Shania Twain ends her 14-year marriage

May 16th, 2008 - 10:10 am ICT by admin  

Toronto, May 16 (IANS) Canadian country music and pop diva Shania Twain has ended her 14-year marriage to her music-producer husband Robert Mutt Lange. In a statement here Thursday, her representative would only say that the couple were ending their marriage, without giving any reasons for the break-up.

“This is a private matter and there will be no further comment at this time,” the statement added.

The 42-year-old singer had met Lange, who is 17 years her senior, in 1993 for collaboration on her first hit album The Woman in Me, and married him the same year.

The couple, who have been splitting their time between Switzerland and Lange’s native New Zealand, have a six-year-old son Eja.

Thanks to her reclusive husband who has never given interviews, the two were rarely seen together in public.

Born Eilleen Edwards at Windsor near Toronto, Shania Twain’s is a rags-to-riches story.

As a little girl, she did odd jobs in restaurants and sang in local cubs to support herself and her family in Timmins, north of Toronto, where her mother moved after remarrying her adoptive father (whose surname she carries).

Later, when her parents died in a road accident in 1987, she supported her four siblings by singing in a resort.

It was only in 1991 that she landed her first recording contract and changed her name from Eilleen to Shania.

The songs of her self-titled debut album were noticed by Lange who contacted her with an offer to work with her in 1993. Their collaboration and marriage took her to stardom, as her first album The Woman in Me became an instant hit.

With her later releases - Come on Over and Up! - Shania became a global phenomenon in country music and pop, selling millions of albums and notching up five Grammys.

In fact, Come on Over - with hit songs like You’re Still the One, That Don’t Impress me Much and Don’t be Stupid - is the world’s biggest selling album by any female singer.

Shania has sold more than 60 million albums so far. In her hometown of Timmins, there is a museum devoted to her.

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