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Celine Dion gives birth to baby boy

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 Thursday.

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 well.

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 channel.

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.



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