Shania Twain’s feelings about heartbreak change over time.
The country music singer/songwriter, 57, recently opened up to People magazine about her 14-year divorce from music producer and co-writer Robert “Mutt” Lange after discovering he was having an affair with her friend and assistant Marie-Anne Thiébaud.
“When I got divorced, I said to myself, ‘I’m never getting married again,'” said Twain. “I was definitely one of those people who could have written a million songs about ‘never falling in love again.'”
But, after learning from Marie-husband, Anne’s former Nestlé executive Frédéric Thiébaud, that Marie-Anne and Lange were having an affair, Twain became friends with Frédéric and married him in 2011.
“Fred was such an undeniable love,” said Mark Twain. “That is a really strong bond that develops over time, that is uncommon, and that you don’t find in every relationship if you don’t share those deep scars. We played an important role in each other’s healing.”
“There were days I didn’t really care if tomorrow came,” Twain said of her marriage to Lange ending under those circumstances to AARP The Magazine in 2020.
“”I get overwhelmed sometimes coping with things, but experience also teaches you how to manage,” she told AARP. “As you get older, you gain a lot of experience falling and getting back up. You’re not going to be able to stop falling. However, you will become more adept at getting up and brushing yourself off. That is what I believe. I’ve been through it.”
Twain now considers herself to be in a “second honeymoon phase” with her husband as empty-nesters. Twain and Lange have a son named Eja, and Thiébaud has a daughter named Johanna, both of whom are 21 years old. And she claims to be in a “good place” with her ex-husband.
“I long ago found peace, and maybe peace is forgiveness, you know?” People quoted Mark Twain. “I’m able to appreciate him more now, not for what happened in our marriage, but for everything he contributed to such an important part of my career and life. We have a lovely child as a result of it. The resentment has vanished.”