Legendary country singer Shania Twain has had bumpy ride to true love.
The star had a very complicated love life, that involved falling in love with her first husband, only for him to have affair with her best friend and assistant.
Fortunately for Shania, she found love again in the most unlikeliest of places.
In 2017, Shania recorded a song titled 'Life's About to Get Good', inspired by her happiness following the pain of the end of her first marriage.
"I am actually grateful for what I've gone through and wouldn't change a thing," Shania wrote in her autobiography From This Moment On.
"Although I admit I wouldn't want to live it over again, either. Once was enough.”
Shania met her first husband, Robert John 'Mutt' Lange, after he heard her songs from her hit debut album back in June 1993.
He offered to produce and write songs for her next album and after embarking on a steamy whirlwind romance, they married on December 28 of that year.
In August 2001, they welcomed a baby boy named Eja together.
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In the 1990s in Switzerland Shania decided to hire an assistant named Marie-Anne Thiébaud to help take care of their home and family.
Marie-Anne was married to Frédéric Thiébaud, a Swiss executive for Nestlé, and the two families quickly became close.
"Fred and Mutt were good friends, and Marie-Anne and I were good friends," Shania later told TV host Oprah Winfrey.
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According to People, in the summer of 2008 Lange suddenly told Shania that he wanted a divorce, without giving her a reason.
Shania went to best friend Marie-Anne for advice, telling Oprah: "I said, 'Marie-Anne, don't you think my husband is acting strange?’ And she said, 'No, I don't see anything strange.'"
But Marie-Anne was reportedly having an affair with Lange, something that Frédéric had discovered.
According to the Daily Mail, he found strange hotel receipts, phone bills, and even a lingerie set in his wife's suitcase.
”I did discover the affair with my wife and Mutt," he told Oprah.
"I said, 'Guys, now you have to tell [Shania]. This is ridiculous. You just owe her that.’”
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Shania explained her shock at discovering the news, saying: "I called [Marie-Anne] up. I wanted to give her the opportunity to tell me herself without me accusing her.”
But Marie-Anne lied again about the affair and then changed her phone number so Shania couldn’t call her back.
Heartbroken, Shania sent her former friend an email, saying: "If you could see me crying and suffering, maybe you would have pity. Find love somewhere else from someone else that isn't hurting two families so much.”
She was soon diagnosed with dysphonia, a condition where the voice box is squeezed too tight by muscles, made worse by the stress of her love life.
Falling for Frédéric
Shania turned towards Frédéric for comfort, as the pair were going through the same heartbreak.
"We slowly became very, very good friends. We had many months of just trying to make sense of everything," Shania told Ellen DeGeneres.
"Holding each other up was a very difficult time emotionally for both of us. And we really found something very beautiful in the end and unexpected.”
"I got to observe Fred going through the same thing I was, and I admired how he handled it," she told Redbook.
"That is where I fell in love with him, because he was so exemplary in every way.”
"I rejected it initially," she said. "But I couldn't control Fred's love for me and how easy he is to love.”
Marriage to Frédéric
Shania and Frédéric began officially dating in 2009.
They soon got engaged in December 2010 and just one month later on New Year’s Day 2011 they were married in a small sunset ceremony in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
"My closest friends and family say they haven't seen me this free-spirited and happy in years," Shania told People. "And it's true. It's definitely true.”
She said at the time: "Frédéric Nicolas Thiébaud has been a true gift to me as a compassionate, understanding friend. An amazing love has blossomed from this precious friendship.”
They now live together in Switzerland, where they first met.
According to L'Illustré , the couple own a home in La Tour-de-Peilz, with views of mountains and a lake and they also have a black horse named Hermès.
As for Lange, he ended up marrying Marie-Anne.
According to The Post, Shania co-parents with her ex-husband but has no interest in engaging with her former friend.
“I don’t invite that trigger into my life… She’s not my future. She’s my past,” Twain shared with the outlet.
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