Shania Twain speaks out on her painful divorce from cheating ex-husband in new documentary trailer

Shania Twain addressed her painful divorce from her adulterous ex-husband Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange in the new trailer for her Netflix documentary Not Just a Girl. 

The 56-year-old singer reflected on the devastating experience of learning that Robert, now 73, was having an affair with her longtime secretary and close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud.  

‘It was similarly intense to losing my parents,’ Shania admitted in the clip that the streaming platform released on Wednesday. 

Speaking out: Shania Twain addressed her painful divorce from her adulterous ex-husband Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange in the new trailer for her Netflix documentary Not Just a Girl. Seen in 2020

The Canada native’s parents Jerry and Sharon Twain were killed in a tragic car accident in November 1987. 

She continued, ‘I thought I had lost my voice forever. I thought that was it.’

The five-time Grammy Award winner met the South African music producer and songwriter in 1993 when he reached out to her after hearing songs from her self-titled debut album.

Painful: The 56-year-old singer reflected the devastating experience of learning that Robert, now 73, was having an affair with her longtime secretary and close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud

Painful: The 56-year-old singer reflected the devastating experience of learning that Robert, now 73, was having an affair with her longtime secretary and close friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud

Robert offered to produce and write songs for Shania and the two had many phone conversations before meeting in person at the Nashville’s Fan Fair in June 1993.

The pair’s relationship quickly turned romantic and they went on to tie the knot six months later in December 1993.

Shania’s career skyrocketed after she began working with Robert, who wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on her wildly successful second album The Woman In Me.

Back then: The five-time Grammy Award winner met the South African music producer and songwriter in 1993 when he reached out to her after hearing songs from her self-titled debut album. Seen in 2003

Back then: The five-time Grammy Award winner met the South African music producer and songwriter in 1993 when he reached out to her after hearing songs from her self-titled debut album. Seen in 2003

Over the years, Robert co-wrote and produced many of the songstress’s biggest hits including Any Man of Mine, You’re Still the One, Man! I Feel Like a Woman! and That Don’t Impress Me Much.

The star gave birth to the couple’s son Eja on August 12, 2001, In May 2008, Shania and Robert separated after 14 years of marriage when news broke that Robert was having an affair with Marie-Anne.

At the time, Marie-Anne was married to Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud and the two families were very close.

Split: In May 2008, Shania and Robert separated after 14 years of marriage when news broke that Robert was having an affair with Marie-Anne. Seen in 2000

Split: In May 2008, Shania and Robert separated after 14 years of marriage when news broke that Robert was having an affair with Marie-Anne. Seen in 2000

Shania was distraught after learning of the betrayal, which Robert and Marie-Anne initially denied. In 2003, she had been diagnosed with dysphonia, a voice disorder that left her unable to sing and the stress of her marital situation worsened her condition.

The hitmaker and Frédéric bonded in the wake of their spouses’ affair and eventually fell in love. 

In 2011, Shania told People magazine that her romance with Frédéric was completely unexpected.

Betrayal: At the time, Marie-Anne was married to Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud and the two families were very close. Shania and Frédéric pictured in 2021

Betrayal: At the time, Marie-Anne was married to Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud and the two families were very close. Shania and Frédéric pictured in 2021

‘I didn’t want to love again — it was the last thing on my mind,’ she said. 

The artist explained that she was reluctant to embark on a relationship with Frédéric but later gave in to her feelings.

‘I rejected it initially,’ Shania said. ‘But I couldn’t control Fred’s love for me and how easy he is to love.’

The two officially began dating in 2009 and announced their engagement in December 2010.

Shania and Frédéric were married in a small sunset ceremony in Rincon, Puerto Rico on New Year’s Day in 2011.

‘I am actually grateful for what I’ve gone through and wouldn’t change a thing,’ Shania wrote in her 2011 autobiography From This Moment On.

Happy ending: The two officially began dating in 2009 and announced their engagement in December 2010. Shania and Frédéric were married in a small sunset ceremony in Rincon, Puerto Rico on New Year's Day in 2011. Seen in 1995

Happy ending: The two officially began dating in 2009 and announced their engagement in December 2010. Shania and Frédéric were married in a small sunset ceremony in Rincon, Puerto Rico on New Year’s Day in 2011. Seen in 1995

‘Although I admit I wouldn’t want to live it over again, either. Once was enough.’ 

After multiple throat surgeries and therapy, the Queen of Country Pop returned to music for the first time in 15 years with the release of her fifth studio album Now in 2017.

The new Netflix documentary follows Shania’s life and groundbreaking crossover career.  

In addition to interviews with the star, Not Just A Girl also features concert footage, archival videos and celebrity interviews. Lionel Richie and Kelsea Ballerini made appearances in the trailer in which they discussed Shania’s impact on the music industry and legacy.

Not Just a Girl will be released on Netflix on July 26. 

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