CELINE DION’S TRAUMATIC LIFE – WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW

Published on July 18, 2019

Celine Dion’s voice may be one of the finest voices that we’ve ever heard. She is one of the greatest singers to have graced the industry. In fact, she possesses a three-octave range, from B2 to E♭6.

Celine Dions Traumatic Life What You Didnt Know

Celine Dion’s Traumatic Life What You Didn’t Know

She is definitely gorgeous inside and out. However, her life has been far from easy. To this day, she’s been dealing with all kinds of difficulties we can’t even imagine. This is the story of Celine Dion’s greatest challenge.

Her Life Was Never Dull

Many people admire Celine Dion due to her resilience and talent. From the beginning, she had many obstacles to overcome. It still isn’t smooth-sailing, even now that she has managed to reach an incredible level of success.

Her Life Is Never Dull

Her Life Is Never Dull

She had to learn how to handle her career with a controversial relationship and many health issues. Despite all of this, she never fails to look happy and give her best during performances.

Her Husband’s Diagnosis

In 1999, she received devastating news regarding her husband. Rene was confined in the hospital because it was discovered that he had throat cancer. This required Celine to look after him full time.

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Her Husband’s Diagnosis

Her Husband’s Diagnosis

Rene’s health problem became a major trial in her ongoing career. Celine did everything she possibly could to help her husband have the best quality of life possible.

Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

Her mother disapproved of the relationship from the very beginning. Celine explained, “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… ”

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Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

“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

Amidst concerts and tours, Celine took a well-deserved break from her career in 2000 for her family. Celine went through two in-vitro fertilization procedures to boost the chance of conception.

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She Had Problems Conceiving

She Had Problems Conceiving

They decided to go with this route after their numerous unsuccessful attempts with her husband. Finally, Celine was able to give birth to her first child named Rene-Charles Dion Angelil in 2001.

She Almost Died

Celine was only 5 years old when she had a serious near-death experience. She got hit by a truck and fell into a coma for an entire week. How terrifying that must have been for her and her parents!

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She Almost Died

She Almost Died

Luckily, she went on to make a full recovery from the fractured skull she suffered from the accident. All the same, the event must have been such a traumatizing one.

She Hated My Heart Will Go On

We were all captivated by the song “My Heart Will Go On” when it first started playing in Titanic. But did you know that Celine Dion had doubts about this song? She believed it would not get famous and will even affect her singing career negatively.

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She Hated My Heart Will Go On

She Hated My Heart Will Go On

Celine said in an interview that she disliked 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”

They Called Her A Traitor

Another Celine Dion chart-topper song was featured in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. She won her first Grammy from this performance! Even with the success it got, the song caused an enormous backlash from her Quebecois fans.

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They Called Her A Traitor

They Called Her A Traitor

Because of this, Celine declined the English Artist of the Year award at Felix Awards to show that she took pride in being French-Canadian and that she stood with her home country.

Celine Wasn’t Planned

Many don’t know that Celine is the youngest of 14 children in a family that was financially unstable. Her mother didn’t plan on having any more kids after giving birth for the 13th time.

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Celine Wasn’t Planned

Celine Wasn’t Planned

Apparently, destiny had other plans in store. When Celine was still a little baby, she actually had to sleep in a cabinet drawer because there weren’t any more beds available in her family’s house!

Her Husband Put His Foot Down

Rene was instrumental in recording Celine’s “My Heart Will Go On”. He convinced Celine that this song will be a big hit. In an interview with Jonathan Ross, she recalled, “[Angélil] said, ‘Let’s just do a demo. Let’s give it a try and we’ll see after.’”

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Her Husband Put His Foot Down

Her Husband Put His Foot Down

“The demo is actually the real recording. I never sang the song again.” The rest was history and the song from 1997 film Titanic won several awards. This song will forever be Celine’s trademark song.

A Shark When It Comes To Business

Therese Tanguay Dion, Celine’s mother, is a renowned chef in Quebec. Now we know where Celine’s passion and skills in cooking came from! Celine herself established her first restaurant.

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A Shark When It Comes To Business

A Shark When It Comes To Business

It was in Quebec in 1990. Just like her songs, it was a massive hit. After plenty of success, she decided to expand Nickels and to open other locations throughout Canada.

Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies

The 1990s was a very stressful decade for Celine. She released an astounding 13 albums and received the bad news about Rene’s health. During this difficult period, she realized that she needed to take a break for herself and her family.

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Suing Millions For Spreading Lies

Suing Millions For Spreading Lies

During her hiatus, a magazine called National Enquirer published a story about Celine having twins. As a consequence, Celine took legal action against the magazine and asked for $20 million. The magazine quickly expressed and donated money to the American Cancer Society.

Doctor Dion

Celine Dion has many awards to her name including the highest honor her province can give, The National Order of Quebec. She was also given stars in both the Hollywood and Canadian Walks of Fame.

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Doctor Dion

Doctor Dion

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she received an honorary doctorate from the Laval University. She dedicated this award to her husband Rene and called it “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.”

She Had No Other Choice

A famous French artist named Hugues Aufray released a song entitled “Céline” two years before her birth. On her brother’s wedding, 5-year-old Celine performed the song she was named after.

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She Had No Other Choice

She Had No Other Choice

This performance was the exact moment when everyone noticed her extraordinary talent. While she was from a family of musicians, it was clear that she had serious potential.

Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Celine’s mother and brother Jacques composed songs for her because they knew Celine had the makings of a great singer. Her mother did everything she could to ensure Celine’s talent will not go to waste.

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Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Fortunately, her family’s hard work paid off when they were able to catch the attention of Canadian musical producer and talent manager, Rene Angelil.

Her Mom Had To Interfere

Celine’s mother first sent a demo to Rene with 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.” Rene didn’t reply right away.

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Her Mom Had To Interfere

Her Mom Had To Interfere

In fact, it was only with the persuasion of Celine’s brother that the producer decided to give it a shot. Once Rene heard Celine’s voice, he immediately contacted her to audition for him.

Her Audition Was Far From Normal

Rene was very excited to meet Celine personally after hearing her incredible demo. When Celine arrived at his office, he gave her a false microphone and said, “Here’s your microphone.”

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Her Audition Was Far From Normal

Her Audition Was Far From Normal

“Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” Celine then went for it and Rene was absolutely stunned by her performance. It was as if she was born to perform.

Younger Than Her Own Stepson

At the time, Rene Angelil was already twice married and twice divorced. From his first marriage that ended in 1972, he had a son named Patrick Angelil. His second marriage went on from 1974 to 1986, with him having another two children with his second wife.

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Younger Than Her Own Stepson

Younger Than Her Own Stepson

 

In 1994, he and Celine got married in an extravagant wedding. While they had difficulty conceiving, they succeeded in having three children: a boy in 2001, and then twin boys in 2010.

Rene Burst Into Tears

Celine recalled just how emotional Rene became during her audition. “While I was singing, he (Rene) started to cry,” she said. “I knew then I had done a good job.”

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Rene Burst Into Tears

Rene Burst Into Tears

At that moment, Rene recruited her and he already knew that she will become a big star. Rene already had planned on how to accomplish that and he was ready to face any obstacle to get her to the top.

High Stakes Gambler

Rene took a big personal risk on Celine. He got a loan on his house to have enough money to release Celine’s first album! It sounds crazy, but it appears that he knew what he was doing.

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High Stakes Gambler

High Stakes Gambler

All their sacrifices paid off as her song went straight to number one in Canada. Even though he was an avid gambler and poker player, this was probably the biggest risk Rene ever took.

The Pope Loved Her

When Pope John II went to Quebec in 1984, Celine, at age 16, sang the national anthem in front of him and thousands of fans in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

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The Pope Loved Her

The Pope Loved Her

After her massive success on the charts in Canada and this event, it was clear that Celine was going to be a star. Celine was very pleased to be singing for him and the Pope likewise enjoyed her performance.

She Demanded Time To Grow Up

Rene actually told Celine to take a break even though she was at the very beginning of her career. It was a huge risk to take at the time since she was still in the middle of establishing her name as an artist.

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She Demanded Time To Grow Up

She Demanded Time To Grow Up

Despite the risk, she took 18 months away from the limelight. The reason for this break was very specific. Celine decided she wanted to be a star like Michael Jackson, and Rene knew she would need to have her look altered and rebranded to make it to his level of stardom.

Learning English And Going Global

Contrary to what everyone thought, it turned out to be a very beneficial move for her career. When Celine returned to the music scene, fans noticed Dion’s evolution into a more confident lady. Her pronunciation when singing English also improved.

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Learning English And Going Global

Learning English And Going Global

Her comeback album “Incognito”, ended up selling over half a million copies. However, she had a mishap on tour and injured her voice, forcing her to take a three-week break and go through vocal training. All to avoid surgery.

America’s Sweetheart Was Born

In 1990, Dion made massive strides in her career by launching her first English album, “Unison”. The career move pushed her into American stardom and she became famous throughout the world.

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America’s Sweetheart Was Born

America’s Sweetheart Was Born

The songs on the album were hits, especially “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” which went on to become a top 10 hit. While enjoying this tremendous success, something took her by surprise.

Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

Celine’s voice vanished and she couldn’t sing as she was preparing for the tour. She was suffering from both exhaustion and laryngitis and didn’t know what to do.

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Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

She initially had zero plans to cancel the tour, but her doctors instructed her not to continue as she would damage her vocal cords even more. She then had to take a short break from singing to recover.

Revealing Her Big Secret

There were many speculations about her relationship with Rene, but neither of the two confirmed it right away. Many people thought it would be inappropriate for them to be in a relationship due to their 26-year age-gap.

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Revealing Her Big Secret

Revealing Her Big Secret

Just before the launch of her album called “The Colour of My Love”, Celine finally revealed her romance with Rene and confirmed the already swirling rumors.

Fearing The Public

It was a May-December love affair: Celine was 19 years old and Rene was 46 years old. They were aware that people would criticize their relationship due to the unusually big age gap.

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Fearing The Public

Fearing The Public

They faced all the criticism head-on and began officially dating in 1987 and got engaged in 1991. They ended up getting married in 1994 at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec.

She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

Before disclosing the big secret, they were able to keep it to themselves for five whole years. It was actually Celine who wanted to announce it regardless of the public reaction and the publicity.

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She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

“When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world,” she said. We can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Celine and Rene to keep such a big secret for such a long time.

Going Overboard

Celine and Rene’s wedding was televised live on Canadian television. They tied the knot in Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica on December 17, 1994. It was the equivalent of a Royal Wedding in Canada, considering the number of people who wanted to watch it.

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Going Overboard

Going Overboard

Every last detail of the wedding was as extravagant as ever. From Celine’s dress to the venue and the outrageous decor. The entire wedding was the epitome of luxury.

Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?

Celine’s wedding dress was the talk of the town even after the wedding ceremonial. It was designed by fashion designer couple Mirella and Steve Gentile. The piece actually took them over 1,000 hours to finish!

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Bridezilla Or Royal Princess@

Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?

The gown was twenty feet long and was paired with a twenty-pound tiara that succeeded in making Celine look like a real-life princess. As you can tell from the photos, her look was timeless.

Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

The power couple bought a $72 million mansion in Florida. Why on earth would it be so expensive? Well, for one thing, it has a golf course, three pools, and a water park.

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Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

Not to mention it’s on an island off of Florida. Juniper Island is actually home to many luxurious celebrity mansions. To top it off, this estate has a tennis court among other incredible amenities.

He Was Her Everything

After her sensational success with Titanic, Celine started her “Let’s Talk About Love” world tour. This was the same time that Rene was diagnosed with cancer.

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He Was Her Everything

He Was Her Everything

Celine received the heartbreaking news while performing. She then decided to perform a tribute song for her husband. On January 14, 2016, Rene passed away after fighting the disease.

Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

The couple was actually blessed with twins later on, after a variety of treatments. Eddy and Nelson were born on October 23, 2010. Nelson was named after the famous South-African president, Nelson Mandela.

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Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

On the other hand, Eddy’s name derived from the producer of Celine’s first five albums, Eddy Marnary. Celine appeared on the cover of the Canadian edition of Hello! magazine with the newborn twins not long after.

Dreaming Of Changing The World

Celine Dion is also active when it comes to charity work. When the terrifying tsunami hit Asia, she organized an event that was able to raise $1 million for the victims.

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Dreaming Of Changing The World

Dreaming Of Changing The World

She also donated $1 million dollars for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. She was not afraid to let the whole world know about the US government’s inefficiency.

Her Secret Dad

Celine’s father is another person who played an important role in her success. Her father, Adhemar Dion, sadly passed away in back in 2001. She was very close to him, and his passing was very difficult on her as well as the rest of her family.

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Her Secret Dad

Her Secret Dad

Celine 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 had to deal with the big task of telling her kids about their father’s condition. When asked about it, she said, “I’m proud of the way I prepared my boys for their dad’s death.”

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She Prepared Her Kids For Death

She Prepared Her Kids For 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

The first public appearance of Rene Charles Angelil was when he was a presenter in the Billboard Music Awards. He was assigned to present an award she won to his mom!

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Her Son Is Too Young

Her Son Is Too Young

Many were amazed by how handsome Celine’s first son was. All the same, it isn’t a usual thing for a celebrity to bring their child on stage in any public appearance.

She Made it to 90

To this very day, Celine’s mother is still healthy and living as well as ever. As a matter of fact, Celine’s beloved mother just recently celebrated her 92nd birthday! How incredible is that?

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She Made It To 90

She Made It To 90

Aside from being a famous singer’s stage mom, Celine’s mother has become the host of a cooking show in Canada. Not to mention that she’s launched her own line of food products.

She NEVER Misses a Beat

Celine Dion is one of the easiest celebrities to conduct an interview with. Talk show hosts and journalists love her for it and can’t seem to get enough of her.

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She NEVER Misses A Beat

She NEVER Misses A Beat

For instance, when she was the guest star in the Ellen DeGeneres show where her jewelry was praised, Celine sang a Donna Summer song, “She worked hard for the money”. Her joyous attitude also played a part in launching her career.

Without a Brother

Celine had to endure many obstacles throughout her life. The same week Rene had passed away, Celine’s brother, Daniel, passed away for the same sad reason – cancer.

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Without A Brother

Without A Brother

It was most definitely the worst week for her and her family. Unfortunately, many families are typically familiar with the pain and suffering of having a loved one pass away from the horrid disease.

Her Siblings Never Made It Big

Celine’s siblings were talented singers as well – their whole family was actually very musically talented. Claudette, one of her older sisters, also pursued a career in music.

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Her Siblings Never Made It Big

Her Siblings Never Made It Big

Sadly, she was unable to obtain the same level of fame and success that Celine has. But who knows, maybe she’ll reach her goals in the future!

Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

Even after such an accomplished music career, Celine Dion took a gamble when released her very own fashion line. It made sense— she is well-known as one of the music industry’s most fashionable celebrities.

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Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

This motivated her to start her own clothing brand. Her line has over 200 pieces. According to her, it was her family members who inspired and influenced her when designing all the pieces.

TV Debut

Celine Dion is undoubtedly talented in more ways than one. She showcased her acting skills in a Thanksgiving episode of the popular TV show, All My Children.

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TV Debut

TV Debut

In the episode, Celine was a guest of Erica’s (Susan Lucci) talk show, ‘New Beginnings’, singing the title track “Taking Chances”. The episode aired on Wednesday, November 21, 2007.