updated 04/11/2002 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/11/2002 AT 11:00 AM ET
Well, she already speaks French: Canadian diva Celine Dion, who also has a home in Florida, is moving to Belgium this autumn, she told a TV interviewer in that country Wednesday. To be precise, she will take up residence in La Louviere, described by the Associated Press as a gritty steel town with 76,000 residents, located some 30 miles south of Brussels. The move, which is not permanent, is meant to give her space to rehearse her upcoming Las Vegas show. The singer, 33, has been on a two-year hiatus from working so she could spend time with her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, 60, and their son, Rene-Charles, 1. “We found a small house there that will be our home for three months,” Dion said. “I can’t wait.” Last week, Dion’s new album, “A New Day Has Come,” debuted at No. 1 on the pop music sales chart, according to SoundScan figures, but has eased down to second place this week as sales slipped more than 50 percent. Still, second-week sales of more than 260,000 units bring “Day” close to platinum territory, reports Variety. On the personal appearance front, the diva is set to open next March at Caesars Palace’s new $95 million, 4,000-seat Coliseum theater in Vegas to headline an exclusive show coproduced by Franco Dragone, who directed both of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas productions of “O” and “Mystere.” (The show is due to run for three years, at least.) She and Dragone will be putting the spectacular together in La Louviere, she explained on TV. “Every morning I will go with Franco to rehearse and will return home evenings,” she said.