Music superstar Celine Dion is in her 50s now, but she still looks absolutely amazing: she could pass for a woman half her age. How does she do it? Well, many people have asked her just that, and she’s happy to give an answer. Still, her beauty regime might not be exactly what you’d expect…
Plenty of people have also wondered if Dion has undergone plastic surgery. Celebrity gossip tabloid papers such as the National Enquirer have made this claim – but there’s no evidence. And both the singer’s representative and the star herself have rebutted allegations that she’s gone under the knife for the sake of her looks.
In April 2019 Dion told The Sunday Times’ Style magazine that she would consider cosmetic surgery in the future. She said, “In all seriousness, if it brings you confidence and if you feel more beautiful, then I’m not against it. But if you start something, you have to be careful, as it can lead you to do more and more.”
Dion also revealed that she had body issues as a teenager. She told the magazine, “I had no confidence when I was young. I didn’t feel pretty, I had problems with my teeth, I was very skinny and I was bullied at school.” But she also said, “I’ve never felt as beautiful or as strong as I do now.”
These days, Dion defends herself whenever she’s criticized for her looks. When online trolls told her she was too skinny, the singer responded via The Dan Wootton Interview podcast in January 2019. She said, “I want to feel strong, beautiful, feminine and sexy. 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.”
In September that year Dion discussed the same issue with People magazine. She mused, “If you don’t want to be criticized, you are in the wrong place. I take the positive. I take what’s good for me. I leave behind what is not good for me. I let my management take care of that, and if it hurts anyone, they will take care of that.”
People may have insulted Dion for being skinny, but in actual fact she appears to have a very healthy attitude towards food. She’s discussed her favorite dishes in interviews, too. In a 2019 conversation with Gayle King, Dion said that for snacking she liked peanut butter, and for meals she liked “baba ghanoush, hummus, Lebanese food.” Dion’s late husband René Angélil was of Lebanese heritage.
Dion is also a part owner of a Jewish deli called Schwartz’s, based in Montreal, Canada. The emporium is considered a major institution of the city and its smoked meats and spices are legendary. In 2017 the store’s general manager Frank Silva told the website Saveur that Dion was “a part of the family.”
And Dion has contributed to cookbooks as well. Back in 2011 she shared her recipes for fried cauliflower and sfihas, aka meat tarts, to a publication called Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook. It was for a good cause, as the book was raising money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee as well as the charity campaign Chefs for Humanity.
What’s more, a couple of years later in 2013 Dion contributed to another cookbook. She gave a family recipe of “Stuffed Vine Leaves” to the book Bless This Table by Jaymes Foster and Terri Diamond and this, too, was for charity. Dion’s social media rep wrote on her Facebook page, “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to assist those who struggle with hunger in the USA.”
Dion would appear to get her love of cooking from her mother, Therese Tanguay-Dion. In 1999 Tanguay-Dion even had her own cooking show, Maman Dion on the TVA network. The show lasted for three years in the end, and it made her a public figure in her own right.
Indeed, when Tanguay-Dion passed away in 2020 there was an outpouring of grief from her fans. TV host Julie Snyder told the Montreal Gazette newspaper, “Celine was the darling of Quebec but [Tanguay-Dion] was the mom of Quebec.” And Sony executive Vito Luprano remembered, “She was a wonderful woman …and she was a great cook.”
Dion loves food so much that sometimes she’ll take time out from a busy schedule just to get a snack. For example, at the end of the Met Gala in 2017 – Dion’s first ever appearance at the event – she stopped off at a hot dog stand still wearing her spectacular custom-made Versace dress.
Although food isn’t the be-all-and-end-all of Dion’s health regime, more information about her favorite foods have come to light over the years. In 2008 website The Smoking Gun got hold of the artist’s tour rider and it contained some interesting, very specific details about what Dion required as snacks in her dressing room while on tour.
According to the document obtained by the website, Dion needed one “fresh assorted fruit plate” in her dressing room, which should contain “pineapple, melons and figs” as well as cherries when in season. She also asked for the more unhealthy options of a bowl of potato chips in specific flavors, and six iced Diet Cokes.
But there are some more recent details about Dion’s eating habits out there, too. During an “Out to Lunch” interview with Vanity Fair magazine in 2012, Dion’s French butler served her and the interviewer a meal of “cauliflower Vichyssoise, to be followed by quiche and salad, fresh berries with sabayon, and coffee.”
So it seems Dion eats healthy meals – and she apparently doesn’t go all out for breakfast either. In a 2017 video interview she took part in with The Hollywood Reporter magazine, she said that her normal breakfast would be a cup of coffee and a croissant: more French food there.
Dion thoroughly believes in the importance of mealtimes. In 2010 she told the website Parents Canada, “I try to make mealtimes as much fun as possible. No glitz, no glamor; just people who love each other sitting around the table talking about their day. Humor also plays a big part in our lives.”
However, exercise is as much an important part of a health regime as food, and Dion gets plenty of exercise just from her stage routines alone. But there’s another reason she lost a lot of weight – she had children. In March 2011 just five months after giving birth to twins, Dion spoke to Canada’s Etalk TV show about that.
Dion told the show that weight was “not important” to her. She went on, “I’m not there to wear a size two or zero or four. I’m going to find the dress that’s going to fit the body at the time. But it happened to be that the weight-loss [happened] very rapidly. And genetically, I’m very lucky too.”
That same year Dion spoke to Elle magazine about what she did to ensure her body could handle six Las Vegas shows a week. Without toning her body up beforehand, it would have been extremely difficult. She said that she started on an exercise bike, then went on to have a massage.
Dion explained to the magazine, “I lie on my stomach on a massage table, pushing into my palms or elbows to tone my shoulder blades in order to hold my neck – which is very long – while I sing. My physiotherapist makes sure my spine is aligned and my shoulder blades aren’t stuck together.”
There’s another thing Dion does to keep herself healthy: golf. In fact, she has a little-known passion for the sport and owns a golf course in Canada, Le Mirage in Terrebonne, QC. She competes in celebrity tournaments and apparently has a handicap of 17. Oh, and she has her own personalized golf cart as well.
Golf can be a very useful form of healthy exercise. According to experts, playing the sport regularly can reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease, while in older people it can improve their sense of balance. However, the benefits are greatest when a player walks around the course – so Dion might want to think about forgoing her personalized cart.
That’s not the only surprising thing Dion does to maintain her health and figure. She’s also very into ballet dancing. In April 2019 she spoke to People magazine about this, saying, “Dancing has been in my DNA all of my life.” She did ballet practice four times a week, though she admitted this was “hard.”
Dion went on, “People say, ‘She’s a lot thinner,’ but I’m working hard. I like to move and [weight loss] comes with it.” She had also teamed up with a ballet teacher, dancer Pepe Muñoz, to help her out. But there were constant rumors that Dion and Muñoz were romantically involved.
However, Dion has firmly denied all the rumors that Muñoz was her new boyfriend. In April 2019 she told the TV show Extra, “Pepe is gay, and at first I think some people did not know that…The thing is that he’s my best friend and we dance together and he did so much for me.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Dion had to reiterate the same thing in a January 2019 interview with The Sun newspaper. She told Dan Wootton, “The press said, ‘Oh my God, Rene just passed and now there’s another man.’ Yeah, there’s another man in my life but not THE man in my life.”
Dion said, “It was probably overwhelming for [Muñoz] 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 then she said, with what the interviewer described as the “slightest hint of anger” in her tone, “Let’s not mix everything.”
The reason Muñoz was so often seen with her, Dion said, was simply because he was her trainer. But she added, “We’re friends, we’re best friends. 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.”
Wootton asked Dion if it made her angry “that people think she has moved on already?” Dion said that in regards to Muñoz, “I don’t mind [the rumors] because he’s handsome and he’s my best friend.” But she was single, she said, and she also added jokingly, “By the way, when I say, ‘I am single,’ please, leave me alone. Thanks.”
In May 2019 Dion spoke to Marie Claire magazine about how the ballet practice was going. She said that meeting Muñoz had been “a sign” to her that she needed to start focusing more on her ballet skills. And she described the style of dance itself as “so romantic, dramatic, sensual, it’s like a dream.”
The singer told the magazine that ballet was “so hard – but I don’t want to do something that’s easy.” During the training sessions with Muñoz, Dion said, “We stretch and we do the barre, we kind of improv. I do this four times a week. I’m working hard, but I like to move.”
Dion has always been interested in the performance of ballet. In December 2019 the National Ballet of Canada reported on Instagram that the singer had taken some time out from her world tour to see a dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker. And Dion also has a French-language song titled “Le Ballet.”
There’s no doubt ballet is beautiful and captivating, but it is actually good at keeping a person healthy? Apparently it very much is. Author Samir Becic spoke to the website Health Fitness Revolution about this in 2019, and he listed all the different health benefits of the practice.
Becic said on the website, “Ballet helps you achieve postural alignment. Each movement requires alertness of how you carry yourself from one stance to the other. Elegant forms such as the Port de Bras and High Swan Arms [correct] sloppy posture by pulling your shoulders back and elongating your neck.”
The author went on, “Believe it or not, ballet is a combination of Pilates and endurance training. It also entails breath coordination throughout your dance sequence. Doing plié squats, ballet jumps, and spins use your own body weight to strengthen your core and lower body. As you continue to practice more, you’ll maintain the integrity of precise movements and your motor skills.”
More and more celebrities are turning to barre exercises for their workouts. These reportedly include Drew Barrymore, Anna Kendrick, Tika Sumpter and Kelly Osbourne – the last of these credits barre for helping her lose a lot of weight. According to those who have tried it, the results start to show pretty quickly if you put in the work.
Television personality Maria Menounos used barre workouts to get back to health after a serious operation to remove a tumor from her brain. In 2018 she told People magazine, “When you leave this class you feel like Hercules afterward. You’re like, ‘I worked out every strand in my body in a major way.’”
Dion is accomplishing more and more in the field of ballet. She can in fact do the splits and touch her toes, something she proudly showed off on Instagram. But it might have been a boon to her after her husband’s death, too. In 2019 she told the TV show Good Morning America, “Love is not necessarily to marry again. When I see a rainbow, when I see a sunset … a beautiful dance number, I laugh, I cry. I’m in love.”