Shania Twain Is Engaged!
The groom-to-be is the ex-husband of Marie-Anne Thiebaud, the woman accused of breaking up Shania's marriage of 14 years to famed rock producer Robert John 'Mutt' Lange. The two scorned parties, Shania and Frederic, found comfort in one another during the scandal and have been inseparable ever since.
"I've never seen Shania so happy," a pal told US Weekly. "She has ended up with the love of her life."
Shania announced the relationship August 29, 2009, her 44th birthday, via her website. "A dear friend and true gentleman by the name of Fred, has been the most constant companion of support for both Eja and me," she wrote. "And having gone through the suffering of his family splitting apart at the same time under the same extreme circumstances, he understood me better than anyone. We leaned on one another through the ups and downs, taking turns holding each other up. We've become stronger and closer through it all, as have our children, Eja and Johanna (Fred's eight-year-old daughter)."
Earlier that day, a photo of the couple holding hands and wearing what appeared to wedding bands, sparked rumors of marriage, although a rep for Shania said they were neither engaged nor married.
Although Mutt denied the initial affair with Marie-Anne, telling People magazine, "It's absolutely not the reason [for the separation]. It's not true. Literally just a growing apart, that's all," Shania blogged about the toll the situation took on her and then-seven-year-old song Eja.
"One time when I was having a weak moment, listening to some sad music and sobbing and slobbering over my computer's keyboard, Eja walked up behind me and asked me why I was crying," she wrote. "He wasn't sad at first -- just totally surprised to see his mom crying and didn't know what to make of it. During this intense period, I was managing to hide my devastation from Eja and cried only when I was alone; but this one time was just too hard for me to control and I broke down. I was quick on my feet to answer him though and told Eja that music was very powerful and can make people quite emotional. It can make you want to dance, feel angry, happy or sad and that THIS this song was sad and made me cry. He accepted this, hugged me and went back to what he was doing. Phew, that was tough!"
Shania's divorce to 'Mutt' was finalized on June 9, 2008.
In addition to planning her trip down the aisle, Shania is also prepping a new reality show based on her life. 'Why Not? With Shania Twain,' an hour-long special on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is expected to air in January. The show is said to follow the singer "as she begins her climb back to the top, a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures."