The Celine Dion manager change which is replacing Dion’s manager-husband René Angélil with the couple’s longtime friend Aldo Giampaolo is stunning fans because it is a major change in a love story that has lasted for more than 30 years. As reported by the New York Daily News on June 13, “Angélil has stepped down as manager of his wife, 46, who he discovered in the '80s, and passed the torch to Aldo Giampaolo.”
Aldo Giampaolo is currently the president and CEO of Quebecor’s QMI Entertainment & Sports. The former head of Cirque du Soleil's business unit has been named the new CEO of Feeling Productions which oversees Dion's career from Las Vegas. Between now and July 4, Giampaolo is scheduled to transition from his old job to his new role as Celine’s manager, reports CBCNews in Canada. “For the first time in her lengthy music career, Canadian music star Céline Dion will have a manager other than Rene Angelil.”
The love story of Celine and Rene spans for more than 30 years. When Celine and Rene first met in 1980, Celine was 12 and Rene was 38. Montreal-born René Angélil was once a pop singer himself but eventually found his calling as manager of artists. After Celine’s mom had sent him a demo tape of her daughter’s singing, Rene knew that her voice could touch the hearts of millions of people. By 1987, at the age of 19, Celine had conquered Rene’s heart. Four years later, the couple got engaged, and on Dec. 17, 1994, the two married at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec.
Despite the age difference (Rene was born on Jan. 16, 1942, and Celine was born on March 30, 1968), the couple has stayed together and weathered the challenges of a high-profile career and a married life. After years of failed attempts to have a baby, Celine had two small operations at a fertility clinic in New York to improve her chances of conceiving and with the use of in-vitro fertilization, the couple was finally blessed on Jan. 25, 2001, with the birth of their first son, René-Charles Angelil. On Oct. 23, 2010, Celine gave birth via Caesarean section to two healthy fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach in Florida. Reportedly, Eddy was named after Dion's favorite Algerian songwriter Eddy Marnay who also produced Dion's first five albums, and Nelson was named after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
During the past 30 years, Celine’s and Rene’s personal and professional lives intertwined not only because of their challenges to conceive, but also because Rene had to deal with throat cancer. After having survived a previous bout of throat cancer for which Dion temporarily halted her career in order to be with him, Rene had another cancerous growth removed from his throat in December of 2013.
Celine Dion’s manager change is a continuation of an amazing and unique love story that touches fans as well as many professionals:
In response to Aldo Giampaolo leaving, Quebecor CEO Pierre Dion said in a statement that “we were naturally saddened by the news, but we take comfort in the fact that the long-standing relationship between Feeling Productions, René Angélil, Céline Dion and Quebecor’s various subsidiaries will enable us to continue working with Aldo on sensational new projects.”
In response to being named Rene’s successor as Dion’s manager, Aldo Giampaolo said that “I am extremely touched and honored to be offered this new challenge, and I see it as a continuation of the close working relationship that Rene and I have enjoyed for the past 25 years.”
In regard to handing over his wife’s career management to another man after 30 years, 72-year-old René Angélil said in his statement on Wednesday that “considering our longstanding friendship, our mutual respect and our past collaborations, this was a logical step for all of us.”
Despite Celine Dion’s manager change to the couple’s long-time friend Aldo Giampaolo, René Angélil is to stay with Feeling Productions as chairman of the board. Celine and Rene continue to live in Las Vegas with their three children.