Inside Shania Twain’s turbulent existence – husband & good friend’s affair to spouse switch & stunning well being combat that ruined voice

HER catchy hits Man! I Feel Like A Woman and That Don’t Impress Me Much are marriage ceremony playlist favourites and karaoke classics.

But at the back of queen of nation pop Shania Twain’s dazzling smile lies a chequered historical past peppered with heartbreak and tragedy.


Shania Twain is a rustic pop sensationCredit: Redferns
A new documentary about her life has dropped on Netflix


A brand new documentary about her existence has dropped on NetflixCredit: Rex

In a brand new Netflix documentary – Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl – the 56-year-old opens up at the harrowing demise of her folks, the devastating breakdown of her 14-year marriage and a well being combat that left her terrified she’d by no means sing once more.

Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Ontario, Shania’s folks separated when she was once two.

Her mum’s new spouse, Jerry Twain, followed her and her two sisters after they married, and Shania legally modified her identify.

While she grew up calling Jerry her dad, she has up to now spoken about her tricky formative years, claiming he would on occasion be violent in opposition to her mum Sharon.

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“He just had issues… It was like he was two people,” she informed 60 Minutes. 

“I would get physically involved sometimes with my parents’ fights… I just thought that he would kill her. One of these times – he was gonna kill her.”

Shania’s track occupation started when she joined a canopy band known as Flirt after graduating from highschool.

She toured and carried out round Ontario, however her track occupation stalled in November 1987, when her mum and stepdad had been killed in a automotive twist of fate.

Shania shot to fame aged 30 when her second album sold over 20 million copies


Shania shot to popularity elderly 30 when her 2nd album offered over 20 million copiesCredit: AP:Associated Press
Performing hit Man! I Feel Like a Woman in 1999


Performing hit Man! I Feel Like a Woman in 1999Credit: Getty

Then 22, Shania moved house to handle her more youthful siblings and supported them by way of earning profits functioning at a neighborhood vacation park.

When they moved out, Shania made a demo tape of songs which stuck the attention of file labels together with Mercury Nashville Records, who signed her inside of months.

Shania shot to popularity elderly 30, when her 2nd studio album – The Woman in Me, launched in 1995 – offered over 10 million copies the world over, a bunch which has since doubled.

Two years up to now she’d met South African file manufacturer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange – 17 years her senior – who was once keen on her track and presented to pen songs for her subsequent album.

The couple married after a whirlwind romance, they usually co-wrote her iconic tracks You’re Still The One, Any Man of Mine, Man! I Feel like a Woman! And That Don’t Impress Me Much.

Shania’s 1997 album Come on Over was once the second one best-selling album of the 90s at 15.6million, crushed most effective by way of Metallica.

Shania and Mutt welcomed a son, Eja, in 2001.

Shocking well being combat

Shania married South African record producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange


Shania married South African file manufacturer Robert John ‘Mutt’ LangeCredit: Getty
The singer battled Lyme disease which she contracted from a tick bite while horseriding


The singer battled Lyme illness which she shrunk from a tick chunk whilst horseridingCredit: Instagram/@shaniatwain

But all the way through her £71million-grossing Up! Tour, which spanned 113 presentations between 2003 and 2004, Shania was once secretly combating Lyme illness after being bitten by way of a tick whilst horse using.

She tells within the documentary how she would really feel dizzy on level to the purpose the place she feared she would fall off, and skilled millisecond blackouts “regularly, every minute or every 30 seconds”.

Having no longer but been recognized, she driven thru it – however believes the situation, which is able to reason nerve and muscle ache, facial palsy and irritation of the mind, contributed to her growing the voice dysfunction dysphonia.

While she handled it with a couple of throat operations and remedy, Shania admits her voice was once “never the same again”.

The five-time Grammy Award winner explains: “I thought I’d lost my voice forever. I thought that was it, [and] I would never, ever sing again.”

Husband’s betrayal

Shania with new husband Frederic Thiébaud


Shania with new husband Frederic ThiébaudCredit: Getty

In 2008, Shania was once devastated when Mutt all at once introduced he sought after a divorce after 14 years in combination.

She informed Oprah she’d long past to her ideally suited buddy and long-time secretary Marie-Anne Thiébaud asking if she concept her husband was once “acting strange”, which Marie-Anne denied.

But Shania later found out Mutt and Marie-Anne have been having an affair at the back of her again – regardless that each claimed it wasn’t true.

Speaking of the instant she discovered, Shania mentioned: “I had a complete panic assault. I simply informed her that she was once a nasty individual – that is all I may get out!”

In the documentary she likens the top of her marriage to her folks’ deadly automotive crash.

She says: ‘It was once just like the demise was once the top, an everlasting finish to such a lot of aspects of my existence. And I by no means were given over my folks’ demise.

“So I’m considering, ‘S***, I’m never going to get over this.’ Like, how do you recover from that? 

I by no means were given over my folks’ demise. So I’m considering, ‘S***, I’m by no means going to recover from this’

Shania Twain

“So all I can do is determine how I’m going to carry on from there. How am I going to crawl out of this hole that I’ve fallen in? Just like that, you know?”

She provides: “In that seek to decide what was making this loss of keep watch over with my voice and this modification in my voice, I used to be going through a divorce. 

“My husband leaves me for another woman. Now I’m at a whole other low. And I just don’t see any point in going on with a music career.”

In a abnormal twist, Shania discovered love once more with Marie-Anne’s ex-husband, businessman Frederic Thiébaud, in 2009, who have been her shoulder to cry on all the way through the break up.

The adoring couple married in 2011 and frequently proportion loved-up snaps on social media.

Comeback queen

Shania with Prince Charles in 1999 after she performed at Party in the Park in aid of The Princes' Trust


Shania with Prince Charles in 1999 after she carried out at Party within the Park in assist of The Princes’ TrustCredit: AFP
Performing with Harry Styles at Coachella


Performing with Harry Styles at CoachellaCredit: Getty

Shania struggled for years to provide track once more with out the affect of Mutt in her existence.

In September 2017 she launched her 5th studio album Now – 15 years after her fourth – which she known as her “most personal” compilation.

Despite receiving combined evaluations, it debuted at primary at the Billboard 200, Canadian Albums and Top Country Albums charts and has since reached the highest spot in numerous nations international.

Speaking about recording once more following her lengthy hiatus, Shania admits simply with the ability to concentrate to herself again on her writing tapes was once “difficult”.

She says: “It was once in point of fact extra about taking independence…It was once an workout of claiming, ‘Okay, look, you can’t just not ever make music again because you don’t have Mutt. You gotta just dive in.’ 

“And I was petrified, I really was. So now I said, ‘Okay listen, I’m going to not only get back into the studio without him, I’m going to write all the music alone, and just discover myself again as an individual creative,’ like I’d been all of my youth.”

Shania filmed Joss Crowley’s rock-documentary Not Just A Girl all the way through the pandemic.

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To mark its liberate on Netflix on Tuesday, she dropped a brand new virtual compilation album of the similar identify.

In doing so, Shania proved she nonetheless has the facility to Rock This Country.

Shania in her new Netflix documentary, filmed during the pandemic


Shania in her new Netflix documentary, filmed all the way through the pandemicCredit: Netflix
Performing alongside Celine Dion and Gloria Estefan in 1998


Performing along Celine Dion and Gloria Estefan in 1998Credit: Getty
Shania at a recent gig


Shania at a up to date gigCredit: Instagram/@shaniatwain

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