Celine Dion Opens Up About Having Kids After 40 with a Much Older Husband

Celine Dion and René Angélil Having KidsCeline Dion, 45, has never been shy about dis­cussing the dif­fi­culty she had con­ceiv­ing kids with her much older hus­band, 71-year-old René Angélil. The celebrity cou­ple has openly dis­cussed the role of fer­til­ity treat­ments in their strug­gle to have kids—they’re now proud par­ents of a 12-year-old son and three-year-old twin boys.

Dion recently revealed that she had at least seven in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion pro­ce­dures done, and wouldn’t have thought twice about doing more if it would help them con­ceive. “For the twins I did IVF six times one after the other,” she said. “I thought as long as my health per­mit­ted me and unless my doc­tor thought phys­i­cally I couldn’t do it, then I would go on with the IVF until some­one told me to stop.”

Even though her hus­band is 26 years older than she is, Dion may not be ready to give up on hav­ing more kids because she’s got her heart set on a daugh­ter. But the tim­ing has to be right. The celebrity cou­ple already jug­gles three kids with a packed work sched­ule, but Dion says she’s happy with her work-life bal­ance at the moment. “I can still be pas­sion­ate about what I do and I love still very much to sing, but at the same time I just don’t want to have kids and not be tak­ing care of them, so right now I feel like it’s a per­fect balance.”

Many cou­ples in May-December rela­tion­ships strug­gle with hav­ing kids, espe­cially when there’s a sig­nif­i­cant age dif­fer­ence. IVF and other fer­til­ity treat­ments offer a solu­tion, but can be quite expen­sive for every­day folks. That’s why it’s so impor­tant to ensure that you’re both on the same page when it comes to kids. If you’re going to be in a long-term rela­tion­ship or mar­riage with a much older man, you need to make sure you dis­cuss what you both want. If nei­ther of you are inter­ested in kids, then you have noth­ing to worry about. But if you’re in a May-December rela­tion­ship and hop­ing to have kids some day, keep in mind that it might just be a lit­tle harder. Always keep the line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion open and dis­cuss your options with your part­ner, whether it’s invest­ing in fer­til­ity treat­ments or find­ing a sur­ro­gate. The point here is that noth­ing is impossible.

What do you think: Would you be will­ing to invest in expen­sive fer­til­ity treat­ments to have kids with your older man?


Dol­phin, C., “‘I Had In-Vitro Fer­til­i­sa­tion Seven Times’: Celine Dion on Preg­nancy Saga,” Enter­tain­ment Wise web site, Novem­ber 9, 2013; http://goo.gl/xd6Hzc.

“Rene Angelil – Celine Dion has ‘per­fect’ work and life bal­ance,” Contactmusic.com web site, Novem­ber 12, 2013; http://goo.gl/4nmhyz.

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