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Shania Twain says she ‘flattened’ her breasts to avoid being sexually abused by her stepfather


Shania Twain has shared more details about her traumatic childhood, this time saying she tried to change her appearance to avoid attention from her alleged sexually abusive stepfather.

In an interview with Britain’s The Sunday Times, the Canadian country star explained how she deliberately wore ill-fitting underwear as a teenager to try to hide her changing body. change your own.

Twain said: “I have hidden myself and I will flatten my breasts.

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“I will wear bras that are too small for me, and I will wear two, lower them until there are no more girls about me. Makes it easier to go unnoticed.

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“Because, my God, that’s horrible – you don’t want to be a girl in my house.”

Twain, 57, told the British news agency she had a difficult childhood growing up in Ontario. She lives with four siblings, her mother, Sharon, and stepfather Jerry Twain. She said puberty and subsequent changes to her body put her at greater risk of being abused by Jerry, who she said was also abusing her mother.

This isn’t the first time Twain has been outspoken about his stepfather’s alleged abuse.

In 2018, Shania said in an interview with The Guardian that the abuse began when she was 10 years old.

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“I feel sexual abuse goes hand in hand with physical and psychological abuse when it’s someone you know,” she said at the time. “I learned how to stop it. Abusers need to manipulate you, before or after, and what I say to myself is, ‘Okay, something is wrong with this person and that person is not well.’”

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She also addressed the alleged abuse in her 2011 memoir. From this momentand while doing press rounds to promote her book, she told ABC’s night street that she recalls witnessing Jerry shoving her mother’s head into the toilet.

“I think he killed her,” Twain said at the time. “I really think she drowned, or died, or that he just hit her head and she would never wake up. … She looks dead. She was unconscious, she was limp, hanging over him, you know, she, he held her hair in his hands.

“So I went through the shock and experience of really believing my mother had passed away at that point,” she continued. “Also, because I feel humiliated to think that she was killed by going down the toilet. … It is very, very clear that it is very difficult to accept.”

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Twain also said night street that she has very conflicting feelings about Jerry. Despite the abuse she says she witnessed and experienced, she also says he taught her how to be a good person.

She said: “It was Jekyll and Hyde in him that was the greatest torture. “I love him and I have so much respect for what he did for us, as a hard worker he is a great example. So I’m still confused. I’m confused by all that, I really am.

Sharon and Jerry died in a car crash when Twain was 22 years old and she had to raise her three younger siblings. She told The Sunday Times that she struggled with her relationship with her body for years afterward.

“Suddenly it was like, well, what’s your problem? You know, you’re a woman and you have this gorgeous body? What is natural to others is terrifying to me. I feel exploited, but now I have no choice. I have to play the glamorous singer, have to dress my girly clothes more openly or more freely. And figure out a way for me not to be groped, or raped in front of someone’s eyes, you know, and feel bad,” the singer said.

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However, she says she gained confidence in her 20s and learned to use her body language to communicate with people when she felt uncomfortable or didn’t want them back. closer.

Twain also told the outlet that she is embracing her confidence as she ages, having fun with her performances, career and fashion choices.

“I am celebrating coming out of this horrible situation of not wanting to be myself. And I’m very confident. Now I find out that being a girl is okay,” she shared. “A woman without remorse is indeed a very strong person.”

On Tuesday, Twain announced that she would be adding a second leg to her Queen of Me tour due to overwhelming demand.

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Another 19 performances will be added to the 2023 tour, including performances in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The tour begins at the end of April next year and will run until mid-November.

This will be Twain’s first tour in nearly five years and will feature 70 shows across North America and Europe. Tickets for additional performances will go on sale on December 16.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or is involved in an abusive situation, please visit Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime for help. They can also be reached toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.

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Child Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868; Their messaging service is free and available throughout Canada 24-7. text CONNECT to 686868.

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