Shania Twain was sexually and physically abused by stepfather.
After admitting she had been sexually abused she said: ‘Uh huh, uh huh. I’m not going to go into details about it. I don’t mind saying it, because I do think it’s important that people understand you can survive these things.’
The singer revealed that the abuse started when she was around the age of 10. She explained: ‘I feel the sexual abuse goes hand in hand with the physical and psychological abuse when it’s somebody you know. I learned to block it out.
‘Abusers need to manipulate you, whether it’s before or after, and what I said to myself is: “OK, there’s something wrong with this person and that person is not well.”‘
Shania did not know her biological father. Her stepfather Jerry and her mother Sharon died in a car crash in 1987.
She said the choice was made for them all to stay together despite all the hardships as she explained: ‘I did feel sorry for myself a lot as a kid.
‘It was either go to Children’s Aid and get saved now or … I weighed it up and thought: “If I go to Children’s Aid, we’ll all get separated,” and I just couldn’t bear that, so we all stayed together for better or for worse.’
This comes after she released a statement on Sunday in which she clarified her comments in which she said that she would have voted for Donald Trump.
She said: ‘I would like to apologize to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard.
‘As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context.’
The That Don’t Impress Me Much hitmaker continued by explaining that she recognizes the sociopolitical climate and that her core values have been centered around being inclusive.
Twain said: I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President.