Once again, a new Celine Dion biography has just been released. In this case, two French authors have come together to carry out a phenomenal research work and unpublished interviews to carry out their project. Those who thought they knew everything about Charlemagne’s diva will be surprised and pleasantly surprised to discover new facets of the life we thought we knew by heart.
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“I’m a huge fan of Celine Dion,” admits author Hervé Tropéa, who co-wrote the new Celine biography with Laurence Pieau.
Even though this is his lifelong idol and he never hesitated to drive from his Los Angeles home for hours across the desert to see her perform, the fact remains that he did a painstaking job of research and interviews.
Several relatives of Céline have lifted the veil on the international singer’s life, including members of her family, her doctor, members of her professional team and journalists from Quebec.
“We asked Céline for an interview for this book, which she unfortunately declined,” says Hervé Tropéa, who has been a journalist for twenty years and a correspondent in Los Angeles, as well as having collaborated with several Quebec media outlets and who nevertheless interviewed Céline several times. in the past.
The book that begins with the night René Angelil died arouses great emotions. Celine is strong and brave, but also sad, restless and vulnerable.
René’s iron hand
We understand that René firmly led the career of his protégé and that was what projected him to the pinnacle of glory. But behind the good and benevolent man, there is also the man who paid a biographer, Nathalie Jean, partly out of her own pocket, to keep the book from being published. He did the same when he was accused of rape, decisions made without ever consulting Celine. He spent astronomical sums at the Casino while Celine was often at odds.
However, his protégé always remained by his side. But it is this same assertiveness and swaggering side to her that landed her record-breaking contracts so that Céline could make a career out of it in the United States. He loves her and covers her with jewels, including those that belonged to Maria Callas.
Before and after
One thing is certain, we understand that for Céline there will have been a before and after René’s death that, in various aspects, will mark her life, her career and her way of seeing things. The one who will have been the center of Céline’s universe, her agent, her lover, her confidante, her pillar, her balance, the father of her children and more, will have changed everything after her death.
“She’s the boss now,” the author notes, adding that we see this when investigating her businesses, including Les Productions Feeling, Le Mirage golf course, Schwartz restaurant, and a real estate company, among others.
If René Angélil had orchestrated everything before his departure so that Céline could continue with her career (think of her agent Aldo Giampaolo), Céline preferred to make a clean slate to steer her ship as she pleased.
Céline wanted René-Charles to take over, but he refused and she was hurt by his refusal. But it would have been quite an empire to handle it for a young man not very armed. “With 240 million records sold, 240 prizes won, a fortune of more than 400 million dollars, the challenge would have been great,” suggests the author.
However, there was someone else who could have taken the reins. This man is Vito Luprano, who has done a lot in Céline’s career and who was interviewed for this book. We learn a lot from his words. However, René left him in the shade, as if there was a hint of jealousy between them.
Today, Céline leads a secluded life. She’s certainly been through the pandemic, but ever since her health deteriorated, she’s been locked up like a shell. We learn in particular that her sister Claudette, who is often the one to answer to the media on Céline’s behalf, hasn’t seen her younger sister for over two years.
Hervé Tropéa also had the opportunity to speak with one of his doctors. “I was the first to be surprised that he gave me an interview and that he entrusted us with so much information about Céline’s health,” says the author.
This man is the brilliant Dr Jean Abitbol otolaryngologist and speech therapist, world-renowned specialist in vocal cords. Not only has he cared for Celine for over 20 years, but he’s also cared for a number of celebrities, including Mick Jagger and Beyoncé. Celine suffers from balloon syndrome.
“It’s a feeling of a lump in the throat as well as a kind of spasms,” explains the specialist. “It is a false syndrome and its reaction is psychosomatic stress. »
Celine’s muscle spasm issues date back to her debut on the reclining stage at Caesars Palace. Her stress doesn’t solve anything. Yet for years, Celine has done everything she’s told to do to protect her voice, including being careful with air conditioning, controlling the humidity where she lives in the desert, avoiding alcohol, and avoiding breathing in highly fragrant flowers. We all remember the days when she forced herself to be silent.
To the question that burns the lips of all her fans about whether Céline will return to the stage. Nothing is less secure.
In light of the collected feedback, Hervé Tropéa has his idea of what to do next. “I think Céline will return, but in a different way. Her health won’t allow her to tour anymore, but with her new movie coming out soon, I think it’s an unfulfilled dream and her future will allow her to focus more on 7me art”, concludes the author.
Celine Dion: The True Story
The secrets of a fragile idol
Laurence Pieau and Herve Tropea
Robert Laffont Editions
According to their official website, the world tour Courage Launched in 2019, which has since been postponed multiple times, it is expected to resume in February 2023.
Photo courtesy of Gilles Toucas
Hervé Tropéa is also co-author of the books Dr. House on the scalpel Y Expert words.
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