Thursday, 3 June, 2010
'Ecstatic' Celine Dion pregnant with IVF twins at 42
Singer Celine Dion is reportedly pregnant with twins after her sixth attempt at in-vitro fertilisation.
The 42-year-old Canadian star's dream of expanding her family has come true, her spokesman has told U.S. media.
Dion, who is married to her manager Rene Angelil, 68, is already mother to nine-year-old Rene-Carles.
And after undergoing her sixth in-vitro fertilisation attempt and turning to acupuncture to improve her chances of conceiving, her spokesman Kim Jakwerth confirmed the happy news.
Dion is said to be 14 weeks pregnant and will find out the babies' genders next month.
'We're ecstatic,' her husband and manager Rene Angelil told the website.
'Celine is just hoping for a healthy pregnancy.
'She was hoping for one baby and the news that we are having two is a double blessing.'
It was reported Celine was pregnant last August, but her spokeperson confirmed in November 2009 that the pregnancy had failed.
The My Heart Will Go On singer has never made a secret of her desire to extend her family, and was always planning to fall pregnant following her run of shows in Las Vegas last year.
But Rene's battle with cancer cast doubt over whether the couple would have more children of their own.
She said: 'We'll give it a try after my tour. Hopefully we will be parents again. If not, that's fine. We have our miracle baby.'
Celine fell pregnant with Rene-Charles after having IVF treatment following six years of attempting to conceive.
When asked last December about her plans to fall pregnant for a second time, she confirmed she and her husband had 'a frozen embryo' waiting
Last year, Rene said: 'We are living the reality of the majority of couples who have to use [IVF]. The process can be long and arduous.
'But we are full of confidence. Céline is more determined than ever.'
In February, Celine told talk show host Oprah Winfrey that she and Rene had started on their fifth pregnancy attempt, and were determined not to give up.
She said: 'It’s life. You know? A lot of people go through this, but it’s not being told because it’s not in newspaper.
'But with us, as you know, it’s like, sometimes news are like mercury.'
Celine also said she didn't want to announce her miscarriage straight away, explaining: 'They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again.
'We didn’t want to feel like we were playing yo-yo - "I’m pregnant. I’m not pregnant. I’m pregnant. I’m not pregnant." So we didn’t want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage.'
She added: 'I will be the happiest one to tell you when I’m pregnant. And if not, I’m the luckiest artist, especially wife and mother of a wonderful son. So I’m glad.'
Meanwhile, construction on the couple's Florida dream home - a £13million oceanfront Jupiter estate - is forging full steam ahead