Shania Twain She shared additional details about her traumatic childhood, saying this time she tried to change her appearance to avoid the attention of her allegedly sexually abusive stepfather.
In an interview with Britain’s The Sunday Times, the Canadian country music star explained how she would dress intentionally Inappropriate underwear As a teenager trying to hide her changing shape.
“I hid myself and I will Flatten my breastsTwain said.
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“I’d wear bras that were too small for me, put two on, and play them around until I didn’t have any girls around. Make it easier to go unnoticed.”
“Because, my God, it was terrible—she didn’t want to be a girl in my house.”
Twain, 57, told UK outlets that she had a difficult childhood growing up in Ontario. She lived with her four siblings, her mother, Sharon, and her stepfather, Jerry Twain. She said puberty and subsequent changes to her body put her at risk More abuse from Jerrywho she said also abused her mother.
This isn’t the first time Twain has been there Frankly about her father’s alleged abuse.
In 2018, Shania said in an interview with The Guardian that the abuse It started when she was only 10 years old.
“I feel Sexual abuse goes hand in hand with physical and psychological abuse she said at the time. “I’ve learned to block it. Abusers need to manipulate you, whether it’s before or after, and what I said to myself was, ‘Okay, there’s something wrong with this person and this person just isn’t right.'”
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She also referred to the alleged abuse in her 2011 memoir from this momentAnd while doing the press rounds to promote her book, she told ABC night line She remembers what Jerry saw She sinks her mother’s head into the toilet.
“I thought he would killed herTwain said at the time. “I really thought she drowned or she died, or he just smashed her head in and she would never wake up. … She looked dead. She was unconscious, she was limping, hanging from his hands, you know, her hair in his hands.”
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She continued, “I was so traumatized and experienced that I truly believed my mother had died at that moment.” “Also, by the humiliation that I thought she had killed, by being drowned in a toilet seat…. It was very evidently too hard to bear.”
Twain said too night line that she has very conflicting feelings for Jerry. Despite the abuse she said she witnessed and suffered, she also said that he taught her how to be a good person.
“Jekyll and Hyde was his greatest torment,” she said. “loved it And I greatly respected what he did for us, being such a hard worker, he set a great example. So I’m still confused. I’m baffled by all of that, I really am.”
Sharon and Jerry died in a car accident when Twain was 22 and she was left to raise her three younger siblings. She told The Sunday Times that she struggled with her relationship with her body for many years afterward.
“All of a sudden it was like, well, what’s your problem? You know, you’re a woman and You have such a beautiful body? What was so normal to others was so scary to me. I felt used, but now I had no choice. I had to play the glamorous singer, I had to wear my femininity more openly or more freely. And figuring out how I wouldn’t get touched or raped by someone’s eyes, you know, and feel so frustrated,” the singer said.
However, she said she gained confidence when she was over her twenties, and learned to use her body language to communicate with people when she was feeling uncomfortable or didn’t want them to approach her.
Twain also told the outlet that she’s been embracing her confidence as she ages, enjoying her performances, her career choices, and fashion.
“I’m celebrating Escape from this dreadful situation From not wanting to be who I am. I am very sure of that. Now that I find out it’s okay to be a girl,” she said. “An unapologetic woman is indeed a very strong person.”
On Tuesday, Twain announced that she was adding her second leg my queen round, due to massive demand.
An additional 19 shows have been added to the 2023 tour, including shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The tour begins in late April next year and continues until mid-November.
It is Twain’s first tour in nearly five years and will feature 70 shows across North America and Europe. tickets As for additional offers, they will go on sale on December 16th.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or involved in an abusive situation, please visit www Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime for help. They can also be reached for free at 1-877-232-2610.
Child Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868; Their texting service is free and available across Canada 24-7. Send CONNECT to 686,868.
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