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Shania Twain: Husband's Affair and Divorce Was Wake-Up Call

Shania Twain says she was devastated by her husband's affair with her best friend and longtime assistant, but acknowledges that it may have been the jolt she needed.

"I didn't want to live," Twain tells Oprah Winfrey.

The country singer couldn't believe that her husband of 14-years, Robert 'Mutt' Lange, had betrayed her with her close friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud.

Twain says she tried to get answers and even wrote a letter to Marie-Anne asking, "Why are you torturing me? Let it go, please."

"Find love somewhere else from someone else," she wrote, asking for her husband back.

"I know it was pathetic," she admits. "But we all have pathetic moments. No one is above this type of low."

But now the 45-year-old has come to terms that it was "a very positive thing... I needed the wake-up."

While trying to heal from the heartbreak, Twain turned to the woman's estranged husband, Frederic.

"We leaned on one another through the ups and downs, taking turns holding each other up. We've become stronger and closer through it all. He was the most constant companion and support."

"When your husband leaves you, and falls into the arms of your close friend, your self esteem can really suffer."

The two eventually fell in love, and married in January in Puerto Rico.

"And having gone through the suffering of his family splitting apart at the same time and under the same extreme circumstances, he understands me better than anyone."

Twain is now making an effort to reclaim her voice after a five year absence and restart her singing career.

"I've trapped my own voice, and now I've got to unwipe all that," Twain says. "I really can't imagine not singing again."

May 4, 2011 |

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