The 52-year-old single mom is not bothered by the criticism that she receives about her frame. She's happy the way she is.
Women have faced judgments about their looks from random people for a very long time. You usually receive advice on how to dress, how much weight to put on or shed, what to eat and what not eat, without even asking for it. These people who act as they know you, either find you too thin or too fat, it's never right. They body shame you and prefer remaining oblivious to it. Just like us, celebrities face body shaming as well. Latest victim? None other than Céline Dion, but she's not the one to stay quiet.
According to People, the 52-year-old singer went through a major personal transformation after the death of her husband, René Angélil, in January 2016. Ever since then, she's been regularly criticized for looking slimmer than she was even though she loves how she is right now.
In an interview with Dan Wootton for ITV, she revealed that her transformation was just a way for her to rediscover her feminine side. Though she was not "trying to take chances." She was opting for clothes that made her feel fashionable and "more attractive." It was more about herself and not what the world thought about it. She said, "I’m doing this for me. I want to feel strong, beautiful, feminine and sexy." The single mom-of-three doesn't want her size to be a part of any kind of discussion and said, "If I like it, I don’t want to talk about it. Don’t bother. Don’t take a picture. If you like it, I’ll be there. If you don’t, leave me alone."
Dismissing the rumors of her having a new boyfriend, her backup dancer Pepe Munoz, Dion said, "I am single. The press said, 'Oh my God, René just passed and now there’s another man.' Yeah, there’s another man in my life but not the man in my life." My Heart Will Go On hitmaker also revealed that she worried about Munoz and the attention he was getting being a part of her life. She said, "It was probably overwhelming for him at the beginning when we started working together because we were dancing together. We bonded right away as friends, we had a good time. It evolved. But when people started to take pictures and it was like, 'Who’s that guy? René?' … Let’s not mix everything."
"We’re friends, we’re best friends," she said explaining the relationship she shares with Munoz and continued, "Of course, we hug and hold hands and go out, so people see that. I mean, he’s a gentleman. He’s giving me his hand to go out. I don’t mind because he’s handsome and he’s my best friend."
According to The Sun, Munoz is an important part of her life and helps her to be in the best shape. He also helps in training and styling the singer. But she maintained that she, in fact, is single and said, "By the way, when I say, 'I am single,' please, leave me alone. Thanks."
Dion is still in love with her late husband Angélil and has not gotten over it even years after his death. She said, "He’s at peace and he’s resting and he’s always within me. I see him every day through the eyes of my children. He gave me so much strength through all these years. And so much for me to explore, for me now to spread my wings. The maturity that comes with age and time."
Explaining how she feels more in control of her choices, her career, and her kids, she said, "I feel that now I have a voice, which is kinda weird as that’s what I’ve been doing all my life — using my voice, but in singing and performing. But I use my voice as well for things that I choose I want to do and things that I say to my team I don’t want to do."
She continued, "I feel that I am grown up enough to say, 'I think I would rather do this than that'. I’m not playing 50. I’m not playing that, 'I’m the boss now'. I don’t want to do that. I don’t necessarily want to be the boss. I just want to be the best of me and be surrounded — like my husband always surrounded me with — the best people."
The international singer and amazing mom admitted that her three kids, 18-year-old son Rene-Charles and 8-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, are the best things in her life. According to her, she faces a few problems when it comes to setting boundaries for the eldest son who's now "a man." She said, "Any teenager, they have to try things. If you say no to so many things they will turn around and they will still do them away from you, which is even scarier. The girls are coming now — something to be stressed about. I am giving him more space."
She continues, "He does stuff sometimes, I have to say I don’t necessarily agree with what he chooses to try. But as long as he’s using his intelligence and his brain, I trust him." Rene-Charles is pursuing a career in the music industry just like his mother, as a DJ under the name Big Tip.