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Whether it is singing, acting, writing, or something different, there are a lot of people out there who are truly talented but not everyone becomes famous. That’s because success never comes over night and only the most courageous and most determined individuals get to experience it.

When we think of all the celebrities whose lives are filled with fortune and luxury, we tend to believe that they had never struggled and everything was given to them on a silver platter. The truth is that most of them worked extremely hard in order to achieve their status and failed many times before they finally succeeded.

Before she became an international superstar, Céline Dion, who is now considered one of the best female singers in history, felt like an outsider and didn’t feel her best or looked her best. However, she was very talented and her parents knew that, so they decided to help her with her career.

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One day, her mother sent a demo tape to manager and producer Rene Angelil, who would later become Dion’s husband. When he heard the recording, he gave them a call because he wanted to hear Dion singing in person. She was just 12 at the time and sang on a pencil, pretending it was a microphone. What Rene did after that encounter was ditch all his other clients so that he could focus on Dion’s career. He even put a second mortgage on his house in order to be able to finance her first album.

Dion rose to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988. She represented Switzerland with the song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi’ (‘Don’t Leave Without Me in Dublin’). The final was one of the most thrilling in Eurovision history, with presenter Pat Kenny joking, “I have to tell you that we employed Agatha Christie to write the script for tonight!”

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Dion went on to build a tremendously successful career with song such as My Heart Will Go On, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Because You Loved MeThe Power of Love, Where Does My Heart Beat Now and a lot more.

Dion and her husband Rene Angelil, who was 26 years her senior, had two twin sons together, Eddy, who was named after Dion’s favorite French songwriter, Eddy Marnay, and Nelson, who got his name after Nelson Mandela.

The boys were born in 2010.

“My greatest reward is my children. Unless you are a mum you don’t know what you’re missing or what it even is really. It felt for me that with all my children another heart grew inside of me,” the singer told Woman’s Weekly in 2013.

“I don’t believe in the umbilical chord being cut. For me it’s never cut, once you’re a mum you’re a mum for life  – it gives you true meaning to your life and it’s the most important job.

“Who cares if people like me as a singer or not, they can find other singers and there will be other singers. But no other mother can be a better mother for my children than me. My children trust me so much, they need me so much – that is priceless to me.”

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Unfortunately, Rene passed away five years ago after battling lung cancer and that changed the singer’s life forever.

After his passing, Dion lost weight and her fans got worried for her health, advising her to start eating more. She, however, said she was feeling great in her skin. “I’m doing this for me. I want to feel strong, beautiful, feminine and sexy,” she told The Sun. “If I like it, I don’t want to talk about it. Don’t bother. Don’t take a picture. If you like it, I’ll be there. If you don’t, leave me alone.”

At the moment, the tour she announced is on hold because of the pandemic, but once this craziness comes to an end, she’s planning on continuing it. As for now, she will soon have her new show in Las Vegas.

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Recently, during a press release, Dion shared that a documentary about her life will be filmed. The person behind it will be filmmaker Irene Taylor Brosky, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject in 2009 for The Final Inch.

In a statement, Dion said, “I’ve always been an open book with my fans. And with [Taylor’s] sensitivity and thoughtful creativity, I think that Irene will be able to show everyone a part of me that they haven’t seen before… I know she’ll tell my story in the most honest and heartfelt way.”

Taylor also spoke of the opportunity to direct the documentary depicting the life of one of the best singers that have ever walked this Earth, saying, “Going on this journey with a legendary artist such as Celine Dion is an extraordinary opportunity for me as a filmmaker. Having access to examine her life and inimitable career, will allow me to create a multifaceted portrait of an iconic, global superstar, which I look forward to sharing with the world.”

We can’t wait to see this documentary.

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