story by Shari Weiss at nydailynews.com.
The unexpected double betrayal Twain had faced when she found out in May 2008 that her husband, Robert (Mutt) Lange, and her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, were having an affair was initially too much to bear.
"I didn't want to live," she said on Tuesday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Twain, 45, said she also initially chalked up the adultery as an accident or simple mistake, wanting to forgive both Lange and Marie-Anne, and remain in her marriage.
Following her divorce, Twain eventually found comfort in a surprising – and yet entirely unsurprising – source: Frédéric Thiébaud, who had also found his world rocked by the affair.
The two grew close and eventually found comfort in each other's arms. They wed in a romantic oceanside ceremony in Puerto Rico on New Year's day.
The demise of Twain's 14-year marriage ended up being "a very positive thing."
"I needed the wakeup," she told Winfrey.
In part, it allowed Twain to truly reflect on her life – from her abusive childhood and poor upbringing to rise to country superstardom. Those reflections are included in "From This Moment On," a memoir that was released Tuesday.
She is also set to document her life in "Why Not? With Shania Twain," which premieres on Winfrey's OWN network on Sunday.
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