Many people consider Celine Dion to be one of the greatest musicians who have ever lived. We cannot deny just how beautiful her voice and how lovely she is as a person. She recently talked about something considered to be a sensitive topic. Let’s see what she has to say!
Her Husband’s Diagnosis
In 1999, Celine Dion received the biggest shock of her life. She just heard that her long-term partner Rene had throat cancer. More importantly, medical professionals informed her that her husband would eventually lose his basic life functions. Celine had to take on the role of his caretaker, which became a big challenge for her, her career, and their relationship. Regardless, she did her best to take good care of him as she wanted him to still be able to enjoy life.
Her Life Is Never Dull
It would be an understatement to say that she has lived a dramatic life. From the moment she was born, this talented artist faced numerous obstacles. To this day, her past continues to haunt her. Although it goes without saying that she is hugely successful, she had to deal with life in the limelight, a forbidden relationship, and various health problems. You would not think it when you see that lovely smile on her face, however. She is definitely one talented and tough woman.
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship
Her mother did not approve of her love affair with Rene. The musician has 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’.”
She Had Problems Conceiving
Celine Dion is an enigma in the music industry but let us all remember that even legends deserve a break every now and then. She decided to distance herself from the industry in 2000 so she could spend more time with her loved ones. She and Rene had been unsuccessful at starting their own family – she even underwent two operations in the hopes of getting pregnant! At last, she got to welcome her first child, Rene-Charles Dion Angelil on January 25, 2001.
She Almost Died
Who would have thought that there was a time when her life was in danger? It all happened before she made it big. At the age of 5, she got hit by a truck! The little girl got knocked unconscious and did not regain consciousness until nearly a week later. Her skull got fractured, but she made a full recovery.
She Hated My Heart Will Go On
Can you believe that she hated “My Heart Will Go On” in the beginning? She felt like it was not going to do well at the music charts, to the extent that it would ruin her career. Well, we all know how wrong she was about that. She said, “…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
Celine Dion worked on a great song on the 1991 adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast”. It was so successful that she even got her first Grammy award for it. Even though this was good news, the popularity of the record and her award caused an uproar among fans. The publicity did not please her Quebecois fans. In light of this reaction, the French-Canadian artist decided to refuse the English Artist of the Year that she got during the Felix Awards.
Celine Wasn’t Planned
We bet you did not know that the singer has 14 siblings. She is the youngest child in the family. Apparently, they did not plan on having her as they were already facing financial difficulty with 13 kids. However, fate had different plans. Sadly, she had to sleep in their cabinet drawer for the first few years of her life as they did not have any space available. She has certainly come a long way from then.
Her Husband Put His Foot Down
Even though she had her reservations about “My Heart Will Go On”, her husband Rene asked her to record and then release the single. During an interview with Jonathan Ross, the singer revealed, “[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.” Well, we are glad that she gave it a chance! It came out in 1997, ended up becoming a hit, and gave her numerous awards. It remains her most popular song to date.
A Shark When It Comes To Business
Her mother is none other than Therese Tanguay Dion. She is best known in their province for her cooking skills. It seems like this talent was passed on to Celine, who opened Nickels, her own restaurant, in 1990. It was so successful that she decided to open a chain. You will now find a lot of her restaurants in her home country.
Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies
The ‘90s proved to be a rollercoaster of a decade for Celine. She managed to release 13 studio albums and learned that her husband was suffering from cancer. After her diagnosis, she decided to take it easy and go on a break. During this time, a tabloid magazine called National Enquirer published that she was expecting with twins. What happened after this was that she sued them for $20 million! They eventually apologized and donated to the American Cancer Society as retribution.
Celine is the recipient of the highest honor in Quebec, which is the National Order of Quebec. Aside from that, she is an honorary doctorate holder at Laval University and has stars on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walks of Fame. How impressive is that? She has mentioned that it was “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.” During the speech, she dedicated the award to her husband.
She Had No Other Choice
Celine was only two years old, a famous French musician by the name of Hugues Aufray came out with the song “Céline.” At the age of 5, she sang this song during her brother’s wedding. It is now generally considered to be the breakthrough that launched the rest of her wildly successful career. All of her family members are gifted musicians, but let us just say that she got an extra dose of talent.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
Her family was quick to recognize how talented their youngest member was. Her brother Jacques and mother penned a song that they hoped would help her get a head start in the music industry. We bet they were pleased to see that this worked. A producer called Rene Angelil contacted them about it.
Her Mom Had To Interfere
Her mother sent this demo to Rene Angelil with a message that read, “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” He did not reply to the note right away, but this changed when Celine’s brother contacted him directly. He asked the producer to give the demo a listen. Angelil clearly liked what he heard as he invited Celine to come in and audition.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
Rene had an emotional response to the voice of this young girl. When Celine dropped by to audition, she was given a pretend mic. Rene told her, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” She delivered a knockout performance, and the rest is history.
Younger Than Her Own Stepson
Before Rene Angelil got romantically involved with Celine Dion, he had already been married twice in his life. He even had a child from his first marriage, a son by the name of Patrick Angelil.
Rene Burst Into Tears
The audition had been very emotional for him. Apparently, Rene actually began to cry when Celine performed a song for him. She knew right away that she did a great job. Rene then signed her as he knew this girl was going to go far in life. Aside from that, he was aware that she was young and had to work hard in order to launch her career. He had a vision for her career, and he was not going to settle for anything less than perfect.
High Stakes Gambler
Rene knew that he had a superstar in the making in Celine. He was so convinced of this that he got a mortgage on his house to ensure there was proper funding for her first album! His hard work all paid off as the first single ended up at the top of the Canada charts. Rene is a gambler, and this is probably the greatest risk he had ever made.
The Pope Loved Her
In 1984, Quebec received a visit from Pope John II. Celine was asked to perform the French anthem, Une Colombe, in front of a big audience at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Reports claimed that The Pope enjoyed the performance. It was a good thing that Celine also liked performing for him!
She Demanded Time To Grow Up
She was able to launch her career successfully, but Rene told her it was time to go on a break. It was another big risk since Celine was just a new artist. Regardless, she followed his advice and went on an 18-month break anyway. To her, this time away allowed her to grow into a woman.
Learning English And Going Global
Who would have thought that taking this time away was the best decision she could make at the time? Upon her return, she felt even more confident at singing and speaking English. Her second album was called “Incognito” and went on to sell more than half a million copies.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
She released her first album in English in the year 1990. Called “Unison”, it helped her become even more famous and achieve international star status. It contained many top 10 songs, including “Where Does My Heart Beat Now”, and went gold in the United States. It looked like everything was going great for her when the unexpected happened.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
Right before she went on tour, Celine Dion lost her voice! Apparently, the culprits behind were exhaustion and laryngitis. Even though she wanted to go on tour, doctors recommended she go on another break as she would only damage her vocal cords otherwise.
Revealing Her Big Secret
Although there were rumors about her relationship with Rene sprouting up, she did not make it publicly official right away. She decided that the right time to do so was right before she released her album called “The Colour of My Love”.
Fearing The Public
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil began dating when she was just 19 years old. Another thing to note was that Rene was 26 years her senior! While the two of them loved each other, they knew that the public would be harsh about it. They were right, but they still got married and then started a family together.
She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper
Celine and Rene kept their relationship under wraps for more than 5 years. In a 1994 interview, Rene said that he was scared of what others would think. Apparently, Celine had been the one to insist on letting the entire world know. She did not care about what they would say. She explained, “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world.”
Celine and Rene got married on December 17, 1994, at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. The ceremony was even broadcasted on Canadian television. At that point, the two of them were already getting the royal couple treatment in Canada. It’s no wonder so many people were excited about it!
Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?
Celine Dion wore a lovely dress by Steve and Mirella Gentile. Isn’t it incredible that they took more than 1,000 hours to make this number? The bulk of the work was for the 20-foot train. She completed the look by donning a tiara that weighed 20 pounds! Her wedding outfit had been the talk of the town even after the ceremony.
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments
Money was clearly not an issue for Renee and Celine, not at all. The lovebirds bought a mansion worth $72 million together. Located in Florida, it came with three pools, a water park, and a golf course.
He Was Her Everything
After she enjoyed success with the release of Titanic, the singer went on the “Let’s Talk About Love” tour. It was going just fine when she received some bad news. Her husband had cancer. She learned about it while doing a show and sang a song as a tribute for him. It was a long battle, but Rene succumbed to the disease at the age of 73 on January 14, 2016.
Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully
Before this all happened, the two of them got to welcome a set of twins on October 23, 2010. They named their twin boys Eddy and Nelson. The former was named after Eddy Marnary, the French producer who worked on her first five albums. The second one was named after Nelson Mandela.
Dreaming Of Changing The World
During the aftermath of the tsunami that rocked Asia in 2004, she helped raise a million bucks for the victims. She was also active in the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and donated another million dollars. Celine Dion did not fail to be critical of the U.S. government’s failure to help as well!
Her Secret Dad
Celine has often talked about her mother during interviews, but we rarely hear anything about her dad. Adhemar Dion, her father, died in 2001. She once 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
The diagnosis and death of her husband meant that she had to deal with the act of preparing the kids for the news. Upon reflection, Celine Dion explained, “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.”
Her Son is Too Young
Her first son, Rene Charles Angelil, took social media by storm when he came up to present an award to Celine Dion at the Billboard Music Awards. It was one of the first public appearances he ever made. People were impressed by the good looks of the young man, which earned him a big following.
She Made it to 90
Despite the challenges and disagreements along the way, her mother is still alive and kicking. As a matter of fact, she and Celine are still as close as possible. She has reached the 90th mark recently.
She NEVER Misses a Beat
Although there is a number of celebrities who are difficult when it comes to interviews, Celine Dion is not one of them. She actually has a reputation for being a pleasant interviewee. When she went on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, the host paid her a compliment about her jewelry. The singer replied by launching into a Donna Summer hit: “She worked hard for the money”. This attitude helped her rise to stardom!
Without a Brother
Even though it would be easy to say that she has been lucky in life, it is not without misfortune as well. Did you know that she lost Rene and her brother in one week? We doubt anything could be worse.
Her Siblings Never Made It Big
The Dion family boasts of plenty of musical talent. In fact, one of her older sisters Claudette also had ambitions to launch a great music career. However, it did not share the same trajectory as Celine’s.
Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense
Celine Dion has also launched a fashion line of her own. She was always known for being a well-dressed celebrity, which must have encouraged her in this pursuit. She has since released more than 200 items under her line, which includes accessories and bags. She draws inspiration from her own family. She has stated that her mother and twins served as the main inspiration for her collection.
Celine has also tried her hand at different fields and ventures. Aside from singing, she has also made cameos on the small screen as well. She once made a guest appearance in All My Children!
A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions
Even though she has dabbled in other things, her passion remains firmly in the music industry. After all, her voice was what set off her rags to riches story and the ability to support her loved ones. She now has an estimated net worth of $700 million.
A Canadian Star
An interesting fact about her is that she is one of several Canadian celebrities who boast of their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, what is even more fascinating is the fact that she has one there and on the Canadian Walk of Fame!
They Are All Related
You will never guess what Celine Dion, Madonna Ciccone, Shania Twain, and Beyonce all have in common. Are you ready? Apparently, all of these celebrities could trace back their roots to a French-Canadian by the name of Zacharie Cloutier. He escaped France in 19634 and headed to North America in search of a better life. He was one of the pioneer families who settled down in “New France”. Do you think he is as talented at singing as the women we have just mentioned?
Master Of Many Tongues
At this point, we do not know how anyone can still feel unimpressed. Celine has mostly performed songs in either English or French, but isn’t it amazing that she has sang in various other languages too? She has delivered performances in Italian, Spanish, Latin, German, Japanese, and even Mandarin Chinese! Whoa.
A Staggering Net Worth
Her life has changed a lot after she made it big. Celine Dion’s story is a certified rags to riches tale. She has made an enormous fortune thanks to her sold-out concerts, millions of record sales, successful fashion line, restaurants, and real estate properties. Who would have thought that she once came from an impoverished family? Reports say that she is the top grossing artist during the 2000s, which is an incredible achievement. She managed to earn $465 million from her Las Vegas performances alone.
Hit And Miss
Celine Dion was definitely lucky that her songs have gone on to be such huge hits. She has worked on a bunch of tracks for movies, although nothing has been able to top the success of “My Heart Will Go On”! Among others, she also recorded “Dreams to Dream” for an animated movie called “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” but it simply did not even reach a fraction of its fame.
A Lifetime Hobby
It seems like Celine Dion will forever surprise us with new fun facts about her. Who would have thought that she likes golf? She enjoys watching and playing the sport. In fact, it is one of her major hobbies.
Love Of Golf
Do you want some proof about how passionate she is about golf? In 2008, Celine Dion made a big decision that showed everyone how much she loves golf. She and Rene Angelil took it upon themselves to renovate Le Mirage, a golf club in Quebec. They donated millions to this endeavor and helped with the promotion. On the golf course’s website, they said, “A visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself”.
And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion
We all know that Celine Dion has the voice of a goddess. If you ask us, it would be a crime to let it go unrecognized. She is the holder of a record for the highest number of Oscar performances in history.
Celine Dion has worked on a number of hit singles for movies, which is why she has been asked to perform time and again at the Oscars Awarding ceremony. She is the performer who has appeared on the stage the most. In 2011, she made her record-setting performance when she went up there for the 6th time. That time, she sang “Smile” to pay tribute to the celebrities who died the previous year.
Aside from her stunning voice and lovely personality, she has also become popular for her sense of style. When she wore a backwards white tux during the 1999 Oscars, it ended up becoming quite the scandal.
Backwards White Tux
Celine Dion took a risk when she wore this. Many people had negative reactions to this look and called it a “fashion disaster”. She has told PEOPLE that she does not have any regrets with her decision to wear this bold number that was a little too advanced for its time. Honestly, we loved it before and still love it now. It’s amazing that she does not care about what others think.
White Backwards Tux
She said, “When I wore that look, yes it was at the Oscars, and when I wore that, everyone was wearing dresses, not pants.” Celine Dion also added, “I was the only one with pants in a backward suit from Galliano and if I would do this today it would work. It was avant-garde at the time. And it doesn’t matter, you just have to assume what you wear, you wear, and I did.”
It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
Anyway, let us go back to her music. This one is pretty exciting, so we hope you are ready. Her song “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” was initially meant for a very different artist. Can you imagine if things went according to plan and Meat Loaf recorded it? Luckily, the composer decided it was meant for a female artist, which was how Celine Dion ended up recording it instead.
Clinging On To Her Children
We are not surprised to hear that Celine Dion faced a lot of difficulties when she lost her life partner, Rene. She has been open about discussing her emotions however. During one candid interview, she elaborated, “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.”
She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything
Celine Dion would not be this big if it were not for her incredible vocal range. We are confident enough to say that she can do justice to any song out there. There is a lot of diversity in her music. She also likes to give other artists’ music her own twist. She has a great cover of “I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper, “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon, and “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen. Not a lot of artists have the range to do this.
Aside from covering a bunch of hits, she is also known in the industry as “a great collaborator”. She has made a lot of powerful duets with her fellow top artists. Some of the people she has worked with are Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti, and Barbara Streisand.
In 1999, the Record Industry Association of America started to grant “diamond status” to albums with more than 10 million sales. She is one of several musicians who managed to achieve this incredible feat. She actually has two albums that fall under this category! If you were wondering, they are “Let’s Talk About Love” (1997) and “Falling Into You” (1996). She is a superstar no matter how you look at it.
A Best Selling Female Artist
In 1991, the Nielson Soundscan System started to be used by record executives to track album sales. The data revealed that Celine Dion is among the best-selling female artists both in Canada and the United States. The only female musicians to have outdone her are Mariah Carey and Rihanna. Wow.
Celine Dion was raised under the Roman Catholic faith. However, she has talked about her religion in 2014 in this manner: “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in.” She went on to say, “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.”
Reaching For Gold
Celine Dion broke records on an international level. She was able to gain worldwide fame when she managed to break into the difficult market of France. Even though it is notorious for being hard to crack, her single called “D’amour ou d’amitié” or “Of Love or of Friendship” received gold status over there!
Upgrading Her Image
As her fame continued to grow, she also matured, which is something that was reflected in her style. Together with her manager, she made the decision to get an upgrade. She had insecurities about her teeth, and it did not help that tabloids mean-spiritedly called her “Canine Dion”. During the ‘80s, she underwent several dental procedures to address her dental issues.
Mid Career Misses
Like we previously mentioned, she ended up taking a three-year hiatus from music. After she came back, she released her new album in the year 2002. Called “A New Day Has Come”, the album primarily talked about what it was like to be a new mother.
Accessible To All
Even though she has attained plenty of success, she is beloved by so many people because she is always down-to-earth and treats her fans very well. After the death of her husband, many supporters wanted to give her their sympathies and condolences personally. She gave them the opportunity to do that, which is rather selfless in our opinion. The artist also allowed a televised broadcast of the eight-hour funeral. As you can see, she was not scared to be transparent with the people who support her.
She Won By A Single Point
In 1988, Celine Dion wowed audiences with her performance for the Eurovision Song Contest. However, it is pretty strange that she chose to represent Switzerland despite her lack of connection to the country. Nonetheless, she won by a close call. She would have tied with the UK if it were not for one vote!
Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan
Celine Dion is a big fan of Michael Jackson. When she was starting out, she told Rene that she wanted to emulate the achievements of the King of Pop. He clearly had a big influence on her. Perhaps it was the motivation she needed to win multiple awards and release a number of albums before she turned 18.
A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar
Do you know that her family had their very own piano bar? Called Le Vieux Baril, it was located in Charlemagne, Quebec. The family often played music there as well. Celine Dion had been performing there since the young age of 5. Do you think the older patrons knew she was a superstar in the making?
“A New Day Has Come” Received Harsh Criticism
Her album “A New Day Has Come” discussed her new experience as a first-time mother. This was the first of her albums to debut at the top spot on the Billboard 200 charts. Despite its immediate success, critics did not like it and even called the lyrics “lifeless” and “forgettable”. Ouch.
Gold In France
Thanks to her impressive record sales, Celine Dion is actually the first Canadian artist to have ever reached the Gold status in France. What’s even more amazing is the fact that she did this as a teen!
Celine Dion first started to win over the international audience back in the early ‘80s. This was the decade when she won the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival as well as the Eurovision Song Contest. She was sent as the representative of Switzerland in both contests.
During the height of her success in 1999, she opted to go on hiatus to spend more time with her sick husband. This happened right after he got the cancer diagnosis. She went back to the industry in 2002, which was when she signed a deal to perform at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace on a nightly basis.
Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time
That’s right, our girl bagged that amazing deal. In fact, her five-star theatrical show at the incredible venue is considered to be the top-grossing residency in history. It made $385 million in total sales. Neat.
Another Residency Show!
Considering how successful her first run had been, she ended up returning in 2011. This was her second residency contract. The deal stated that she was going to perform there until 2019. How sweet is that?
Highest Paid Resident Performer
It is not surprising to hear that she is now the highest-paid resident performer in history. She earns around $500k for each show. She even outdid the likes of Britney Spears, Elton John, and Mariah Carey.
In 2011, Celine Dion got a documentary made by OWN Network, which is owned by Oprah Winfrey. It discussed the intimate details of her story, from her pregnancy to the Las Vegas Show. To this day, it is the second highest-rated TV OWN Canada show.
Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her
This one is fascinating. FlightNetwork.com ran a poll that asked 780 individuals which celebrity they would pick to sit beside them on the plane. Celine Dion was the top choice among the respondents with 23.7% of the answers. Hey, if you ask us, we would give you the same answer!
As we have mentioned earlier, she has several business ventures to her name. One of the most successful projects she launched would be her perfume line. She recently released the 14th addition to her Celine Dion Parfums Collection. It is called “Signature” and smells heavenly!
She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists
There are numerous artists that have inspired her over the years. According to Celine, her main musical influences are Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, Charles Aznavour, Carole King, Anne Murray, Michael Jackson, and Aretha Franklin.
She Has A Great Sense Of Humor
Celine Dion has been impersonated on a bunch of shows like Royal Canadian Air Farce, Saturday Night Live, MADtv, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and South Park. They have mimed her stage antics and strong accent in the past. Luckily, Celine is equipped with a fantastic sense of humor, so she has no problems brushing these off. She even said that she felt flattered by the attention! She once invited Ana Gasteyer, who portrayed her on SNL, to come up on stage when she was performing at a New York show. Isn’t she the coolest? We think so, too!
Celine Dion does her best to keep out of politics. In 2005, however, she went on Larry King Live and expressed her thoughts on the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Tearfully, she tore down the slow response of the US government and lack of initiative to help the victims. She said, “There are 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.”
She Is Greatly Admired By Other Artists
We have already talked about her musical influences, but a lot of younger artists say she is an inspiration to them. Here are some big stars who have cited her as an influence: Adele, Ariana Grande, Frank Ocean, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks, Lea Michele, and Rihanna. How amazing is that?
Timbaland Loves Her Too
DJ Timbaland is a well-known rapper, songwriter, record producer, and singer. He said, “Celine has such a beautiful, mesmerizing voice. She is so talented. I think we could create something that is a classic like she is already.”
Celine Changed Vegas
Gray Bongiovanni, the president and EIC of Pollstar once talked about how Celine Dion was a legend because she redefined performances in Las Vegas. Kurt Melien, the VP of Entertainment at Caesar’s Palace is in agreement. He explained, “Celine was a pioneer without question … Twenty years ago, we couldn’t have got someone the stature of Britney Spears to appear in Vegas. Stars like her would never have considered it if Celine hadn’t paved the way. She changed the face of modern Vegas.”
Song Of The Century
The National Endowment for the Arts and Recording Industry Association of America consider “My Heart Will Go On” to be one of the Songs of the Century. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.
Are you aware that Celine Dion had been given the title of UN Goodwill Ambassador back in 2010? This is part of a program created by the United Nations two decades ago. She definitely deserves it.
Canada Honored Her Too
Canada has also honored this talented artist in an amazing way. In 2013, she was honored with the Companion of the Order of Canada. It is the highest honor given out by the Order of Canada!
She’s A Big Philanthropist
She was chosen to be a UN Goodwill Ambassador for her charity work and philanthropy streak. We previously mentioned that she donates to worthy causes. She has also worked with various organizations such as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and World Children’s Day. In particular, she likes to give to children in need and raise funds for her advocacies.
An Emotional Announcement
It has been several years since she suffered the loss of her beloved husband. The two of them had been married for more than two decades at the time of demise. Recently, she talked about her love life. She addressed the rumors that said she had a blossoming romance at long lost. When this was brought up in an interview, this was what she said: “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.”