Celine Dion: ‘I love the spotlight, I love to be looked at’

Celine Dion has kicked off her Courage World Tour, and I’m looking forward to the interviews that she’s going to give during the show’s year-long run. Celine sat down with Mikael Wood of the L.A. Times for a chat right after her first performance in her home province of Quebec. The whole interview is worth a read, and here are some of the highlights:

On the so-called “Dionaissance,” a tem that Celine “approves of,” to describe her evolution into an “avant-garde style icon”:
“I always loved fashion — it’s not something new . . . . But my team and I decided it’s OK to go to fashion shows, then it made such an impact that they wanted me to be in the front row. And that turned out to be a big deal.”

On Rene’s death
“The loss of my husband is still in me… I will grieve that for the rest of my life. And I see him through the eyes of my children every day.”

On how she wanted her current show to be “bigger and more theatrical”
“I love the spotlight — I love to be looked at. I’m in show business. You show your butt or your back or your shoulder and you go, ‘Voulez-vous coucher avec moi.’

On her fans of all ages
“Did you see children? I saw a lot of children. For me, I’m very impressed about that. I always thought my crowd was going to mature with me, and then it would fade a little bit. But what happened? I planted cucumbers in my garden, and now I have cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, radish.”

On attending this year’s Met Gala, the theme of which was “camp”
“I thought I was going to go with my sleeping bag. What is camp? I still don’t understand it. But I won.”

[From the L.A. Times]

I just loved all of this; Celine seems like a really easy person to chat with, and she has a great sense of humor. She mentioned not loving ‘My Heart Will Go On” initially, and recorded the demo because Rene asked her to (though she came around, eventually). The released song was created from that original demo, of which she said, “‘If I’m going to do a demo, I’m going to sell the s—,’” and the reporter noted that she “lower[ed] her voice as she swore.” At least she’s honest. I hope that any of you who are Celine fans are able to go see her on tour!

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  1. tempest prognosticator says:

    Long live Celine Dion!

  2. JustSayin says:

    That woman is pure, down to earth but not afraid to bougie it up, class

  3. zan says:

    Céliiiiine! I was suppose to see her tomorrow night in Montréal but she cancelled the show because she’s sick. It’s rescheduled in february 2020, can’t wait!!!! She’s so nice!

  4. Mtec says:

    Love this woman!!!

    Also I wish more famous people would admit to loving the spotlight too, instead of insisting they hate any type of fame.

    Celine is so refreshing and an icon, I hope her album and tour are successful

  5. Becks1 says:

    I would love to see her on tour. I imagine its just such a spectacle, in a good way.

  6. A says:

    Nice to have at least one celeb admit that they like and seek the spotlight and didn’t accidentally fall into into it by taking a wrong turn when looking for their local convent/monastery.

  7. TIFFANY says:

    I am a fan and YES I AM GOING !!!!

  8. susiecue says:

    I’m seeing her in January and I’m so excited!!!!!!

  9. Catherine says:

    I’m going to see her in December in Canada. Can’t wait!

  10. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    And water is wet. I LOVE Celine!

  11. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

    JLo’s and Celine’s uberconfidence is making me have a moment where I think that false modesty is bs.

  12. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    No!!! You don’t say!

  13. lana86 says:

    Cool lady!…<3

  14. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I totally buy it. I saw her show in Vegas 2 years ago, and you can tell this woman LUVS an audience! And I totally mean that as a compliment. She was hilarious and magnetic and knew how to project (physically and vocally) to the rafters.

  15. Andrea says:

    Does anyone else think she looks a touch too thin these days?

    • olive says:

      nope. i think she looks good – look at her arms in that red dress photo, she’s toned and looks strong.

    • Bella Bella says:

      Me. I think she looks quite gaunt. Whenever I see a picture, I always worry about her.

    • Jane says:

      I said she looked thin and did I get BLOODY WELL SLAMMED!!!!! for saying it.