Man Who Changed His Name To Celine Dion Doesn't Plan To Change It Back
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A man who changed his name to Celine Dion following a drunken night in says he's going to keep it.
Celine, formerly Thomas Todd, had got a little too merry while watching one of the Canadian singer's concerts over Christmas and decided that it would be a 'great idea' to change his name, paying £89 for the privilege.
However, as is often the case with lightbulb moments such as this, he totally forgot about it and only realised the gravity of what he had done a few days later when he received copies of a deed poll.
But over a month later, Celine still hasn't changed his name back.
He said: "I have no desire to change it again - I'm 100 per cent committed. That is until I next have a bit too much to drink."
Speaking to Birmingham Live about the bizarre story earlier this year, Celine said he thought it could actually help him get back stage access and meet his hero one day.
He told the publication: "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.
"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?
"Now I'm thinking it could be a great way to get backstage."
Adding: "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!"
But while Celine took it in his stride, his parents didn't quite see the funny side of it all - only finding out about what their son had done when a journalist called round to ask them about it.
However, they have since had time to think about it and have reportedly warmed to the idea.
Celine said he was just happy his story seemed to bring a smile to people's faces.
Adding: Apparently it's the funniest thing people have read in 2020. I'm glad it's entertaining people though, it's not been the best year. Hopefully it will give people a laugh even if it is at my expense."