Shania Twain is a country superstar with a backlog of love songs, but her own romantic life sounds a little more like the plot of a soap opera: A cheating husband, a broken friendship, and finding her true soulmate in the midst of it all.
It all began in 2008 when the “Still the One” singer discovered her husband of 15 years, music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, was stepping out on her with her best friend. The person who told her about the affair was that former friend’s husband, Frédéric Thiébaud. After all of the dust settled from both of their divorces, Twain and Thiébaud ended up falling in love and said “I do” in 2011. Quite the twist of fate, right?
Twain remained quiet while all of the romantic turmoil and turnaround was happening, but recently opened up about her second marriage to People. “I’m so grateful I found the faith and courage to love again — because the last thing you want to do when you’re crushed is love again,” she said. “When you have great loss, you lose faith; you get very discouraged. I’m sure a lot of people say, ‘I’m never going to love again. I never want to fall in love again.’ Songs have been written about that. I’m really glad that got turned around for me, and that’s what this relationship is.”
Twain had a lot to say about the whole situation in a frank interview with the Guardian in 2018 when she was asked by whether she believes she and Thiébaud came out better from their broken marriages. “Absolutely. We are happier individuals, even without each other,” Twain said. “We are way more confident in our own selves.” It’s so inspiring to see an example of someone who went through such a devastating experience, but also found the determination to become stronger than before!
Twain and Thiébaud (who the singer affectionately calls Freddy) didn’t immediately see each other as romantic partners, though. Things happened gradually. According to Twain, their children were the first to notice they were becoming more than just friends. She also admitted that it felt completely different from her previous relationship. “It’s a passionate love on every level. I used to be very monotone in my relationships… I don’t think Mutt ever knew me. That’s the difference.”
We’re so happy for Twain, who is currently headlining her second residency in Las Vegas (psst: click here for tickets). And we bet all of those love songs she sings have a much deeper meaning for her now!
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