During a recent interview, the award-winning singer talked about her upbringing and the abuse she had to endure as a child.
According to Daily Mail, Shania Twain revealed that she was both sexually and physically abused by her stepfather during her childhood.
In an interview with The Guardian, the 52-year-old Canadian singer admitted her stepfather, Jerry Twain, was abusive to her.
The singer also revealed that the abusive behavior started when she was only 10 years old although she didn't mention too many details about it.
“I’m not going to go into details about it. I don’t mind saying it, because I do think it’s important that people understand you can survive these things," she explained.
She claimed that she feels that sexual abuse goes hand in hand with the physical and psychological abuse when the culprit is a family member.
She also explained that her way of coping with the situation was to block it out, whether it’s before or after being abused.
"I said to myself is: ‘OK, there’s something wrong with this person and that person is not well.’ I did feel sorry for myself a lot as a kid," she added.
The country singer revealed that although she considered going to Children’s Aid seeking help, the fact that her family would get split always stopped her.
Thanks to her abusive home, she started writing songs as a child in order to escape from that reality and distract herself.
She then started one of the most memorable careers in country music history, making the bestselling album ever made by a woman.