Celine Dion and René Angélil, 26-Year Age Difference

Celine Dion and René Angélil Age Difference

Celine Dion and René Angélil Age DifferenceSinger Celine Dion is one of Canada’s most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the music industry.

Born into a musi­cal fam­ily in Que­bec, Dion worked with her mom and brother to com­pose her first Fran­coph­one song at the age of 12. They sent the record­ing to 38-year-old music man­ager René Angélil, who was so impressed with Dion’s singing that he made it his mis­sion to make her a super­star, even mort­gag­ing his home to cover the costs of putting together her first record. It paid off because Dion quickly became a singing sen­sa­tion in her native Que­bec, before her name began to spread all over the world.

She had con­quered the French music indus­try, but Angélil and Dion now wanted to take on the Anglo­phone mar­ket. In 1990, they released her first Eng­lish album, which was well-received by crit­ics. Her celebrity sta­tus really erupted the fol­low­ing year when she sang the title track of the pop­u­lar Dis­ney film Beauty and the Beast—the song won both a Grammy and an Oscar. Over the years, Dion has raked up seven Amer­i­can Music Awards, seven Bill­board Music Awards, five Gram­mys, 20 Juno Awards, and 12 World Music Awards.

As Dion made her tran­si­tion from the French music scene to the Eng­lish indus­try, there was another impor­tant shift hap­pen­ing in her life—her man­ager, Angélil, also became her much older lover. The celebrity cou­ple started dat­ing in the late 80s, but ini­tially kept it a secret out of fear that peo­ple wouldn’t accept their 26-year age dif­fer­ence. How­ever, they even­tu­ally went pub­lic with their rela­tion­ship, mar­ry­ing in Decem­ber 1994. When they walked down the aisle, she was 26 and he was 52.

Despite their age dif­fer­ence, Dion and Angélil both wanted kids, but strug­gled to con­ceive nat­u­rally. After turn­ing to in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion, Dion finally gave birth to their first son in Jan­u­ary 2001. The celebrity cou­ple knew that they still wanted a big­ger fam­ily, and opted to freeze their extra embryos.

In 2010, Dion and Angélil revealed that after one failed preg­nancy and six in-vitro treat­ments, Dion was expect­ing again, but this time it was twins. The preg­nancy was the result of implant­ing one of the embryos that the cou­ple had frozen eight years ear­lier. Dion gave birth to twin boys on Octo­ber 23, 2010.