LIFE LESSONS Sha­nia Twain

She’s known as the queen of coun­try pop and is one of the big­gest-sell­ing mu­sic stars of all time. Sha­nia Twain shares the im­por­tance of ro­mance, the joy of bring­ing up a teenager and why she once con­sid­ered giv­ing up singing

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Front Page -

Love is a ne­ces­sity, not a lux­ury. Ev­ery­body needs it. I’m a very lov­ing per­son, though I’m not ter­ri­bly ro­man­tic. But my hus­band is – he’s won­der­ful and I’m very lucky. If he wakes up be­fore me in the morn­ing, he’ll write me a love let­ter. He doesn’t cook at all, but he’ll dis­play food in a heart, or go into the gar­den with a bowl of blueberries so he can dec­o­rate it with flow­ers.

I love the di­rect re­la­tion­ship you can have with a teenager. My son, Eja, is 15 now and very in­de­pen­dent. I love the age he’s at – we talk about ev­ery­thing. We were al­ways close, but as they ma­ture, you can talk about more ma­ture things with them.

There are lots of things worth fighting, but age isn’t one of them. I want to like what I see when I look in the mir­ror, and that means adapt­ing in ev­ery re­gard – my ex­er­cise regime, my diet. Ev­ery day I get up and say, okay, maybe I don’t like the way I look in those jeans any more, I’m go­ing to change the brand. I can change my hair­cut and its colour. It’s about let­ting go of the things that just aren’t work­ing any more. You just have to move on. I know that age­ing is out of my con­trol, and I’m okay with that.

Look­ing af­ter your­self is know­ing what you can con­trol and what you can’t. I couldn’t con­trol con­tract­ing Lyme dis­ease [which led to a vo­cal cord dis­or­der], but I could con­trol what I would do about it. It took years to build up the de­ter­mi­na­tion to tackle it. There were mo­ments where I thought, is it worth it? Should I even sing any more? But now I have my new al­bum, and I’m very happy. The pos­i­tive side is that all those years I wasn’t work­ing, I was rais­ing my son at home, and I wouldn’t change that for any­thing. I was still pro­duc­tive all those years, I just wasn’t pro­duc­tive with my voice. I was writ­ing and moth­er­ing.

I want to like what I see when I look in the mir­ror, and that means adapt­ing in ev­ery re­gard

Sha­nia: ‘I am a rest­less per­son – I force my­self to re­lax’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.