Man Got So Drunk He Legally Changed His Name To Celine Dion And Forgot About It

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 01 Jan 2021 14:13
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Going into 2021, many of us may be following the mantra of ‘new year, new me’ – and this guy has taken the phrase quite literally.

Previously named Thomas Dodd, the 30-year-old legally changed his name to Celine Dion after enjoying one too many drinks while watching the My Heart Will Go On singer perform over the festive period.


The Celine Dion superfan  paid £89 to legally change his name to that of the Canadian singer’s – and forgot he had done it until he received the confirmatory papers.

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Thomas, now Mr Celine Dion, described himself as being ‘obsessed’ with the singer, and that he nearly fainted when he opened the letter confirming the name change.

Speaking about his drunken antics, Mr Dion said, ‘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 continued:

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.

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Work aside, Mr Dion is hoping he doesn’t get pulled over by the police anytime soon, as explaining his name could prove ‘a bit awkward’.


Discussing people’s reactions to his name change, Mr Dion said,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.’

His mum didn’t initially see the funny side of things, however. He explained:

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.

Mr Dion added, ‘I told my sister and she choked on her sandwich. They seem to be seeing the funny side.’

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Maybe Mr Dion should have told his mum that That’s The Way It Is now, as he apparently doesn’t have any plans to change his name back anytime soon.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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