Dodd told Birmingham Live that he had a few too many alcoholic beverages while watching a recording of a Dion concert, and filed to change his name as a result.
“I am slightly obsessed with [her], I’m not going to lie,” he said of the Quebec superstar singer. “During lockdown, I’ve been watching a lot of live concerts on the TV. I can only think I’ve been watching one of hers and had a ‘great idea’ after a few drinks!”
The 30-year-old hospitality worker lives in Tamworth, Staffordshire, and saw Celine live in Birmingham in 2019.
Dodd says he received the official paperwork in the mail a few days after Christmas, and apparently paid £89 for the change, as well as multiple copies of the letter proving it’s real.
Dodd legally changed his name by deed poll – and can be use the new moniker on a passport, driving licence and other official documents.
The new Celine Dion says he’s not planning on changing it back right away.
“I’ll figure it out, I’m not rushing to change it back that’s for sure,” he told Birmingham Live.
“I tried singing Celine in the shower this morning and I can assure everyone I haven’t inherited her voice or bank balance.”
A representative for Celine herself did not respond to HuffPost Canada’s request for comment, but we can assume she’ll accept the tribute — because that’s the way it is.