world : Celine Dion says 'I'm back' after health struggles

world : Celine Dion says 'I'm back' after health struggles
world : Celine Dion says 'I'm back' after health struggles

Friday 14 June 2024 10:30 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Celine holds the record for the most successful residency of all time on the Las Vegas strip. She is extremely proud of her career, but time away has given her a chance to reflect.

After years of touring the world, she has realised she has seen very little of it.

There has been "a price to pay" for always being in tour mode while travelling, she says.

"All my days off, I wanted to be ready for the next show. I toured the world and I did not see a lot.

"But as a performer and a singer, I have received so much love from the fans."

My earliest memory of Celine Dion was one of our secondary school teachers playing her single Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore on cassette tape to try to inspire our French studies.

She is best known to audiences as the queen of power ballads.

Her hits from the 90s like The Power of Love and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now are instantly recognisable for their soaring vocals.

But at the height of her health battles, Celine admits to having felt a little envious of the breathy, 'whisperpop' style used by some modern female artists.

Singers like Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey are achieving big hits at the opposite end of the volume register.

"I was like, well, should I just go to bed really, really late at night and start smoking?" she jokes.

"I was jealous. I was like, they’re going out, they’re partying, they’re barely cleaned up, and they’re amazing."

That's a contrast with the strict regime she has held herself to for much of her career.

"I was like, don’t talk, and don’t eat this, that’s too much dairy, it’s going to produce phlegm."

She continues to joke that perhaps she will throw her classical training out of the window and adopt a new persona with a husky tone.

"How about that for a concert?" says Celine, winking at the camera.

She is managing to keep a sense of humour through her ongoing health battles.

But whatever style she chooses, fans will be extremely glad to see her back.

I Am: Celine Dion will be released on Amazon Prime Video on 25 June, and her extended interview with Emma Vardy can be seen on BBC iPlayer

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