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Nives Celzijus
Birth name Nives Zeljković
Also known as Nives Celsius
Born (1981-12-18) 18 December 1981 (age 35)
Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Genres Dance-pop
Occupation(s) Model, columnist, writer, singer
Years active 1999–present
Website Official website

Nives Zeljković (Croatian pronunciation: [zěːʎkoʋit͡ɕ]; born 18 December 1981), known by her stage name Nives Celzijus (Nives Celsius), is a Croatian socialite, model, singer and writer. She is a current columnist for German Bild magazine and the ex-wife of the football player Dino Drpić.

Personal and media life[edit]

Nives was born in Zagreb, at the time part of Yugoslavia. Her biological, estranged, father Spaso Čanković (known as Anej Sam) was born in Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina and works as a writer in Slovenia.[1] Her mother is named Mira. She is ethnic Serb.[2] Her parents separated prior to her birth.[3] During the Croatian War, she was abused due to her surname.[3][clarification needed] She has stated that she was raped at the age of 16 by a Dinamo Zagreb player, though she will not reveal his name.[3] She lived in Belgrade for a couple of years before returning to Zagreb, where she released the song "Na koljena" which became a hit.[3]

Nives Celzijus was married to NK Rijeka football player Dino Drpić,[4] with whom she has two children, Leon and Taiša.[4] The couple has been named "David and Victoria Beckham of Baden" in Germany.[5] As a guest of Serbian RTV Pink show Ami G Show on 22 January 2009, Celzijus stated she and her husband had sex in an empty Stadion Maksimir,[6] a statement which attracted a lot of media attention. Although it was reported she was pregnant for a third time,[7] Celzijus denied those rumours[when?].[8] In October 2009 she was sentenced by the Municipal Criminal Court for defamation, after she stated in an interview for Serbian Playboy magazine that her father molested her.[9]

In 2008 Nives and husband Dino made headlines across Europe in a bizarre story. While vacationing on the Croatian island of Krk, their son Leone was mistakenly identified as the abducted UK girl Madeleine McCann, who was last seen in Portugal.

In 2014 she divorced her husband Dino Drpić.[10]

Sexiest women countdowns[edit]

Year Magazine Edition Position
2009 FHM Croatia 15[4][11]
Slovenia 8[4]


  • Cura moderna (1999)


  • 2008 – Gola istina (The Naked Truth)
  • 2009 – U krevetu sa C.R. (In Bed with C.R.)
  • 2011 – Oreal (Halo)
  • 2014 – Gola istina 2 (The Naked Truth 2)


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Zauvijek susjedi Dina Croatian TV series (English: Neighbors Forever)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category For Result
2009 Kiklop Book Awards Hit Novel of the Year Gola istina Won[4]


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