Shania Twain opens up about being sexually abused by her stepfather
Shania Twain detailed the horrific childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather in an emotional interview on the Today Show in New York City on Thursday.
The 57-year-old singer You’re Still The One, who is promoting her album Queen Of Me, first claimed she was molested by her stepfather Jerry Twain in 2018.
On the show, Shania spoke to Hoda Kotb about how she felt embarrassed for her body when she was a child when she was petted by her stepfather.
Now the legendary singer says she tries to hug her body, which is why she posed nude for the album cover. “I’m my boss,” she said.
Shania did not know her biological father. Her stepfather, Jerry, and her mother, Sharon, died in a car accident in 1987.
The tragic Shania Twain detailed Thursday’s horrific childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather in an emotional interview on The Today Show in New York City
When asked what the album title meant to her, the That Don’t Impress Me Much singer said: “It means taking responsibility, taking responsibility for yourself.”
While sitting down, she also said that she chose nude photography for her album cover to deal with the horrible things her stepfather did to her as a child.
“It’s really about saying that I was abused as a child,” she said. “My stepfather used to pat my top and make me go shirtless and I was already an adult. This eerie, horrible need to escape from being in my own skin.’
Pictured: The 57-year-old You’re Still The One singer, who is promoting her album Queen Of Me, first claimed she was molested by her stepfather Jerry Twain (pictured) in 2018.
One queen: On the show, Shania sat down with Hoda Kotb and spoke about her forthcoming album Queen Of Me and how growing up in an abusive home changed her life
She continued, “It’s time to love myself in my own skin and really embrace that and not be ashamed or shy about it. This is who I am.’
Twain also said, “I love who you are. i am my own king I am the boss of myself and I am responsible for the decisions I make, for what I say, for what I do. It’s an expression of self-confidence that I’ve grown into over the past few years.”
The five-time Grammy winner then continued to reflect on the idea of finding confidence at this stage in her life and how “it’s more important than ever.”
She did a photo shoot for her new album, where she decided to “go wild”.
Loving herself: She did a nude photoshoot for her album artwork and has been candid that she doesn’t love her body but wanted to put fear aside and do it anyway
Cool Cowgirl: Shania spoke of breaking away from the hardships of her past and finally loving herself in her own skin
Tragedy: The star first claimed that she was molested by her stepfather Jerry Twain in 2018
“I did a whole shoot as part of the album artwork where I’m completely naked and it was really scary, but it was kind of like, you know, I don’t really love my body.
“I don’t like looking at myself in the mirror with the lights on, or looking at my body in the mirror at all. So I said listen, I’m gonna face this fear.
Shania explained that she wanted to “put fashion aside” so that she could be her full authentic self.
New hair: Twain was a guest on the Today Show in NYC and sported a new bright pink hairdo
Her Appearance: She wore a black leather coat that matched her black leather boots. The star also wore a black top and cream skirt
The conversation then shifted to Shania, who grew up in a violent home in her documentary Not Just a Girl, which was released in July 2022.
The man! I feel like a woman! The singer grew up in a home that didn’t always have food or electricity. She lost her parents when she was in her 20s and then had to become the mother figure to her siblings.
The beauty opened up about how that hardship has made her who she is today, describing it as “like a double-edged sword.”
Leather moment: The 57-year-old wore a black turtleneck tucked into a black and white sherpa skirt with a slight slit down the side
She said: “There are elements of going through all these difficulties that make you stronger. What you survive makes you stronger, but on the other hand you develop insecurities.’
Shania talked about how she writes and imagines the future as a songwriter and how she rarely reflects on the past in her songs.
She looked amazing heading to the show in NYC.
Over her clothes she wore a long leather jacket that reached to her knees. She also wore a pair of tall leather boots.
The beauty accessorised with a small gold necklace, gold rings, large gold earrings and a red handbag.
The singer spoke about it back in 2018 When she was sexually abused, she said, “Uh huh, uh huh. I won’t go into detail. I don’t mind saying it because I think it’s important for people to understand that you can survive these things.
The singer revealed the abuse began when she was around 10 years old.
She explained: “I feel like the sexual abuse goes hand-in-hand with the physical and psychological abuse when it comes to someone you know. I’ve learned to hide it.
“Abusers need to manipulate you, before or after, and what I said to myself was, ‘Okay, there’s something wrong with this person and this person isn’t okay.’
Brunette beauty: The five-time Grammy winner’s album Queen of Me will be released on February 3, 2023
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