Drake has over 35 tattoos on his body, and he doesn’t shy away from getting celebrity faces permanently inked onto himself. But there is one A-lister who isn’t so keen to the idea of such a tribute. Celine Dion doesn’t want Drake to get a tattoo of her face, and she made a public plea for him not to go through with it.
In a video by iHeartRadio, the interviewer asked Dion which celebrity’s face she’d get tattooed on her body, mentioning that Drake had previously said he would get hers. Instead of answering the question, Dion faced the camera and spoke to Drake directly. “Can I tell you something: Don’t do that,” Dion said.
The artist then went on to helpfully share a list of other ways that Drake could express his fandom. All of which had nothing to do with permanent ink on his body.
“You can write me love letters, you can send me autographs for my kids, you can come and visit. I can have you home for lunch or dinner. We can go for a drink. We can sing together. Whatever you want to do. I can talk to your mother. Whatever you want, but please,” Dion said.
Dion also reminded Drake that bodies change as they age, and Drake’s tattoo of her might not look great after he hits retirement. To avoid having her face deform as Drake’s skin droops, Dion helpfully offered up an alternative idea. “If you’re going to do it, just do a fake [tattoo],” Dion said.
Drake first shared his tattoo plans in 2017, when the two Canadian artists met backstage at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. According to Cosmopolitan, that was when Drake informed the “My Heart Will Go On” artist that he will get her face tattooed on his rib cage. “I’m like a year away from a Celine tat,” he said.
Drake already has a couple celebrity-inspired tattoos on his body, so adding Dion’s face wouldn’t be too out of left field.
In June 2011, Drake got a tattoo of Aaliyah on his back, right underneath a pair of wings
In 2017, Drake revealed a portrait of Lil’ Wayne on the back of his arm.
Also in 2017, Drake got two portraits of soul singer Sade on his rib cage.
Three months after his Sade tattoo, Drake got a portrait of Denzel Washington as the character Bleek Gilliam in Spike Lee’s 1990 film Mo’ Better Blues.
Then in June 2019, Drake went on Instagram to announce that he was working on a new album. His right arm was resting on a bar in the photo that he posted, revealing a tattoo that fans thought resembled Rihanna. While Drake never confirmed or denied that it was Rihanna on his arm, one Drake fan account explained that the tattoo was likely in honor of another talented woman. The portrait seems to be Robin Givens, who starred in the ’90s film Boomerang and was married to boxer Mike Tyson.
While Drake is a fan of commemorating his idols with a portrait tattoo, Dion is not entirely on board with the idea. Maybe he should take her advice and just collaborate on a song with her instead.
Facts about Celine you may not know
Husband Angélil, a well-known former singer-turned-manager, was sent a tape of then 12-year-old singer, Céline Dion, and invited her to audition in Quebec. He began managing her career, taking the teen and her mother on tour in Canada, Japan and Europe. He mortgaged his house to finance her first album in 1981.
Angélil and Dion began a personal relationship in 1988. Their relationship began the night Céline won the Eurovision Song Contest on April 30th, 1988. They married on December 17, 1994, in a lavish wedding ceremony at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica, which was broadcast live on Canadian television.
After Rene was discovered to have cancer and before chemo/radiation began, they turned to in vitro fertilization so that when the time came for them to have children they could. Their efforts were extensively publicized. Celine endured a whopping seven failed in-vitro attempts in her quest to give Rene Charles, or RC as many call him, a younger sibling. She also sadly experienced the heartache of at least one miscarriage in there too. Ms. Celine Dion is a lot of things, but quitter she is not.
Their son René-Charles Angélil was born on January 25, 2001. Dion suffered a miscarriage in 2009, then gave birth to twin boys on October 23, 2010. The boys were named Eddy after Eddy Marnay, who produced Dion’s first five albums, and Nelson Angélil after former South African president Nelson Mandela.
When Celine Dion‘s husband René Angélil died in January after a lengthy battle with throat cancer, she faced another challenge aside from the grim task of moving on without him: telling their three children that their father had died.
For that arduous duty, Dion turned to Disney, specifically the animated movie Up.
Dion told People magazine that she waited a few days after Angélil’s passing before throwing five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy Angélil a party, replete with glitter and balloons. The small fête took place before Angélil’s elaborate funeral in Montreal, so Dion could properly prepare the young boys for what was to come.
She revealed to the twins that “Papa” (what the family had called him) had “gone up” into the sky, floated away on balloons, and would not be coming back.
“I did not want to relate the passing to doctors and have them be afraid,” she said. She went on to say she’s “most proud” of herself and the boys for understanding the concept of death, and is thankful that Disney provided an avenue to help explain it.
Dion and Angélil also have an older son, 15-year-old son René-Charles.
“I see René in all three of them,” she said. “Not one moment do I feel like they’re looking for him and questioning.”
When her husband died
Dion said René always insisted the show must go on,” she continued. “You know what, I’m 48 years old and I lost the love of my life. I miss him a lot from when he was great, but not when he was suffering. I cannot be selfish. You have to let people go. I feel at peace.”
Since her husband’s death, Celine reports taking control of her career and finally becoming “the boss.” René was more than just Celine’s husband, he also handled all the logistics of her career as her manager. So, for the first time in her life, she has the reins in her own hands. This is one of the ways in which the star copes with his death, by being alive and continuing to live her life. Shortly after her Husband’s death she also lost her brother to cancer.
Celine discusses her joy in being her own boss with USAToday. She describes the experience as “so fun. I’m discovering this. To be part of bringing ideas to the table, whether they are good or not.” This is especially true in the wake of her husband’s death because these used to be the things that he handled for her. She claims she has the courage to deal with whatever her career throws at her because René taught her how. Fans speculate that perhaps this was the inspiration for the name of her new tour: Courage.
Celine is one seriously lucky lady when it comes to her sons. While most teen boys are focused on girls, sports and havoc Rene Charles is focused on just being a good kid and a great help to his mother. Excuse us while we all swoon for a second. She has gone on record gushing about what a great, responsible teenager he is, saying that she truly could not be more proud of the man he is becoming. Celine continues to be in awe of how well her children have handled the passing of their father and says that they lean on her and she leans on them. Mama Celine also makes it crystal-clear that while Rene is nothing but a dream of a son to her – she never makes him feel as if it is his responsibility to take the place as the man of the house. She encourages him to follow his own goals and dreams.
In an interview with Dan Wooton, Celine detailed some of her feelings for her late husband. She assures people that she is not currently dating, but if people want to believe she’s dating her handsome backup dancer and best friend, Pepe Munoz, she doesn’t mind because he’s so cute. “Of course we hug and hold hands and go out,” she explains, “so people see that. I mean, he’s a gentleman. He’s giving me his hand to go out.
She has always maintained that René is the only man she has ever loved, and continues to pay tribute to that love in her live shows and in her sweet posts on social media. The loss has been hard on her for sure, but she is not letting it hold her back.
Meanwhile is anyone thinking she’s too skinny?