Shania Twain is speaking out about upsetting childhood experiences that had an impact on her confidence when she first entered the music business.
Prior to the release of her new album “The Queen of Me” in February 2023, the 57-year-old performer opened up about growing up in poverty in Ontario, Canada, with her four siblings, mother Sharon, and stepfather Jerry in an interview with British newspaper The Sunday Times.
According to today.com Twain said that her stepfather had physically and sexually abused her and that she had developed the skills to defend herself and her mother by fighting back.
In a Dec. 4 story for the outlet, she stated, “I think a lot of that was fury, not courage.” And controlling that fury required a lot of effort.
You don't want to be the kind of person that insults me in public, she continued. I'll f—ing rip off your head if I get the chance, for that reason.
The singer acknowledged that she had covered some of her body to defend herself from her stepfather.
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She said, “So I would flatten my boobs and hide.” I would play it down to the point where I didn't even look like a girl by wearing two bras that were too small for me. Make it simpler to avoid being seen. You didn't want to be a girl in my house, it was so dreadful.
Although she stated she found comfort in songwriting, coping with “unpleasant stuff” outside of her family and other issues made her feel “ashamed” to be a girl.
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Twain, one of the oldest children, had to take care of her younger siblings after her mother and stepfather perished in a vehicle accident when she was 22.
She admitted to The Sunday Times that she began singing at a vacation resort in order to support her family. She felt objectified while she was working there.
“Well, what's your problem?,” the “You're Still The One” singer exclaimed. You've heard the phrase, “You're a woman and you have this wonderful body?” What seemed so natural to others scared me so much. I felt taken advantage of, but there was nothing I could do.
I had to portray the dazzling vocalist, and I had to wear my femininity more freely or openly. and figure out how I won't feel so humiliated if I'm touched or raped by someone's eyes.
She became a rising celebrity in the music business around her mid-twenties by releasing popular albums like “Come On Over.” Through her body language, Twain learned to project confidence, and she claimed that clothes also enabled her to express herself.
She said, “I guess you could say it was a metamorphosis.
The “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” singer claimed she now appreciates the “authenticity” of her lyrics, attire, body language, and performances after decades in the business.
I'm happy to be out of this awful state of not wanting to be who I am, she exclaimed. And I'm so sure of myself. Now that I've learned that being a girl is acceptable.
The unapologetic lady is a very powerful person, she concluded.
Twain has been open about her background and the past trauma she experienced. She published “From This Moment On,” an autobiography, in 2011.
She said that her mother had been abused by her stepfather. He once repeatedly forced her mother's head into a toilet, which she recalled.
The performer recalled a fight she had with her stepfather when she was 11 years old.
She remembered, “I came up behind my dad with a chair in both hands and smashed it over his back. He punched me in the jaw before I had a chance to flee. I punched him in return as my adrenaline was rushing.
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She said that as a teenager, her stepfather molested and fondled her while she was in bed, engaging in sexual assault and harassment. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Twain claimed that she had her epiphany in her mid-20s.
“By the time I had record deals, I was the kind of lady who, when I entered a room, people were told not to even approach any closer.
My body language made it obvious. Additionally, I believe that young females may learn how to project that confidence.