Man who changed name to Celine Dion during drunken bender won’t switch it back

A man who changed his name to Celine Dion during a drunken bender has no plans to change it back.

The Celine Dion super fan formerly known as Thomas Dodd had a few too many to drink while watching one of the singer’s performances over Christmas and says the alcohol must have given him a “great idea”.

He only discovered what he had done several days later when he received eight copies of a deed poll.

He told Birmingham Live : “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.”

Celine’s parents were not best pleased after discovering his name switch when a reporter called their home, although they have since “warmed” to the idea.

Since making appearances on TV shows including Ellen, where he was told he was being given $10,000 (£7,300) to fulfill his dream of training as a paramedic, Celine has become a local celebrity in Clifton Campville, Staffordshire.

“I was on the escalator in ASDA a few weeks ago and someone shouted ‘Celine!’” he wrote in a first person Metro piece.

Determined to act as gracious as his popstar idol, Celine dutifully waved back to the adoring fan.

Living life with the same name as Canada’s best selling artist of all time does have its draw backs however.

Celine recently hurt his shoulder but didn’t want to go to hospital in case medics thought he had lost the plot.

Thankfully the 30-year-old hospitality manager’s bosses, who already knew he was “bloomin’ bonkers”, were not particularly fussed when they learned the news.

After more than a month sharing a name with a onetime Eurovision Song Contest winner, Celine is determined to stay the course.

“I have no desire to change it again – I’m 100 per cent committed,” he said.

“That is until I next have a bit too much to drink.”