Celine Dion Reveals Baby-in-Waiting

ByABC News

December 18, 2000 -- Celine Dion's efforts to conceive a child were much publicized in the media — and now that she's carrying a baby due this winter, she's revealed that another of her fertilized eggs is waiting to be born.

In a 90-minute interview in French on Quebec television Sunday night, the 32-year-old star said she expects to deliver her son on Valentine's Day. She also said that another egg was fertilized and remains at a New York clinic, where it was frozen five days after conception.

The unborn baby and the other embryo were conceived with manager and husband René Angelil through in vitro fertilization.

"So, I have a twin. It is called a laboratory twin. Technically, it is called a twin. It does not mean they are identical twins, but they were conceived at the same time," Dion said in an interview at her home in Palm Beach, Florida, with Quebec broadcaster Michel Jasmin.

"I do not know if it is good forever, but I think it lasts for a very long time. I will go get it, that's for sure. I told my mother," a relaxed and smiling Dion told Quebec's largest private television network, TVA.

Dion's interview was her first since she took a three-year sabbatical from her career to have a child. She made her final public performance on Dec. 31 in Montreal. She underwent two small operations last May to improve her chances of becoming pregnant. Dion had been treated at a New York City fertility clinic so she could have a child with her husband, whose throat cancer is in remission.

Asked whether she wanted another child, the Quebec-born singer said, "Another child? Yes, because we already have another child waiting for us in New York, making a stopover at this time. I surely could not live knowing that this child is there."

Dion said that she felt emotionally fulfilled by her pregnancy and that a name had not been chosen yet for her son, though they are considering "René."

In a controversial move blasted by the Canadian media, Angelil on Friday forced popular Quebec magazine 7 Jours to destroy 200,000 copies of an unreleased issue that it published under the front-page headline "My Son Already Has a Twin." An angry Angelil asserted that Dion's interview was sensationalized.

The couple married in Montreal in 1994. Angelil has managed Dion's career since she began singing as a teenager in the rural town of Charlemagne, near Montreal.

Dion 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 one year after her son is born.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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