Shania Twain, The Queen of Country Pop, who has reached great heights with her music is an inspiration to many women. Not just her career, but her personal life is also filled with several ups and downs which made her what she is today. Coming from a financially challenging background, she had a difficult childhood.
Even though her parents earned little money, and food was often scarce in their household, what made her childhood a living hell was her stepfather, Jerry Twain, whose constant abuse led her to even hide her true self.
Shania Twain Concealed Her Womanhood to Save Herself From Her Stepdad
The 57-year-old singer was raised in Canada by her mother Sharon and stepfather Jerry Twain, who legally adopted Sharon’s three children. In a recent Sunday Times interview, Shania Twain shared that her father physically and s*xually abused her while growing up which is why she wanted to escape from his grasp.
To avoid or lessen the abuse, she started to conceal her womanhood.
“I hid myself, and I would flatten my b**bs. I would wear bras that were too small for me, and I’d wear two, play it down until there was nothing girl about me. Make it easier to go unnoticed.”
“Because, oh my gosh, it was terrible—you didn’t want to be a girl in my house,” she shared.
At the age of around 10, when most kids are indulging in their own world, she had to go through a very toxic environment.
Sharing to The Guardian in 2018, she stated,
“I feel the s*xual 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,” she shared.
In the same interview, she explained that writing songs helped her escape from her living nightmare.
Shania Twain’s Perspective of Suddenly Being Pushed to Adulthood
The mother of one had a problematic childhood however things didn’t get any better when her parents were killed in a car crash in 1987. Due to their passing, the singer who was only 22 years old at the time was left to bear the responsibility to raise the three younger siblings with her older sibling.
Being a woman was hard for her in her childhood, however, her perspective was not much changed when she was suddenly pushed to adulthood to take care of her siblings.
“Then you go into society, and you’re a girl, and you’re getting the normal other unpleasant stuff too, and that reinforces it. So then you think, ‘Oh, I guess it’s just s***ty to be a girl. Oh, it’s so s***ty to have b**bs.’ I was ashamed of being a girl.”
“All of a sudden, it was like, well, what’s your problem? You know, you’re a woman, and you have this beautiful body? What was so natural for other people was so scary for me.”
However, she has now embraced herself and understands the strength of being a woman. Due to her background, she became stronger and inspired many women all around.
Source: The Guardian