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Celine Dion Names Her Twins After Mandela And Marnay

October 29th, 2010 9:56am EDT

Celine DionCeline Dion has named her newborn twin boys after former South African president Nelson Mandela and her late songwriting partner Eddy Marnay.

The 42-year-old singer gave birth to the tots in Florida on Saturday, marking the end of a long struggle with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments as she strived to expand her family with husband Rene Angelil. The baby boys were discharged from hospital on Thursday and Dion has now revealed the names of her newborns. One baby has been named Nelson, after Mandela, and the other Eddy, in memory of the Algerian songwriter who died in 2003.

A representative for the couple tells People.com, "(Marnay) was like a father to her. Eddy is a major influence in both Celine and Rene's lives." The couple chose the name Nelson after an influential meeting with the former leader in South Africa two years ago.

The rep adds, "Rene said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is. Celine and Rene want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men."

The couple is also parents to a nine-year-old son, Rene-Charles.

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