Shania Twain said she often had blackouts and felt dizzy before she was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
The country superstar said in her new Netflix documentary that her symptoms were “quite scary.” She got bit by a tick while horseback riding back in 2003.
“Before I was diagnosed, I was on stage very dizzy,” she said in “Not Just a Girl.” “I was losing my balance, I was afraid I was gonna fall off the stage.”
She added, “I was having these very, very, very millisecond blackouts, but regularly, every minute or every 30 seconds.”
Twain had a chronic illness that impacted her ability to perform. The queen of country pop also developed dysphonia, which caused her to temporarily lose her voice.
“My voice was never the same again,” she recalled. “I thought I’d lost my voice forever. I thought that was it, [and] I would never, ever sing again.”
Following the loss of her voice, Twain went through a series of invasive operations.
She told Extra in 2019, “I had to have an operation that was very intense and it’s an open-throat operation, very different from a vocal cord operation. I had to have two of them, so that was really, really, really tough and I survived that — meaning emotionally I survived — and am just ready to keep going.”
The country singer was going through a tough time with her health when she found out that her husband of 15 years had been cheating on her with her friend and personal assistant, Marie-Anne Thiébaud.
“In that search to determine what was causing this lack of control with my voice and this change in my voice, I was facing a divorce. My husband leaves me for another woman,” the “You’re Still the One” singer said in the doc, adding she was at “a whole other low” and “didn’t see any point in going on with a music career.”
After many years of being alone, the five-time Grammy winner was finally able to find love – and her voice – again.
After going through such a hard time together, Marie-Anne’s ex-husband, Frédéric Thiébaud, and Twain bonded over their shared grief in 2010.
The couple quickly became romantic and got married a year later.
Her documentary will be available on Netflix.
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