3 Years After Loss, Celine Dion Opens Up On Her Late Husband

Celine Dion is an award-winning artist who has graced the world with her stunning voice and perseverant attitude. However, her personal life has continued to make headlines over the years, including her controversial marriage to a man 26 years older than her and, 3 years after his death, Celine makes an announcement.

Her Life Is Never Dull

Wherever Celine Dion went, drama was quick to follow – a fact that remains true to this day, especially with these drastic new surprises life threw her way. Celine had to learn how to balance her tremendous success, forbidden love affair, and reoccurring health problems – all while jumping over unexpected hurdles and dealing with her past.

Her Life Is Never Dull

Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

Despite her desire to marry Rene, Celine’s mother was actually apprehensive about the two being together. “It was very difficult for her,” Dion 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’.”

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Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

Her Husband’s Diagnosis

Nothing would prepare Celine for the news she would hear about her husband. In 1999, Rene was diagnosed with throat cancer and it over time, he would lose his basic abilities. This meant that Celine was forced to become his caretaker as well as his lover. The dynamics of the relationship certainly transformed as a result of Rene’s health. She did everything in her power to take care of him and make sure he had the best quality of life possible. In a recent interview Celine responded to finding new love, “Not now,” she responds. “I love. I love. I love him. I’m still in love with him.”

Her Husband’s Diagnosis

Fans Are Worried

Fans and journalists alike have expressed concern about Celine Dion’s health in recent times. Many have pointed out the singer’s significant weight loss and believe that she might have some sort of eating disorder. “I love you Celine. Please take care,” a fan wrote on social media. “You look very unhealthy.” Another fan was surprised at how “skinny” she looked, comparing her situation to that of late singer Karen Carpenter. However, others believe that their might be an ulterior reason behind this radical change in appearance…

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Fans Are Worried

Maybe It’s Connected To Losing René

According to news outlet Vaaju.com, Celine Dion’s radical weight loss may be attributed to losing husband René Angélil, who died three years ago, and her brother Daniel, who passed away two days later. “I think since her husband died she has been well, too thin, dressing weird and acting differently,” one fan wrote. “When René was with her, her style was…well put together. He gave her that sparkle in her eyes. A few pounds more [and] she would look healthier.”

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Maybe It’s Connected To Losing Rene

It Has Taken Three Years

In light of the recent developments surrounding her appearance, Celine Dion has opened up once again about losing her husband. In an interview with Extra, she claimed that it has taken about three years to move on and regain her passions in life. Her first tour since losing Rene is scheduled to begin in the next couple of months. “I would say roughly three years, for me to have for example the passion to keep going and the force and the energy.”

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It Has Taken Three Years

I’m Doing Fine

Make no mistake about: Celine Dion is aware of the way fans feel about her weight loss. However, she was quick to reassure the public that she’s doing fine. “It’s true that I’m a little thinner,” she told ABC News. “Everything’s fine, nothing’s wrong…” She also told The Sun that if fans don’t like the way she looks, “don’t bother. Don’t take a picture. If you like it, I’ll be there. If you don’t, leave me alone.”

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I’m Doing Fine

It’s Because She’s Doing Ballet

The singer also explained that one of the reasons she has lost a lot of weight recently is because of her newfound passion for ballet. “I do this four times a week,” she said. “People say, ‘She’s a lot thinner,’ but I’m working hard. I like to move and (weight loss) comes with it.” In an interview with ABC News, Dion claimed that ballet is making her “feel stronger, more beautiful, more grounded. There’s this power and this strength that comes with that maturity.”

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It’s Because She’s Doing Ballet
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She Had Problems Conceiving

Despite having such a busy career for so long, even superstars like Celine Dion need breaks from time to time. And that’s exactly what she did in 2000. The singer took some much needed time off to spend with her family. After many failed attempts to have children, she had two operations in order to maximize her chances of conceiving. Then, on January 25, 2001, Dion gave birth to her son Rene-Charles Dion Angelil in Florida. He is her first child.

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She Had Problems Conceiving

She Almost Died

Like a true pop star, Celine Dion has had her fair share of near death experiences. But long before she became a household name, she diced with death for the first time at the tender age of five. There little Celine was, minding her own business when suddenly, a huge truck backed into the young lady. Completely knocked out by the accident, Dion was unconscious for almost a week and even had skull fractures. But thankfully, she recovered.

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She Almost Died

She Hated My Heart Will Go On

Most casual friends will remember Celine Dion for her keynote single from the Titanic soundtrack, My Heart Will Go On. But upon first recording the hit, she believed that the song would bomb in the charts and do her career considerable damage. In an interview, she said that she hated the song: “…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…”

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She Hated My Heart Will Go On

They Called Her A Traitor

Another breakthrough hit for Celine Dion was the hit song from Disney’s 1991 movie Beauty and the Beast. On the back of the flick’s success, Dion won her first Grammy. But the song caused an extreme backlash from her Quebecois fans. She was accused of betraying them for her American fans. But the singer bounced back and refused to receive to the English Artist of the Year award at the Felix Awards. In her mind, she was always had a French heritage.

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They Called Her A Traitor

Celine Wasn’t Planned

Amazingly, Celine is the youngest of 14 children in a family that was downtrodden by financial troubles. Her mother had already given birth to 13 children. But even though she wasn’t planning on having any more kids, fate had other plans and she became pregnant once again. As the news was unexpected, the happy family knew that they needed to make some changes in order to accommodate baby Celine. She was forced to sleep in a cabinet drawer because there were no more beds.

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Celine Wasn’t Planned

Her Husband Put His Foot Down

Despite her apprehensions, Rene ultimately persuaded Celine that My Heart Will Go On was worth recording. In an interview with Jonathan Ross, she explained that “[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 rest was history and the song from 1997 Titanic won numerous awards. There is no doubt that it is Dion’s most famous song.

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Her Husband Put His Foot Down

A Shark When It Comes To Business

Dion’s mother Therese Tanguay Dion is renowned in Quebec for her cooking skills. And it seems like her daughter also inherited these skills. In 1990, the singer opened up a restaurant in Quebec by the name of Nickels. After much success came from this first restaurant, she made a chain out of it and restaurant soon spread to other parts of Canada, such as Ontario. She also released her own magazine, the Celine Dion Magazine.

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A Shark When It Comes To Business

Suing Millions For Spreading Lies

Celine had a rollercoaster ride during the 90’s, releasing a staggering 13 albums. Also, she received bad news when Rene was diagnosed with cancer. This was a turning point for Celine and prompted her to step back from the limelight. Then, during her hiatus, the National Enquirer released a fake story, saying “‘I’m Pregnant With Twins!'” As a result, Celine sued them for a whopping $20 million. She received an apology from the magazine as well as a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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Suing Millions For Spreading Lies

Doctor Dion

Throughout her career, Celine has received many accolades including the highest honor that her home province can give – The National Order of Quebec. She had also been given stars on both the Hollywood and Canadian Walks of Fame. Dion even received an honorary doctorate from Laval University. She called it “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.” The singer, who never graduated from high school, dedicated the award to Rene, for his tremendous influence on her life.

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Doctor Dion

She Had No Other Choice

Just two years before her birth, French artist Hugues Aufray released a song called Céline. According to Dion, she was named after the song. Then, when she was only five years old, young Celine performed for the first time at her brother’s wedding. This would prove to be the moment that kickstarted her career. And despite being part of a family full of musicians, she still stood out as a real talent. She got more confident with every performance.

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She Had No Other Choice

A Big Announcement

After many rumors during the early stages of her career, Celine finally revealed to the public that she had moved from a professional relationship with Rene, who was her manager, to a romantic one. She revealed everything in the sleeve of her album The Colour of My Love. “Maybe at 17, 18 years old, my feelings started to change for him,” Dion said. “I kind of saw him differently.”

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Revealing Her Big Secret

Fearing The Public

The reality was that they had actually started to date when Dion was only 19. An amazingly, Rene was twenty-six years older than her. Despite being proud of being together, the couple knew that many people would voice their opinions about the age gap. But this was a different type of relationship altogether. They couldn’t hide the truth any longer and eventually, Celine and Rene decided to take things to the next level. They wanted to get married and have a family.

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Fearing The Public

Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Her brother Jacques and her mother wrote and composed a song together, which would eventually be used as a song for Celine to perform. But her mother knew that she special and insisted that someone in the music industry listened to Celine. Her daughter was too talented to ignore. She looked through many albums and contacting a variety of names attached to the sleeves. Eventually, a producer got in touch with her. He went by the name of Rene Angelil.

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Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Her Mom Had To Interfere

Celine’s mother sent a demo to Rene and attached a note saying, “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” But Rene was inundated with many demos and notes from excited parents who believed their child was the next big thing. So after growing restless, one of Celine’s brothers got in touch with Rene. After Michel asked Rene to take a listen, Rene wanted Celine to audition for him instantly.

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Her Mom Had To Interfere

Her Audition Was Far From Normal

Absolutely floored by Celine’s voice, Rene was excited to meet Celine for the first time. He was desperate to judge her based on all her attributes. After arriving at his office, Rene gave her a pencil as a pretend mic and said, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” So she did and in one performance, Rene was an instant fan and would continue to be a fan for the rest of his life.

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Her Audition Was Far From Normal

Younger Than Her Own Stepson

Before tying the knot with Celine Dion, one of the greatest pop stars of all time, Rene Angélil has actually married twice already. He married his first wife, Denyse Duquette in 1966 and had a son called Patrick Angelil.

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Younger Than Her Own Stepson

Rene Burst Into Tears

Celine recalled just how emotional the audition was for Rene. “While I was singing, he (Rene) started to cry,” she said. “I knew then I had done a good job.” At that very moment, Rene signed her and knew that he wanted to make a star out of her. But he knew it would be tough, Dion was young and had a lot to work on. She knew that she had a lot of work to do if she wanted to fulfill Rene’s vision.

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Rene Burst Into Tears

High Stakes Gambler

Rene knew that with a voice that was so beautiful and powerful, he had a winning formula on his hands. So he took some extreme measures to maximize her chances of getting famous. In 1981, Rene mortgaged his house so that he could provide enough funding for Dion’s first record, La Voix Du Bon Dieu. But his sacrifice paid off, and the song went number one in Canada. And even though he was known for gambling, this was the biggest risk Rene ever took.

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High Stakes Gambler

The Pope Loved Her

It wouldn’t be long before Dion would become world famous. When Pope John II visited Quebec in 1984, the singer performed the popular French anthem Une Colombe for him in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The arena held over 65,000 people, making it her biggest audience at the time. And even though she went on to perform for many other famous people, Dion has always considered the Pope to be one of her most beloved people to perform in front of.

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The Pope Loved Her

She Demanded Time To Grow Up

After touring, upon advice from Rene, Celine decided to take some much-needed time off, 18 months to be precise. This was considered by many to be quite a risky move, especially because Dion was still an up and coming artist. But Dion knew that it had to be done. She was going through many changes, transitioning from a girl into a young woman. She knew that she needed to go through a natural progression off stage as well as on.

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She Demanded Time To Grow Up

Learning English And Going Global

It turns out that her time off was very helpful for her career. When the singer returned to the spotlight, fans were happily surprised by Dion’s evolution into a more confident figure. She also became a much more proficient singer in the English language. On the back of this came her comeback album Incognito, selling over half a million copies. It was the first album she released after signing to CBS, her new record label.

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Learning English And Going Global

America’s Sweetheart Was Born

In 1990, Dion made huge strides in her career, releasing her first full-English album, Unison. The career move propelled herself into American stardom and she was now a popular figure throughout the world. It wouldn’t take long before the album was certified gold in the US. The most memorable single from the album was Where Does My Heart Beat Now, which was a top 10 hit. But then something unexpected happened just before Dion was about to embark on her American tour…

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America’s Sweetheart Was Born

Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

On the brink of her tour, Dion lost her voice. The singer had been suffering from laryngitis and was generally tired from such a busy schedule. Despite eagerly wanting to perform, her doctor instructed her not to due to her inflamed vocal cords. The deal was simple, either take a break from singing for a month or be forced to undergo surgery. It was not in her nature though. She hadn’t NOT sang for so long.

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Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

Before revealing the truth, the couple kept things secret for over five years. “I was afraid of what people would think,” Rene said in 1994. But ultimately, it was Dion who insisted that the right thing to do was tell the public. “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world,” she said. But after revealing their news to the public, many people, including her fans, reacted in a way that she could never anticipate.

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She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

Going Overboard

On December 17, 1994, Celine and Rene finally made the ultimate commitment and tied the knot. They had their wedding at one of Canada’s most beautiful locations, Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica. To make matters even more epic, the couple had the ceremony broadcasted on Canadian national TV. At this point, Dion was virtually Canadian royalty, and they felt like the fans deserved to attend the wedding too. But many media outlets criticized the event, believing that Celine and Rene had delusions of grandeur.

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Going Overboard

Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?

Mirella and Steve Gentile designed Dion’s iconic silk wedding gown. It took the fashion couple over 1,000 hours to make it from start to finished. The most memorable thing about the dress was that it had a twenty feet long train. It also had a twenty pound tiara that Dion wore elegantly. Her dress, along with the wedding, in general, was the subject that everyone seemed to be talking about, both in Canada and the rest of the world.

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Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?

Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

Most newlyweds make the mature decision to save up before investing in their own home together. But for Celine and Rene, this wouldn’t be an issue. Due to their fame and fortune, the couple already had a string of estates even before their nuptials. But their most extravagant property had to be the one they acquired and later sold in Jupiter, Florida. The stunning $72 million mansion included three pools, a golf course, and even a water park.

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Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

He Was Her Everything

After her phenomenal success with Titanic, Dion hit the jackpot when she did her Let’s Talk About Love world tour. But even though she was raking it in after 180,000 strong concerts, bad news came her way. Rene had been diagnosed with cancer. She found this out during one of her shows and despite feeling terrible, she performed a song paying tribute to her lover. Sadly, Rene passed away on 14 January 2016, only two days before he’d turn 74.

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He Was Her Everything

Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

But happier times between the two came in 2010, when Rene announced that his wife was pregnant with twins. This was a huge moment for the two, after Celine was treated with IVF for the sixth time in her life. On October 23, 2010, Celine gave birth to twins Eddy and Nelson. She named Eddy after her favorite songwriter, Frenchman Eddy Marnay, the producer of her first five records. While she named Nelson after the former South African revolutionary, Nelson Mandela.

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Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

Dreaming Of Changing The World

After the Asian tsunami of 2004, Celine Dion decided to take action and helped to raise $1 million for the people who suffered from the natural disaster. She also donated $1 million to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. She criticized the U.S. government, saying, “there’s 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.”

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Dreaming Of Changing The World

Her Secret Dad

Despite not being as heavily documented as her mother, Celine Dion’s father actually played a large part in her life. Adhemar Dion lost his life in 2003 and daughter Celine commented about his effect on her on the day he passed away. 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.”

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Her Secret Dad

She Prepared her Kids for Death

After Rene tragically passed away, Dion knew that the kids would find it difficult to accept such terrible news. But she was open about how she handled the situation, saying, “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.”

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She Prepared her Kids for Death

Her Son is Too Young

Celine’s son, Rene Charles Angelil caused a lot of noise on social media after he presented an award with his mother at the Billboard Music Awards. For many it was the first time they had seen him as a young man and many Twitter followers became not-so-secret admirers of him! One fan jokes about the fact though that he was only 15 years of age. “Shawn Mendes is 17, Celine Dion’s son only FIFTEEN,” they couldn’t believe it!

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Her Son is Too Young

She Made it to 90

Despite being through everything together, Dion’s mother is still going strong. To this very day, the pair are as close as ever and Therese Dion reached the amazing milestone of 90 years of age. In honor of her mother, Celine posted photos of the two together online along with some emotional captions. Dion wrote in both English and French, saying, “What a privilege for all of us to still have you around. Happy 90th birthday mom! We love you.”

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She Made it to 90

She NEVER Misses a Beat

Many celebrities are notorious for being a difficult people to have interviews with. But not Celine Dion. She gives her all in every single interview she has, and gives whoever she is speaking with a private performance. When Ellen DeGeneres interviewed her, she complimented Dion on the jewelry she was wearing that day. This compelled the singer to start chanting the Donna Summer song, “She worked hard for the money.” Naturally, the audience burst into applause.

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She NEVER Misses a Beat

Without a Brother

Despite having such a successful career, Dion has also faced her fair share of misfortune throughout her life. Tragically, the singer lost both Rene and her brother to cancer in the same week. It was the worst week of her life. But Celine never let the tremendous loss destroy her and as she always would, put a positive spin on the untimely event. During an interview, Celine said so eloquently that “René (her husband) escorted my brother. It was perfect.”

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Without a Brother

Her Siblings Never Made It Big

After coming from such a large family, it should be no surprise that Celine wasn’t the only Dion who tried to make it into the big time. Her older sister Claudette was also determined to make it in the music industry. But unlike her superstar sister, Claudette never made the same sort of buzz as a singer. She made a little bit of money from her musical endeavors, but nothing like her sister Celine.

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Her Siblings Never Made It Big

Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

Even after such a successful music career, Celine Dion took her business ventures to the next level when she released her own fashion line. After being renowned as one of the music industry’s best-dressed stars, she was recommended to start to release her own clothes. Her line has over 200 items, including bags and accessories. The most amazing thing about her designs is that they are inspired by her family. Her mother and twin sons were her main inspiration.

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Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

TV Debut

And her talents don’t just lie in music and fashion. Celine Dion has also ventured into the world of TV, having a string of roles. One of the most memorable appearances was in the Thanksgiving show All My Children. But it wasn’t such hard work for Dion. She was simply asked to play herself and sing her song “Taking Chances.” “I hope this new song in some small way will touch the hearts of all of us,” she said.

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TV Debut

A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions

There is no denying that Celine’s money maker is her voice. Because of her raw talent, she was catapulted from such humble beginnings to absolute superstardom. And others recognized her blessed skill from such an early age and were willing to believe in her and endorse her. Before she knew it, Dion was able to repay her loved ones for having so much faith in her over the years. Dion’s net worth currently stands at $700 million.

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A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions

9-11 Hit Her Hard

After the delivery of her twins and the September 11 attacks, Celine Dion returned to the spotlight with a performance of God Bless America at the concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. “The performance…brings to mind what has made her one of the celebrated vocalists of our time: the ability to render emotion that shakes the soul,” Billboard’s Chuck Taylor wrote. “Affecting, meaningful, and filled with grace, this is a musical reflection to share with all of us still searching for ways to cope.”

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9-11 Hit Her Hard

A Canadian Star

For sure, Hollywood has the most iconic Walk of Fame in the world. But did you know that Canada also has its own version of the star-studded path? The land of the maple leaf has produced its fair share of household names. Celine Dion is one of the only celebrities to have stars laid down on both the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and Canada. The Canadian edition came first in 2003, followed by her induction into Hollywood.

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A Canadian Star

They Are All Related

Amazingly, all of the celebrities in this image are sort of related to Celine. Shania Twain, Madonna and Beyonce are just a few of the celebrities who have been able to trace their families back to French-Canadian Zacharie Cloutier. This was a man who fled France in 1634 to find a better life the other side of the Atlantic. He founded one of the first families in “New France.” Apparently, Jack Kerouac and Alanis Morissette are also related.

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They Are All Related

Master Of Many Tongues

Another string to Dion’s bow is that she can sing in a variety of languages. Most of her songs are sung in either French or English. But she has also performed in many other tongues to accommodate for her huge spectrum of fans from around the world. Other languages that Dion has been known to record and perform in include Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. One thing is for sure, Celine wants her fans to understand her.

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Master Of Many Tongues

A Staggering Net Worth

One thing is for sure about Celine Dion, she is making an absolute fortune. The singer has had a career that has spanned many decades and has seen her sell out numerous concerts, sell millions of records and receive numerous awards. She was the highest grossing artist of the 00’s and she even made $465 million from her shows in Las Vegas. Other business ventures include restaurant chain and real estate. Celine Dion is currently worth $700 million.

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A Staggering Net Worth

Hit And Miss

It isn’t news that Celine Dion has recorded some of the most instantly recognizable songs from movies in the history of Hollywood. But not all of Dion’s movie numbers were of Titanic proportions. Apparently, Dion was originally tipped to record the song “Dreams to Dream” from the animated feature, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Also, Peabo Bryson was included in the recording of “Beauty and the Beast” due to Dion’s lack of fame at the time.

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Hit And Miss

Love of Golf

Believe it or not, Celine Dion actually loves to play golf. For the majority of her career, the singer has enjoyed both watch professionals play and getting out on the green herself. In 2008, she took her love for the game to the next level when she and Rene renovated Le Mirage. She donated millions to the Quebecois club to give it a fresh look. The couple released a statement on the club’s website, saying “a visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself.”

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Love of Golf

And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion

When it comes to the Oscars, the name Celine Dion is pretty much synonymous. The singer has performed at the prestigious awards ceremony the most times in the Academy’s history than any other artist. Her record sixth performance came in 2011 when she sang the song “Smile.” It was in honor of the celebrities who had lost their lives over the past year. She has also performed her songs “My Heart Will Go On” and “Because You Loved Me.”

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And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion

A Hit Out Of Hell

Celine Dion’s song “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” was actually originally going to be recorded by rock star Meat Loaf. The writer of the song, Jim Steinman, believed that the song should have been recorded by a female and as a ballad, reserving the song for Dion. But Meat Loaf eventually did get his hands on the song and recorded his own version of it. However, Dion’s version will always be best remembered.

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A Hit Out Of Hell

Clinging On To Her Children

Celine admits that it was very tough trying to get over the loss of Rene. In an interview, she 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.”

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Clinging On To Her Children

She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything

When it comes to her choice of songs, it seems like there is nothing that Dion can not sing. The singer is renowned for putting her own spin on other people’s records and has made covers of hits such as Cyndi Lauper’s I Drove All Night, Eric Carmen’s All by Myself and John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy. She is also known to perform many collaborations. Celine Dion has made duets with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Luciano Pavarotti and Aretha Franklin.

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She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything

Certified Diamond

Only instituted in 1999, the Record Industry Association of America began certifying albums that have sold over 10 million units with diamond status. It’s an honor that only a select few popular musicians ever achieve, and Celine happens to have not one, but two certified diamond albums, Falling Into You, which Dion released in 1996, and Let’s Talk About Love, which was released in 1997. Even Elvis, who has more certified albums than any other recording artist in history only has one certified diamond album.

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Certified Diamond

A Best Selling Female Artist

Since executives began using the Nielson Soundscan system to track album sales in 1991, Celine Dion has continued to come out on top. According to the data, which prior to the institution of the system was haphazard at best, Celine Dion is still one of the selling female artist in the United States, and the best selling female artist in Canada. Only Rihanna and Mariah Carey have sold more albums than Celine Dion has.

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A Best Selling Female Artist

Catholic Star

Celine was raised Roman Catholic, which is still the most common religion practiced in Canada. However, despite a childhood steeped in religion, in 2014, Dion shared her current views on religion, “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in,” she says passionately. “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.”

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Catholic Star

Reaching For Gold

Celine Dion’s musical accolades are nearly innumerable, so it’s often easier to only focus on the records she’s broken. Early on in her rise to fame, Celine quickly picked up worldwide fame, even in the tough to crack French market. Her single, “D’amour ou d’amitié”, which means “Of Love or of Friendship”, went gold in France, making Dion the first Canadian performer to ever achieve the status in France, and she was still only a teenager at the time!

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Reaching For Gold

Upgrading Her Image

As Celine’s fame grew, both she and Angeli, who was then just her manager, felt that she needed to put some work into her look in order to really become an international star. The biggest problem Dion had were her teeth, so much so that gossip magazines gave her the mean nickname “Canine Dion”. During her year long makeover in the mid 80s, she went through a procedures that involved adding dental crowns to make her smile more even, as well as teeth whitening.

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Upgrading Her Image

Mid Career Misses

After Celine’s three year break from the music industry, she released the album A New Day Has Come in 2002. The album, which focused a lot on her experience as a new mom, was a commercial success, becoming her first album ever to debut in the number one slot on the Billboard 200. But critics were unimpressed with the quality of her lyrics, calling them “forgettable” and “lifeless”, as well as saying that the music was “trite and mediocre”.

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Mid Career Misses

Accessible To All

One of the things fans love most about Dion is just how accessible she is, despite her diva classification. After her husband died, Celine refused to capitalize off of her grief, and allowed every fan who wanted to see her a chance to personally extend their condolences, with no special access granted to anyone. Dion’s selfless gesture meant that she was standing for eight hours during the televised funeral. Dion’s openness with the public is just another reason her fans keep coming back for more.

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Accessible To All

She Won By A Single Point

One of Celine Dion’s biggest triumphs came in 1988 when she got the opportunity to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest. Funnily, she didn’t even represent France, but the neighboring country of Switzerland. Over 600 million viewers watched Dion represent a country she had no formal connection to. Nevertheless, Dion won the competition, beating the UK by just one vote. Her amazing moment in the competition that took place in Ireland would propel her into superstardom.

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She Won By A Single Point

Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan

Dion was in very close contact with Pop royalty when she signed for CBS, the same label that the legendary Michael Jackson was signed to. It should come as no surprise that she was a massive fan of MJ and even told Rene when she was younger that she was desperate to emulate the King of Pop’s achievements. At 18 years of age, Celine was already winning multiple awards and had already released nearly ten French albums.

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Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan

A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar

One cool fact about the Dions is that they owned a piano bar. Le Vieux Baril acted as the family’s own platform for their kids, including Celine, to perform and practice their musical talents. Located in Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion was a regular performer at the place from the young age of five. She became an instant hit with the locals. And although the bar was eventually demolished, Celine Dion would go on to become one of the most famous and successful singers in the world.

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A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar

An Emotional Announcement

It’s been just over a year since Dion lost her husband to cancer, and the singer recently made an emotional announcement. After 22 years of marriage, Celine Dion admitted to a reporter from “Bizarre”, “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.” Despite the rumors concerning Dion’s new love, the singer admits that she is not ready to move on.

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An Emotional Announcement