Shania Twain has been readying herself for some time for a busy re-emergence into the public eye--and this week has certainly been momentous for that purpose.
Not only did her brand-new memoir, From This Moment On, hit stores on Tuesday, the superstar's first televised interview in more than five years aired on the Oprah Winfrey Show the same day.
At age 4, Twain witnessed a particularly ugly incident in which her stepfather repeatedly dunked her mother's head in the toilet. The little girl was scarred forever by the memory: "I thought I lost my mother at that moment."
The early death of her parents and the resulting hefty responsibility of her younger siblings' welfare left Twain with a bleak but pragmatic outlook. "You learn to accept your own reality...You dream more realistically," she explained.
As we all know, Twain's "realistic" dreams quickly escalated into a reality very few can even imagine. Despite her fame and fortune, however, Twain noted that she and husband Robert "Mutt" Lange spent very little time together due to work pressures.
The story gets worse: Twain admitted she confided her marital woes mainly to the woman who would end up having an affair with Lange--her assistant Marie-Anne.
She was rewarded with betrayal. "All Marie-Anne did through the whole thing was comfort me, telling me that everything's fine," Twain noted. "I believed her, and I accepted it as being genuine."
Twain found out about the affair not from her husband or friend, but from Marie-Anne's then-husband, Frederic Thiebaud. (Both Lange and Marie-Anne deny the affair.)
Now--as of January 2011, Theibaud is Twain's husband. The pair found each other uniquely suited to understand each other's pain. "That's twisted, if you really think about it," Twain admitted. "But just so beautifully twisted."
There's much more to the story, of course. And Twain's reality show for Winfrey's network, OWN, will guide fans through a deeper examination of the issues that took her out of the public eye for so many years. The biopic, Why Not? With Shania Twain, debuts on Sunday, May 8, at 11 p.m. ET.
Will you be watching? Based on what Shania has already revealed, I'm sure the show will be a pretty interesting way to pass Sunday night. Be sure to let me know!
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