Celine Dion gives birth to baby boy
Dion: Mother and baby are both well
NEW YORK -- Singer Celine Dion is a new mom, her spokeswoman said
The pop star delivered a baby boy early Thursday morning at a Florida
hospital, according to a spokeswoman for Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil.
The couple's son, Rene-Charles Angelil, weighed 6 pounds-8 ounces when he
was born at 1 a.m. ET. Spokeswoman Francine Chaloult said both baby and
mom are "doing absolutely well and are in perfect health."
This is the couple's first child, and his birth follows several
highly-publicized fertility treatment.
Dion issued a
statement saying that she and the baby, Rene-Charles, were
In a one-paragraph statement, Dion's press secretary,
Francine Chaloult, said: "Celine Dion and (husband) Rene
Angelil have the great joy of announcing to you that their son
was born during the night of Jan. 25 at 1 a.m. (0600 GMT). The
mother and the baby, which weights 6 pounds and 3 ounces, are
doing just great and are in perfect health."
"It is extraordinary. She is doing great," one of Dion's
sisters, Claudette, told Canada's French-language RDI all-news
The Quebec-born star is famous for such hits as "My Heart
Will Go On" from the movie "Titanic".
Last month, Dion said in a 90-minute interview in French on
Quebec's TVA television network that she felt emotionally
fulfilled by her pregnancy.
She also said she had a second in vitro fertilized embryo
stored at a New York fertility clinic and said she hopes to
give her son a "twin."
In a controversial move, Angelil forced a popular Quebec
magazine to destroy 200,000 copies of an unreleased issue in
December because it carried the headline, "My Son Already Has a
Twin", on its cover.
An angry Angelil asserted that Dion's
interview had been sensationalized.
Dion is on a three-year sabbatical from her career. Her
last public performance was on Dec. 31, 1999, in Montreal.
She underwent two small operations last May to improve her
chances of becoming pregnant.
Dion and Angelil were married in Montreal in 1994. He has
managed Dion's career since she began singing as a teenager in
the town of Charlemagne near Montreal.
Dion has said she could take up to four years before
coming back to show business but said she might record another
album in English and in French next year.
Singer Celine Dion is pregnant
June 9, 2000
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