(Photo Credits: Screengrab from @ThomasDodd1’s Twitter Account)
Thomas Dodd, a hospitality manager from Clifton Campville—a village in Staffordshire, England—is a huge Céline Dion fan. In his own words, he said that he is “slightly obsessed with her, I’m not going to lie.”
The 30-year-old gay man confessed through a Twitter post dated December 31, 2020 that he legally changed his name to hers after having one drink too many during Christmas.
Dodd revealed he had been watching a lot of live concerts on the TV while on lockdown due to COVID-19. He said that one of those concerts was Céline Dion’s and that was probably when the idea came to his mind prompting him to go online and change his name for £89.
“I honestly, hand on heart, don’t remember doing it!” he said in an interview. “I remember watching the concert and remember getting rather tipsy.”
A few days later, he received a “change of name deed” in his mailbox.
“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,” Dodd told Birmingham Live. “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.”
Moreover, he said, “I’m just praying I don’t get pulled over by the police for anything—that could get awkward!” Dodd revealed further that he annoyingly paid for eight extra certificates to prove his name change and they cost £10 each!
Well, as the old saying goes, “In vino veritas” or “In wine, there is truth” which suggests that “a person under the influence of alcohol is more likely to speak their hidden thoughts and desires.”
Anyway, Dodd said his mother was less than amused at first but he explained that “it could be worse and it could’ve been Boris Johnson–we’re just lucky he doesn’t have any live concerts.” He added, “She’s laughing about it now. I told my sister and she choked on her sandwich. They seem to be seeing the funny side.”
Dodd said he’s not rushing to change his name back but he assured Céline Dion fans that the name change didn’t mean he inherited her voice or bank balance. And yep, he did try singing a Céline Dion song in the shower to check if the incident changed his voice to hers as well. “If this gets to Celine someone best make sure I have a defibrillator next to me,” Dodd said in jest.
You can read the interview in full here. Meanwhile, we have gathered some of the netizens’ reactions on Twitter, check it out below:
OMG this gave me a much needed laugh!!! 🤣— Helz ❤️ Music (@Helz999) December 30, 2020
Happy new year, Mr Celine Dion! This is the greatest!— Alexander (@AJberrisfo) January 1, 2021
I expect a video soon with the high note in all by myself 😂 this is hysterical 😂😂🤣🤣👌🏽— Kurtis-Lee Lewis (@KurtisLeeSinger) January 2, 2021