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Céline Dion shares backstage stories in new TV doc

A look at how a Las Vegas show is created and a peek at Céline Dion's home life after the birth of her twins are among the behind-the-scenes stories tackled in a new documentary about the Quebec chanteuse.
She may be a musical icon, but a new documentary explores Céline Dion as a parent, trying to balance her home life with her high-profile career. CBC's David Common has an exclusive chat with the Quebec superstar. 6:25

A look at how a Las Vegas show is created and a peek at Céline Dion's home life after the birth of her twins are among the behind-the-scenes stories tackled in a new documentary about the Quebec chanteuse.

CBC News spoke to Dion in late September — just ahead of the Oct. 2 premiere of the TV special Celine: 3 Boys and a New Show, airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada).

Winfrey, impressed with Dion's recent concert DVDs, sought out a documentary portrait into the singer's life as she juggled the creation of her new, eponymous show at Caesar's Palace and family responsibilities, including raising her son René-Charles as well as the birth of twin boys last October via in vitro fertilization.

"To put it together this way sounds like 'Wow,'" Dion admitted during a recent interview with CBC News in New York.

"But, isn't it what people do? A lot of parents do that. They raise children and they work. It is just that, for us, our work is show business and cameras are there to hear us and show us and ask us things," she said.

"It seems to be more extraordinary, but it is the same. I am a mom, like other moms. I am a working mom, like other working moms. You do your best. You cannot do more than your best."

For the 90-minute documentary special, Dion relied on the same team that produced her last three DVDs — a crew with whom she and her family have become so familiar that they "disappear" into the background and are able to capture natural scenes and reactions, she said. The goal was to share more details of her life with her fans.  

"[We are] giving people a VIP pass. How is it really to prepare a show for the fans? How is she going to fit into the dresses when she is on in two weeks and she just delivered twins?" Dion said, quipping that the process for the latter was akin to haute couture fashion specialists stuffing a sausage.

Parts of Celine: 3 Boys and a New Show feature Dion's home life with her children and her manager husband René Angelil, with the singer admitting that she is not easy to live with.

"I know what I want. I know what we need. If I need something, I don't want to be patient about it," she said, adding that she can be especially tough with Angelil about their show business life infringing onto their home life.

However, Angelil said the rule about limiting shop talk at home actually makes it easier to work together.

"In the house, we are not supposed to talk about show business. In the house, I am the father and the husband, she is the wife and the mom," he said.

"In our home, there are no trophies. You won't see any Grammys or all the trophies she has won all over the world. The Junos — there is nothing like that. It's a regular family house, with family pictures ... I think it is the only way to have it work."