Where is Robert Lange now? Inside the cheating scandal that rocked Shania Twain's world
Shania Twain reflected on the pain she suffered during her divorce from cheating ex-husband Robert 'Mutt' Lange in the new trailer for her Netflix documentary titled 'Not Just a Girl'. The acclaimed singer, 56, recounted the heartbreak when she learned that Lange, now 73, was having an affair with her longtime secretary and close pal Marie-Anne Thiébaud.
Shania admitted in a teaser released on Wednesday, July 20, that the divorce was "similarly intense as losing my parents." The pop sensation's parents Jerry and Sharon Twain tragically died in a car accident in November 1987. "I thought I had lost my voice forever. I thought that was it," she added.
Shania, a five-time Grammy Award winner, met the popular South African music producer and songwriter in 1993 when he reached out to her after listening to her self-titled debut album. Robert told Shania he could produce and write songs for her, and the two had several phone conversations before finally meeting in person at Nashville's Fan Fair in June 1993. The pair began dating soon after and eventually married six months later in December 1993.
Shania shot to fame after she began working with Robert, who either wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on her bestselling second album 'The Woman In Me'. Robert went on to produce several of Shania's biggest hits such as 'Any Man of Mine', 'You're Still the One', 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman!' and 'That Don't Impress Me Much'. The pair welcomed their son Eja on August 12, 2001. However, in May 2008, Shania and Robert parted ways after 14 years of marriage when it was confirmed that Robert was having an affair with Marie-Anne.
Marie-Anne was married to Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud at the time, and the families were reportedly very close. Shania was devastated after learning of the betrayal, which her husband initially denied.
On top of her marital situation, the songstress was diagnosed with dysphonia in 2003. The voice disorder left her unable to sing and the stress in her personal life worsened her condition. As fate would have it, she bonded with Frédéric in the wake of their spouse's affair, and eventually, they fell in love.
Speaking to People in 2011, Shania said her romance with Frédéric was completely unexpected. "I didn't want to love again — it was the last thing on my mind," she told the magazine. The hitmaker explained that she was initially reluctant to get into a relationship with Frédéric, but eventually accepted her feelings.
"I rejected it initially," Shania said. "But I couldn't control Fred's love for me and how easy he is to love." The couple made it official in 2009 and announced their engagement in December 2010. They tied the knot in an intimate sunset ceremony in Rincon, Puerto Rico on New Year's Day in 2011.
"I am actually grateful for what I've gone through and wouldn't change a thing," Shania wrote of her roller-coaster life in her 2011 autobiography, 'From This Moment On'. "Although I admit I wouldn't want to live it over again, either. Once was enough," she added. The 'Forever and Always' singer returned to music for the first time in 15 years with the release of her fifth studio album 'Now' in 2017, after undergoing multiple throat surgeries and therapy.
Where is Robert Lange now?
Robert and Marie-Anne are believed to be married and living together in Switzerland. Reports suggest he is still writing and producing songs and has been co-parenting with Shania to raise their son. Marie-Anne has avoided the limelight since the drama. The couple has a daughter named Johanna.
The new documentary 'Not Just a Girl', which follows Shania Twain's life and her pathbreaking career, is set to be released on Netflix on Tuesday, July 26.