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Shania on PEOPLE cover - January 2, 2023 issue


Shania Twain on Reclaiming Her Throne: 'I Don't Have Anything to Prove Anymore'

The country-pop icon reflects on her storied career, the difficulties that nearly ended it — and how she returned stronger than ever — as she prepares to release her new album Queen of Me

By Jeff Nelson| PEOPLE | December 20, 2022

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She's still the one!

Nearly 30 years after her first album, country icon Shania Twain is back and busier than ever. 

Twain, 57, has scaled some historic peaks. The bestselling female country artist of all time with more than 100 million records sold worldwide, Twain redefined the genre with rollicking hits like "Any Man of Mine," "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" But she also endured devastating lows on her path to superstardom, from her parents' tragic deaths and a shocking betrayal that led to her divorce from her first husband to a battle with Lyme disease that nearly destroyed her voice.

Despite the hardships, "I really found such a wonderful life," Twain — who learned to love again with second husband Frédéric Thiébaud, 52 — says in the new PEOPLE cover story.

Now healthy, the beloved singer is back on top of her game as she prepares to release her sixth studio album, Queen of Me (out Feb. 3), and embark on a global tour.

"It's like a renaissance period for me. To be experiencing it as a relevant artist still, that's rewarding," Twain says. "I feel a renewed confidence. I don't have anything to prove anymore, and I feel freedom in that."

The Timmins, Ontario, native began singing in bars at 8 years old. And when her mom, Sharon, and stepdad, Jerry, died when she was just 22, Twain began performing at a resort to support her three younger siblings.

"It was like, 'This is all I know how to do. I've got to support the kids.' That gave me a motivation and a fearless state of mind, because when you don't have a choice, you've got to push through — and that's what I did," she says. 

She eventually brought that brave spirit to Nashville and in 1995 broke through with her second LP, The Woman in Me, which she created with her producer husband Robert "Mutt" Lange. But it was with her third album, 1997's Come on Over, that Twain disrupted a male-dominated business and made an unprecedented crossover to pop, paving the way for future artists like Taylor Swift.

"She wasn't afraid to blur genre lines, show midriff or redefine what it meant to be a woman in country music," says country-pop star Kelsea Ballerini, 29. "That boldness is something I hope to carry throughout my career."

Adds Grammy winner Maren Morris, 32: "Shania really had one of the most iconic crossovers in country history... I admire her confidence in her path because she really just loves bringing people together, no matter the sound coming out of the speakers."

With her 2002 album Up!, Twain became the only artist ever to have three successive diamond-certified albums (with sales of more than 10 million each). But even with her groundbreaking accomplishments, Twain struggled to be taken seriously as an artist and faced sexist assumptions that she owed her success to her male collaborators.

"It was very offensive to be considered a molded artist, that it took a man or a team to mold me," says Twain. "I bit my tongue a lot. But when you're in the industry from a young age as a woman, you really learn how to let it roll off your back."

Twain faced even more setbacks after she took a break from the spotlight to focus on raising her and Lange's son Eja, now 21, in 2004. In 2008, her 14-year marriage to Lange imploded when she learned of his affair with her close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud.

"It was a very low period in my life," says Twain, who sank into a depression. Following the betrayal, she and Marie-Anne's husband, former Nestlé exec Frédéric, commiserated over their shared heartbreak and soon after fell in love.

With her heart on the mend, Twain confronted another issue: her voice. For more than seven years, she was unable to project vocally and worried she'd never sing again. Eventually doctors diagnosed Twain with Lyme disease from a 2004 tick bite, which they believe damaged the nerves in her vocal cords. She relearned how to sing, with lengthy warm-ups and physical therapy, and in 2018 Twain underwent open-throat surgery to strengthen the weakened nerves.

"I may not be able to [sing] forever," she says, "but right now I'm just enjoying where I am."

Indeed, Twain's contentment comes through loud and clear on Queen of Me, her upbeat, empowering new LP that she says she wrote to escape the despair of the pandemic. The record — her first in five years — is just the latest chapter of her resurgence. Her surprise Coachella cameo with Harry Styles last April helped her win over a new generation of fans, and her Netflix documentary released last summer, Not Just a Girl, reminded longtime devotees why they loved her in the first place.

"All these years later, I'm still here, almost in a bigger way," she says, "and I'm embracing it."

For more on Shania Twain, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Thursday.

https://people.com/country/shania-twain-reclaiming-throne-after-heartbreak-health-setbacks/



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In the video interview, Shania says her new album Queen Of Me has a happy, dance feel to it. The vocal arrangements are big and sing-along. "Pretty Liar" is a pub sing-along song. "Inhale/Exhale Air" is about air and not taking it for granted and standing up and celebrating being able to breathe air.



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Can't wait for Feb 3.
January usually never ends. January 2023 will last forever.



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She has been getting a lot of promo lately and I am absolutely loving it. This does feel like a renaissance like she said.

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Shania Twain on Finding 'Peace' (and Love Again) After Ex's Affair: 'The Resentment Is Gone'

The country queen will release her new album, Queen of Me, on Feb. 3

By Jeff Nelson | PEOPLE | December 20, 2022 

Shania Twain is opening up about how she reconciled her painful past.

In this week's PEOPLE cover story, the country-pop icon looks back on her devastating divorce from producer husband Robert "Mutt" Lange.

The pair's 14-year marriage ended in 2008, when Twain learned of Lange's affair with her close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud.

"It was a very low period in my life," Twain, 57, recalls.

Following the betrayal, she and Marie-Anne's husband, former Nestlé exec Frédéric Thiébaud, commiserated over their shared heartbreak and soon after fell in love.

"That is a really strong bond that builds over time, that is rare, that you don't have in every relationship if you don't have those deep scars in common," Twain says of Thiébaud. "We were a big part of each other's healing."

After finalizing her divorce in 2010, Twain and Thiébaud, 52, married on New Year's Day 2011 — a move she wasn't sure she'd ever make.

"When I got divorced I said, 'I'm never getting married again.' I was definitely one of those people that could have written a million songs about, 'I'm never going to fall in love again,'" Twain says. "But Fred was such an undeniable love."

The couple are empty-nesters now (her and Lange's son Eja, also a musician, and Thiébaud's daughter Johanna are both 21), and they're now enjoying "a sort of second honeymoon phase," Twain says. "We're bonded now in a different way without the kids."

Today, Twain is also "in a good place" with her ex.

"I found peace a long time ago, and maybe peace is forgiveness, you know?" Twain says of moving on from Lange. "I'm able to have more appreciation for him again, not for what happened in our marriage but for all that he contributed to such a great part of my career and my life. We have a beautiful child from it. The resentment is gone."

Twain and Lange worked together on three of her diamond-certified albums (The Woman in Me, Come on Over and Up!), and she even still uses his recording studio, though their creative partnership is long over.

"That's kind of our crossroads area, which is, I think, really appropriate. It feels really good to say that. We share engineers, and so we have this music creative zone that we all go to on our own time," Twain says.

Twain is preparing to release her next album, Queen of Me — her first in five years and her second she's created without Lange after their split — on Feb. 3.

"I was coming out of a dark place... now I'm on the other side of that," she says.

For more on Shania Twain, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Thursday.

https://people.com/country/shania-twain-on-finding-love-again-peace-after-exs-betrayal/



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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

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🤠 @people came out to Vegas for an afternoon of horse riding to interview me about my career and honestly, I had the best time!! Can every interview I do involve horse riding?? 😂🐴 Pick up the 2022 PEOPLE of the Year issue nationwide on Friday.

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I received the magazine with Shania on the cover in the mail today and it's not the PEOPLE of the Year issue. I think Shania's team is confused again. Plus PEOPLE says Shania's issue comes out Thursday.



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Shania Twain on Posing Topless and 'Embracing' Menopause: I'm 'So Unashamed of My New Body'

The country queen posed topless for her "Waking Up Dreaming" single art

By Jeff Nelson | PEOPLE | December 21, 2022 

Shania Twain is embracing body positivity.

In September, the country-pop icon released her latest single "Waking Up Dreaming," which will appear on her upcoming sixth studio album, Queen of Me (out Feb. 3). And for the single art, she decided to pose topless.

"This is me expressing my truth. I'm comfortable in my own skin, and this is the way I am sharing that confidence," Twain, 57, tells PEOPLE. "I think the best fashion is confidence, and whatever you wear — if you're wearing it with that, it's fashionable. I am a woman in my late 50s, and I don't need to hide behind the clothes. I can't even tell you how good it felt to do nude shooting. I was just so unashamed of my new body, you know, as a woman that is well into my menopause. I'm not even emotional about it; I just feel okay about it. It's really liberating."

This isn't the first time Twain has broken boundaries in country music with her art. For her debut 1993 music video "What Made You Say That," she bared her midriff and went bra-less.

"From the very beginning — the very first video — I was ditching the bra," says Twain, who has still struggled with body image like most. "But, I was a lot firmer then, so as I grew older, I started feeling a different pressure of, 'Well, your breasts are not as plump as they used to be. Your skin is not as tight as it used to be. Maybe you should start covering it up a little bit more.'"

When those thoughts started to creep in, Twain decided to be bold.

"I hit this wall and was like, 'Whoa, my confidence is regressing. My courage is dulling. Why am I allowing this? Frig that. I am not regressing. I am embracing my body as it changes, as I should have from my childhood to my teens, as I should be from my taut, 20s and 30-year-old self, to my menopausal body. I'm not going to be shy about it. I want to be courageous about it, and I want to share that courage in the artwork that I am directing."

Twain struggled with her image as a child and, in a recent interview with The Sunday Times, said she would try and flatten her breasts to avoid abuse at the hands of her stepdad Jerry.

"I'm somebody that [was] never wearing a bathing suit at the beach as a teenager because I was way too self-conscious. My father made me feel self-conscious. It was almost dirty to wear shorts or not be entirely covered up. As my body was maturing and I was becoming a teenager, all of a sudden I was getting real curves. I mean, I'm a curvy person. I have boobs, and they bounce when I walk. So when that started happening, I started strapping myself down: I was wearing two bras; I was wearing tight, tight spandex things under my sweatshirts, that were way oversized; I was dressing like a boy. I didn't feel good about becoming a woman. I was embarrassed by it. I was hiding my curves. I was rejecting it," she says.

Adds Twain: "I was rejecting what I was growing into, which was very natural. How shameful is that? And not shameful of me, but shameful of that pressure. It was terrible."

Today, Twain says, "I'm feeling more comfortable in my own skin than I've ever felt before."

And she hopes to inspire generations of women to embrace body confidence.

"I want other women that are aging, or any women … even if you're 12 and you're developing, you shouldn't feel like you need to hide behind your fear or your self-conscious shield," Twain says. "But you have to do it within your own sense of what is right and good and safe for you."

For more on Shania Twain, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Thursday.

https://people.com/country/shania-twain-on-posing-topless-and-embracing-menopause/



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I watched the interview on YouTube. I found it interesting that Mutt shares his studio with Shania. What a dream it would be if they could start writing together again too, they seem on good terms now.



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It would be a dream but I don't think they will ever write together again.
Part of the magic created was the chemistry between the two of them, and even though they're on good terms now I don't think that chemistry could be recreated.
Plus, she said to PEOPLE she doesn't need him anymore 'cause she has nothing to prove anymore.



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