Shania Twain Reveals 'Abusive' Past, Fears She'll 'Never Sing Again' In 'Not Just A Girl' Netflix Documentary

Shania Twain Reveals ‘Abusive’ Past, Fears She’ll ‘Never Sing Again’ In ‘Not Just A Girl’ Netflix Documentary

In a new document Not just a girl (on Netflix July 26), the legendary Shania Twain opens up about thinking she’ll never sing again as a result of her Lyme disease infection.

“My symptoms were pretty scary because before I was diagnosed, I was on stage very dizzy, losing my balance, afraid I was going to fall off the stage,” Twain explains in the documentary. “I had…millisecond blackouts, but regularly, every minute or every 30 seconds.

My voice was never the same. It just went into this weird flaming, lack of control… I thought I had lost my voice forever, I thought that was it, I would never, ever sing again.Shania Twain

It was actually while she was experiencing the terrifying effects of Lyme disease, facing yet another tragedy, that she discovered her husband, music producer and songwriter Mutt Lange, was having an affair with her best friend.

“In searching for what caused this lack of control over my voice and this change in my voice, I was faced with a divorce, my husband leaving me for another woman,” Twain says, getting emotional in the documentary. “Now I’m at a completely different low and I just don’t see any point in pursuing a career in music.”

“When I lost Mutt, I think I thought the sadness of it was that it was just as intense as losing my parents and it was like a death, … a permanent end to so many aspects of my life, and I never got to see it.” over the death of my parents. So I’m like, damn, I’m never going to get over this… So the only thing I can do is determine how I’m going to continue.”

UNITED STATES – JANUARY 1: NASHVILLE Photo of Shania TWAIN (Photo: Beth Gwinn/Redferns)

“Growing up in an abusive household was horrible”

Long before marriage and a Lyme diagnosis, little Shania Twain was a music-loving child growing up in Timmins, Ont.

The documentary reveals that her mother was particularly supportive of her daughter’s singing, taking her to sing in local bars from the age of eight when her father was asleep.

But Twain also revealed that if her father had been awake when she and her mother returned, “it wouldn’t have ended well.”

Growing up in an abusive household was horrible, but I locked myself away with music to block out everything else, so all I could see, hear, think and imagine was music.Shania Twain

“I probably heard my mother saying, ‘you can do it, you can do it’, I felt like it would somehow save us if I could do it, and it was more of a responsibility to be an artist. do it as a career.”

As Twain’s star shone ever brighter, she teamed up with country artist and Twain’s former manager Mary Bailey to create a demo to pique the interest of music producers and record companies, both of Twain’s parents died in a car accident in 1987. This left the 22-year-old responsible for her younger siblings, and that financial responsibility led to a job performing Vegas-style shows at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ont., while writing songs in the very limited free time she had and learning to play.

“I had no idea how to sing and wear high heels at the same time,” says Twain.

“Disrupting the Image of Country Music”

Shania Twain signed her first record deal in 1992, but the singer admitted that at the time she didn’t feel like she had any creative control over the music that was made for her first album.

“You had a female artist and a female manager in the beginning, and I don’t think we were defended as seriously,” Mary Bailey says in the documentary.

“You have to work three times as hard as the average guy in country music to have a chance,” Twain says. “Being adamant was the only way.

“I think that’s the only way they’re going to be taken seriously. You have to kill yourself to get there.” I don’t know, is it worth it? I don’t know, I mean, I mean, when you’re young, why not, right?”

It was really in her music videos that Twain was able to express her creativity and really present herself the way she wanted to in her career.

Twain describes herself as “shattering the image of country music”, which is largely related to her music videos, starting with the video for her song “What Made You Say That”.

“That was a moment that I seized creatively and it was liberating,” Twain says in the documentary. “I was freed in many ways, right from the first video it was like freedom.”

“It was probably the biggest turning point for me as an artist that it would be practical from then on.

Bailey responds to Twain’s comments, calling her “What Made You Say That” music video “fresh.”

“Look at it, it’s like, oh my god, how can we show this, I mean this woman is very voluptuous and CMT wasn’t too keen on it at first because it was brand new, women weren’t really showing their bellies. a lot in country music,” says Bailey.

Shania Twain backstage at the 36th Annual Country Music Association Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on November 6, 2002. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images

Shania Twain backstage at the 36th Annual Country Music Association Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on November 6, 2002. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images

“It’s a sexist view”

As Shania Twain continued to pave her way in the music industry, one strong focus Not just a girl is the sexism she has faced in her career.

By the time she released her 1997 album “Come On Over,” which became the best-selling country album and the best-selling album ever by a female artist, sexism still persisted, including in the way she worked with her then-husband Mutt. Lange was perceived.

“In interviews, journalists talked about him as a Svengali and how all these phenomenal things could come out of nowhere from this girl,” Twain explains. “I think they just didn’t believe it.

“Of course, if I were a man, it wouldn’t be seen the same way. It’s a sexist view, no doubt about it. Creating another great piece of work for me was the proof in the pudding that this is just a really genuine and authentic relationship with nothing fake or strained about it.”

When the music videos for songs such as “It Doesn’t Make Me a Big Thing” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” were released, Twain was an obvious feminist icon, but also, as Diplo says in the documentary, “the most wanted woman in America.”

“During that time … I enjoyed singing with attitude, singing about being a strong woman,” Twain says. “It’s just part of my personality, it’s really my real personality, I have my point of view, I want to communicate it, I expect to convey it, but I don’t want to upset anyone in the process. “

Looking at Twain’s current life, post-Lyme diagnosis and post-divorce and remarriage that continues to shape music today, Twain says that now is a time that is all about self-improvement for her, she is “less apologetic than ever.” ” and feels good in his own skin.

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