Shania Twain Opens Up About Her Grief After Losing Her Mother

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Shania Twain shared an in-depth discussion about her successes and her failures in life — including “failure to not wish my mom was at every awards show,” and sharing why “there is no man in my presence that intimidates me for one second” — in a new podcast interview.

The global country-pop megastar went from singing in bars at 8 years old to selling millions of albums all over the world. Twain, now 58, is a Grammy Award winner known for career-spanning hits like “You’re Still The One,” “Any Man Of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” “From This Moment On,” “No One Needs To Know,” and, of course, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,” to name a few.

Twain “has battled adversity from a young age; her childhood was challenging and impoverished. From the age of eight, she was helping to support her family by singing in bars,” notes the description of the newest episode of How To Fail With Elizabeth Day. “Today, she is a cultural icon who has influenced a new wave of artists including Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. Shania and I [host Elizabeth Day] talk about her inability to remember song lyrics, her failure to stick to the rules and the grief she felt after her parents died in a car accident. Plus, why recording Man, I Feel Like A Woman, was a transformative experience for how she felt about her own body and her own femininity.”

Twain delved into her “emotional scars,” including her “failure to not wish my mom was at every awards show,” and talked about how “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” — including the fashion choices in the music video — became an empowerment anthem that boosted her own confidence. Now, the award-winning singer-songwriter considers her music to be a reflection of what she’s been through in life. Each week on How To Fail, Day meets with a guest to explore three failures, “and what these failures have taught them about how to grow and succeed, better.” Find the podcast on iHeartRadio here.

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