Shania Twain on the Shock of Betrayal (and Her New Love)
by Jancee Dunn
May 4, 2011
How Shania Got Her Groove Back
Three years ago, Shania Twain's marriage and one of her best friendships ended in a single scandalous blow when she learned that her husband of 14 years, music producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, was having an affair with her close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud. Now Shania's got a new book (her autobiography, "From This Moment On"), a new TV show ("Why Not? With Shania Twain" for the OWN network), and a new love in her life (she's married to her friend's ex-husband, businessman Frédéric Thiébaud). No wonder she's glowing!
"Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach. Now that you are wise to the game, you have the tools to choose your friends more carefully and protect your inner circle from these predators. Wear your scars like a badge. Someone hurt you, you lived through it, and now you can talk about it without rage and revenge in your heart."
On being a private person, and whether or not she will let her 9-year-old son, Eja, read her memoir
"I wanted to be honest. But now I feel like there needs to be a warning sign on the book that nobody under 16 should read it. My life is just loaded with extremes, and I think what I'll do with Eja is slowly, over time, start explaining my life to him and preparing him. I'll just judge it as the time comes. I've led such a private life that even he doesn't know what I'm about my own child. The first time he ever saw me cry was when I found out about the affair. I'm not a crier, but I thought, Gee, that's not right. That was a wake-up call."
On how she knew Fred was right for her
"I got to observe Fred going through the same thing I was, and I admired how he handled it. That is where I fell in love with him, because he was so exemplary in every way."
The country superstar revealed how she climbed out of the wreckage of her breakup, faced her paralyzing fear of singing to regain her billion-dollar voice, and learned to love again. PLUS: She gave us all the juicy details on what makes her new hubby so hot. Read the exclusive interview with Shania Twain in the June issue of REDBOOK (on sale May 17th!)