Shania Twain didn’t expect to find love when she did. In fact, in her 2011 memoir, From This Moment On, she confessed she was “ready to die” after her 14-year marriage to music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange fell apart.
The circumstances were especially difficult for Twain because Lange allegedly had an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. As both marriages fell apart, Twain found comfort in her best friend’s ex, Frédéric.
“I didn’t want to love again-it was the last thing on my mind,” she told People. “It’s just amazing how life works.”
Twain and Lange, who are parents to son Eja (born 2001), were officially divorced in 2010. Twain and Thiébaud took their relationship to the next level shortly after.
“I rejected it initially,” says Twain. “But I couldn’t control Fred’s love for me and how easy he is to love.”
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Twain and Thiébaud got engaged in December of 2010. On January 1, 2011, just days after their engagement was confirmed, they tied the knot on the beach in Puerto Rico.
“Fred is not only nice, he’s incredible,” Shania gushed Redbook magazine over her new husband in 2011. “He’s attentive, brighter than God should ever allow any one man to be, funny, romantic, and cute as heck. Most of all, he shows what he feels, and that’s a quality that could come in any shape or size and be admired — it just so happens that Fred has a very gorgeous shape. He’s too good to be true, only he’s real! Good for me, is all I can say, and I’m loving every minute of it.”
Looking back on the way they initially connected, after their spouses had an affair with each other, Twain admitted it was a bit strange.
“It’s twisted,” Twain told AARP The Magazine in early 2020. “But so beautifully twisted.”
To this day, Twain and Thiébaud keep their relationship mostly private. They did, however, made a rare public appearance together last fall when they attended the 16th annual Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland.
The country icon credits “faith and love” for keeping them together all these years.