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Old 05-May-2011
Shania: 'I figured I would never sing again'

Country singer Shania Twain said on Tuesday that she was so shattered by the collapse of her marriage that she feared she would never sing again.

In her first TV interview in five years, Twain told Oprah Winfrey that she became "an emotional mess" when she found out in 2008 that her best friend and her husband had fallen for each other.

"I figured mentally that I would never sing again," the five-time Grammy Award winner said in an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Twain said she not only lost her husband, but her producer and co-writer when she split with Robert John "Mutt" Lange. "I hadn't written a song without this man in 14 years... How do I even get started?"

Twain, whose 1997 album Come on Over was a huge crossover hit, revealed that she also suffers from dysphonia, an ailment where the muscles squeeze the voice box.

"My fears and anxieties throughout my whole life have been slowly squeezing my voice. I was losing it slowly and progressively."

Twain chronicles the demise of her 14-year marriage and her fight to get her voice back in a new book From This Moment On and a documentary series Why Not? that debuts on Sunday on Winfrey's cable TV network OWN.

Eventually, Twain found solace with Frederic Thiebaud, the husband of the woman who was once her best friend. The two married on January 1.

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