Inside Shania Twain's bizarre husband-swapping love life as she and best friend SWITCH partners
Her husband cheating on her with her best friend? That don't impress her much
The Daily Mirror - UK
By Emmeline Saunders
June 26, 2018
Shania Twain has opened up about the bizarre soap opera-esque twist that saw her and her best friend swap husbands after an affair rocked her first marriage.
The worldwide country star was happily married to record producer Robert 'Mutt' Lange after they met in June 1993 and wed in December that same year.
They moved to Switzerland from her native Canada and had son Eja together in 2001.
But in 2008, Shania's world was rocked by allegations husband Mutt had been having a secret long-term affair with Shania's best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. The married couple announced they were separating in May of that year, and their divorce was finalised in June 2010.
However, there was more to come - just six months after their marriage officially ended, Shania revealed she was engaged to Swiss Nestle executive Frédéric Thiébaud... the ex-husband of Marie-Anne.
The new couple wasted no time in cementing their relationship, as Fred and his wife had already divorced. Shania tied the knot for the second time on January 1 2011, less than two weeks after the engagement announcement.
And while the situation must have been hurtful and confusing for Shania at the time, she now says she and Fred can look back and laugh.
Speaking to Notebook about her new album Now - dubbed her 'divorce album' thanks to the emotionally raw lyrics - Shania explained: "We've had to laugh at a few things. He'll say, 'Wow, are you still not over that particular detail?!' I have to explain I've got to put it in my music. We're both very open about what we've been through, and not guarded at all."
And while Mutt's affair is now ancient history, Shania says her track Poor Me was "very much about betrayal".
"It was my self-pity moment. The song is the vomit of that feeling," she quipped.
"It's OK to feel sorry for yourself sometimes – it's very satisfying and I'm not going to apologise for it. It's ownership of what you've been through.
"Songwriting is like a diary entry, though sometimes I listen back and think, 'Oh my God, that's way too personal…'"
But with Fred's help, Shania has been able to move through the toughest of times - including the loss of her mum and stepdad in a car crash when she was 22, having surgery on her vocal chords after contracting Lyme disease and worrying that she was going to lose her distinctive voice forever.
She says Fred "makes me feel like a woman" and reveals he loves her less gym-honed figure now she's retired the crop tops of her younger years.
"I've still got abs under the squish, although I hate the texture of my body now. But he says, 'I don't want to cuddle up to a man, I don't want rock-hard muscle.'
"I'm strong still, but there's a softness there now, and he likes it. It makes me feel womanly," she added.