Celine Dion is this week’s cover story on the latest issue of People. It’s a welcome change from past weeks when we’ve seen a parade of reality stars like the Duggars, Kate Gosselin and Heidi Montag. Dion talks about her struggle to become pregnant at 41 after several failed in vitro attempts. Back in August of last year, Dion announced that she was pregnant when she was very early in the process. Her husband, Rene Angelil, later confirmed that the embryo didn’t “take” and that Dion lost the pregnancy. He also discussed the difficult process of in vitro and how they were “more determined than ever” to have another biological child. Rene and Celine are parents to son René-Charles, 9, and they’re working hard to give him a sibling.
After four unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization, Céline Dion is not giving up hope for a second child, she tells PEOPLE in an exclusive cover story.
“I’m going to try until it works,” says Dion, 41, who has been giving herself daily hormone shots – and enduring the roller-coaster ride of emotions they bring – after the heartbreaking loss of a pregnancy in August and three other failed IVF attempts last fall.
“Five’s my lucky number,” she adds, “so this is the time it’s got to [work].”
While her husband/manager Rene Angélil, 68, says they “go crazy” waiting for the results after each try, Dion – whose new concert film and family documentary Céline: Through the Eyes of the World, will be released Feb. 17 – stays positive, focusing her energies on son Rene-Charles, 9, who is thriving as a second-grader at his new school in Florida.
Celine has always been very open with her fans and this isn’t new for her. I would have a hard time sharing such personal details with the press, but I admire the fact that it doesn’t faze her at all. Maybe she hopes to let other women struggling with IVF and infertility know that they’re not alone. It sounds like such an emotional roller coaster and my heart goes out to her.
On a much more superficial note – how much eye makeup did they cake on Celine for that cover photo? She looks like a raccoon. I haven’t seen a larger version of the People cover but in the small one on People’s website (above) it looks like her giant fake eyelashes would make it hard to blink.