It is generally acknowledged that Celine Dion is one of the most talented singers in the music industry. Aside from that, she is also a great person inside and outside. She recently had something important to say, so listen up!
There was nothing that could have ever readied her for the call that she received in 1999. That was when Celine Dion found out that her husband was suffering from throat cancer. Doctors also told her that he would later lose his basic living abilities. It was up to her to take care of him, which was not an easy thing to do. Still, the singer decided to do everything in her power because she loved her husband.
Her Life Is Never Dull
Dramatic does not even begin to describe the life that she has. There have been many challenges in her life ever since she was little, and some of these continue to haunt her to this day. She has been wildly successful in terms of her career but also dealt with health issues, living in the limelight, and forbidden love. Not many people would ever think that this is the case because she always has a smile on her face.
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship
Her mother Therese Tanguay Dion did not like her involvement with Rene. Celine said, “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
She is a legend in the industry, but this does not mean that she does not ever get tired. In 2000, she went on a break for family reasons. She and Rene had been trying to get pregnant and even underwent two operations for this. At last, she fell pregnant and welcomed Rene-Charles Dion Angelil in 2001.
She Almost Died
Celine Dion suffered a near death experience before she made it big. She had only been 5 years old when she was hit by a truck and rendered unconscious for nearly a week. She had a fractured skull but managed to recover after such a traumatic experience.
She Hated My Heart Will Go On
Celine did not like “My Heart Will Go On” after she first recorded it. She even thought that it was only going to bomb on the charts and ruin her career. She was so wrong about this. 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 saw a lot of success after she worked on the “Beauty and the Beast” OST in 1991. It was the first time she won a Grammy as well. While this is awesome, the song became so popular that it caused her fans to retaliate. Her fan base in Quebec was angered by the publicity she got for it. As a French-Canadian artist, she refused the English Artist of the Year title at the Felix Awards.
Celine Wasn’t Planned
Here is a fun fact: Celine Dion has 13 siblings! She is the youngest of the bunch. The family did not want another child after the sibling that came before her since it was already hard to pay for 13 kids. Despite this, Celine was born anyway. She had no choice but to sleep in the cabinet drawer when she was little because the family did not have enough beds for all of them. Her life has definitely changed a lot.
Her Husband Put His Foot Down
Even though she did not feel eager about “My Heart Will Go On”, Rene managed to convince her to record and then release it. She even said this to Jonathan Ross: “[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 ended up being an excellent decision to do this. When it came out in 1997, it was an instant hit and went on to win her a couple of awards. It continues to be the most popular song in her discography!
A Shark When It Comes To Business
Therese Tanguay Dion is the person who gave birth to and took care of her. In Quebec, she is known for her cooking. Celine inherited this skill and opened Nickels, her restaurant, in Quebec in 1990. It was so successful that she opened other locations and turned this into a chain of restaurants all over Canada.
Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies
The ‘90s had been nothing short of a roller coaster for her. Some managed to release 13 albums and then learned that her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She stepped out of the limelight after this. It was then that National Enquirer said she was pregnant with twins. This was false and Celine sued them for $20 million. The tabloid apologized to Celine and then donated to the American Cancer Society.
Celine is the recipient of the highest honor you can get in her home province. Not only was she honored with the National Order of Quebec, but she was also given stars on the Canadian and Hollywood Walks of fame. Laval University granted her an honorary doctorate, something that she dedicated to her husband. She said that this was “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.”
She Had No Other Choice
Two years before her birth, a French musician by the name of Hugues Afuray came out with a song called “Céline.” She was 5 years old when she sang this song at the wedding of her brother. It was the moment when everyone realized that Celine was even more talented than usual. While all the members of the family are musicians, they saw that this was one extraordinary little girl.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
The family knew that she was very talented when she was just a little girl. Her mother and brother wrote a song in the hopes that it would help the youngest member of the family get discovered. They must have been pleased because the plan worked. Rene Angelil then got in touch with them.
Her Mom Had To Interfere
Therese Dion actually sent her demo to Rene and wrote him 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 respond in the beginning but got convinced when one of the Dion boys talked to him and pleaded with him to give the demo a chance. When he did, he was impressed by what he heard and asked Celine to audition.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
Rene was moved by the voice this girl had on her. When Celine dropped by to audition, she was given a pretend mic. Rene told her, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” She gave an amazing performance that impressed him.
Younger Than Her Own Stepson
Before the two of them even met, Rene Angelil had been married two times already. He even had a son who was a little older than Celine! Patrick Angelil is his son with his first wife.
Rene Burst Into Tears
The audition had been an emotional affair for both of them. Celine said that when she started to sing, Rene could not help but cry! That was how she knew that she knocked it out of the park. Rene signed her right away. He knew that this girl would go on to be a big star. However, she still had to work hard.
High Stakes Gambler
He had no doubts that Celine was going to be a superstar in the future. In fact, he was so sure about this that he got a mortgage on his house to have enough money for her first album. This might have been a huge risk, but he made the right call. In 1981, her first single topped the charts in the country!
The Pope Loved Her
It was in 1984 that the Pope went to Quebec. Celine Dion performed Une Colombe for Pope John II in front of a large audience at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Pope enjoyed her performance. We think it is neat that Celine also enjoyed singing for him.
She Demanded Time To Grow Up
Her career was off to a great start, but Rene then asked her to go on a break. This was a very risky move since she was just a new artist. She agreed and took 18 months off. According to her, she became a woman during this time.
Learning English And Going Global
Going on a break had been the right thing to do. When Celine Dion came back, she could sing better in English and felt more confident. Her comeback album is called Incognito. It sold half a million copies!
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
In 1990, she released her very first album in English. It was called “Unison” and helped take her career up a notch. She became a big international celebrity since it went gold in the United States and had top 10 hits like “Where Does My Heart Beat Now.” It was all going great until something happened to her.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
Before she could go on tour, she lost her voice! Uh-oh. Apparently, she was suffering from laryngitis and exhaustion. Even though she wanted to keep going with the tour, doctors told her to rest and avoid any more inflammation of her vocal cords.
Revealing Her Big Secret
There were already a lot of rumors going around about Celine and Rene, but she did not talk about it for a long time. At last, she made the huge announcement before the release of “The Colour of My Love.”
Fearing The Public
The two of them began to go out when she was just 19 years old. You should know that Rene was older than her by 26 years. They were aware that people were going to find their relationship controversial. They were right about that. Despite this, they stayed together, tied the knot, and started their family.
She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper
We think that it is impressive that they managed to keep it on the down-low for more than 5 years. In 1994, Rene admitted that he was scared of other people’s opinions. However, Celine had been insistent that the world should know. “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world,” she once said
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil got married at the Montreal Notre-Dame Basilica on December 17, 1994. The ceremony had been broadcasted on national Canadian TV. At that point, the two were treated like the royal Canadian couple. A lot of fans were eager to watch the wedding.
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?
Let us talk about the stunning wedding dress that was designed by Steve and Mirella Gentile. They made it over the course of 1,000 hours. Whoa. Much of the work went into the 20-foot train that came with it. Celine also wore this 20-pound tiara. The whole world could not stop talking about her wedding dress!
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments
Money was not a problem for Rene and Celine. If you need proof, we want you to look at their Florida mansion with three pools, a water park, and a golf course. They paid $72 million for it.
He Was Her Everything
Titanic became a huge hit, and she got ready to go on the “Let’s Talk About Love” tour after this. All was going well for when some bad news took her by surprise. Rene had cancer! She learned about it during a show. She then sang in his honor. He fought cancer but died on January 14, 2016 at the age of 73.
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully
Before he passed away, Celine and Dion welcomed the birth of their twin children on October 23, 2010. She gave birth to Eddy and Nelson. They were named after two important people: French musician Eddy Marnay and South African President Nelson Mandela!
Dreaming Of Changing The World
When a tsunami struck Asia in 2004, Celine raised a million dollars for the victims. Aside from this, she also did the same thing during the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. She talked about the slow response of the government as well!
Her Secret Dad
She talks about her mom often in interviews, but let us hear more about Adhemar Dion, her dad who 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
Celine also had to deal with talking to the kids about accepting and understanding the death of their father. After a while, 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
Her first son Rene Charles Angelil created a storm on social media when he presented an award to her during the Billboard Music Awards. People were impressed by his youth and charm. It was one of the first public appearances the young man ever made.
She Made it to 90
Even though she and her mom had their fair share of arguments, but the two have remained very close to this day. Therese Dion is doing very well, thank you very much. She is now in her nineties!
She NEVER Misses a Beat
While there are celebrities who make interviews difficult and uncomfortable, Celine Dion is the exact opposite of this. She is always pleasant during interviews. When she appeared on the show, Ellen DeGeneres mentioned the jewelry Celine was wearing. The singer only sang along to the Donna Summer song in response: “She worked hard for the money.”
Without a Brother
Even though she had been lucky in life, it does not make her immune to misfortune. As a matter of fact, she lost her husband and her brother to cancer in the same week. What a horrible time it was for her.
Her Siblings Never Made It Big
The Dion family is one big musical bunch. She has an older sister called Claudette who wanted to make it in the music industry as well. Unfortunately for her, she did not enjoy as much success as Celine did.
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
Celine Dion has a fashion line of her own as well. She has always been called well-dressed in the past, which must have motivated her to go into this industry. She came out with a line of more than 200 items. There are bags and accessories, among other things. She has talked about how she received inspiration for the collection from her mother and twin sons.
As you can see, Celine is open to the idea of trying her hand at other things. She has appeared on the small screen in the past. There was a time when she was in a Thanksgiving special of All My Children.
A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions
Even though she has dipped her toes into other fields, her main talent and passion is still singing. It is what helped her progress in life and support the family. She now has a net worth of $700 million. Whoa.
A Canadian Star
There are not many people who can say that they have a star on both the Hollywood and Canadian Walk of Fame. You guessed that right, Celine Dion has achieved this incredible feat as well. She is so amazing!
They Are All Related
We think that it is incredible how all the celebrities in this photo are related to each other. We all know that Shania Twain, Beyonce, Madonna, and Celine Dion are great singers. Who would have thought that they have a common ancestor in the form of Zacharie Cloutier? He was a French-Canadian man who left France in 1634 and started afresh in North America. He was one of the first families of “New France.”
Master Of Many Tongues
Wait until you hear how good Celine is when it comes to languages. We already know that she mostly sings in English or French, but she has also performed in several other languages in the past. She has sung in German, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Chinese, and Japanese in the past!
A Staggering Net Worth
Her life has undergone a lot of changes ever since she became a star. It is just like a Cinderella story! She has amassed a lot of wealth over the years. She has held sold-out concerts, ran a fashion brand, started a restaurant chain, invested in real estate, sold millions of records, and made public appearances. She was the highest-grossing artist of the ‘00s! During her Las Vegas residency alone, she made $465 million.
Hit And Miss
She has enjoyed a lot of success over the years and her fair share of huge hits as well. She has recorded a bunch of songs for movies, but the most successful one is “My Heart Will Go On.” Others did not go on to be as famous, such as “Dreams to Dream” for the film called “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.”
A Lifetime Hobby
Wow, it seems Celine Dion will never run out of surprises for us. Can you believe that she is a huge fan of golf? She actually likes to play and watch. It has, in fact, been one of the major hobbies in her life.
Love Of Golf
Do you want to hear just how much Celine Dion adores golf? In 2008, she managed to take her love for the sport up a notch. She and Rene decided to work on the renovation of the Quebecois golf club called Le Mirage. They donated millions to the project and helped with the promotion. On the website, you will see their official statement in which they said that “a visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself.”
And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion
Celine has a fantastic voice. It is no wonder that she has received a lot of awards over the years. She really does deserve them. She is the recordholder of the highest number of Oscar performances ever!
Celine Dion has a couple of hit movie singles, so this is one of the reasons the Academy has asked her to perform at the Oscars many times over the years. Yup, no one has ever outperformed her when it comes to the ceremonies. It was in 2011 that she performed her 6th performance, which set the record for her. She sang “Smile” in honor of all the celebrities who passed away within the year.
Celine Dion has also made a name for herself with her bold style. During the 1999 Oscars, she donned a backward white tuxedo. Let us just say that not everyone agreed with this daring look of hers.
Backwards White Tux
When she did this, a lot of criticism was thrown her way. A lot of people called it a “fashion disaster.” When she was interviewed by PEOPLE, she said that she does not have any regrets when it comes to this bold fashion choice. It was simply ahead of its time. We don’t know about you, but we admire her for it!
White Backwards Tux
Celine Dion said, “When I wore that look, yes it was at the Oscars, and when I wore that, everyone was wearing dresses, not pants.” She also 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
Here is something that you would never have expected. We are sure that you are familiar with her song, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” Can you believe that it was initially slated for recording by Meat Loaf? In the end, the composer decided that it would be better if a female artist sung it. And who better to do that than Celine Dion?
Clinging On To Her Children
It is nothing surprising to hear that Celine has been having a hard time after losing her partner in life. In one interview, she opened up about it: “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 that she has an unbelievable vocal range. Honestly, is there even a song that she cannot perform excellently? She is known to have plenty of diversity in her music. On top of this, she is also good at singing songs by other music artists. We really like her covers of “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen, “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon, and “I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper.
Aside from these songs, she has been acknowledged to be “a great collaborator” in the past. She has a couple of powerful diets with other talented people. You should know that she has worked with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Barbra Streisand.
In 1999, the Record Industry Association of America started to give albums “diamond status” if they have made more than 10 million sales. This is not easy to pull off at all, but Celine Dion has done this more than once! Two of her albums have gone diamond. They are the 1996 album called “Falling Into You” and then the 1997 album called “Let’s Talk About Love.”
A Best Selling Female Artist
Meanwhile, record executives also started to keep track of album sales by using the Nielson Soundscan System in 1991. According to the data, Celine Dion is one of the top-selling female artists in the US and Canada. The only ones to have outdone her were Mariah Carey and Rihanna.
Celine Dion was raised a Ramon Catholic upbringing. Let us see what she had to say about it in 2014: “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in.” She also said, “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
She is truly a remarkable artist who has been recognized in various parts of the globe. She even managed to crack the particularly difficult market of France. Her song “D’amour ou d’amitié” or “Of Love or of Friendship” actually went gold there!
Upgrading Her Image
As you can see, she only continues to be more successful and famous as time passes. Eventually, she and her manager upgraded her looks as well. She always found her teeth unattractive, and tabloids even gave her the nickname “Canine Dion.” During the mid-‘80s, she got a bunch of procedures to fix them.
Mid Career Misses
You already know that she went on a three-year break from the industry at the turn of the millennium. In 2002, she made her comeback by releasing “A New Day Has Come,” which talks about motherhood.
Accessible To All
Even though she has seen a lot of success in life, she has never been anything but down to earth. She makes sure to treat her fans well. After the death of Rene, she let fans come see her if they wanted to do so. Her supporters were allowed to extend condolences personally! How selfless was that of her? Aside from this, she also agreed to have the funeral be televised so that everyone can watch it.
She Won By A Single Point
She made it big when she joined the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. What was weird was that she was the Swiss representative! At any rate, she managed to beat the UK representative by only one point.
Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan
Did you know that she is a big fan of Michael Jackson? She even told Rene that she wanted to do the same things that the King of Pop did. MJ was a huge inspiration for her. You might even say that he motivated her to win many awards and release multiple albums at the tender age of 18!
A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar
The Dion family once owned a piano bar called Le Vieux Baril. The family used to practice music there on the regular. It was located in Charlemagne, Quebec. Celine started to perform there at the age of 5!
“A New Day Has Come” Received Harsh Criticism
Her “A New Day Has Come” album mostly talks about what it is like to be a new mom. This was the first album she released that made its debut in the top spot of the Billboard 200. However, critics were not fans of it and said the lyrics were both “forgettable” and “lifeless.”
Gold In France
Celine Dion happens to be the first Canadian to ever achieve the Gold status in France. We know that this is already an impressive feat but wait until you hear that she did this when she was still in her teens.
It was in the ‘80s that she started to cement herself as a great singer. In 1982, she won the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival. In 1988, she won the Eurovision Song Contest. She competed for Switzerland both times!
During the height of her career in 1999, she decided that she wanted to spend more time with Rene. Yes, this happened after he received the cancer diagnosis. Upon her return in 2002, she signed a contract for a residency show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time
This is yet another record that belongs to Celine. Her five-star Caesars Palace theatrical show went on to be the top-grossing concert residency in history. Can you believe that it made $385 million? Good job!
Another Residency Show!
That first show had been such a huge hit that she ended up coming back in 2011 for her second concert residency. According to the contract, Celine Dion would be working on this one until 2019.
Highest Paid Resident Performer
Did you know that she is the top-paid resident performer in history? She makes $500,000 for each show. This means that she has made more than other artists like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and Elton John.
OWN Network, which is owned by Oprah Winfrey, created a documentary about the life and times of Celine Dion. Released in 2011, it talked about the private details of her life. It is still the second highest-rated TV Own Canada to this day.
Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her
FlightNetwork.com created a poll to find out which celebrity people would like to be sitting next to them on the airplane. They asked 780 people this question and found out that Celine Dion was the answer! She earned 23.7% of the vote. We would love to sit right beside her as well.
You already know that she has dabbled in a number of businesses in the past. However, the most successful one must be her line of perfumes. She recently released “Signature”, which is the 14th perfume in her Celine Dion Parfums Collection.
She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists
In the past, Celine Dion has cited artists such as Anne Murray, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Charles Aznavour, Michael Jackson, and the Bee Gees to be the main musical influences in her career.
She Has A Great Sense Of Humor
Celine Dion has been impersonated and parodied on TV shows like South Park, Saturday Night Live, MADtv, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Royal Canadian Air Farce. They like to copy her funny stage antics and strong accent. We are glad that she has a good sense of humor and has remained unaffected by these acts. She has actually said that she was flattered they did such a thing. There was even a time when she asked her SNL impersonator Ana Gasteyer to join her on stage during her New York show!
In general, Celine Dion does not get involved in politics. However, she decided to take a stand after the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. She went on Larry King Live and expressed her thoughts on the issue. She criticized the way the US government handled the disaster. 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
We think that it is really neat that people like Frank Ocean, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Adele, Jordin Sparks, and Taylor Swift all call her an influence on their own musical careers!
Timbaland Loves Her Too
DJ Timbaland has nothing but praises for her. He once 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
Aside from these, many acknowledge that Las Vegas would not be the same if she did not do her concert residency. Gary Bongiovanni of Pollstar said she redefined what artists could do there. Kurt Melien of Caesars Palace also 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
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America has a list called the Songs of the Century. It is not surprising to hear that they added “My Heart Will Go On” to it!
In 2010, Celine Dion had the honor of becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. It was a program that was launched in 1999. We bet she was touched by such an amazing offer!
Canada Honored Her Too
Canada has also honored her in their own way. In 2013, Celine Dion was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada. This is impressive since it is the highest rank given by the Order of Canada.
She’s A Big Philanthropist
One of the reasons she was given the position of the UN Goodwill Ambassador was her charitable and philanthropic contributions. Celine Dion has worked with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other organizations in the past. She has also worked with McDonald’s for World Children’s Day before.
An Emotional Announcement
Quite some time has passed since she lost her husband to cancer. Celine Dion and Rene Angelil enjoyed 22 years of marital bliss. Recently, she decided that it was time to talk about her love life after various rumors came out about a so-called blossoming romance. “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.”