Shania Twain, who split from her husband Robert Mutt Lange back in 2008 after he cheated on her with her best friend, made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday to open up about the sad end of her last marriage and the happy new beginning of her new marriage to Frédéric Thiébaud. Twain, who has her own show titled Why Not? on Oprah‘s OWN network, spoke very candidly about the past few years of her personal life and revealed that the betrayal that she suffered almost silenced her singing career forever.
Country singer Shania Twain has revealed that she was so shattered by the collapse of her marriage that she feared she would never sing again. In her first TV interview in five years, Twain told Oprah Winfrey that she became ‘an emotional mess’ when she found out in 2008 that her best friend and her husband had fallen for each other. ‘I figured mentally that I would never sing again,’ the five-time Grammy Award winner told Winfrey. Twain said she not only lost her husband, but her producer and co-writer when she split with in Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange after he ran off with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. ‘I hadn’t written a song without this man in 14 years….How do I even get started?,’ she said in an interview won The Oprah Winfrey Show. Twain, whose 1997 album Come on Over was a huge crossover hit, revealed that she also suffers from dysphonia, an ailment where the muscles squeeze the voice box. ‘My fears and anxieties throughout my whole life have been slowly squeezing my voice,’ Twain told Winfrey. ‘I was losing it slowly and progressively.’ Twain chronicles the demise of her 14-year marriage and her fight to get her voice back in a new book ‘From This Moment On’ and a documentary series ‘Why Not?’ that debuts on Sunday on Winfrey’s cable TV network OWN … In her memoir and TV documentary, the Canadian singer recounts how she grew up poor and witnessed her step-father physically abuse her mother on a regular basis only to see them both die in a car accident, leaving Twain to raise her siblings. Twain called her husband’s betrayal ‘a trigger crisis,’ and ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back of something that had already been building.’ Eventually, Twain found solace with Frederic Thiebaud, the husband of the woman who was once her best friend. The two married on January 1.
I first heard about Shania‘s sad childhood life on VH1‘s Behind the Music … but I can’t help but be curious about the cheating event that caused the end of her marriage. It is insane to me that Mutt would cheat on Shania with her best friend … and that Shania would find love with the ex-husband of that best friend. It’s a weird real life version of Wife Swap. It is my sincere hope that Shania will be able to make music again. She was one of my faves and I really look forward to her return to the music world. If you would like to watch Shania‘s full interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, you can so so HERE or on You Tube. Be warned, tho … the You Tube clips are distorted and reversed so that they won’t be removed from the site. It’s kind of difficult to pay attention to the actual interview thru the annoying distortion but if you want to watch the video, you gotta endure the distortion.