Ce­line Dion says new doc­u­men­tary a VIP pass for fans


NEW YORK — Ce­line Dion’s new movie, Ce­line:

Through the Eyes of the World, does more than high­light her per­for­mances dur­ing her last world tour; it also al­lows fans rare glimpses of her off­stage life.

The doc­u­men­tary shows Dion as a goofy jokester, a dot­ing mother, a ten­der wife, a wide-eyed tourist, a de­voted daugh­ter and more. The cam­eras tag along for in­ti­mate mo­ments the su­per­star is happy to share with fans.

“I want to be kind of ac­ces­si­ble. I don’t want to be do­ing this show busi­ness and be dif­fer­ent,” said Dion, who took off a year af­ter the tour.

“ What we do, it’s ex­trav­a­gant, it’s ex­traor­di­nary. ... I don’t call it a nor­mal life but we are nor­mal peo­ple. For peo­ple to see we live as nor­mal as pos­si­ble ... makes my singing even more true and it gives me an ex­tra bond with my fans.”

Dion is work­ing on new al­bums in English and French, and re­turns next year to Las Ve­gas for a three-year res­i­dency at the Colos­seum at Cae­sars Palace.

8 : Why did you de­cide to take fans be­hind the scenes in­stead of do­ing a straight con­cert film?

: First of all, it was not sup­posed to be shown. We wanted to make the best out of a priv­i­lege of tour­ing the world; hav­ing my mother, who is 82 years old, and my son, who is seven years old, and to make it re­ally like a photo al­bum, to bring back home mem­o­ries. ... It was for a sou­venir, re­ally. But then it turned out to be ... quite ex­quis­ite.

8 : You left your pre­vi­ous res­i­dency in Ve­gas af­ter five years, need­ing a break. Then you went on tour. What made you go back to Ve­gas?

: They’ve been call­ing us to go back a lot, and don’t for­get that I still love what I do a lot. I won­der how can I sur­pass my­self and do some­thing dif­fer­ent again. Well, we still have a lot of ideas com­ing.

8 : You have spo­ken openly about your strug­gle to have an­other child. Do you think speak­ing out makes you a voice for other women with sim­i­lar is­sues?

: In a way, yes, I hope so. ... For me, through my songs, through my life, through my bat­tles, through my hopes, it’s a way for me to sing my songs bet­ter, to share my life, to help some peo­ple. ... If I help peo­ple through my voice, through my in­ter­views, through what I go through, I do not want to change that at all. ... I think it’s mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

8 : You were part of the We Are the World se­quel. What was that like?

: Well for me, it was ex­traor­di­nary. I don’t live in show busi­ness, so for me when I see artists, I get very ex­cited be­cause I ad­mire them. I don’t fol­low what’s out there. ... So when I see the Jonas broth­ers and Mi­ley Cyrus and Josh Groban and Bar­bra Streisand, ... I’m very im­pressed. I ad­mired their ca­reers and I ad­mire what they do and I be­come a fan. ... It was like, does it get any bet­ter than that? Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, ev­ery­body (laughs). I was so im­pressed! And no­body knew which part they were go­ing to do.

8 : And what part did you do?

: When I got there, I was very thrilled, be­cause I didn’t know what I was go­ing to do and it didn’t mat­ter to me, and then they said, “Can you do the Cyndi Lau­per ver­sion?” (starts singing the part). It’s one of the great­est parts of the song. I was like, “All right!” I was very priv­i­leged.

8 : You’ve been per­form­ing for more than 25 years. How do you keep your voice at its peak?

: At 42, my voice has changed — you have to know that it will change. ... Your voice will sound dif­fer­ent but it’s all for the best. ... You have to move on with it. ... When I served the mu­sic at 15, it was with the knowl­edge at the time. ... But I think I serve the mu­sic bet­ter at 42 be­cause I know dif­fer­ent and I’m not try­ing to fight it. I just go with the flow and I’m en­joy­ing my­self even more to­day.

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