She took a break from the limelight after hitting the big time with You’re Still The One and That Don’t Impress Me Much in the late nineties.
And Shania Twain says the stress of her divorce from her husband of 15 years inspired her to write a new album after a long absence.
The 51-year-old singer told the latest Rolling Stone Magazine that she wrote some melancholy music after splitting from record producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange.
New music: Shania Twain says the stress of her divorce from her husband of 15 years inspired her to write a new album after a long absence
The couple separated in 2008, amid rumours he had an affair with her best friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud, and finalised their divorce in 2010.
‘I’ve learned a lot about myself, she told the publication, adding: ‘It’s scary to learn how vulnerable you can be.’
Explaining ballad Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl? from her new album which is due for release in May, the Canadian-native revealed: ‘It’s about feeling unappreciated and knowing that you are secondary. Having to live with someone that has different priorities and accepting that you’re not the most important thing in a person’s life.’
‘Another song, Swinging With My Eyes Closed, is about fighting back against pain. ‘The fighter in me wrote that song,’ she told them, ‘I was thinking of a boxer taking a swing, or a baby first coming out with his eyes and fists closed. They can’t even see yet and they’re swinging with their eyes closed.’
Stress: The couple separated in 2008, amid rumours he had an affair with her best friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud, and finalised their divorce in 2010 (pictured in London in 2000)
The star was diagnosed with dysphonia, a vocal-cord disorder that causes hoarseness and trouble speaking which she says stemmed from the stress of the divorce from the music-producer.
Shania – who has sold over 85 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in the history of country music – says her voice has changed now in tone.
She explained: ‘There was a lot of coming to terms with that. It’s been one of the obstacles in my life I’ve just had to learn to live with.’
Shania co-wrote Come On Over with Lange, her 1997 album which remains the best-selling country album of all time – selling around 40 million copies worldwide.
Successful: Shania has sold over 85 million records making her the best-selling female artist in the history of country music (pictured in 2015)
However, this time around she was writing an album without him: ‘It needed to be really pure and my own story and my own emotional journey. I was now alone all of a sudden, and I didn’t want to shy away from it. And that’s not a collaborative thing; it’s a very personal thing,’ she revealed.
She told the publication that she calls writing ‘therapy,’ adding: ‘It helped me come to terms with a lot of things emotionally. It’s sort of like when you finish crying. When you’re done, you’re done and you move on.’
She shares son Eja, 15, with her ex-husband. And his apparent infidelity with her best friend spawned one more positive for Shania – she married Marie Anne’s ex-husband Frédéric Thiébaud in January 2011.
Moved on: Shania is now married to Frédéric Thiébaud (pictured June 2011)