The success of Céline Dion is amazing. Her career was launched at the age of 12 and the superstar has been performing ever since. The French-Canadian singer has recorded albums in both English and French and has won several hits in her decades-long career. But life has not always been easy for Dion, despite her early success. From a poor youth to the loss of her husband, Dion has had to overcome many obstacles. It is no coincidence that one of her most iconic hits is “My Heart Will Go On” – Dion is a shining example of adversity triumph.
Music is in her blood
The power pipes of Dion are a characteristic of the family. Her parents are also musicians and as a baby she went on tour with their singing group, Dion’s Family. A few years later, her parents opened a piano bar where Dion surprised her customers with her soon to be famous vocals. Her mother later helped her write a song for a demo tape, giving Dion her first recording contract at the age of 12.
She grew up poor
The megastar comes from modest roots. The youngest of 14 children, life was not always easy for Dion to grow up. With so many children the house was packed. “We were three or four in the same bed,” Dion told CBS News. “I didn’t have a bedroom. Up the stairs, before I went into the bedrooms, there was a little slope. And my bed was there. So everyone went upstairs, they saw me, and I could wave good-bye and goodnight.”
Despite the lack of money, Dion insists that her family was not poor where it really mattered. “We received love and affection and support,” she told Vanity Fair. “What else did we need?”
She met her future husband at the age of 12
Dion was only 12 years old when she met the love of her life, although she didn’t know it then. It would be another five years before she fell for her manager, René Angélil, despite the age difference of 26 years. Her mother initially did not approve of the relationship, but eventually came around. “She had no choice,” Dion told Access Hollywood. “Love won.”
Angélil died of cancer in 2016 and Dion still mourns his death. “I will probably grieve the rest of my life,” she told Digital Spy. The singer told CBS that she no longer sees herself falling in love. “I’m still in love with him,” she said. “And I have the love of my children. I have the love of my fans. I love the people I work with. So my life is not empty of love.”
She added: “But there is a song from Sia:” I go to sleep and imagine that you are with me. “And I’m going to bed with him. And I come on stage with him. And so I am still married to him. “
She struggled with infertility
Dion struggled for years to have a child. Her struggle with infertility made it difficult to have children, but eventually she had three children who were all conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF). After the birth of her first child, René-Charles, she went through another six rounds of IVF before fathering her twin, Nelson and Eddy.
Dion was determined to have another child, even though it cost her the career she had worked so hard for. She had signed a contract with Caesars Palace, but postponed treatment. “People quit because it is very expensive, but I kept going,” she told Daily Mail. “I wouldn’t stop just because I had a contract to sing. I would have hated every song for the rest of my life, so I said, try to postpone the Caesars Palace shows because it wasn’t reason enough for me not to to try a baby. A life or a contract? I couldn’t live with that. “
Fame isn’t that important to her
Many celebrities have turned their heads as soon as they become famous, but Dion has remained firmly grounded throughout her career. “It has nothing to do with the albums, the money, the prices and how many records I have sold,” she told Taste of Life. “I am still on stage because I still love that part of my life, but what I am most proud of, what I consider my greatest success, is my family – my three beautiful children.”
She doesn’t watch TV
Believe it or not, Dion doesn’t even watch reality singing competitions on television. She would undoubtedly have been a hit at a show like American Idol, but it appears that TV shows are not her style. She told Woman’s Weekly that she is “happy” that she was born before the heyday of reality TV.
“If I were to start my career now, I doubt I would have had another option than to take part in one of those shows,” she said. “But I’m glad I didn’t start my career right now. I don’t watch TV, so I can’t say I’m a fan to be honest.”
Dion added that nowadays everything is about her children. “I am not part of the music industry and what is happening nowadays, I just play and then go back to my family,” she said.
She’s a homebody
Despite all the glitter and glamor, Dion has always been happiest when she relaxes at home. She has never been someone to go out, and prefers to spend time with her family. “I am not a party girl,” she told W in 2007. “I am very happy that my husband – who is 65 – not only because I love him, but because it would not work to have a man my age who wants to go out twice a week. I would go crazy. “
She’s not bossy, she’s the boss
It should come as no surprise that Dion is the boss. After launching her handbag and accessory line and saying goodbye to her former manager, Aldo Giampaolo, she made it clear that she was in charge. “Let me be clear … I am the boss,” she told journalists at the launch of her line (via the Montreal Gazette). After the death of her husband, Dion has found new strength.
“I’ve been through a lot and I’m not the only one,” she said. “People have experienced a lot, so they probably understand what I am saying now. Sometimes when you experience a lot, whether it is disappointment or loss, there is a force that takes over if you believe.”
She’s a total fashionista
If you don’t see Dion as an important style icon, it’s time to do that. In 2016 she started working with stylist Law Roach who works with other big stars such as Ariana Grande and Zendaya.
Roach told Elle that he was “panicking” when the Dion team approached him. “I mean, you have superstars and you have legends,” he said. “Celine is an icon. She is an absolute icon.”
Roach helped the singer renew her style, but says he was surprised at how fashion savvy Dion was even before they met. “The thing about Celine is that she loves fashion,” he said. “She reads the magazines and she is very current. What I was surprised about.” Roach added that designers love the look of Dion. “Everyone wants to dress her up now,” he said.
She’s a driven perfectionist
The driven personality of Dion has undoubtedly played a major role in her incredible success. She does long hours to ensure that her music is flawless. Diane Warren, who has written some of Dion’s most iconic songs, told Billboard what “impressive” is about working with the singer. “I went to her show, and it’s almost two o’clock,” she said. “She is not synchronous. She sings songs that are not easy to sing. Then we went into the studio at 11.30 in the evening and she stayed until about four in the morning and did not leave until it was perfect. I kept thinking : “That’s why it will last forever.” “
According to Warren, Dion’s dedication is a rarity in the music industry. “You often work with singers and they say,” Aw, I’ll finish next time, “she said. However, Dion gives her everything.” There are so few people, “Warren said.
She believes being cool is about being confident
There are so many reasons to admire Dion, but one of the biggest reasons that she is a role model is because she is so unabashed. With Dion, what you see is what you get. She said to The Guardian: “To me being cool is being happy and stable and being sure of myself. I think as you get older, you become more involved in life. I make every decision more carefully.”
Dion lives life on her own terms, as we should all do. “In the beginning I had to prove myself to the industry,” she said. “Not anymore. I’m doing this for fun.”