Meet Eddy and Nelson! And I am not referring to Eddy Murphy and Nelson Mandela.
After going a little bit crazy trying to decide over the past week, Céline Dion and her husband, René Angélil, have finally named their twin sons. Celine’s initial desire was for French names and her eldest son, René-Charles, pushing for American monikers. But Celine Dion and husband have named their newborn twin boys Nelson and Eddy Angelil!
The name “Eddy” comes from the late Eddy Marnay, who produced the singer’s first five records. “He was like a father to her,” says Dion’s rep. “Eddy is a major influence in both Céline and René’s lives.”
Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela, whom Dion met two years ago while kicking off her world tour in South Africa. “René said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is,” says the rep.
The singer, 42, gave birth to the fraternal twins on October 23 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., marking the end of a long struggle with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments as she strived to expand her family with husband Rene Angelil. On Wednesday, the newly expanded family headed home with three of Dion’s sisters and her mom to help out.
A representative for the couple said, “Marnay was like a father to her. Eddy is a major influence in both Celine and Rene’s lives.” The couple chose the name Nelson after an influential meeting with the former leader in South Africa two years ago.
The rep adds, “Rene said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is. Celine and Rene want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men.”
“We have tried five times since March 2009 to conceive. It’s very hard,” Rene said of their well-known struggle to conceive. Dion, 42, even suffered a miscarriage in 2009.
“So when Saturday at 11:11 came, and they showed us the first baby that was crying, we were crying,” he confessed.
“It was a very emotional moment,” he continued, “and even though we didn’t speak to each other, we were both thinking about the time it took. We are very lucky, very privileged and very fortunate to have these boys.”
What do the little boys look like so far? “They do look alike,” Angelil said. “But maybe they won’t look alike in a few months — because they are not identical twins.”
The little boys also have an ecstatic older brother in their son Rene-Charles, 9. “He was very, very happy that it was boys,” Angelil said. “I remember a few months ago when his mom told him the day we would find out the sex of the baby, his reaction pointing to his mom’s belly was ‘I hope there’s not too many girls in there.’ ”
Dion is expected to begin rehearsing for her new Las Vegas show in mid-January. “It gives her three months to recoup, and she thinks she can do it,” Angelil said.
Fans of Celine Dion are no doubt eagerly awaiting to see photos of her twins soon. Will Celine Dion oblige?