Celine Dion responds to Kate Winslet’s diss of ‘My Heart will Go On’

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Celine Dion is one classy, hardworking bitch. She was on The Today Show yesterday explaining what happened when she had to cancel five whole weeks of her show in Vegas, due to a virus that affected her vocal cords and singing ability. Celine was really matter-of-fact and cool about her medically-imposed hiatus, and basically said she doesn’t define herself by her voice. She said “I don’t depend on my success and my singing. Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do. But I don’t hold on to that. When you have children, you have accomplished a lot.” She went on to say that her house is full of playrooms and that the floor is sticky, and she sometimes gets Cheerios in her hair. Celine has son René-Charles, 11, and twin sons Eddy and Nelson, two and a half, with her husband of 17 years, Rene Angelil. She went through many heartbreaking miscarriages before she was able to successfully conceive her twins, and I remember well how open she and her husband were about their struggles.

In her Today Show interview, Celine was of course very gracious and well spoken about Kate Winslet’s diss of her classic hit “My Heart Will Go On.” As you might remember, Kate said that the song, the theme for her seminal film Titanic, makes her “feel like throwing up when I hear it,” and that it’s often played in her honor when she walks into restaurants and bars. It was kind of obnoxious, but that’s Kate for you. (Although I thought it was pretty funny.) When Celine was responding to the question about Kate’s diss, she swallowed a little bit and you could tell it bothered her, (that’s at around 3:45 in the video above) but she then went on to talk about how the song made her career.

The way I see it is that ‘My Heart Will Go On’ gave me the opportunity to be associated with a classic that will live forever. If I just count how many times I’ve sung it, maybe it’ll get me sick. If she feels tired just hearing it, and, like, throwing up, I’m glad she was not the one singing it.

[From MSNBC]

Then Celine went on to say that her son likes Eminem and that “who knows” if she’s going to collaborate with him someday. She’s really cool, I enjoyed watching this interview a lot. (Although I still remember how she had the “Ridiculous Pictures of Celine Dion” Tumblr taken down. That was not cool.)

Winslet should take a page from Celine Dion. It might be annoying to hear the same cloying song over and over again, but tell that story to your friends. Tell the press that you’re grateful that the movie/song helped make you successful. Titanic will probably remain the highest grossing film of Winslet’s career (to quote Wiki) and it’s definitely what she’s known for. It’s not like she’s doing superhero movies now. Have some tact.

These photos of Celine and Kate Winslet together are from 2007:

Story via Dramarama. Photo credit: WENN.com and FameFlynet

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  1. Minty says:

    Celine is a class act. Kate, not so much.

    • Carolyn says:

      Team Celine. What do a lot of us visualise when we think of Kate’s movies? “I’m King of the World” on the front of the Titanic.

    • corny says:

      Come on now…that ship has sailed…and sunk!

    • Tiffany says:

      Oh please! Kate’s comments are being completely misrepresented. She was saying that people would play it for her as if the song was HER theme song. She would walk into restaraunts and the piano player would stop midsong to start playing “My Heart Will Go On”. I can see how that would get irritating after a while. She wasn’t saying in any way that Celine didn’t do a good job or that it wasn’t a decent song. She was just tired of having it played AT her.

      People like to turn everything into Girl Sh-t.

      • Maggie May says:

        Amen. That song did not define her as it did Celine. People are reading too much into the comment.

      • Kat says:

        I love Kate Winslet…I really think she’s the best actress of her generation. I also think a lot of what she says gets taken out of context and people get mad at her over nothing. I hate when people say that she’ll only be remembered for Titanic – yes, to the unwashed masses, but to other people Revolutionary Road, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Reader, Sense and Sensibility etc. are also there.

  2. Emma says:

    This is going to be a very provocative comment but I can’t help but feel like when people have problems conceiving they should just adopt instead. There’s a lot of children without parents in the world, why can’t you take one of those in? It will be your child just as much as a biological child. I really don’t understand it.

    • Ollie says:

      I hear what you’re saying, but I don’t think it’s that simple. Adopting a child can be just as heartbreaking, time-consuming, and even as expensive as in-vetro. And I don’t think we can underestimate just how important it is for some parents to have been pregnant and nursed them and all that comes with that, nor underestimate just how difficult – emotionally and mentally – adopting a child can be. Not everyone has the mental and emotional capacity needed to adopt a child, and I hesitate to condemn anybody who knows herself well enough to know that adoption isn’t something she’s capable of. All couples make choices about how to start their families, and the choice to go with adoption isn’t necessarily better than the choice to have a biological child.

      • paloma p says:


        As someone who was never hung up on having a biological child, and was totally willing to adopt more than one child over the age of five, I can tell you that after considering the stress, expense, and the time required to adopt (we were looking at five years at least, and my husband is no spring chicken), we decided on IVF with donor eggs.

        I think the decision to adopt is a noble one, but I can also understand the desire to have (and carry) a child that shares the same genetic makeup and traits. There’s probably something very powerful about carrying your own child (I’m only speculating as an outsider) , and I can definitely see why someone would choose to do so.

        After looking at both sides, one has to do what’s right for them. On that note, I wish the US would stop putting up so many roadblocks to adopting a child. It’s getting ridiculous.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        ITA. Adoption should not be viewed as a substitute/backup plan for conceiving biologically. It is a special calling (IMHO) whether you can conceive or not. Two completely separate ways of becoming a parent, not interchangeable.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’ve often wondered the same thing because it’s what I think I personally would decide to do in that situation. But family planning is such a personal decision, to each their own.

    • Sour worms says:

      No offense, but when people make comments like this, it really makes me wonder if they know ANYTHING about adoption. It is by no means easy and it can be just as hard as conceiving on your own. Not to mention it is time consuming and expensive. My aunt and uncle waited 3 years for adopting a child. Within those years they got two babies from mothers who changed their minds. Do you know how hard it is to get attached to a child only to have to give them up? It is just as hard as having miscarriage after miscarriage(my aunt had 5.) It is by no means the easier option. There are so many setbacks that can happen w/adoption. At least w/fertility treatments, if you end up pregnant, at the end you know you get to keep your child. Adoption is another story.

      • Lady D says:

        Showing my ignorance on the subject but why is it expensive to adopt? Surely there isn’t a fee attached to the child is there? Where does the cost come in? The wait times are just ridiculous by the sounds of it. I’m in Canada, but I assume it isn’t much different here. I know that you can only foster a child for a set amount of time now and then it’s either adopt or they go back into the system. My girlfriend’s mother fostered 2 little girls (2 & 3)for almost a year and then had to return them. They were too old to adopt.

      • Lady D says:

        *my friend’s parents, not the girls*

    • jaye says:

      I don’t think anyone has the right to tell other people how to expand their families.

    • Sal says:

      I agree, but what you’ve got to understand is that the ‘urge to procreate’ is the reason for our being and is hardwired in our genetic makeup. Wanting to continue your bloodline is a natural urge most people have. Its natural, and very hard for many to over-rule that urge.

  3. Maguita says:

    No matter how much people make fun of her accent, her marriage to an older man, and her naive-like innocence during interviews, Céline Dion still is a classy broad.

    Her family came from nothing, dirt poor, and Céline is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars. And still, classy and graciously thankful for getting the chance of a lifetime, getting picked to sing that song for Titanic.

    • Hipocrisy says:

      And she has helped every single one of her 13 older siblings, her nephews and nieces and her parents.

      They launched restaurants with her money that they manage.

      She said once that she loves family reunions and that they are a minimum of 100 people between her siblings and their children. She sounds very grounded and family oriented.

      I love her song ‘vole’ meaning fly that she wrote for one of her niece who passed away because of leukamia…It always made me cry listenning to a song about a child’s dying.

  4. Marjalane says:

    Hey Kate! Your thighs are looking kind of bulge-y in that dress….if I didn’t know better I’d think you were just an average size 12 woman with a weight problem! Bwahahahahaha

  5. Rita says:

    Celine is this American’s first Canadian.

    I respect and admire her so much. She’s never preoccupied with her looks, accepting her flaws and moves on to more important matters. Her motherly instincts are a dominant force as are her steadfast values, principles and character.

    What a wonderfull example she sets as a person, woman, and professional artist.

    There must be something in the French gene pool because I feel much the same way about Christine Lagarde who is the current managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

    (Maybe I have a thing for intelligent and gifted French women with big noses)

  6. NeNe says:

    Kate Winslet is a moron!!!

    • Trillion says:

      I doubt it. Do you think everyone who hates that song (many, many people, including myself) is “a moron”? Why shouldn’t she give an honest answer to a question? She did Dion a favor by giving her an opportunity to give a very nice, polite response.

  7. Loulou says:

    ….my heart will go onD and on…

  8. Kim says:

    Classy response from Celine to a trashy comment made by Kate.

    I dont listen to Celine’s music but there is no denying she has a fantastic voice and has always held herself in a very classy manner.

  9. Kaboom says:

    I consider myself a fan of Celine (and hipsteresque I knew her work before she became a big thing) but I have to agree with Winslet on that song, it makes me gag to hear it YET AGAIN whenever it is played.

    • lamamu says:

      It’s one thing for Kate to think it (who doesn’t?), but to say it out loud to a journalist is another. Criticizing another’s work is completely unprofessional. I feel like Kate has lost the plot lately: she’s become self-obsessed to the point of narcissism.

  10. bns says:

    I wonder how Celine reeeally feels.

  11. CM says:

    I don’t think Kate meant that the song (or Celine’s singing) was terrible, simply that the song lost its meaning after the millionth time she heard it. I’m sure Celine was able to make the distinction. Like that Celine took the funny and classy route on this.

  12. NYC_girl says:

    I saw her show in Vegas several years ago and I have to say I enjoyed it! She was good, and she put on a great show. I don’t really like that song; it reminds me of my ex, who I saw the movie with. Makes me sad.

  13. skuddles says:

    Celine handled that very well – got a little dig in but didn’t go overboard. I realize everybody is sick to death of that song but Kate really should have kept her trap shut…

  14. lucy2 says:

    I got what Kate was saying, and didn’t take it as an offense to Celine at all, but either way, Celine handled that well.

    She drives me a little nuts, but she’s undeniably talented and seems to be a sweet person.

  15. Mara says:

    Celine is one of the most talented singer of all time ,what Kate said it was not cool at all.

  16. Str8Shooter says:

    Celine is one classy lady. She took the high road on this and yet still managed to drive her point home that Kate is an UNGRATEFUL BITCH.

    God I can not stand that woman any more.

  17. Sara says:

    I know what Kate said came off as harsh but my personal experience with Brits are they say what is on thier mind and dont care about being fake. And I could understand as I feel the same way when it comes on the radio even though it is a good song.

  18. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Article says bars and restaurants would honor her presence by playing that song when she was present…Maybe Kate just tired of the song stalking her everywhere she went and finally vocalized it. The woman has probably heard it in her sleep ever since the movie released. Not that it was an appropriate thing to say, but she was being honest lol

  19. Louise says:

    Um, y’all need to go back & read the comments from the original post. Everyone pretty much agreed with her at the time (CB you even stated it as a reason Kate was “growing on you”), and now she’s being ripped to shreds? I’m not agreeing with either opinion, just pointing out the, um, inconsistency.

  20. Nan209 says:

    I agree with Kate…that song makes me I’ll too. BFD she isn’t kissing some singers butt 15 years after the fact…and if memory serves she wasnt disrespectful of Celine but she exaggerating her annoyance at having to hear that g-damn song over and over as if she doesn’t have serious acting credits under her belt. She’s not the Queen…she’s a person who has an opinion.

  21. kibbles says:

    I mentioned this story in the last thread on Kate Winslet. Bravo to Celine. She seems so grounded despite being one of the world’s most talented and biggest pop stars. She has proven herself to be a class act and one who is truly grateful for the opportunities she’s been given in life to escape poverty. Kate Winslet is just an annoying and ungrateful ditz who has gotten too big for her britches.

    • OriginalTiffany says:

      World’s most talented and greatest? Someone, anyone name me a hit or or song she’s done since?
      Anything top ten? Popular at all?

      Kate, she’s done great work and made a comment we probably all would relate to if we heard that played as we went into every pub or restaurant in the world.
      Anyway, it is a SONG. If someone hated one of my husband’s songs he could care less-one song in a career? That one actress complained about for her OWN reasons? Everyone needs to pull their panties out now. Kate wasn’t ripping Celine.

  22. RobN says:

    My father used to say that it costs nothing to learn when to keep your mouth shut. The older I get, and the more I hear people yapping about stuff better kept to themselves, the more I realize he was right.

  23. Kelly says:

    I don’t get the dislike of Kate Winslet. At all. Also I get irritated with the I have kids I accomplished a lot from people. Lots of people have kids. Win a Nobel Peace Prize then you can say you’ve accomplished a lot. Granted Celine Dion has done a lot in her life and has accomplished a lot but having kids alone isn’t that much of an accomplishment.

    • benny says:

      I used to like Winslet as an actress and thought she was really attractive.

      But then I slowly came to realize what a phony she is. She lied about having a c-section (giving an interview about her “natural” childbirth). She had plastic surgery, ruining her beautiful face and looking more like Madonna every day — but then LYING about it, and about how she never had or will have work done. Lying about wearing no makeup in a commercial, when she’s obviously wearing it.

      It’s as if she decided she would become the modern woman’s natural ideal for all other women to envy — only she had to lie to get there.

  24. ZenB!tch says:

    I can’t stand that song (or any of Celine’s songs) either but I can’t stand Titanic as a whole. I thought it was a stupid unbelievable sappy romance and couldn’t help thinking how Leo would have smelled if he was really in steerage.

  25. Jen says:

    I like Celine’s positive attitude!

  26. benny says:

    I like that picture from 2007 — when Kate still had her old face.

  27. Rita says:

    I just wanted to make a suggestion for any late comers to this thread.

    I understand Kate Smith did a fabulous job with the song God Bless America and she truly owns it but if you want to hear an incredibly beautiful rendion of it, Google “Celine Dion God Bless America”. Live or recorded, doesn’t matter.

    Celine’s rendition and heart felt love for a country not her own would have brought Kate to tears. It’s absolutely beautiful.

  28. coco says:

    Can’t stand the movie, song or Celine. 100% agreed with Kate that song is annoying… Celine should work even harder so her husband can blow everything she earns in the casinos down at Vegas

  29. dallasite40 says:

    And there was nothing inappropriate about her marrying her manager from the age of 13.

    She’s a nut job and lives in another reality. She’s got a fantastic voice and seems very genuine but still a nut job in interviews.

  30. Dubbie says:

    Kate saying that was just so classless. No one needed to know that’s how she felt. What would have been wrong with being polite about it and showing some professional courtesy? That’s just rude and that song is a big part of that movie’s success.

    It reminds me of people like Rooney Mara and others who crap on their first big roles.

  31. Julie says:

    yes kate was classless but i also dont want to see the promotion robots where every other artist is “amazing” and “i had the time of my life working with her”.

    nothing wrong with stating your opinion. im getting sick that so many people nowadays are getting bashed simply for speaking their mind. everybody that sticks out a little gets attacked. thats not cool.

  32. Sal says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with it. I think Americans can be too pc and too sensitive. Kates a Brit and they are not backward in coming foreward with their opinions, thats for sure, same as Australians. What you see is what you get. Americans see it as rude, I see it as a relatively straight-forward matter-of-fact comment and I don’t understand Americans and their fuss over this.
    And don’t forget, its Kate’s reality here. Its her life, her reality, and she is in essence telling us that people have basically made this song her signature tune. I too would be p*ssed as all get out, and wouldn’t word it as tactfully as Kate, I can assure you! And I wouldn’t give a damn who the singer of it was.

  33. Sarah says:

    “When you have children, you have accomplished a lot.”
    Yet another example of a parent thinking they’re superior just because they’ve dropped a sprog… ‘You wouldn’t understand, you don’t have kids….’
    Gratz on being able to have sex without any contraception!
    Gah, I hate parents. (except my own, obviously)