Shania's Struggle With Fame
Shania Twain, who took five years off from her career, is about to step back into the spotlight. In the December issue of Redbook, she shares, "I struggled a lot internally with my fame, and coping with it has been very difficult. I was at the point where I would never look anyone in the eye. It was like living in prison."
After retreating to her chateau in Switzerland with her husband and son, Shania is ready to re-emerge. In addition to being mom to her 6-year-old, promoting a new perfume and working on an album due that's due out next year, Twain says she's learning to look after herself. She elaborates, "I'm not such a slave to pleasing everyone, which I think is a female tendency. I take more time for myself; that's a very big part of mental, emotional and physical health." As for getting back into public life, Shania says, "I'm not naturally a spotlight person ... [But] I don't mind being the center of attention in a controlled, comfortable environment."
She adds that music is an integral part of her life, and she wants "to write and record things that affect people in a positive way." So what does the future hold for Twain? She jokes, "I'll probably be in the Canadian wilderness somewhere."