Is Celine Dion furious that Britney Spears will be surpassing her as the highest-paid performer in Las Vegas? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk it.
It was announced earlier this month that Spears is returning to Las Vegas for another residency, which will launch at the Park Theater at Park MGM in February. The singer is reportedly earning an astounding $507,000 per show, making her the highest-paid entertained in Sin City. Dion, whose residency at Caesars Palace wraps up in June 2019, previously held the crown with $476,000 per performance.
According to the National Enquirer, Dion is irate that Spears will be outgrossing her. An alleged insider tells the magazine, "Celine thinks her residency gave a big boost to the city. She's furious that she's not going out on top." Gossip Cop, however, has learned this premise is entirely fabricated.
The tabloid's article is based on claims from an anonymous and seemingly imaginary "source," but Gossip Cop checked in with Dion's rep, who tells us on the record that it's untrue. The singer's spokesperson, who's qualified to speak on her behalf, tells us Dion might not even be aware that Spears has signed on for another residency, "much less what she is getting paid." We're further told that Dion has "been in the recording studio" working on new music, and that's her primary focus at the moment.
Additionally, the Enquirer has been known to publish many bogus reports about both singers. In January, Gossip Cop called out the magazine for falsely claiming that Spears was planning a secret wedding in Las Vegas with her boyfriend Sam Asghari. As time has shown, the pop star has yet to walk down the aisle. And in July, Gossip Cop busted the outlet for making up a ridiculous story about Dion undergoing extreme plastic surgery that's left her looking like a "disaster." Recent photos of the singer, however, show she looks pretty much the same as she did last year.
Meanwhile, the magazine's sister outlet, RadarOnline, has proven to have little insight into Spears' Las Vegas gig. Last year, Gossip Cop busted the blog for wrongly reporting that Spears "couldn't wait" to finish her Piece of Me residency. Considering that the singer just signed on for a brand new one, it's clear that article was baseless. This latest one about Dion being "furious" over Spears' success is equally false.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.