Celine Dion might be the most well-known singer Canada has ever produced, but do you really know the superstar? Dion has had a long and illustrious career, and though she has spent a considerable amount of time being scrutinized under the public eye, there are still some things that even her biggest fans don’t know about her. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Celine Dion. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: She Took a Hiatus at the Peak of Her Career. When Dion was just hitting her stride in 1999, she chose to take a break so she could start a family with her husband, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. However, she came back with a vengeance in 2002.
Number Fourteen: She Can Sing in Eight Languages. The bulk of Dion’s recordings are in either French or English. However, she has also recorded music in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
Number Thirteen: She Is Responsible for the Best-Selling French Album of All Time. Dion’s album titled D’eux was released in 1995, and it became the best-selling French-language album of all time.
Number Twelve: She Is Canada’s Best-Selling Artist. To this day, Dion is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time. She has sold more than 200 million album copies worldwide.
Number Eleven: She Has 13 Siblings. Dion was born into a life with 13 siblings. Literally – she is the youngest of 14. She was born in Charlemagne, located in Quebec, Canada, and her mother was a homemaker while her father was a butcher. Both her mother and father were of French-Canadian descent.
Number Ten: She Was Named After a Song. Music has been a huge part of Dion’s life since her birth. In fact, she was even named after a song called “Celine,” performed by French singer Hugues Aufray.
Number Nine: She Did Her First Public Performance When She Was Five Years Old. At the very young age of just five years old, Dion performed at her brother Michel’s wedding. She sang “Du fil des aiguilles et du coton,” a song by Christine Charbonneau.