Celine Dion and Celine Dion. (Twitter/ ThomasDodd1
and Getty/ Frazer Harrison)
A 30-year-old gay man from Staffordshire drank so much one night during the festive period that he legally changed his name to Celine Dion.
On 30 December, the man formerly known as Thomas Dodd posted a photo on Twitter of a pile of paper work and wrote: “Tier 4 is the least of my worries – I’ve just got home to some post.
“Apparently at some point over Christmas I’ve had one too many vinos and legally changed my name to Celine Dion!”
Tier 4 is the least of my worries – I’ve just got home to some post. Apparently at some point over Christmas I’ve had one too many vinos and legally changed my name to Celine Dion! pic.twitter.com/ZchXWiqhUw
— Tom Dodd (@ThomasDodd1) December 30, 2020
He told BirminghamLive that he is “slightly obsessed” with the singer, and has been watching a lot of her live concerts while in lockdown.
“I walked in from work and there was a big white envelope with ‘do not bend’ written across it,” he said.
“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.
“I’m just praying I don’t get pulled over by the police for anything – that could get awkward!”
In his drunken state, Celine was so desperate to be able to prove his new name to people that he ordered eight extra certificates.
He added: “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.
“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.
“I told my sister and she choked on her sandwich. They seem to be seeing the funny side.”