Inside Shania Twain's sordid spouse 'swapping' scandal that rocked her world
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Country singer Shania Twain revealed that her ex-husband, Robert 'Mutt' Lange, is still in a relationship with her former best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, even 15 years after their affair was exposed. Twain and Lange were married from 1993 until their split in 2008, after which the pair famously had a couple's swap when she married Thiébaud's ex-spouse.
In an interview on the Armchair Expert podcast, Twain stated that she and Lange are able to co-parent their son effectively despite not speaking to each other. She stated, "Mutt and I parent well together — for people who don’t talk to each other. We’ll just text. We both love our son so much, so we don’t play any games like that." During the podcast, Twain also opened up about how she struggled to cope with the infidelity in her marriage. "I was uncontrollably fragile over it, which I had never felt before, ever, because I thought for once I was stable," said the singer. "I really believed that, I’m safe." Off late the singer has become quite candid, sharing with the public her concerns about ageing and how she will refrain from going under the knife.
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The cheating scandal that rocked Shania Twain's world
Twain, a five-time Grammy winner, began dating music producer and songwriter Robert Lange in 1993. The couple married six months later and welcomed a son, Eja, in 2001. However, in 2008, their marriage ended after Lange's affair with Shania's personal assistant and close friend, Marie-Anne, was exposed. Marie-Anne was married to Frédéric Thiébaud, a Swiss businessman, at the time. Twain was devastated by the betrayal and revealed that Marie-Anne had assured her that Lange wouldn't cheat on her.
According to Good Housekeeping, Twain turned to Frédéric for support following her 14-year marriage's end. "The person to comfort me was Fred because he's been through the exact same thing," she revealed to Oprah Winfrey. "Fred was safe. So it was really a beautiful and perfect friendship." Twain is now in a relationship with Frédéric, who exposed the affair. Despite the bizarre nature of the situation, Twain remarked that it was "so beautifully twisted", according to an excerpt of the interview obtained by People.
'Everyone gets what they deserve'
Twain confirmed that Lange was still in a relationship with Thiébaud and spoke about the beginning of her relationship with Frédéric, describing it as a "beautiful surprise" and "what she deserved." She joked about the couple "playing musical chairs" but admitted she didn't know Frédéric very well before their respective splits. Twain was impressed with how he dealt with the pain after the affair was exposed, which made her feel better. She said, "Fréd’s so smart. This is one of the smartest people I know, [and] he didn’t know [about the affair] either. That helped me feel better. I got what I deserve. I got the greatest man on the planet."