Shania Twain was worried that she would “never get over” her divorce. The singer of “That Don’t Impress Me Much” divorced her first husband, Robert “Mutt” Lange, in 2008 after he had an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. She said that the pain of their divorce made her feel as bad as when her parents died in a car accident in 1987.
“When I lost Mutt, I guess I thought…,” she said. I was thinking how sad that was… It hurt as much as losing my parents. And, you know, it was kind of like dying. “It felt like the death was the end of so many things in my life. And I never got over the deaths of my parents. So I’m thinking, “Sh*t, I’m never going to get over this.” How do you deal with that?
“So now all I can do is figure out what I’m going to do next. How can I get out of this hole I’ve dug for myself? “Same as that, you know?”
The singer of “Forever and Always,” who went on to marry Marie-husband Anne’s Frédéric Thiébaud in 2011, was afraid she would never sing again after getting Lyme disease from a tick bite while horseback riding in 2003. This led to the end of her marriage. In her new Netflix documentary, “Not Just a Girl,” she says, “The tick had Lyme disease, and I did get Lyme disease.
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“My symptoms were pretty scary because I was very dizzy on stage before I was diagnosed. I was losing my balance, and I was afraid I was going to fall off the stage. I was having blackouts that only lasted a few milliseconds, but they happened every minute or 30 seconds.
“My voice changed forever after that. I thought I’d never be able to speak again. I thought that was the end of it, and I’d never sing again.” Shania, who has a 20-year-old son named Aja with Mutt, said she thought about giving up her career at one point.
She said, “I was going through a divorce when I was trying to figure out why I couldn’t control my voice and why it was changing. My husband left me for someone else. “Now I’ve hit a whole new bottom. And I just don’t see any reason to keep making music.”
But the singer of “Still the One” went back to work in the end, though she said she was “terrified” to go back to the studio without Mutt, her former producer. “It took a long time for me to be ready to write and record again,” she said about her 2017 album “Now.”
“It was more about gaining independence, and it was hard just to hear myself on my writing tapes again… It was a way to say, “Okay, look, you can’t just make music again because you don’t have Mutt. You gotta just dive in.’ And I was scared to death, that’s for sure.
“So I said, ‘Okay, listen, I’m going to not only go back into the studio without him, but I’m also going to write all the music by myself and just find myself as an individual artist again as I had been in my youth.'”