Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shania Twain for Redbook Magazine June 2011

Shania Twain is featured on the June 2011 cover of Redbook magazine. The 45-year-old opens up about her life, her career, the end of her marriage to Mutt Lange after his affair with her close friend and more.

"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)

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On betrayal: "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." 
On opening up: "I felt that the sooner I could relax about my secrets, the sooner I'd find the relief that comes with release. Nothing like getting it out there in the sunshine and fresh air." 
On her ex-husband cheating: "It was like I was kicked off my own bus while it was moving full speed ahead, and I landed in the dirt and everything I had was thrown out after me. And after tumbling and getting a mouthful of dirt, I had to try to stand up, then figure out where I was and start walking." And after about eight months she realized: "Yes, I'm still me, and yes, I'm a mother, and yes, I'm a singer and a songwriter, and I can love again, and I have friends, and yes, I'm alive." 
On her career after the divorce and dealing with dysphonia: "It's a constriction that's both psychological and emotional, and it literally does choke the muscles around the voice box. When my marriage broke down, I got so physically constricted that I couldn't get any volume out at all. I couldn't even call for my dog. I realize I couldn't live without singing and had to do something about it. This is why I was like, 'Just get it all out right now. Clean the pipes.'"

Courtesy of Redbook magazine

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