A man in the UK got so drunk on Christmas Eve that he went online and legally changed his name – then forget he’d done it.
As if that wasn’t hilarious enough, Thomas Dodd of Staffordshire, England, changed his name to – wait for it – Celine Dion.
After he’d had a few too many, 30-year-old Dodd got online, filled out an application form, paid the $150 fee and legally changed his name.
He was watching a Celine Dion concert on YouTube at the time.
Incredibly, it wasn’t even the next day when he woke up with a Christmas Day hangover that he remembered what he’d done.
He received Deed Poll papers in the mail certifying his name change from Thomas Dodd to Celine Dion on December 30, and only realised then.
Dodd – now Dion – has decided to keep the name, depending “on how difficult it makes my life.”
The superfan says he hopes it might even get him backstage at a Celine Dion concert.
But the hospitality manager says he dreads having to tell his boss and his mum was furious when he told her.
“I had been planning to go and see Celine in Vegas but obviously couldn’t due to COVID,” Dodd explained to Metro UK.
“I’m a bit obsessed with her and always have been.
“But I don’t know why it crossed my mind to change my name to hers.
“I can’t really remember the night and forgot all about it the next day.
‘I’m a bit obsessed with her and always have been.’
“I remember watching the Celine Dion concert of her performing in Vegas and that is about all I can remember.
“I wish I knew what happened but it was a hazy night.”
Dodd said his mum “wasn’t best pleased” but added there were worse names he could have chosen.
“I did tell her it could be worse and it could’ve been Boris Johnson – we’re just lucky he doesn’t have any live concerts on Youtube,” he said.
“She finds it funny now though, as does my sister, but she nearly choked on her sandwich when I told her.
“I’m also dreading telling work – how do I tell them they have to refer to me as Celine Dion from now on?
‘I am more upset that I haven’t inherited the voice or the bank account.’
“I am more upset that I haven’t inherited the voice or the bank account – but that is something I can work on.
“But if it gives people a laugh this year then I don’t care. I think we could all do with a laugh after the year we’ve just had.”