Celine Dion recognizes her privilege: ‘Most people work 5 days a week 9 to 5’

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In a red carpet interview I saw yesterday, Jennifer Garner was asked how she balances everything and she said “time management.” That’s surely true and she does a lot, but I was hoping she would acknowledge her staff and I thought “well she doesn’t have a full time job.” I don’t blame her for answering that way, but I often think about how lucky I am to have flexible hours and work from home. I can get things done around the house and make adjustments for last minute schedule changes. I can only vaguely remember what it’s like to work outside my house for eight hours a day. Add in a commute and is must be incredibly difficult to maintain a work life balance, especially for single moms.

That’s why I wanted to give Celine Dion credit for acknowledging that she may do a lot but she doesn’t have it harder than the average person. Celine is promoting her new gender neutral children’s clothing line with NUNUNU. I got such a kick out of watching her interview with HLN because she is INTENSE. She passionately believes in letting kids wear what they want and to let them subvert gender stereotypes and she is dead serious about it. She’s also very much like Iman in remembering and honoring her late husband, saying that she is still in love with him and that he lives on in her kids. She’s a powerhouse and I admire her. You can see the videos in three parts on facebook, one is embedded below. Here are the highlights of what she said.

On letting kids be who they want
Let [kids] tell you what they feel like. You know what, you don’t know what [kids] are gonna become later. You don’t want them to have a [psychological] problem of growth. Let people be who they are as quick and as soon as possible.

“How do you juggle being a single mom and performing four times a week?”
The best way I can. Most people work five day a week nine to five. I feel myself very fortunate that first of all I do what I love. Sometimes it makes me happy, sometimes it makes me sad because I do sing a lot of love songs and love hurts.

On her husband’s death
Before he passed away I died first. It was hard to see him die a little bit every day. Sometimes I ask myself ‘Do you think it would have been easier, an accident and no goodbyes?’ You don’t know that. My husband still lives with me. I see him every day through the eyes of my children. He’s alive, he doesn’t suffer.

“Could you ever open yourself up to love again?”
I am in love. I am very much in love. I had my husband.

[From HLN’s Facebook videos]

HLN’s Robin Meade asked if Celine would be putting out another English language album now that her residency is set to end next year. She said that she’s in the process of making one and that it should be out at the end of this year or the beginning of 2019! She hasn’t had an English album out since 2013 so this is big news and I bet it will be a hit for her. Celine’s music is cheesy and it’s not really my genre, but I appreciate her so much. She wears her heart on her sleeve and she has such a big personality. Plus I like how she acknowledges that she doesn’t have it harder than regular working people. That’s rare for celebrities and performers to do.

Here’s one of the videos and there are two more on Facebook.

This outfit!

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  1. Bettyrose says:

    Most people with office jobs work 9.5 hours/day with 2 hour rt commute. Let’s be honest.

    • Pandy says:

      Right? And THEY are the staff – they don’t “have” staff. While Garner is a hands on mom, I’m sure she has help. AND she isn’t working 48 weeks of the year and living for her lousy few weeks off. Juggling? Not like 99% of the world juggles.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Try this: I know people who work two jobs, or they work one shift while their partner works another and then they trade off the childcare and housekeeping duties. I know a ridiculous number of people working on 4 hours of sleep a night. She’s recognizing her privilege without actually recognizing it.

  2. Jess says:

    I love her and always will, over the top cheese and all. I’ve had her song “Ashes” playing a lot lately and cry every time! 😂

  3. Apalapa says:

    I love her but she looks very fragile to me.

    I wonder if she will ever process that she was a victim of predation, grooming and abuse at the hands of her husband/manager?

    • Missy says:

      Maybe it’s possible she actually fell in love with him. Yeah the age difference was uncomfortable but look how it turned out. They were together for so long, had children, went through regular trial and tribulations like any other couple and came out strong. She’s never seemed fragile to me. I think she comes across as a strong woman and mother who is still dealing with watching the only man she ever loved die slowly and most likely in a lot pain.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      While I do side eye the beginnings of the relationship and feel that yes there may have been grooming on his part (he was married at the time), they did love each other that much was obvious. Apart from his big stakes gambling habit (he’d apparently run up gambling debts of a few million and the rumour was that was the reason she did the Vegas residency – to pay off his debts), I don’t recall ever hearing that he treated her badly or cheated on her.

      I love her – she is a bit mad but is such a lovely sweet person.

    • meme says:

      Well, didn’t they begin their relationship when she was of legal age? Is there a suggestion that he romanced her while she was underage?

      If she was of consent then I don’t really care. She was a young successful prodigy back then with the voice of an angel, I’m not surprised men of all ages found her attractive then.

    • HappyFeetGladFeet says:

      I wonder if you will ever process that she was no victim, her and her husband were legal adults and truly love each other. What will it take for you to understand that?

  4. Malachite says:

    I went to the nununu site. I don’t really see how it is gender neutral. Dresses and skirts are all under “girls.” Imo, the clothes are way overpriced and mostly fug, but I was surprised it is being promoted as gender-neutral when the website is certainly not set up that way.

  5. Veronica S. says:

    Their relationship will always skeeve me out, but she’s old and experienced enough now to have the ability to think outside of his influence, and she doesn’t seem to regret it. I dunno. Maybe she legitimately fell in love with him. Maybe it’s a weird case where it actually worked out. I just don’t want people normalizing it.

    I’ve always been fond of her, though. She’s over the top but in a relatively harmless way. I did always like that she was one of the few celebs that bought her red carpet wear, though. She had the money and didn’t pretend otherwise.

  6. girl_ninja says:

    I love auntie Celine <3

  7. Sojaschnitzel says:

    Will y’all please put those freaking onions away? I am having quite the reaction, thankyouverymuch

  8. kristen says:

    I also really admire Celine for leaning into her cheese. You know what I mean? Maybe that doesn’t sound right. But… she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She wears ridiculous outfits. She has a sense of humor and somehow, despite being mega-famous, has maintained her authenticity. So while I’m not a huge fan of her music, I’m a huge fan of hers.

  9. Anastasia says:

    It’s funny, I’ve never liked a single song of hers, but I love her as a person. And I get it with regard to her husband–that’s how I feel about mine.