UK man gets drunk and legally changes name to Celine Dion

A Céline Dion superfan within the UK received drunk and legally modified his name to hers — then promptly forgot about it.

But it is all coming again to him now.

The 30-year-old Céline Dion — né Thomas Dodd — informed The Post that he got here up with the thought whereas boozing it up and watching a TV live performance by the 52-year-old Canadian crooner on Christmas Eve — as a result of he loves her.

“She [is] my go-to individual I hear to after I want cheering up,” he informed The Post by way of Twitter.

He stated he spent a lot of the pandemic watching concert events whereas at residence, together with one by Dion over the vacation that was accompanied by a magnum of Champagne given to him by a good friend. “That’ll in all probability clarify so much!” he stated.

While having fun with the show, he plunked down 89 kilos (about $122) and formally took her name by way of a web-based software. However, the small print are a bit fuzzy.

“I truthfully, hand on coronary heart, do not bear in mind doing it!” he stated. “I bear in mind watching the live performance and bear in mind getting fairly tipsy.”

Days later, he got here residence from work as a hospitality supervisor in Staffordshire, England, to discover an envelope with documentation ready for him.

“I wasn’t conscious I had performed it till I discovered that envelope in my publish,” he defined. “Initially, I had to sit down as I could not imagine it — so I then checked my financial institution which confirmed all of it.”

And why cease there?

“Once it sunk in, I signed it straightaway as I bloody love her!” he stated.

He shared images of his “change of name deed” on Twitter — sure, he did replace his social media name to mirror the side-splitting change — which incorporates his old signature, plus a brand new one in a field marked “MR CELINE DION.”

It's official: Thomas Dodd changed his name to Céline Dion over the holiday.
It’s official: Thomas Dodd modified his name to Céline Dion over the vacation.

“Things have been fairly loopy over right here since this morning” when his story took off Friday morning and garnered worldwide media consideration. “I at the moment have paparazzi camped exterior,” he stated, including a laughing-while-crying emoji.

And, he famous, his “inbox is stuffed with Celine Dion followers asking me to report them a video message!”

He does, nonetheless, see one potential challenge on the horizon. “I’ve simply moved right into a small village and have not spoken to many individuals,” he stated. “It’ll trigger fairly a stir after I say them my new name.”

However, one one that initially was not amused by the change was his mother.

“My mom wasn’t greatest happy at first, however now she sees the humorous aspect!” he stated. “My mates have stated they aren’t shocked! It was just a few week[s] again I employed an Elsa [from ‘Frozen’] tribute to carry out on my driveway for me after I was drunk as a result of I used to be bored! Anything is feasible!”

Thomas Dodd drunkenly changed his name to Céline Dion.
Thomas Dodd drunkenly modified his name to Céline Dion.

He added that fairly than revert to his start name, no less than for now his name change will go on — “As it stands – I’m protecting it!” he stated — although he added that all the things “relies upon [on] how troublesome it makes my life!”

In the meantime, he stated he’s hoping to get an opportunity to ultimately discuss with or meet his namesake — whom he final noticed in live performance in 2019 — and is working with a UK radio station to see if that may occur.

But the ability of affection might be overwhelming for the nouveau Dion if that does.

“You may suppose I’m joking. I’ll want to be placed on oxygen!” he stated. “Just serious about [it] is making my coronary heart race and my eyes water. It would truthfully imply the world and extra.”

The unique Dion’s representatives did not instantly reply when The Post reached out for remark Friday.


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