In a letter to her fans posted on her website, Shania Twain opens up about how she’s been coping since the demise of her marriage (to record producer and collaborator Mutt Lange) after the dirty dog cheated on the sex kitten.
“I’m enjoying my child, friends and family like I haven’t in years, and it’s great . . . I’ve been experiencing and seeing new things every day, living life with a different and more optimistic attitude.”
“The personal issues that took place just over a year ago have been well documented, and there’s no need to go into more detail here. Since then, I’ve been inspired by my pain to write and use writing as a therapy through the suffering. I truly wouldn’t wish this on anybody as a means to get inspired, but it’s been a productive period with so much emotion trying to find its way out.”
Twain says her top job these days is caring for her seven-year-old son, Eja, from whom she’s had to hide her despair about his philandering father.
“As you know, I am a mom and all my energy goes to making sure my little man is healthy and happy in every way. This is a full time job, as any parent understands, but especially difficult when you are battling your own personal crisis at the same time while trying to spare your child of being affected by your own suffering.
“During this intense period, I was managing to hide my devastation from Eja and cried only when I was alone. One time when I was having a weak moment listening to some sad music and sobbing and slobbering over my computer’s keyboard, Eja walked up behind me and asked me why I was crying. He wasn’t sad at first – just totally surprised to see his mom crying (he is seven and never saw me cry before), and didn’t know what to make of it.
“I was quick on my feet to answer him though and told Eja that music was very powerful and can make people quite emotional. It can make you want to dance, feel angry, happy or sad and that this song was sad and made me cry. He accepted this, hugged me and went back to what he was doing. Phew, that was tough!”
Twain’s also tapped into her adventurous spirit dabbling in some daring doings from sky to sea.
“I’ve jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet, I’m riding Spanish and Arabian horses, traveling to exotic places, I’ve been deep sea diving for the first time! I pull the odd all-nighter, read more books, listen to Eja’s favourite music with him, LOUD (ironically his favourite band is ACDC) and basically I’m enjoying life.”
Shania says she’s also thankful for the fans who have supported her throughout her trying times.
“The many blogs and e-mails have warmed my heart, strengthened my confidence, given me courage, and have often even made me laugh out loud…in a good way! I know I am not alone and realize through your support that you are all [rooting] for Eja and I, and our well-being.
“Time has a way of making everything right, and it is my hope that good music will eventually come out of it,” she says, asking fans to be patient with her and apologizing profusely for the delay in making her next album. “I say ‘good music’ since I don’t want to just throw anything at you, just for the sake of hurrying up to get it out.
“Till next time, my friends. Be well, and peace and happiness to all of you. Love, Shania.”
Sounds like she’s doing great, but I wonder how her next CD will sound without Lange’s signature stamped all over it.