Céline Dion has become the main target of the French tabloid press. Since the death of her husband René Angélil, magazines Gala, Closer, audience And Paris game Don’t miss the opportunity to print the Quebec diva’s name in large letters on the front page of her publication.
With his illness and the cancellation of his world tour, the situation became even worse. Every month, rumors disguise themselves as news and end up on the front page of France’s most read gossip magazines.
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“In France there is a culture, a real market for the tabloids. “The French are voyeurs and love scandals and details from the private lives of celebrities and Céline Dion is a favorite topic at the coffee machine,” says French journalist and presenter Thomas Schnell.
From Closer to Public, including Ici Paris, Gala and France Dimanche, everyone quickly understood that anything related to Céline Dion sells. There is speculation about Celine Dion’s health, her relationship with her children, her grief, her isolation, her wealth and her happiness. No matter how true the facts are, sensationalist headlines proliferate and sow gossip, fabrications, half-truths, or lies.
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There are numerous examples of this rumor mill. Here are a few:
Recently, a news story was published by Public saying that Celine Dion would spend about 57,000 Canadian dollars on (painful, one adds) injections to relieve the symptoms of Stiff Person Syndrome – from which she suffers. The magazine also spread a rumor that the singer — “who spends a lot of time in bed” — is struggling with “neck cramps” that make it difficult for her to eat and sometimes just breathe. Another states that the singer “wants to die in Canada.”
Closer recently claimed to have “exclusive information” about a fight between Céline and her eldest son René-Charles, which allegedly led to “their relationship becoming almost non-existent.” The cause of this conflict, according to the magazine? René-Charles’ passion for online gambling, his time dedicated to producing rap music and his romantic affair with Angelique Weckenmann. The magazine also wrote that her eldest son was ill and Céline was undergoing “last chance” treatment. No credible source is cited to support these claims.
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Gala magazine, in turn, claims: “Céline is abandoned by her son, which is part of a distancing from the 22-year-old young man who wants to emancipate himself professionally.” » In contrast to Closer, this publication states that Céline “this would view a romantic relationship very positively.” » Gala also claimed over the years that Céline had rebuilt her life with Pepe Munoz, that she was expecting a fourth child, that she couldn’t live without René and that she wanted to settle in France .
Interestingly, Céline Dion won her lawsuit in 2012 and was compensated by Ici Paris, which had an article in 2010 with the headline: “Céline Dion was urgently hospitalized… Doctors are doing everything to prevent the worst… the babies are in danger. “ »
France, Dimanche is undoubtedly the gossip magazine with the most ridiculous titles about Céline Dion. Examples: “Céline fights against alcoholism”, “Céline Dion, a frightening thinness”, “Céline: her terrible family secret”, “The heart failed, Céline collapsed”, “Céline Dion: her beloved son in danger! “…The strangest thing? “Céline accused of Satanism! »
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Le Parisien (a newspaper with more political undertones than a gossip publication) nevertheless published an article quoting Michel Drucker talking about his long-time girlfriend Céline Dion. According to this article, which was picked up by several media outlets, the singer isolated herself from her closest friends. “I haven’t had Céline on the phone for a long time, she has cut off everyone, even those who are close to her,” he would have said.
“His son is accused of wasting his entire fortune in casinos and spending more than 300,000 euros madly [une Mercedes-Benz AMG] “, “Céline at her worst, these worrying measures taken by her loved ones” or even “Céline Dion is suffering from cancer!” »: The “journalists” of the magazine Ici Paris seem to have a lot of imagination.
In fact, the digital versions of most of these magazines have created entire sections dedicated to the supposedly “dying” singer.
None of the magazines mentioned responded to our interview requests for this report.
A current series of texts about Céline Dion in the magazine Figaro
Figaro magazine recently published a file with six articles about Céline Dion. One of them is entitled “Better keep quiet if you don’t like her”: Céline Dion, untouchable icon in Quebec” claims that “the singer, protected by her success, remains a ‘prophetess’ in her country.” Nobody has that Right to criticize it. » Her “suffering-haunted life,” the way she revolutionized Las Vegas, her status that went from “cheesy in service to living legend,” the secret behind “Céline Dion’s hits,” and the desperation of her fans “Just a little would like.” “Message from her” rounds off this series published in the summer.
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