Music legend Shania Twain has spoken out about her divorce from Mutt Lange and why she disappeared from the public eye.
The ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ singer, 51, was left heartbroken when her husband and music producer left her for best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud.
Twain and Lange, who spent fourteen years happily married, had become one of the most successful musical partnerships in a decade, encompassing a joint fortune of more than £300million.
Speaking candidly about the split, the Canadian country singer admits: “I thought that marriage was forever. I really, really believed that. I thought, ‘I’m safe.
“This creative relationship is forever’. And I really counted on that.”
The Windsor born Ontario girl continued: “So when that fell away, the marriage fell away, the friendship falls away with that, and every part of that falls away. And of course the musical collaboration fell away.”
Speaking to The Sun, Shania, who is now married to former best-firned Marrie-Anne’s ex-husband Frederic Thiebaud, says she turned her attentions to being a mum to son Eja, now 15, following the break up.
However, tragically, following the release of her last studio album ‘Up!” in 2002, the star lost her singing voice for a number of years after contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite.
The disease meant the singer, who has now recovered and is working on releasing a new album, could talk but struggled to shout.
“It was very depressing and I was really sad about it but I still had my writing and my writing is my first love, really, over everything,” she added to the publication.
She admits she thought she would never release another album, but says she had “no excuse but to move forward and face the fear.”
Speaking to Andy Cohen, Twain revealed that if she was to run into her former best friend – who stole her husband, she’d say: “I wish I’d never met you.”
Shania added to the TV host: “I think there are just some people in life you would say, ‘I wish I hadn’t met this person or I would have been better off not ever knowing that person’.
“But I can’t say I would be better off because I think I learned a lot from all of that. I don’t regret it.”