Céline Dion is one of Canada's biggest stars, famous for the Oscar and Grammy award-winning theme song to Disney's classic Beauty and the Beast, and for the iconic tune for the James Cameron movie Titanic.
Her unique fashion sense is just as renowned as her golden voice, and yet this week Dion has faced criticism from body shaming trolls who have criticised her for looking too thin.
It began when Dion posted an image of herself on Instagram, wearing a shiny grey power suit and high heels while making an appearance at the Paris Fashion Week. The image provoked a lot of discussions, and many people seemed to be of the opinion that Dion was too thin, or even dangerously underweight.
One Twitter user shared the pic, commenting: "Fantastic my dear as usual. But I'm a little worried bout' your health, sometimes you look too much skinny and weak. And tired. Are you ok, hunny? [sic]"
However, in a recent interview with British tabloid newspaper The Sun, Dion set the record straight and hit back at her haters. She claimed that turning 50 had given her a new lease on life and a more positive perspective on herself and her body image.
"To be honest with you, I think I’m at the best of my life right now," she stated. "I really want to enjoy and embrace every moment of it. It’s all new. It’s like I’m having a second wind — 50 has been great for me ... I’m doing this for me. I want to feel strong, beautiful, feminine and sexy. If you like it, I’ll be there. If you don’t, leave me alone. If I like it, I don’t want to talk about it. Don’t bother. Don’t take a picture."
She also opened up about her recent decision to raise her children in a gender-neutral environment.
"My point of view is to give the children as young as possible an option of trying things," she stated. "My children were in my closet at two years old, in diapers, wearing my high boots, trying my lipstick."
She added: "If you’re a boy you wear blue? Because you’re a girl you wear pink? What is that? What people feel inside is not about a colour, it’s how you feel. We have to give the children the opportunity to be who they are. It starts young. Because later on – if it accumulates – they won’t be able to communicate freely, then they’re going to have problems. So let the children speak and wear what they want – embrace that."
It's good to see that Céline isn't taking the words of her haters to heart and is living her best life.