Shania Twain Reveals What She Had To Do To Protect Herself Against Stepdad’s Abuse

As she prepares to kick off a brand new musical period, Shania Twain is taking time to replicate on private ache from her previous with the good thing about hindsight.

Talking to The Sunday Occasions, the five-time Grammy winner recalled the sexual and bodily abuse she skilled by the hands of her stepfather, Jerry, and stated she altered her look as a coping mechanism.

“I hid myself, and I would flatten my boobs,” Twain stated. “I would wear bras that were too small for me, and I’d wear two, play it down until there was nothing girl about me. Make it easier to go unnoticed. Because, oh my gosh, it was terrible — you didn’t want to be a girl in my house.”

Jerry adopted Twain, alongside along with her two sisters, when she was 4 years previous. He and Twain’s mom, Sharon, have been killed in a automotive accident in 1987.

Although Twain had initially discovered solace in music, she stated she at first struggled to embrace her sexuality as she started pursuing a profession as a singer-songwriter.

“I was ashamed of being a girl,” she stated. “All of a sudden it was like, ‘Well, what’s your problem? You know, you’re a woman and you have this beautiful body?’ What was so natural for other people was so scary for me. I felt exploited, but I didn’t have a choice now. I had to play the glamorous singer, had to wear my femininity more openly or more freely. And work out how I’m not gonna get groped, or raped by someone’s eyes, and feel so degraded.”

Shania Twain is about to launch “Queen of Me,” her sixth studio album, in 2023.

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Twain beforehand disclosed about her stepfather’s abuse in her 2011 memoir, “From This Moment On.” And on “60 Minutes Australia” in 2017, she recalled instances when she needed to step between her mother and father to defend her mom.

“I would get physically involved, sometimes, with my parents’ fights, because I just thought that he would kill [my mom],” she stated. “One of these times, he’s going to kill her.”

As 2022 attracts to an in depth, Twain is on the cusp of an expert resurgence. In September, she unveiled “Waking Up Dreaming,” her first new single in 5 years. She’s set to seem in Disney’s live-action particular, “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration,” which airs later this month on ABC.

She’s additionally set to launch her sixth studio album, “Queen of Me,” early subsequent yr earlier than embarking on a world tour.

“I’m really excited about cheering people up,” she advised The Solar this fall. “I had a very productive songwriting pandemic period and as much as we were isolated, it was almost like I wanted to cheer myself up, and that just came out in the music.”