Celine Dion wants the pranksters responsible for perpetrating online rumours of her death to cease and desist – mostly because of the toll they take on her elderly mother.
Metro reports that the Canadian chanteuse admitted she was seriously irritated by the death rumours shortly before making her guest appearance on the British edition of The X Factor.
“Many years ago I [apparently] killed myself in my own garage,” she said. “Don’t ask me why I don’t want to be a part of the showbiz industry.”
In fact, it was only two weeks ago that Dion was the victim of yet another death hoax carried out on social media.
Out of the blue, two separate Facebook apps reported the news that the 45-year-old singer had died in a car and airplane accident, respectively.
Said Dion: “Sometimes it’s freaky because I have to call my family about it. I was celebrating the birthday of my twins in Montreal and I was getting these phone calls saying there was stuff on Facebook that I was dead.”
In an interview with Digital Spy, the singer claimed that the death rumours don’t have much impact on her, but are harmful for her mother.
“The thing that worries me is my mom,” she said. “It makes me a little mad – she’s 86 years old and if I’m not on the phone telling her I’m okay four seconds after it’s on the news. … It doesn’t matter what they say, it’s the impact it has on your family.”
Dion admitted that the morbid reports are the reason she stays out of the limelight wherever possible. At the same time, she admitted, “I’m glad I’m not dead!”