Man Gets So Drunk, He Decides To Legally Change His Name To Celine Dion

A British man has become a total legend by getting so drunk, he decided to legally change his name to Celine Dion. Thomas Dodd from Staffordshire in the UK, is a big fan of the French-Canadian diva, so it seemed only natural that while he was throwing back drinks while watching a performance of Dion’s over the Christmas holiday, he should show his love by taking on her name. Her entire name.

  1. Changing his name wasn’t even expensive! It only cost £89 ($120) to file the change, and he even forked out for some extra certifications proving that the change was legit. His mom really didn’t approve and his sister thought it was pretty weird, but Thomas – er, sorry, Celine – is sticking by his choice. “She [is] my go-to person I listen to when I need cheering up,” he told the New York Post of his namesake.
  2. Who wouldn’t be obsessed with Celine Dion? She’s a diva for a reason, and Celine-nee-Thomas does well to recognize it. “I am slightly obsessed with her; I’m not going to lie. 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,” he explained to Birmingham Live. “I walked in from work and there was a big white envelope with ‘do not bend’ written across it. I nearly passed out in my kitchen when I opened it. My initial concern was how on earth do I tell the HR department at work that I need to change my email footer?”
  3. Things could get awkward in the future, of course. Celine added that he hopes he never gets pulled over by police in the future as things could get a little weird. “I’m just praying I don’t get pulled over by the police for anything – that could get awkward. More annoyingly I’ve paid for eight extra certificates to prove it and they are £10 each,” he said. “I haven’t long moved house and haven’t introduced myself to my neighbor yet. My mother didn’t see the funny side though. I did explain it could be worse and it could’ve been Boris Johnson – we’re just lucky he doesn’t have any live concerts. She’s laughing about it now.”
  4. To be honest, this is pretty genius. While it’s unlikely that all the people in his life will begin calling him Celine, he’s not rushing to change it back and is just enjoying the fun of it for now. “I’ve not really thought too far ahead. I’m a little concerned that if I start telling people my name is Celine Dion I’ll get sectioned. However, it may come with its perks,” he told The Post. “I‘ll figure it out, I’m not rushing to change it back that’s for sure. I tried singing Celine in the shower this morning and I can assure everyone I haven’t inherited her voice or bank balance. If this gets to Celine, someone best make sure I have a defibrillator next to me.”
Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill