’s name.
For her work, Céline Dion received several accolades. She was awarded the highest honor by the province of Quebec with The National Order of Quebec. Céline also has stars on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame! Laval University also awarded her an honorary doctorate.
She Had No Other Choice
Céline Dion was named after the song “Céline”, which was released two years before she was born. The song was originally performed by French musician, Hugues Aufray. This song also was what jumpstarted her music career. Céline performed the song during her Brother Michel’s wedding ceremony, at just five years old.
It Was Only A Dream
Céline’s mother and brother wrote a song named “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” for her. The song’s translation was “It Was Only a Dream”. The recording was sent to a music manager named René Angélil. The rest.. was history.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
A Mother’s Support
Her Mom Had To Interfere
The person that sent René a demo tape was actually Céline’s mother. She attached a note, explaining, “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” René actually didn’t listen to it at first. He only listened to it after Céline’s brother persuaded him to. René was so impressed with her voice that he immediately contacted her and asked her to audition.
Her Audition Was Shocking
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
During the audition, René gave Céline a pretend microphone saying she should perform the song as if she was in a sold-out concert. Her performance left René in shock.
Younger Than Her Stepson
Younger Than Her Own Stepson
René Angélil was much older than Céline, as there is a 26 year age gap. Moreover, he had two marriages prior to his relationship with Céline. She is actually younger than her stepson Patrick Angélil!
Brought To Tears
Rene Burst Into Tears
René was brought to tears by Céline’s singing. That was the moment, when she knew that she did well. René swiftly signed her and became her manager.
High Stakes Gambler
René had faith in Céline’s talents, to the point where he mortgaged his own house to ensure that she received enough funding for her first album. Céline’s first record “La voix du Bon Dieu” was a huge hit, which proved that his risk paid off.
Unable To Find Someone New
An Emotional Announcement
Even though it’s been a while since René passed away, Céline still finds it hard to move on. When confronted by reporters about dating someone new, she responded by saying: “Now 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.”
The Pope Was Impressed By Her
The Pope Loved Her
Even the Pope John II was impressed by Céline’s voice. Céline sang the French anthem Une Colombe for the pope in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, in 1984.
Needed Time To Grow Up
She Demanded Time To Grow Up
After a series of successful hits, René advised Céline to take a break. Even though this was a risky decision, Céline decided that she needed some time off to live life as a normal kid. Her break lasted for 18 months. According to Céline, it was at this point that she matured into a woman.
Learning English And Going Global
Her taking a break proved to be a smart decision. Céline returned better than ever. Her renewed confidence pushed her to sing more fluent in English. Céline’s comeback album, “Incognito”, was another huge success and she sold over 500,000 copies.
Shining Like A Star
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
Céline released “Unison”, in 1990, and it was her first English album. The album was gold-certified in America. Everything was going great for her, until she ended up having to face another challenge.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
Before she went on another concert tour, Céline was unfortunately diagnosed with laryngitis. This diagnosis meant that she had to stop singing for a while so she could rest her vocal cords.
Revealing Her Big Secret
Céline and René initially kept their relationship a secret. However, many rumors were surrounding their romantic relationship. Céline only made their relationship known, right before she released the album “The Colour of My Love”.
Fearing The Public
Céline and René had a large age gap of 26 years. They started dating when Céline was only 19 years old. The age gap was the cause of public controversy. But that never hurt their relationship. The two would soon tie the knot, and then they started their own family.
She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper
It actually took them five years to go public with their relationship. René had said in an interview that he was concerned what other people thought about their relationship, in 1994. However, Céline wanted to reveal their relationship to the public, because she couldn’t care less about what people thought. “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world,” she explained.
Céline and René were basically Canadian royalty! Their wedding was live-streamed on Canadian television. They were married December 17, 1994, at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica.
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess@
Céline wore a beautiful wedding dress, that was made by Mirella and Steve Gentile- that required over 1,000 hours of work. The outfit came with a 20-foot train and a 20-pound tiara!
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments
The newlyweds bought a $72 million mansion in Florida. The place had its own water park, golf course, and three swimming pools.
Losing Her Love
He Was Her Everything
During Céline Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love” tour, she received horrible news. She unfortunately received awful news that her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She found out about this new during one of her shows, so she then dedicated a song for her husband during the concert. René fought cancer and lived until he was 73 years old. However, he sadly died on January 14, 2016.
Choosing Her Children’s Names Carefully
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully
On October 23, 2010, the couple welcomed twins. The boys were named Nelson and Eddy. Nelson was named after Nelson Mandela. Her son Eddy was named after Eddy Marnary, who produced Céline’s first five albums.
Changing The World
Dreaming Of Changing The World
She was also famous for her involvement in charity work. In 2004, she raised $1 million for the victims of the tsunami that affected Asia. A year later, she donated another $1 million for relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. She also went on Larry King Live to discuss how disappointment she was in the U.S. government’s slow response to the disaster.
Her Secret Dad
Céline hardly spoke about her father, Adhémar Dion, in interviews. After he died in 2001, Céline 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.”
Preparing her Kids for Her Husbands Death
She Prepared Her Kids For Death
It was hard for Céline to break the news of René’s death to her children. However, she tried to prepare them for such news. “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’s First Public Appearance
Her Son Is Too Young
René-Charles Dion Angélil, Céline’s firstborn son, presented her the Billboard Icon Award during the Billboard Music Awards, in 2016. It was her son’s first public appearance and people swiftly took notice of him, due to his youthful good looks.
90 Years Old
She Made It To 90
Céline’s mother, Thérèse, is still alive at 90 years old. The mother and daughter still remain close.
Fun To Be Around
She NEVER Misses A Beat
Céline is fun and delightful to interview, which is quite rare in Hollywood. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she received compliments for her jewelry and she simply replied by singing Donna Summer’s “She Worked Hard for the Money”.
Losing Her Husband And Brother
Without A Brother
Her husband and brother both died of cancer only days apart. We can’t image the pain she had to endure.
Never Made It Big
Her Siblings Never Made It Big
Her big sister Claudette also pursued a music career. However, she did not become as known as her sister Céline.
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
She has always been considered as one of the best-dressed celebrities in Hollywood, so she decided to start her own fashion line. Her line consisted of over 200 bags and accessories.
Céline also explored other platforms that do not involve singing. You might have seen her on the small screen. She even appeared in “All My Children”.
A Voice Worth Millions
A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions
Céline Dion’s story is a perfect example of going from nothing to everything. Her passion, extraordinary voice, and hard work made her into the star she is now. It has been reported that her net worth is now $700 million.
A Canadian Star
Céline has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame despite her Canadian citizenship, which not many Canadians have a spot there. She also has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
They Are All Related
Did you know that Shania Twain, Beyonce, Madonna, and Céline Dion are all related? It was discovered that they are all related to French-Canadian Zacharie Cloutier. He left France and settled down in Canada to seek a better life, in 1634. He belonged to one of the first families that lived in “New France”.
Master Of Many Languages
Master Of Many Tongues
You are probably familiar with her English or French songs, but she has also sung in German, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish!
She Wears Many Hats
A Staggering Net Worth
A concert in Las Vegas alone earned her $465 million, plus her concert tours are always sold out. She also has a fashion line and restaurant chain. She also invested quite a lot of money in real estate.
A Hit And A Miss
Hit And Miss
Céline was able to record great songs for movies. We are all familiar with “My Heart Will Go On”. However, she also had some misses. One of them was the song “Dreams to Dream” for the flick, “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West”.
For The Love of Golf
Love Of Golf
One hobby not many know Céline loves is golf. She loves to watch or play golf.
Golf Club Owners
Celine Playing Golf
Céline and René own a golf club, Le Mirage. The couple had it renovated and donated millions to the Quebecois club, in 2008.
And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion
Céline has received several awards for her accomplishments Today, she has performed at the Oscars more times than any other artist!
Most of her appearances at the Oscars is due to her hit movie soundtracks. She had her record-setting 6th performance at the Oscars, in 2011. She sang the song “Smile” in honor of the celebrities who had passed away in the past year.
Backwards Oscar Tux
Céline Dion was also fashion-forward and bold. She wore an iconic backwards white tuxedo, during the 1999 Oscars.
Taking Fashion Risks
Backwards White Tux
Many criticized Céline’s tuxedo suit, saying that it was a fashion faux pas. However, in an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Céline had mentioned that she had no regrets about wearing the suit.
The White Backwards Tux
Backwards White Tux And Gwens Dress At The Oscars
She wore the tuxedo suit when every woman in attendance wore a dress “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,” she explained.
“It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”
A Hit Out Of Hell
Her famous song “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” was originally meant for Meat Loaf. The composer later decided that a female voice was better suited for it and sent it to Céline.
Coping After Losing Her Husband
Clinging On To Her Children
It wasn’t easy for Céline to move on after her husband passed away. She discussed in an 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
She can easily sing any song out there with her incredible voice. She did a beautiful cover for John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy”. She also did lovely covers of Eric Carmen’s “All by Myself” and Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night”.
Céline collaborated with many different artists. She performed duets with artists such as Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Luciano Pavarotti.
Certified Diamond Status
It was in 1999 that the Record Industry Association of America began to certify albums with the “diamond status” once you sell 10 million copies. Céline defied all odds as two of her albums attained the title!
Best Selling Female Artist
A Best Selling Female Artist
Her album sales were monitored by record executives with the use of Nielson Soundscan system, by 1991. Recorded showed that Céline was among the best-selling female musicians both in Canada and the US, and only Rihanna and Mariah Carey were able to beat her in sales.
Céline was raised as a Roman Catholic. She said, “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in,” she explains, “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
Her hit song “D’amour ou d’amitié”, which roughly translates to “Of Love or of Friendship”, actually reached gold.
Upgrading Her Look
Upgrading Her Image
Her team decided to upgrade her look, as she was criticized for her teeth— the tabloids have even called her “Canine Dion”. During the 80’s, she had multiple dental procedures done to fix her teeth.
Her Come Back
Mid Career Misses
After Céline came back from her three-year break, she released a new album called “A New Day Has Come”, in 2002. The album mainly contained songs that talked about her new experiences as a mother.
Her Fans Are Important To Her
Accessible To All
Céline was known for her down-to-earth personality. She loves her fans, and treats them with a lot of respect and consideration. When her husband died, she even met her fans to accept their condolences. She also permitted the broadcast of the eight-hour funeral.
Won By A Single Vote
She Won By A Single Point
Céline took part in the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1988. She was Switzerland’s representative then, though she held no connection to the country. However, she won the grand prize and beat the UK by a single vote.
Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan
Michael Jackson played a huge role in shaping Céline’s music style. Céline expressed that she wanted to follow in his footsteps, and just like Jackson, she was able to sell millions of albums and receive numerous awards at a young age.
A Family Owned Piano Bar
A 5 Year Old Hanging Out At A Bar
Dion’s family owned a piano bar, Le Vieux Baril, and it is where they usually practiced their music. It’s situated in Charlemagne, Quebec. At just 5 years old, she was already regularly performing for the patrons.
“A New Day Has Come”
A New Day Has Come Recieved Harsh Critiscm
Céline’s comeback album “A New Day Has Come” debuted and held the top spot on Billboard 200. Despite the general public loving it, there were some critics who commented on her lyrics saying that they were “lifeless” and “forgettable”.
Going Gold In France
Gold In France
Céline was the first Canadian musician to reach a Gold status in France, which is impressive- because she was only a teenager at the time.
Her international fame began when she joined international competitions during the 1980s. She won both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. At the time, she was Switzerland’s representative both times.
Caesars Palace Comeback
Céline chose to be with her husband and take a break, in 1999, because she felt that she needed to be with René after his cancer diagnosis. When she made her comeback in 2002, she agreed to a deal that indicated she perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace every night.
Highest Grossing Residency
Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time
Céline earned the highest grossing residency at Caesars Palace for her five-star theatrical show. It grossed $385 million.
Another Residency Show
Céline renewed her contract to perform a second residency show at Caesars Palace, in 2011. She will perform there until 2019, according to the contract.
She Is The Highest Paid Resident Performer
Highest Paid Resident Performer
She has the highest rate among all resident performers. She’s paid $500,000 per show. She has passed Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Elton John.
OWN Network showed a documentary detailing Céline’s personal life. The documentary remains to be the network’s second highest rated show on the network’s Canadian counterpart.
Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her On A Plane
Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her
In a recent survey conducted by FlightNetwork.com, they asked 780 people which celebrity they preferred to sit next to on an airplane- and Céline ranked first.
Her Perfume Line
When it comes to her other projects, her perfume line is one of the most successful. This year, she released the 14th perfume in her Parfums Collection.
Artists That She Is Influenced By
She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists
Céline has mentioned in an interview several artists which greatly influenced her music. Some of these are Carole King, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Anne Murray, Aretha Franklin, Charles Aznavour, and the Bee Gees.
A Great Sense Of Humor
She Has A Great Sense Of Humor
She doesn’t mind being impersonated for her strong accent and stage antics. She was referenced in many different TV shows including; MADtv, Saturday Night Live, South Park, Royal Canadian Air, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In one of her concerts, she asked one of her impersonators to go on stage.
Her Disappointment With The US Government
Céline couldn’t help but express disapproval about the US government during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During an appearance on Larry King Live, she expressed her disappointment with the government’s failure to help the 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,”
Admired By Fellow Artists
She Is Greatly Admired By Other Artists
Céline is also well-loved by her fellow artists including; Jordin Sparks, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Adele, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, and Lea Michele.
Timbaland Admires Her Too
Timbaland Loves Her Too
DJ Timbaland also holds Céline in the highest regard. He explained in an interview, “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
Pollstar president Gary Bongiovanni said that Céline changed the entertainment scene in Las Vegas. Caesar’s Palace VP of Entertainment Kurt Melien agreed with that statement. Here’s what he had to say about it: “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.”
The Song Of The Century
Song Of The Century
The incredible song “My Heart Will Go On” was awarded by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Recording Industry Association of America as the Song of the Century.
She’s a Goodwill Ambassador
Due to Céline’s philanthropic engagements, in 2010, she was named a Goodwill Ambassador by the UN.
Canada Honored Celine
Canada Honored Her Too
Her home country awarded her the highest honor in Canada, in 2013.
She’s A Philanthropist
Shes A Big Philanthrophist
She has worked with various organizations, over the years. One of which is the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also raised funds for children during World Children’s Day.