Shania Twain reveals she was sexually and physically abused by her stepfather as a child

Daily Mail - UK
By Justin Enriquez
April 23, 2018

Shania Twain has revealed that she was both sexually and physically abused by her stepfather during her childhood.

The 52-year-old Canadian singer claimed in her eye-opening interview with The Guardian on Sunday that she was a victim at the hands of her stepfather Jerry Twain.

After admitting she had been sexually abused she said: 'Uh huh, uh huh. Iím not going to go into details about it. I donít mind saying it, because I do think itís important that people understand you can survive these things.'

The singer revealed that the abuse started when she was around the age of 10.

She explained: 'I feel the sexual abuse goes hand in hand with the physical and psychological abuse when itís somebody you know. I learned to block it out.

'Abusers need to manipulate you, whether itís before or after, and what I said to myself is: "OK, thereís something wrong with this person and that person is not well."'

Shania did not know her biological father. Her stepfather Jerry and her mother Sharon died in a car crash in 1987.

She said the choice was made for them all to stay together despite all the hardships as she explained: 'I did feel sorry for myself a lot as a kid.

'It was either go to Childrenís Aid and get saved now or ... I weighed it up and thought: "If I go to Childrenís Aid, weíll all get separated," and I just couldnít bear that, so we all stayed together for better or for worse.'

This comes after she released a statement on Sunday in which she clarified her comments in which she said that she would have voted for Donald Trump.

She said: 'I would like to apologize to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with The Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard.

'As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context.'

The That Don't Impress Me Much hitmaker continued by explaining that she recognizes the sociopolitical climate and that her core values have been centered around being inclusive.

Twain said: I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope itís clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President.

'I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician.

'My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.'

Twain raised eyebrows in an interview with The Guardian published on Sunday.

The You're Still The One hitmaker revealed that she appreciated Trump's honesty and transparency.

She explained: 'I would have voted for [Trump] because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldnít be able to have both.

'If I were voting, I just donít want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?'

Meanwhile Shania showed that she is still hip as she partied it up at Coachella last week with Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Timothee Chalamet, and members of Migos.