Céline Dion is a powerhouse. Born on March 30, 1968, the renowned French Canadian singer has been in the spotlight for most of her life. As noted by Biography, she launched her career at the tender age of 12 and recorded nine albums in French over the next six years. It was 1990's Unison, her first English album, that truly catapulted the singer to widespread fame, though, by bringing her voice to a larger audience. Two years later, she cemented her status in pop music history by recording the theme song for Beauty and the Beast. The song won both a Grammy and an Academy Award, and made it to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After that, Dion became a part of our cultural lexicon. Her tremendous success was not without setbacks, though. From her impoverished childhood to the loss of her beloved husband, René Angélil, Céline Dion has had to overcome many challenges in her life, proving that she is more than a singer — she is a survivor.
Music is in Celine Dion's blood
Céline Dion's strong and mature voice impressed audiences from a young age. She comes by her powerhouse pipes honestly, having grown up in a family of musicians, as noted by Biography. Her parents, Adhémar-Charles and Thérèse, formed a singing group called Dion's Family, bringing the young Dion on tour with them when she was just a baby. The family later opened up a piano bar, giving 5-year-old Dion her first taste of the spotlight by letting her perform for the customers.
Dion was particularly inspired by her mother, whom she described to People as "a great musician" who "loved to sing." It was Dion's mother who helped her write the demo song that would enthrall manager and producer René Angélil so much that he mortgaged his home to finance the then-12-year-old's first album, La Voix du bon Dieu.
At least one of Dion's 13 siblings seems to share her musical talent. A 1988 live performance uploaded to YouTube shows Dion sharing the stage with sister Claudette in a powerful duet.
Celine Dion grew up poor
Megastar Céline Dion comes from humble roots. The youngest of 14 children, Dion did not always have an easy life when she was growing up. With so many children in the family, their house in Quebec was overcrowded. "We were three, four in the same bed," Dion told CBS News. "I did not have a bedroom. Up the stairs, before going in the bedrooms, there was a little ramp. And my bed was there." She continued, "So everybody went up, they saw me, and I could wave goodbye and goodnight."
Despite the lack of money, Dion insists that her family wasn't poor where it really mattered. "We were given love and affection and support," she told Vanity Fair. "What else did we need?" Sounds like Dion has her priorities straight.
Celine Dion met her future husband at the age of 12
Céline Dion was just 12 years old when she met the love of her life, although she didn't know it at the time. It would take another five years for her to fall for her manager, René Angélil, in spite of their 26-year age difference. Dion's mother did not approve of the relationship at first, but she eventually came around. "She had no choice," Dion told Access Hollywood. "Love won."
Angélil passed away from cancer in 2016, and Dion is still grieving his death. "I will probably grieve for the rest of my life," she told Digital Spy in 2017. The singer told CBS News that she does not see herself falling in love again. "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 that I work with. So my life is not empty of love."
She added, "But there's a song from Sia, 'I go to sleep and imagine that you're there with me.' And I go to bed with him. And I come on stage with him. And so I'm still married to him."
Celine Dion struggled with infertility
Céline Dion struggled for years to have a child, as reported by the Daily Mail. Her battle with infertility made having children difficult, but she finally had three children who were all conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). After giving birth to her first child, René-Charles — who, by the way, has grown up to be gorgeous — she went through another six rounds of IVF before conceiving her twins, Nelson and Eddy.
Dion was determined to have another child, even if it cost her the career she had worked so hard for. She had signed a contract with Caesars Palace but postponed her shows in order to undergo treatments. "People stop because it's very expensive but I kept on going," she told Daily Mail. "I was not going to stop just because I had a contract for singing. 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 a good enough reason for me not to try for a baby. A life or a contract? I couldn't live with that."
Fame isn't that important to Celine Dion
In spite of growing up famous, Céline Dion didn't go through the rebellious phase that so many child stars do. Instead, she has always seemed quite focused and down to earth. While she's a household name at this point of her career, she still doesn't care very much for fame. The singer prefers to focus on the important things in life, like her three kids who she told Magnifissance are what she is "most proud of" and are her "biggest success." This, said Dion, is what defines her life rather than her fame and her awards.
The fact that Dion has managed to stay grounded in spite of her estimated $800 million fortune (per Celebrity Net Worth) is impressive enough, but she also wants to help other women recognize their own worth beyond financial and professional success. As the global spokesperson for L'Oréal Paris, Dion told Elle that she connnects with the brand's "I'm Worth It" tagline. "Telling other women that they, too, have self-worth, that they are strong, is obviously really important," she said.
Celine Dion doesn't watch TV
Believe it or not, but Céline Dion doesn't even watch reality singing competitions on television. She would no doubt have been a hit on a show like American Idol, but it turns out that TV shows aren't her style. She told Woman's Weekly that she is "glad" that she was born before the heyday of reality TV.
"If I was starting my career now I doubt that I would of had any other option than to enter one of those shows," she said. "But I'm glad that I didn't start my career now. I don't watch TV and so I can't say that I'm a fan to be honest."
Dion added that everything is about her kids these days . "I'm not part of the music industry and what's going on these days, I just perform and then go back to my family," she said. Clearly family comes before work — and TV time.
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