EXCLUSIVE: Shania Twain on First Album in 15 Years,
Overcoming 'Traumatizing' Divorce and Losing Her Voice
By Jennifer Drysdale
June 28, 2017
Shania Twain has been through a lot, and she's sharing it all with fans on her new album, Now.
ET's Nischelle Turner caught up with the 51-year-old singer in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, where she gave us an exclusive tour of her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and opened up about channeling heartbreak into her first studio album in 15 years.
"I wrote all of this music myself, so it's all on me. If fans don't like it, I just have to take that on myself, but it's worth it, because even if a small amount of people are inspired by it, I've done what I set out to do," she confessed.
Twain's story is definitely inspiring. The singer's parents died when she was 22, she temporarily lost her voice after a battle with Lyme disease, and her 16-year marriage to music producer Robert "Mutt" Lange ended bitterly on the front page of tabloids.
"My divorce was traumatizing to me, my parents dying was the most devastating time of my life -- I can't bring my parents back. My voice will never be exactly what it was before," she admitted. But Twain is singing again -- and said she's even inspired by a youunger generation of artists.
"I love so much of what's going on in music right now, and every genre," she revealed. "I love Kelsea Ballerini. She's sweet, she's humble, she's talented, she writes, so I admire that."
Another young artist, Taylor Swift, meanwhile, has credited Twain for inspiring her career.
"She's a perfect example of 'I'm still myself, but I've changed,'" Twain said of the "Bad Blood" singer. "She's true to herself, and that's a spiritual thing. I'm so proud of her."
Twain has been happily married to her second husband, Frederic Thiebaud, for six years. Thiebaud's wife had been Twain's best friend, until she reportedly began a relationship with her then-husband, Lange.
"After the divorce phase, Fred was certainly the one to [bring calmness to my life]," she said, adding that her 15-year-old son, Eja, was also "the light at the end of the tunnel." "My son was the beauty out of it all."
Eja seems to have picked up his mom's love of music, too.
"That's his passion," she told ET. "He's a writer and producer."
Twain's new album, Now, will be released on Sept. 29., and her exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be open to the public from June 30 through July 2018.