Many people consider Celine Dion to be one of the greatest musicians who have ever lived. We cannot deny just how beautiful her voice and how lovely she is as a person. She recently talked about something considered to be a sensitive topic. Let’s see what she has to say!
Her Husband’s Diagnosis
In 1999, Celine Dion received the biggest shock of her life. She just heard that her long-term partner Rene had throat cancer. More importantly, medical professionals informed her that her husband would eventually lose his basic life functions.
Celine had to take on the role of his caretaker, which became a big challenge for her, her career, and their relationship. Regardless, she did her best to take good care of him as she wanted him to still be able to enjoy life.
Her Life Is Never Dull
It would be an understatement to say that she has lived a dramatic life. From the moment she was born, this talented artist faced numerous obstacles. To this day, her past continues to haunt her.
Although it goes without saying that she is hugely successful, she had to deal with life in the limelight, a forbidden relationship, and various health problems. You would not think it when you see that lovely smile on her face, however. She is definitely one talented and tough woman.
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship
Her mother did not approve of her love affair with Rene. The musician has 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
Celine Dion is an enigma in the music industry but let us all remember that even legends deserve a break every now and then. She decided to distance herself from the industry in 2000 so she could spend more time with her loved ones.
She and Rene had been unsuccessful at starting their own family – she even underwent two operations in the hopes of getting pregnant! At last, she got to welcome her first child, Rene-Charles Dion Angelil on January 25, 2001.
She Almost Died
Who would have thought that there was a time when her life was in grave danger? It all happened before she made it big. At the age of 5, she got hit by a truck! The little girl got knocked unconscious and was in a coma until nearly a week later.
Her only injury from the accident was a fractured skull, but, thankfully, she managed to recover completely. Nonetheless, the entire ordeal must have been a terrifying one for her and her family.
She Hated My Heart Will Go On
Can you believe that she hated “My Heart Will Go On” in the beginning? She felt like it was not going to do well at the music charts, to the extent that it would ruin her career. Well, we all know now just how wrong she was about that.
When asked about her opinion on the song, 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
Celine Dion worked on a great song on the 1991 adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast”. It was so successful that she even got her first Grammy award for it. Even though this was good news, the popularity of the record and her award caused an uproar among fans.
The publicity did not please her Quebecois fans. In light of this reaction, the French-Canadian artist decided to refuse the English Artist of the Year that she got during the Felix Awards.
Celine Wasn’t Planned
We bet you did not know that the singer has 14 siblings. She is the youngest child in the family. Apparently, they did not plan on having her as they were already facing financial difficulty with 13 kids.
However, fate had different plans. Sadly, she had to sleep in their cabinet drawer for the first few years of her life as they did not have any space available. She has certainly come a long way from then.
Her Husband Put His Foot Down
Even though she had her reservations about “My Heart Will Go On”, her husband Rene asked her to record and then release the single. During an interview with Jonathan Ross, the singer revealed something interesting.
“[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.” Well, we are glad that she gave it a chance! It came out in 1997, ended up becoming a hit, and gave her numerous awards. It remains her most popular song to date.
A Shark When It Comes To Business
Her mother is none other than Therese Tanguay Dion. She is best known in their province for her excellent cooking skills. It seems like this talent was passed on to Celine, who opened Nickels, her own restaurant.
She opened her first branch of Nickels back in 1990. It was so successful that she decided to turn it into a chain of restaurants. You will now be able to find a lot of her restaurants all across Canada.
Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies
The ‘90s proved to be a rollercoaster of a decade for Celine. She managed to release 13 studio albums and learned that her husband was suffering from cancer. After her diagnosis, she decided to take it easy and go on a break.
During this time, a tabloid magazine called National Enquirer published that she was expecting with twins. What happened after this was that she sued them for $20 million! They eventually apologized and donated to the American Cancer Society as retribution.
Celine is the recipient of the highest honor in Quebec, which is the National Order of Quebec. Aside from that, she has an honorary doctorate at Laval University as well as stars on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walks of Fame.
How impressive is that? She has mentioned that it was “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.” During the speech, she dedicated the award to her husband.
She Had No Other Choice
It was two years before Celine was born when a famous French musician by the name of Hugues Aufray came out with the song “Céline.” At the age of 5, she sang this song during her brother’s wedding.
It is now generally considered to be the breakthrough that launched the rest of her wildly successful career. All of her family members are gifted musicians, but let us just say that she got an extra dose of talent.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
Her family was quick to recognize how talented their youngest member was. Her brother Jacques and mother composed songs that they hoped would help her get a head start in the music industry.
We bet they were so happy to see that their hard work paid off. They caught the attention of the right man. A Canadian producer and talent manager named Rene Angelil got into contact with them about it.
Her Mom Had To Interfere
Her mother sent this demo to Rene Angelil with a message 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 to the note right away.
However, this changed when Celine’s brother contacted him directly. He asked the producer to give the demo a listen. Angelil clearly liked what he heard as he invited Celine to come in and audition.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
Rene had an emotional response to the voice of this young girl. When Celine dropped by to audition, she was given a pretend microphone. Rene told her, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.”
Rene was stunned by what she did next. It was as if Celine was made to perform. She delivered a knockout performance, and as they say, the rest is history.
Younger Than Her Own Stepson
Before Rene Angelil got romantically involved with Celine Dion, he had already been married twice in his life. He even had a child from his first marriage that ended in 1972, a son by the name of Patrick Angelil.
His second marriage began in 1974 and lasted until 1986. This resulted with him having another two children with his second wife. Finally, in 1994, he and Celine tied the knot in an over-the-top wedding.
Rene Burst Into Tears
The audition had been very emotional for him. Apparently, Rene actually began to cry when Celine performed a song for him. She knew right away that she did a great job. Rene then signed her as he knew this girl was going to go far in life.
Aside from that, he was aware that she was young and had to work hard in order to launch her career. He had a vision for her career, and he was not going to settle for anything less than perfect.
High Stakes Gambler
Rene knew that he had a superstar in the making in Celine. He was so convinced of this that he took out a mortgage on his own house to make sure he had the proper funding for her first album.
His hard work seriously paid off since Celine’s first single ended up at the top of the Canada charts. Despite the fact that Rene is an avid gambler, this is probably the greatest risk he had ever taken in his life.
The Pope Loved Her
In 1984, Quebec received a visit from Pope John II. Celine was asked to perform the French anthem, Une Colombe, in front of thousands of people at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Reports claimed that The Pope enjoyed the performance very much.
After being hugely successful in Canada, it was obvious Celine was well on her way to stardom. It was a good thing that Celine also liked performing for him!
She Demanded Time To Grow Up
She was able to launch her career successfully, but Rene told her it was time to go on a break. It was another big risk since Celine was just starting out as a new artist. Regardless, she followed his advice and went on an 18-month break anyway.
To her, this time away allowed her to grow into a woman. Her ultimate goal was to become a star like Michael Jackson, and she and Rene knew that would require some changes on her part – a sort of rebranding.
Learning English And Going Global
Who would have thought that taking this time away was the best decision she could make at the time? Upon her return, she improved her English and felt even more confident at singing and speaking in English.
Her second album was called “Incognito” and went on to sell more than half a million copies. However, things got a little bleak when she had a mishap on tour and injured her voice. This forced her to go on a three-week break and go through vocal training in order to avoid surgery.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
She released her very first album in English in the year 1990. Called “Unison”, it helped her become even more famous and achieve international star status. It contained multiple top 10 songs, including “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”.
The album was immensely successful and went gold in the United States, a huge milestone for the pop star. It looked like everything was going great for her when the unexpected happened.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
Right before she set out on her tour, Celine Dion lost her voice! Apparently, the culprits behind this were exhaustion and laryngitis. Even though she desperately wanted to go on tour, doctors recommended she go on another break.
She didn’t know what to do. She hadn’t planned on cancelling her tour. But she needed to go through vocal training to prevent her damaging her vocal cords even more. She knew she had no other choice.
Revealing Her Big Secret
Although there were rumors about her romantic relationship with Rene sprouting up everywhere, she did not make it publicly official right away. She decided that the right time to do so was right before she released her newest album.
It was aptly named “The Colour of My Love”. At last, Celine revealed her romance with Rene and confirmed the already spreading rumors.
Fearing The Public
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil began dating when she was just 19 years old. Another thing to note was that Rene was 26 years her senior! While the two of them truly loved each other, they knew that the public would be harsh about their significant age gap.
They were completely right, but they faced all the criticism head-on. The two still got engaged in 1991 and married in 1994. They then started trying to have a family together.
She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper
Celine and Rene kept their relationship under wraps for more than 5 years. In a 1994 interview, Rene said that he was scared of what others would think. Apparently, Celine had been the one to insist on letting the entire world know.
She did not care about what they would say. She explained, “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world.” We can only begin to imagine just how difficult it must have been for them to keep such a meaningful secret from the world, and for such a long time.
Celine and Rene got married on December 17, 1994, at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. The ceremony was even broadcasted live on Canadian television. At that point, the two of them were already getting the royal couple treatment in Canada.
It’s no wonder so many people were excited about it and wanted to see it. Every last detail of the wedding was as extravagant as ever. From Celine’s designer dress to the outrageous decor. The whole wedding was the peak of luxury.
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?
Celine Dion wore a lovely dress by Steve and Mirella Gentile. Isn’t it incredible that they took more than 1,000 hours to make this gown? The bulk of the work was for the 20-foot train.
She completed the look by donning a tiara that weighed 20 pounds! Her wedding outfit had been the talk of the town until long after the ceremony. As you can probably tell from the pictures, her look was timeless.
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments
Money was clearly not an issue for Renee and Celine, not at all. The lovebirds purchased a mansion worth $72 million together. Located on an island off of Florida, it came with three pools, a water park, and a golf course.
As if this wasn’t enough, the property also has a tennis court, as well as many other amenities. In fact, the island, named Juniper Island, is filled with many celebrity homes and estates.
He Was Her Everything
After she enjoyed success with the release of Titanic, the singer went on the “Let’s Talk About Love” tour. It was going just fine when she received some terrible news. Her husband had cancer.
She learned about it while doing a show and sang a song as a tribute for him. It was a long and hard battle, but Rene succumbed to the disease at the age of 73 on January 14, 2016.
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully
Before this all happened, the two of them got to welcome a set of twins on October 23, 2010. They named their twin boys Eddy and Nelson. The former was named after Eddy Marnary, the French producer who worked on her first five albums.
The second one was named after Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa. After the twins were born, Celine appeared on the cover of the Canadian version of Hello! magazine with the twins.
Dreaming Of Changing The World
During the aftermath of the tsunami that rocked Asia in 2004, Celine organized an event that raised a million dollars to help the victims. Not to mention she was also very active in the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina
She donated another million dollars to the victims. Celine Dion wasn’t afraid to voice her critical opinion of the U.S. government’s failure to help the victims as well.
Her Secret Dad
Celine has often talked about her mother during interviews, but we rarely hear anything about her father. Adhemar Dion, her father, passed away in 2001. She was very close to him, and his death was a difficult thing for her and her family to get through.
She once 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
The diagnosis and death of her husband meant that she had to deal with the act of preparing the kids for the news. Upon reflection, Celine Dion 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, took social media by storm when he came up to present an award to Celine Dion at the Billboard Music Awards. It was the first public appearance he ever made.
People were so impressed by the good looks of the young man, which earned him a big following. All the same, it wasn’t a normal occurrence for a celebrity to bring their child on stage in any public appearance.
She Made it to 90
Despite the challenges and disagreements along the way, her mother is still alive and kicking. As a matter of fact, she and Celine are still as close as possible. She recently celebrated her 92nd birthday!
Other than being a famous pop star’s stage mom, Celine’s mother has become the host of a cooking show in Canada. Not to mention that she also launched her own line of food products as well.
She NEVER Misses a Beat
Although there are plenty of celebrities who are difficult when it comes to interviews, Celine Dion is not one of them. She actually has a reputation for being a very pleasant interviewee.
When she went on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, the host paid her a compliment about her jewelry. The singer replied by launching into a Donna Summer hit: “She worked hard for the money”. This attitude helped her rise to stardom!
Without a Brother
Even though it would be easy to say that she has had her fair share of luck in life, it is not without some serious misfortune as well. Did you know that she lost Rene and her brother in the same week? We doubt anything could be worse.
Not to mention that the two had passed away from the same disease – cancer. We can’t even begin to imagine just how hard it must have been for Celine and her family to get through that.
Her Siblings Never Made It Big
The Dion family boasts of plenty of musical talent. In fact, one of her older sisters, Claudette, also had ambitions to create herself a great music career, just like Celine.
However, it did not share the same trajectory as Celine’s, unfortunately. Who knows what the future holds though – maybe she’ll reach her goals in the upcoming years!
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
As if her extreme success in the music industry wasn’t enough, Celine Dion also launched a fashion line of her own. She was always known for being a well-dressed celebrity, which must have encouraged her in this pursuit.
She has since released more than 200 items under her line, which includes accessories and bags. She draws inspiration from her own family. She has stated that her mother and twins served as the main inspiration for her collection.