Life Is GoodóShania Twain Is Ready to Let the World In Again
By Alison Abbey
September 29, 2017
Shania Twain is back with a bangónot that weíd expect anything less from one of the best-selling artists of all time. But her new album, Now (her first since 2002ís Up!), finds the notoriously private Twain, 52, getting candid about the events that kept her out of the spotlight.
ďWriting is like journaling for me,Ē she says. Everything from the demise of her marriage to her producer Robert John ďMuttĒ Lange to her subsequent marriage to longtime friend Frederic Thiebaud in 2011 is laid out on the album. Itís the first that sheís written entirely alone.
ďI was really scared to take the plunge and it took a while. I procrastinated a lot!Ē she says. ďBut I eventually took a leap of faith in my own abilities and pushed through the fear.Ē
As she gears up for a world tour in 2018, Twain talked about where sheís been, where sheís headed and how turning 50 in 2015 made her appreciate it all.
On surviving divorce: When you leave a long-term relationship, everything you know, everyone you know, and all of the dreams that you were building for your futureóthatís all just gone. Itís different from that moment on. I gave up on fighting the way I was feeling. It was better to let myself feel and not let anybody tell me to just get over it. And I let time do the rest. You recover from that fall at your own pace, and only you know when youíre ready to start climbing. The more you ignore it and try to pretend that itís not happening, the longer it takes you.
On her song ďSwinginí With My Eyes ClosedĒ: Itís exciting. Thereís so much in that song that reflects my life and being afraid but moving forward anyway. To me, swinging with my eyes closed is like, ďIím just gonna move through it. I donít really want to look, but Iím gonna go for it.Ē So itís that fighter in me who wrote that song.
Healthy eating on the road: Itís actually easieróthereís a routine, and as long as you avoid going out to bad restaurants or fast food, itís pretty good. When Iím on the road, Iím in a professional frame of mind and Iím thinking very much about being responsible and staying healthy so I donít get sick. When Iím home, I tend to snack a little more, socialize more. Tennis is my workout, but itís hard to do on the road. I miss playing when Iím on tour.
On being a working mom: Itís never easy. Family really means a lot to me. And I love domestic life. But we work it out, we make it work. Itís easier now. For Ejaís youth, I wasnít working anyway. The last time I had been on the road was ďUp!Ē and he was still a toddler and hadnít started school yet. Even when I did start getting more productive, like writing my autobiography and all the things that followed with that, I was still working from home. So itís really only very recently that Iíve been this traveling working mother. By the time Iím touring [in 2018], heís going to be 17 years old. So to be honest, the big break saved me. I was able to really indulge in parenting and being home.
A new generation to carry on her legacy: A lot of small children were at my concerts years ago and now theyíre Kelsea [Ballerini]ís age and Taylor [Swift]ís age and Nick JonasĎs age. Now that theyíre young adults and they can tell me all about it itís really, really fun. So when I get to sit down or sing with them, itís just super great. Iím very complimented by it and I enjoy the novelty of that.
Honing a new craft: Iím filming a movie called Trading Paint with some amazing actors right now. John TravoltaĎs the lead. Thatís super fun and exciting, Iím having a blast. Itís my first acting movie experience so I didnít know what to expect, I had no idea what this was going to be at all, but itís been really comfortable. And Johnís such a great support. Itís an elite group of people and Iím just learning from them and having a blast.
No one escapes aging: Of course Iím going through what everybody else is going through in growing older. I just do the basic thingsóskincare; good, disciplined eating; and being active and keeping my body limber and fitóand thatís it for now. Iím sure at some point, unless I get a facelift, Iíll eventually look old. Thatís just life.
How it felt to turn 50: It was definitely a mark in time, psychologically. I reflected a lot on ďWow, 50 years have gone by.Ē It made me more thoughtful about where Iíd come from and where I started more than about the actual number. It was a time of reflection and gratitude. Itís a little bit like Christmas: We love the people we love all year Ďround, but at Christmas we give them that little bit of extra attention and show them even more how much we love them. Turning 50 was about taking the time to recognize where Iíve been and how far Iíve come.