Stephen L. Betts of The Boot, a country music blog, has a great feature story today on our beloved Shania Twain.
After Shania's very public separation and divorce from her husband-producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange after 14 years of marriage, The Boot looks back at the past two years of Shania sightings. Hell, this picture's good enough for us, but we were curious where our dream woman has been hiding. According to Betts and The Boot:
In June 2009, a year after her separation, Shania blogged about the past difficulties she'd endured and expressed her hopefulness about the future. She also candidly wrote of how her son Eja (who was seven at the time) sweetly comforted her in one of her more vulnerable moments.
"One time when I was having a weak moment, listening to some sad music and sobbing and slobbering over my computer's keyboard, Eja walked up behind me and asked me why I was crying. He wasn't sad at first -- just totally surprised to see his mom crying and didn't know what to make of it. During this intense period, I was managing to hide my devastation from Eja and cried only when I was alone; but this one time was just too hard for me to control and I broke down. I was quick on my feet to answer him though and told Eja that music was very powerful and can make people quite emotional. It can make you want to dance, feel angry, happy or sad and that THIS this song was sad and made me cry. He accepted this, hugged me and went back to what he was doing. Phew, that was tough!"
Wait. Shouldn't she tell the truth? That Pop ran off with the housekeeper and I'm humping her ex. Aren't children entitled to know what happened, why Mom is crying?
On August 29, 2009, Shania's 44th birthday, the singer offered fans another glimpse into her personal life via her website, opening up about her budding relationship with Frederic Théibaud.
"A dear friend and true gentleman by the name of Fred, has been the most constant companion of support for both Eja and me," she wrote at the time. "And having gone through the suffering of his family splitting apart at the same time under the same extreme circumstances, he understood me better than anyone. 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, as have our children, Eja and Johanna (Fred's 8-year-old daughter)."
Earlier that day, a photo of the couple holding hands and wearing what appeared to wedding bands, sparked rumors of marriage, although a rep for Shania said they were neither engaged nor married, Betts and The Boot say.
I did see her earlier this year when Shania joined the 'American Idol' judges for some auditions. She went on to mentor the top six finalists later in the season, and more or less picked Crystal [Bowersox] and Lee [Dewyze] as the top two finalists.
And the promise of more Shania sightings is a reality -- or more specifically, a reality TV special. In April, it was announced that 'Why Not? With Shania Twain,' an hour-long special on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, would follow the singer "as she begins her climb back to the top, a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures."
"I feel like in a way I'm starting over," Shania will tell Oprah. "This is a very personal experience that I think is important to share. This is an experience of recovery. I was in a very deep, dark slump, and I needed to find a way to get myself out of it. I had to force myself back out into life, back out into experiencing things."
The show will reportedly air in January 2011, the same month Oprah's network launches.
But when will Shania sing again? No word, but we have a hunch she's in the studio. What do you think?