Shania Twain not comfortable singing anymore
January 10th, 2011
03:16 PM ET

Shania Twain not comfortable singing anymore

When Shania Twain discovered two years ago that her husband, Robert Lange, was leaving her for her close friend, she felt like she had lost a piece of herself.

“I really lost my sense of trust, compassion, honesty,” Twain told The Toronto Sun. “I have lost my ability to express myself and my ability to sing... for some reason, I'm not comfortable singing in front of people anymore.”

Twain said she was feeling a huge amount of stress from her career before the split. “I felt the pressure to be better and better all the time. It just affected me. I was slowly losing my voice and slowly losing my confidence.”

The country singer married Frederic Thiebaud in a romantic wedding in Puerto Rico, and she’s hoping that her new romance and her new career will help her reclaim some of what’s been lost.

Twain now has a show on OWN called “Why Not?” that’s scheduled to debut in April. “The show will follow [Twain] as she begins her climb back to the top, a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures," says a statement from the network.

But it’s the people she’ll meet along the way that will inspire her, the 45-year-old songstress said.

“I want to talk to people that have been through big disappointments, big emotional crises, deep life struggles, and I will learn something from that.”

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  1. paige

    I as a young girl see Shania as an inspiration. I don't think she ever should have stopped singing. My friend and I know all of her songs and always make music videos to them for fun. Shania is a strong, beautiful woman who has not been forgotten and has many ever lasting fans.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Colleen

    Good Luck Shania!!
    Troubles are the tools with which God fashions us for better things.

    Better things lay ahead for you and yours


    February 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. beasterdamas

    You definitely need to feel good to want to sing...I'm saddened that she has lost her voice and her way but it sounds like she's happy again...Music flows through you at the strangest of times...Someday she will sing again, however never at the level she was when she was at the top of her game...

    February 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Balto Paul

    She should sing her songs backwards. If you sing country music backwards, you sober up and your lover and your dog come back.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Locode

    Shania, you could learn a lot from my life of disappointment. Come and visit me. We can heal each other.... ;o)

    February 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bluebell

    I would imagine it is extremely difficult for Shania to sing the "old" love songs that she and Mutt created together. The love, trust, and respect she felt for her ex-Mutt had to evaporate when he broke their wedding vows. Singing the old love songs without those positive emotions might feel hypocritical. I am happy that Shania has fallen in love again, and I hope that she will write and sing new love songs that she can dedicate to her new and faithful husband.

    February 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fireoasis

    Wow, some of you folks are way to flipping harsh on even a celebrity. I believe some of you are taking the comment, "I can't sing, or find my voice" a bit to literal. Losing a man isn't going to make your voice go away, but a sadness that comes from that can definitely make you simply not want to sing. To find it hard to draw up the emotion that comes with singing, especially Country songs. A comeback, pretty easy if she can draw herself out of the funk and what seems to be a clear depression. Some say, suck it up your life isn't that hard, and to them I say, stop assuming that what you think is trivial is not important to another person. I think most celebs show us that money does not buy happiness, and they suffer sometimes more emotionally then even the rest of us do when struggling to find a 'happy place' to be.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jase

    Only you can give what you need! It takes time. Don't listen to the have nots.

    February 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff O

    Shania's career was going nowhere before she met Mutt..
    He pushed her in a "edgy for Country" direction that was the right thing to do at the right time, and it made them both millions.
    A comeback at 45? Good luck Shania, you're going to need it.
    Country music is just like pop music now, a young persons game. Her time has come and gone.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tackberry

    Fine. Now get naked!

    February 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. margaret

    sounds like she's got an album in the works

    February 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. margaret

    sounds like she's got and album in the works

    February 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JimBob

    She couldn't sing before either.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bohumir Klukan

    Shania forever remain in my heart as the best and the most wonderful woman singer all time. Although that I was worried for a long time became truth, keep your fingers crossed to Shania again compose and sing a new song. All the fans look forward to it. I believe that just compose and sing a new song can help Stania the way through the crisis and find mental balance.
    God bless you Shania Twain.
    I love you Shania Twain!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Celia

    She didn't

    January 15, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  16. Angel

    Can you comprehend
    never said anything negative !

    January 15, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. TROSE

    Angel, Jen and Kenny you guys need to STFU, what a bunch of negative total misinformed ididots you guys are. If you don't have anything nice to say then, please do us all a favor keep your negative comments to yourself. I am fairly centain not one of you freaking idiots know Shania personally and have any clue, but what you read in the tabloids the crap she has went through, but all three of you are sooooooo ready to pass judgement. When you three become perfect feel free to judge (which will happen when h*ell freezes over) otherwise STUFF IT.

    January 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Joseph

    I don't think fame or money was ever a big deal for her. I do hope she finds happiness in her second marriage.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. L Wendl

    Somehow I don't understand the vitriolic comments from so many about someone in such pain?? She owes no one anything; She paid off her fans with fabulous music over the years. She loved and raised her brothers and sisters; She loves and is raising her son; She loved and was faithful to her husband. Her husband's and his lovers' integrity is trash, not Shanias'. Cut the lady some slack and let her try to put her life and perhaps career, back on track. In either case, she's an amazing human being and a fabulous, country- singing legend.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Marta

    O midget hon, wrap yourself in some slaughtered animal's fur and you will sing. Go Away with S. Palin. So done with these bimbos – GO AWAY, AND TAKE THE SNOKIE TROLL WITH YOU.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Emmaleah

    As a novelist whose husband was unfaithful, I lost the ability to write for some years after. When someone you love that much for that long doesn't love you anymore, you doubt your understanding of reality. You no longer trust your own judgment. I felt like I was wandering in the desert for five years in all. It's crushing, but it does pass. My talent is right where I left it and I have three books sold recently, but it took a long time to recover my sense of self.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  22. dfirefox

    so thats why she's not making another album just yet. well, its understandable now that i read this article. too bad we don't have OWN on this part of the world as i would like to see her make her way back. talk about pressure. hope she comes back! i miss her. i can only get so much hearing from today's country stars. carrie underwood is a close one but she doesn't do me like shania twain's music....

    January 12, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  23. JR Jake

    Shaniaaaa you just need to find someone who makes you enjoy singing again, and someone who can and will sing with you; whenever you want. Your passion is there but your flame has dimmed. RJ wasn't singing for you, he helped you find your niche but your spirit always walked along side you. Does it still? Remember as a girl when you used to sing to the forest, the birds and animals sure remember. I remember the first time I heard you. I asked him 'Who is she?' He smiled and said 'Just wait you haven't heard the last of her.' I hope he was right Shaniaaa .......... I hope you find your voice again. Go back to the forest and let her rip, the elements will never criticize you.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Chip Lover

    she is probably not comfortable singing because she hasn't enjoyed chips in a while. I recommend at least several handfuls of chips each day, and I'm a doctor. Best practice: smash chips into your mouth and enjoy their flavor!

    January 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. angel

    January 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Angel

    Mutt did Not give Shania her voice nor her kind heart nor her beauty nir her charisma
    God did

    and I meant to say

    "walk a mile in Her shioes Lady"

    January 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jake

    Jen your a jealous little B-tch. Shania is an incredible person, obviously you must think your waste doesn't stink...who are you to know how or what she is dealing with...GET REAL!

    January 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kenny

    dee, I disagree. It looks like people are having the last laugh at Shania. Everyone said it was all Mutt Lange and now that seems to be true. She can't do anything without Mutt Lange and she proves that by some stupid comment how she can't perform anymore. People in the music world must be laughing at her because she can't have any success without Mutt Lange.
    But Shania doesn't care if people laugh at her. If she did then she wouldn't of got envolved in the wife swap and swapped partners which is pretty sick. She was in it for the money from the start. She has hundreds of millions of dollars and doesn't need music or her fans anymore.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • hux

      Shania does not need the dog,er I i MEAN MUTT .Her talent and fame is established and people will come to see her when she is ready.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JPAUL


      January 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jen

    Looks like she took her hundreds of millions and ran. Real artist don't say stupid stuff like I can't sing anymore.
    Looks like a built up excuse so she doesn't have to make music anymore.
    I guess it really was Mutt Lange who was responsible for all her success.
    She made millions off of the fans now doesn't have the guts to say it was all Mutt Lange.
    So she makes a fool of herself and says I can't sing. Now that is someone with really low selfesteen or just a really dishonest person. Either way she is a total joke to real music artists out there.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpaul


      January 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      sounds like your're ugly abused as a child and very jealous probably very fat go eat another twinkie...I've followed Shania Twain back when she was raising her siblings after her parents death,she worked her ass off and in concerts she gives everything she has and more...stop putting her down.

      March 4, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  30. dee

    angel, you are so right too walk a mile in her shoes. the pain of losing her husband father of her son to a her best freind. she beautiful in side and out. she raised her brothers and sisters she made a name for her self. she never talked about her spilt to mutt. but she having the last laugh. she made a man who loves her. has her son yes she will find her way back to us her fans ...

    January 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Angel

    She has made a fortune from her muisc
    Most musicians struggle to make a living
    and although I have sympathy for her pain
    I say
    ...walk a mile in Our shoes Lady

    January 11, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Do you know what she has gone through??? Would rethink that statement 😛

      January 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoDoubt

      After paying the managers, lawyers, touring crew, there is not always a whole lot left for the artist.

      February 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jack The Ripper

    Cosmo to the stars..w t f are you talking about? You are always making some stupid remark. You seriously need to stfu if you have nothing to say.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      You are so right. YOUR comment was far more visionary and informational. I especially liked the way that you avoided using any profanity of any kind. Your post should serve as the ultimate template for blogging comportment. Bravo, I say... Bravo!!!
      Now, where did I put my mac and cheese?

      February 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      @ ficheye,

      That's good.

      February 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Susan

    Sarah is so right! It was from a clip from the her up coming Network on Oprah! Shania has not done a interview in years.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Sarah

    The two lines about losing her confidence is from a sneak peak of her show. The Toronto Sun never got an interview with her.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Your right! Shania Twain has not done a interview in years. Funny how rumors start lol

      January 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sarah

    She did not tell the Toronto Sun anything. Check your facts!

    January 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Travis

    Who in the bloody H3LL would leave Shania? Guess it's to be expected from someone nicknamed "Mutt."

    January 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diggity

      You show me the most beautiful girl in the world...and I'll show you a guy who is tired of hittin' it.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      @Diggity – You stole that from a movie starring Halle Berry. So true, nonetheless.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • lolque

      Diggity = Wisdom

      February 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mj

      yea mutt would be a great name cause he is a mutt thats what ya get when you F-up ya bloodline!!!

      February 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Chelsea

    This is an unfortunate day. I love Shania.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Cosmotologist To The Stars

    or she could maybe eat some good mac and cheese. it makes me feel happy and comfy when i have it. i dont sing too good though.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Cosmotologist To The Stars

    i bet she would be more comfy singing if she were wearing those fleece pajama bottoms with the feet on them. they are warm and super comfortable.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |

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