In the documentary, the singer talks about the hardships she had to go through Shania Twain: Not just a girl. At 56, the star is about to return to the spotlight with a compilation of her greatest hits. Back on the journey of a fighter who hasn’t said her last word yet.
A difficult childhood
Born on August 28, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Shania grew up in a poor family where violence was rampant. His stepfather, Jerry Twain, not only frequently teased his mother, Sharon, but also abused the clan’s five children. “He had problems and sometimes I saw that he wasn’t himself. It’s like he has two personalities,” she told 60 Minutes. Fearing for her mother’s life, the future star convinced her, accompanied by her children, to take refuge in a center for women victims of domestic violence, but Sharon did not hold out: she quickly returned to his executioner. “Growing up in an abusive home was horrible but I got away with it through music,” the star wrote in his autobiography. Since this moment.
Head of family… at 22 years old
Shania, who has been singing in bars since she was a child to support her family, took responsibility for her siblings in 1987 when Jerry and Sharon were killed in a tragic car accident. She settled in the United States hoping for a breakthrough and quickly returned to Ontario, where she became a cabaret singer to provide a decent living for her siblings’ members. “Back then I would have preferred to die with my parents. I told myself I had too much to deal with,” she confided to 60 Minutes. The young woman still managed to take care of her loved ones, a feat she credits to her strength of character. “I was born a fighter and a survivor.”
His fight against the disease
Shania Twain, who didn’t release any albums between 2004 and 2017, was long past Lyme disease: “My symptoms were pretty scary because before I was diagnosed I was very dizzy on stage. I lost my balance,” she says in the Netflix documentary. The disease also caused dysphonia, a disorder of the vocal cords. “My voice was never the same again. I thought I’d lost her forever, that I wouldn’t sing again. The Don’t Be Stupid performer underwent two operations to restore the situation. “It was a very big loss, so I had to accept the loss of my old voice in order to rediscover the new one. It was a long but very rewarding process.”
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Betrayed by his relatives
In 1993, the singer married record producer Robert “Mutt” Lange. “We met, we fell in love, we got engaged, we got married and we made an entire album, all in less than six months,” says the star in his documentary. Based in Switzerland, the couple started a family and welcomed a son, Eja, in 2001. Unfortunately, the marital bliss ended. In 2008, Shania learned that her husband was having an affair with his secretary and confidant, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. Struck by the plea for a divorce from the one who shared her life for 15 years, she felt like reliving the brutal loss of her parents. “My husband left me for another woman. It meant the final end of so many facets of my life!” The divorce settlement was finalized in 2010 after bitter negotiations
a new love
Shania didn’t linger long in the celibacy market. Against all odds, she quickly fell in love with Frédéric Thiébaud, Marie-Anne’s betrayed husband. The betrayals of their respective husbands brought together the lovebirds who endured this ordeal side by side. “I was able to watch Fred going through the same situation as me and I really admired how he had to deal with it all. That’s when I fell in love. I thought it was exemplary in every way!” she told Redbook magazine. The couple, who married in 2011, still live in Switzerland, just a short drive from the home of Robert “Mutt” Lange and Marie-Anne Thiébaud. “I swore I would never fall in love again, but Frédéric is impossible not to love.”
Head full of projects
The star is making a comeback with the documentary Shania Twain: Not just a girl, streaming on Netflix since July 26. She is offering her show until September Let’s go! at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Finally, a compilation of his greatest hits, which will include an unreleased track, is expected on September 2nd.
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