During the latest Confidential podcast on RTL, Laurence Pieau, the former editor-in-chief of Closer magazine, looked into a strange obsession that has accompanied Céline Dion for decades. The journalist had already dedicated a book to the Quebec diva, “Céline Dion: The real story”.
And there is particular mention of an obsession.
On Saturday October 16, Ophélie Meunier devoted an episode of her podcast Confidentiel on RTL to the life of Céline Dion, isolated in Florida, her golden prison, due to her neurological illness. This is stiff person syndrome.
The former editor-in-chief of Closer shared a previously unpublished anecdote concerning the singer. It turns out that for many years, the widow of René Angélil, mother of three children, has been “completely haunted by the number 5”.
The reasons for this obsession are multiple. Indeed, his son, René-Charles, was born on January 25, while his twins were born on October 3, or “three plus two equals five”, as Laurence Pieau points out. In addition, Celine Dion and her husband used to organize a party “every fifth of the month”, because the number 5 was truly their lucky charm.
The most memorable anecdote dates back to 1982, when Celine Dion was only 13 years old. She is invited to participate in a music festival in Japan. “She’s competing, it’s not going very well,” says Laurence Pieau. “But she manages to reach the semi-final. She finds a 5 yen coin on the ground, squeezes it in her hand while she sings, and she wins this competition.”
This event marks a turning point in the career of Céline Dion, who then becomes an international star. “From there, everything will change,” concludes Laurence Pieau. Could it be that the distinguished singer is facing her big comeback for 2025?