"How can you live such an extreme life and nobody knows even half of what you've gone through?"
They say love hurts but in Shania Twain's case, it nearly damaged her. She couldn't keep herself together when she learned that her husband had been cheating on her for months with her own best friend. It broke her to a point where she even begged to Mary-Anne, her best friend, to give her man back to her. "I am dying, and I can't take it anymore. This is killing me. Have mercy," she wrote in an email she sent to her, MailOnline claims.
After 14 years of companionship, Shania parted ways from her husband Robert "Mutt" Lange. In 2011, she wrote her candid autobiography called From This Moment On, in which she documented her struggles in dealing with a reality in which her dreams were shattered by two of the most trusted people of her life.
Explaining why she wrote the book to RedBook Mag, she said, "I'm tired of suppressing myself. How can you live such an extreme life and nobody knows even half of what you've gone through?" She added that she wanted to get rid of the heaviness of her past and sharing her story was, in fact, a cathartic experience, "I felt that the sooner I could relax about my secrets, the sooner I'd find the relief that comes with release," she said. "Nothing like getting it out there in the sunshine and fresh air."
One of the highest-selling country singers of all time, Shania Twain, is also a strong woman who did not let her past break her to a point of no return. She learned from the experiences she had and allowed them to make her stronger.
"Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach. Now that you are wise to the game, you have the tools to choose your friends more carefully and protect your inner circle from these predators. Wear your scars like a badge. Someone hurt you, you lived through it, and now you can talk about it without rage and revenge in your heart," she said.
This liberation of hers has a lot to do with her finding the right person after her bitter break up. Ironically, she found comfort in Mary-Anne's ex-husband Frederick Thiebaud, who helped her bounce back from the dark phase of heartbreak and now they are a happily married couple. "I’m so grateful I found the faith and courage to love again- because the last thing you want to do when you’re crushed is love again," Twain told PEOPLE.
"When you have a great loss, you lose faith; you get very discouraged. I’m sure a lot of people say, 'I’m never going to love again. I never want to fall in love again.' Songs have been written about that. I’m really glad that that got turned around for me, and that’s what this relationship is."
Shania got married to Theirbaud in 2011. "It's twisted," Shania said of her relationship. "But so beautifully twisted. I don't take any day for granted anymore. Fred has given me a new lease on love," MailOnline quoted her. "To express my love, words are not enough. I'm more in love with her every day", Thiebaud said of her.
While the 54-year-old singer admits that she will never be OK with what Mutt and Mary-Anne did, she has no regrets today. "I will never be okay with what they did." However, "I genuinely believe everything happens for a reason, so how can there be any room for regrets?"
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