Celine Speaks: "Now
I got the chance.... I talk, yeah I talk and I don't stop!"
Most of these are quotes by Celine(or about
her) from various appearances, interviews and media sources.....and
from various dates.
" Then you go out on the street, and you think you
speak English, and you hear, "Hey, mama, yo, mama, yo, whassup?"
It's like, "Oh, my God, it's not in the dictionary." I was looking for
"Yo, mama, yo," and it was not there."
"'My Heart Will Go On' touched the hearts of a lot
of people. I can't just say, 'Sorry, that's it!' "
"But the love story was so beautiful. So we worked
big time. And here we are. When you have success, the record company wants
you to do more. And that's normal."
"But the love story was so beautiful. So we
worked big time. And here we are. When you have success, the record company
wants you to do more. And that's normal.
"I have accomplished a lot, and I don't want people
to get tired of me," says Dion, cradling a cup of coffee. "I don't want
to stop my career completely. I'd love to do some acting, a concert once
in a while and maybe a TV special. But I also want to retire. I can't wait
to go grocery shopping and drive my car."
"If we can't have any children, it doesn't make any
difference, because we have it
all. If we have one child, that would be incredible.
I'd be happy with two, three, four, nine, I don't care."
"My mom is my idol," Dion says. "I never saw her
lie on the sofa for 10 minutes. She was cooking in the middle of the night
for the next day.
She cleaned when we were sleeping. She still can't
sit down. And she still worries about prices. She's always saying, 'Oh,
that's too much.' The more she says it, the more I'll buy her."
"I trusted him," … "And you need that in this business.
People take advantage of you. When I trust someone, I give my whole life."
Rene was wonderful. I was so young, I had no clue.
I was a dreamer: 'I wanna sing, I wanna sing.' My brothers and sister were
older and needed to know if they could trust him. They got to know him
"I had a crush on a hockey player, but it never worked
and I cried a lot," she says. "I had a real boyfriend when I was 17. It
lasted three or four months. Then came Rene. Life sometimes goes really
"When I go to bed at night in my husband's arms,
we cannot believe we are going to close our eyes for eight or nine hours
without seeing each other," .
"When I'm working, everybody does everything for
me," she says. "I just have to sing and train my voice and get my beauty
sleep. What's happening to me is not a normal life. Room service, beautiful
hotels, traveling the world, limousines, chauffeurs, bodyguards. It's amazing.
But I never forget where I come from.
"And I need balance. I do my own shopping, even though
it takes me 10 minutes to buy groceries and half an hour to sign autographs.
I love cooking for my husband. When I'm at the stove and Rene is so happy
eating the meal I cooked, that's the life for me."
"They used to fight to change my diaper,"…"They would
still change my diaper if they could. So now I'm spoiling them. I don't
care about money. I don't spend it all, because I'm not crazy, and I have
good people taking care of it. But I want my family to have cars and clothes
and trips and money. If I lost all my money, I'd still have my family,
my true values, my roots, myself."
"I don't want people to hate me, but I eat anything
I want," she says. "I don't exercise. Every night in bed, I can eat a big
bag of chips."
"I'm paid so much money to sing, the least I can
do is take care of my voice," she says. "People are expecting a lot from
me. I expect a lot from me too."
"It doesn't hurt if you've also got talent. I'm not
the most talented one in the family.
Everybody has so much talent in the family-all my
brothers and sisters. But I guess talent is not enough. You need everything.
You need the support, you need the record company, you need a manager."
I was five. I went onstage at one of my brother's
weddings and sang a couple of songs. And that was your first taste of performing?
No, almost everyday at home, my brothers and sisters would dress me up
in a slip, high-heel shoes, flowers in my hair and a little bit of makeup.
They would give me a little microphone and put me on the kitchen table,
and I was entertaining them. It was amazing."
I never even thought about it. I wasn't nervous for
one second. In Quebec, I feel like I'm their child. I grew up in front
of them. They know everything about me. The first interview I did,
I said I wanted to be a singer, to sing for as many people as I can and
sing in different languages. They knew that." I don't want to sound pretentious
in saying this, but they were so proud of everything I was accomplishing
when I was very young, and they wanted the best for me. They'd been supporting
me since day one."
I never really understood that, because I never really
thought of it. I'm not the kind of person who asks a lot of questions
about anything. I don't question life. I live it everyday. I had a dream
when I was five years old. I wanted to be a singer. I still have the same
"I am comfortable with the success. When you go onstage
and you please your fans and they sing along with you, nothing else matters.
It's the gift of show business."
"We always hoped we would find a cure before she
passed away. At the same time, it's ike, "Just let go," if you know she's
suffering so much. You're prepared, because you know she'll pass
away because she's suffering so much, but at the same time, when it happens,
you're not prepared."
"I decide what I want to sing. Nobody is telling
me what to sing and what to do with my music. If I want a new orientation
and style, I will be the first one to tell them. But I do what I feel.
I do what I love. I love ballads. They are the types of songs I love doing.
They touch me. I'm a very romantic person. I'm just sharing what I've received
all my life. Just giving it back."
"I think it interests people. They want to know everything
about you. They don't only want to see you onstage, they want to know what
your bedroom looks like, what kind of meal you're cooking for your husband,
what are your favorite slippers, how do you look in the morning. I think
it's just normal, just part of show business. I think it's up to you to
give as much as you want and keep a few things for yourself."
"I'm not screaming my private life to everybody.
But I don't have anything to hide. If they ask me something private and
I don't want to answer, I'm going to say, "I'm sorry, if you don't mind,
it's discreet, and I would love to keep it to myself." There's nothing
wrong with that."
"I don't know about those things. I don't read
newspapers. I don't need to look at a newspaper to know who
I am, what I like and what I don't like. I know what I did and what I didn't
do, who I am, where I want to go, what I want to be. I love Rene. I think
we're the perfect team. He has been my
manager for 15 years. We grew up together. We have thesame goals, the same
"Sometimes you hear people say not to mix business
and pleasure because it could cause a lot of conflicts. I can't see myself
working with another manager and being married to Rene, or vice versa.
It's been like this forever, and I like it. I know everything about Rene,
and he knows everything about me. I feel so comfortable with that."
"I can't play tennis because my life is too fast
and I need something that calms me down," Dion says. "When you play tennis,
you fight to beat somebody. It's not relaxing. Swimming is great, but if
it's hair-waxing time, you don't feel like putting on your bathing suit
and having everybody look at you."
"I want to beat me," …. "I want to be the best me
"She said, 'Honey, I can't do it,' ….I said, 'Barbra,
don't worry about it,'" "But I was disappointed. Singing 'Tell Him' with
her live was going to be a big dream come true for me."
"There is no competition -- it's so ridiculous,"
Dion says, dismissing the stories with a wave of her hand. "I have idolized
Barbra Steisand since I was a little girl. I'm so honored to have recorded
a song with her."
"I don't give a heck!" she says, then takes a deep
breath and apologizes for sounding defensive. "I dont' mean to be rude,
but I don't care what people think about our lives, our happiness, our
"I was at the hospital, singing into her ear very
softly, and she passed away in my arms,"…… "I felt every single part of
her body leaving us. In French we say accompagner quelqu'un -- 'to be there
with them as they journey to heaven.' It was very hard, but at the same
time it was an incredible gift." "Losing Karine showed me how precious
life is,"…. "I never take it for granted. And I cherish everyone I love,
every single moment I have with them."
The agony of losing those she loves is a constant
fear. The youngest of 14 children, she thinks of herself as the center
of a flower, "My family and friends are the petals, and I will probably
lose all of them before me."
"My family is my foundation," …"We never had a lot
of money, but we had a wealth of love, joy and affection."
"I would never take the happiness of anybody,"
"When I met Rene, I loved him, but as a child,The
more I got to know him over all the years we worked together, the more
I fell in love with him." "We kept it a secret," ….. "I don't want people
to think, 'This is a sugar-daddy type of thing.'"…."I wanted to scream
'I'm in love' to the whole world," "It is the most important thing I have
ever done," she says of her marriage. "If my fame ended tomorrow, I would
still be fulfilled. I have Rene to thank for that."
"When I lost my voice, it was like losing my life."
We're trying," …. "but right now there's too much
pressure. That's why it doesn't happen. When I can take a long break, it
"They want to find me a disease, you know? There
are so many things said about us that aren't true," …."and we can't fight
"When people say terrible things, things that aren't
true, I tell myself why I chose this public life: to touch people. That
is la raison, 'the reason'" She smiles, "And I am a strong person, of that
I am certain."
"I'm more than in love with Rene. He completes me,"
"Believe me, I am a very smart woman. I know exactly
what I want." "I feel wonderful with older people…people with experience."
When you're "the baby of the family," ….and your
brothers and sisters range up to 22 years older than you, you learn very
quickly to respect your elders…and to feel comfortable with them. "I never
went out with young kids of my age," "When I was going to school, I hated
it. I was too happy at home."
"I just worked with the best people in the world.
If this album doesn't work, I've still had the time of my life."
"I've made enough money for the rest of my life.
Every time I have recorded an album, it's with my heart, my soul. All my
songs are hits to me,"
"I see my fans as my family," ..."I'm in my living
room and I perform for my brothers and sisters".
I never wanted to have a hit. I always wanted to
have a career. And I think I'm having an amazing one. You know, when you're
16 and 18 years old, and you have a big, big, big, big hit, you sell so
many albums. People dance with this song, and they cry with that one. They
don't even know who's singing it, but it's great. Everybody's singing the
song. . . Then the next one -- eeewww. . . That's it. That's hard to follow.
But I think it's the perfect career I've had. That I'm still having. .
I've had so much great stuff. The way that I grew
up. What my parents gave to us. What my parents gave to me. The foundation
I've had in my life. Makes me strong today. I've received some real, true
values- waking up every morning. . Thanking God you have your health. .
. I'm very solid and very strong. I feel wonderful about growing up, getting
older. I can be more in control. So when the pressure is there, I feel
it. But I'm not gone. I'm here. My feet are on the ground. And I thank
my parents for that. They gave me a very solid foundation. I feel the earth,
and I hope I'll feel the earth for the rest of my life."
Music helped me to go through my happiness, go through
my sadness, my worries, my dreams. That's why I'm making music. Because,
you know, I don't write my songs. But, through my music, I can travel very
much. I can let me emotions come out. Because with words, it's difficult
to express things. But with music, it's easier to understand. I think that's
why music is very, very powerful. It helps a lot of people go through some
very, very difficult times."
"We've been working on that for a little while now,"
... "And it's going very well!" Dion added that while she hoped a pregnancy
wouldn't affect her plans, she would be willing to scrap everything for
"This is the album of my life," "There's no
way I can do better." Working with Streisand "was the best experience I've
had in show business. She's a person I've looked up to all my life as an
artist and a woman." The Bee Gees' music "has been part of my life. I cannot
believe they wrote me a song. …" King "sang with me, and I felt like she
was my sister. And "just thinking about Sir George Martin brings tears
to my eyes. Knowing him and working with him is something I will cherish."
"I know I talk a lot, I often wondered why it is that I do this, that I
talk like this all the time. Well, I'm sure you all know by now that I
grew up in a French culture, right? And that I am part of a big family,
the fourteenth child! I thought about this, and try to imagine 16
people round the kitchen table 3 times a day at meal times. It was very
hard for me to say something at that time, so I think that now that's why
I talk so much. Now I got the chance I talk, yeah I talk and I don't stop!"
"I can cry at Little House On The Prairie. But Rene is just as bad.
He is so sensitive, he cries whenever he hears something beautiful."
"In heaven I will feel like I do when I am in my husband's arms. I'm missing
him so much .... he's not with me at the moment. For me, there is nothing
else. I wish everything would stop right there."
"The doctors tell me that all I have to do is take a break and relax and
then if it's going to happen, it will. I know that I can't get pregnant
now because I am too stressed inside. My body is like an athlete's, constantly
training for the next album or performance. It needs to relax to
welcome another living being with me."
"Do I seem like a miserable woman? When people write things like that it
hurts me so much because I know it's not true. When two people are
as happy as we are and have a lot of success and everything looks so wonderful,
people want to find something bad. We have love, money, success and
this is not normal in some people's eyes. So they say that Rene is
a violent man, that I have attempted suicide or that I am anorexic. They
can't accept that there is nothing wrong and that we are the happiest
people in the world. "
"The only thing that would complete our happiness would be a child. I have
everything else so that, to me, would be the most important thing
in my life. Maybe I won't be able to have children, but if that is the
case, I am not going to lose my happiness. It would make me very
sad but Rene and I would get through it because of our love for each other."
"The moment I knew I loved him was at the "Eurovision
Song Contest" in Dublin in 1988. I was 20 years old and had been
asked to sing the Swiss entry which won the contest. At the end of the
evening we went back to our hotel rooms and as we said goodnight,
he kissed me on the lips for the first time. He immediately apologized,
but I didn't hear him - all I could hear was the sound of my knees
"I had only had one boyfriend before Rene...when
I was 17. He was a gorgeous guy ...but it just didn't work out."
" I couldn't see what was wrong with loving him and
eventually I couldn't live like that any longer. I wasn't 15 any more.
I was a grown woman and I wanted to tell the world about the man I loved."
"Rene, for so many years I have kept our special
dream locked away in my heart but it is now getting too powerful to keep
this inside me. Rene, you are the colour of my love."
"Everything else could disappear tomorrow but I know
I would still have Rene's love.
"When I was a child, people did tell me what to do
and what to wear, but nobody has ever told me how to sing my songs. And
that is all I have ever wanted to do.
"We never had money but we were never poor in the
true sense of the word. That's why I am still so close to my whole family
and why I have shared my success and the money I have made with them all."
"I loved the attention. I loved the fact that everybody
loved me and my voice and I knew then that was the life I wanted."
"On my days off I stop talking completely - I don't
even whisper - and, quite recently, I didn't speak for three weeks because
I had an inflammation of my vocal chords.
"On the day of a performance I can't be in a room
with air conditioning or sit in the sun because it dries my voice out.
I can't have dairy products or anything with mint in it. Just before
I sing I eat salty crackers and I gargle with some carob syrup mixed with
half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of sugar.
"The only reason I continue to perform and record
is because I love it so much and feel I still have something to give.
"But I have change. When I was 15, singing was my life. Now that I am about
to turn 30, singing is not my life any more. I know that my happiness
doesn't come from my career alone. It comes from my family, my friends,
my husband, my luxury house with its golf course and, if I am so
blessed, a child. "I don't want to be one of those women who reaches
40 and has everything except the thing she wants most - a child.
Rene and I have so much love and happiness to share with a child. That's
why, if I never make another album, I will be happy as long as we
can have a family." I know that I can't get pregnant now because
I am too stressed inside. It needs to relax to welcome another living being
"The whole evening I watched her eating. I couldn't
take my eyes off her. I said to myself, 'Celine, stop being a groupie!'
But this was the woman whose songs we danced to at Christmas when I was
"I know exactly who I am and what I do and what's
true and not true," ..... "What makes me sad and what hurts me the
most is not what people say about me that's not true. It's when they talk
about my friends and my family, they put doubts in everybody's mind."
"If this is my last album, if this is over, I feel
very complete. I've done everything I've always wanted. If it has to be
over after this one, I can leave without regretting anything." This is
the best I can give. Maybe it's better not to do another. I don't
want to bore people with my music. I want to stop for a little while, do
something else and maybe come back again." "We've been trying to
have a child, of course, I want to do some acting, to do some movies. This
is it. This is definitely the album."
"This is the album of my life, she says. I think
I have reached musically what I have looked for in my whole life."
"The whole thing is unbelievable to me. Its a fairy
tale., says Dion says. It took all of my concentration not pass out.
I almost lost it when I heard voice. I could hear every breath coming from
her, every stop that she was going to take, when she was going to
sing soft, when she was going to sing strong. I understood exactly
where she was going. Listening to her and seeing her in the movies, I felt
like I knew her in a way." "I know I've sold some 25 million albums
and did some sold-out shows", she says. But I don't think about the success
we are having in those terms. I'm just trying to be the best of me every
day. When I go to bed at night, I'm not wondering how many albums
I sold today. I just want my peanut butter-toast in the morning."
"I don't see myself just recording ballads the rest
of my life. A part of me loves to reach those rough notes and edgy
ambiance, but still with so much emotion."
"It was like a dream. I didn't have a chance to `taste
the moment.' Now I am older, a woman, and I want to be more involved."
"If this must be the album of my life, I wouldn't
mind retiring on that, she adds. "I'd like to do some movies, have some
children, record in other languages."
"For me, I work a lot, but if you do what you love,
you're very lucky. You can't have everything in life." she says quietly,
"You have to make a choice. And I made my choice."
"You know, this is not just my show, no way! And
it's not just our show to all of the band here on stage, no, this is
"our" show to all of us here tonight, so if you feel like clapping your
fingers (jokey expression), snapping your hands, getting up and dancing
then you go guys, this is "your" show too!" "You can sing along with
me if you want."
"You're so good, how would you like to come on tour
with us all the time?!" (huge cheer) "We don't wanna go yet, do you
want more?" "Wow, M'ego, pick a song, any song will do. You know
what songs to choose!" "Whoo! You know this, come on, let's dance,
get up, come on!!"
"I'll miss you, I love you all so much."
"I'm not in competition with anybody but myself.
My goal is o beat my last performance."
"There was a scene (from Des Fluers sur la neige)where
I had fun because this guy was running after me. I felt goosebumps
all over my body, and cold, and I cried for real while running because
I was really afraid. I really became that person," .......reliving
the excitement and strange power of acting. "You know, maybe it's
bad to talk about this, but it's natural and human and I have to tell you.
When I was running ...you know when you're so afraid that you pee
your pants? Is there a way to say that in English that's not vulgar?
Well, anyway, I swear it's true."
"I'm just being very sincere. I feel the music that
I do very much. That comes across. Being on stage is a beautiful
relationship of sharing my happiness. People give me so much that
I need to give back. The gift of show business is when you can be on stage
and give your whole self - this is where I get the best benefit."'
"The gift of show business is when you can be on
stage and give your whole self....I'm just being very sincere. I
feel the music that I do very much. That comes across. Being on stage is
a beautiful relationship of sharing my happiness. People give me
so much that I need to give back."
"I use music to share something with the audience.
I want them to know more and more about me and I want to know them.
The sun is shining, the water is arm, and I appreciate every moment of
this: that's why I do the best show possible and put as much into
songs as I can."
"Connecting with my audience is as important
"Rene and I recognized our feelings for each
other when I was 23," ..... "it just developed. But we had to pretend
we were just manager and artist."
"He is my Prince Charming," "He is very generous,
intelligent, very soft. He gets very emotional, but he's very strong
at the same time. To me, he's the best. I feel very beautiful when
I'm with him. I feel complete. I feel strong. He loves me, and I adore
him very much."
"I've always wanted to look like a model. I wish
I had a smaller nose, a squarer face, fuller lips, bigger breasts
and a smaller "derriere". I used to feel insecure about my looks … maybe
that's why she kept changing them so often! ....but marriage has
given me more confidence. Now I feel more mature, powerful and sexy."
"We've been together for 15 years and I wouldn't
change him. At home, I decide, I'm the boss. But in show business,
my two eyes closed, I just trust him so much."
"If I start to wonder about the way that people feel,
I'm going to go crazy. If the people like what I do and they want
me to be happy, I think they will accept the fact that I love Rene."
"I've never felt the age difference. To me, it is
not important. Sometimes he acts like he's younger than me, just
between you and me."
"My husband... "I trust Rene completely. We laugh
and cry together. He has a big heart and he's so gentle. He's the
"I wanted a fairy tale wedding and that's what I
got. My dress was so big, it didn't fit in the car. When we got to
our room at dawn, we were so tired we fell asleep...still wearing
our wedding outfits."
"Rene and I would like a family. I think I'd be a
good mum, because I was brought up by the best. I love kids and know
that when I have a child, it'll be the happiest day of my life. My children
will come first, no matter what."
"Every month I hope my period will not start," adds
Dion. "For two years we've been working on it, hoping. We're not
going crazy about it, but just like every woman, and every couple, wants
to have a child, to share their happiness, we're hoping."
"I want to be cooking and cleaning and have children
and share this beautiful happiness that we have, just make it grow."
"I want to get big and want to have twins and just
want to go for it."
"If it happens, it happens. If not, well, I think
we have much more than a lot of people. I think we're spoiled. I
think I have an amazing career and I think I have the perfect life."
"I know how much I love this person. There are no
surprises with him. He knows everything about me, and I know how
sincere I am. I know what I do and what I don't do, and I don't hurt anyone.
If people like me, then good, because that's what I want. His words
are mine, and my words are his."
"I think that's the most important thing in life...to
share your happiness and be with the person you love. That's fantastic.
If my career was to stop tomorrow, even right now, I would still be the
happiest person on earth because I have found the man of my life..and
I still have my family...and I know that I can always go back to
them. And that's to be rich."
"I don't want to be one of those women who reaches
40 and has everything except the thing she wants most … a child.
Rene and I have so much love and happiness to share with a child. That's
why, if I never make another album, I will be happy as long as we
can have a family."
"I used to dream of becoming a singer. Today, my
dream is just to be healthy and happy."
"To be around the people I love; my husband, my family,
his kids. That makes me happy."
"It's a scary thought, "....."I don't like being
the youngest all the time. It's being frightened sometimes of losing
"There's nothing happening and everything's there.
No noise. Darkness. Hearing his breathing. When you're in love with
someone, it makes you go wild. If you put your head on his back, you hear
his heart. And you always wonder, 'Is it going to stop?'"
"One day, "I had her in my arms," says Dion, "and
I started to sing softly in her ear, and out of nowhere her eyes
closed. I looked at my mom, who was massaging her feet because her circulation
didn't work, and nodded, `Okay, it's happening.' One tear came down
Karine's cheek…...and then she went."
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