LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Shania Twain’s shock of a Marie-Anne Thiebaud (photos below) affair with then husband Robert “Mutt” Lange is part of the storyline of her reality show premiering tonight. When news hit about Mutt Lange and Marie-Anne Thiebaud affair in 2008, both denied any such conduct occurring. Initially, Twain remained outside the news media’s glare when details of the affair surfaced. Now Twain is back, with a reality show on Oprah’s OWN network premiering tonight. Twain will tell audiences tonight that she blames Marie-Anne Thiebaud, not Lange, for the affair that ended her marriage.
When asked about his split from Twain in 2008, Mutt Lange told news that he had just grown apart from the woman he married in 1993. “[We had] literally just a growing apart, that’s all.” That is not how Twain details it tonight. Twain has long held that Mutt Lange was growing close to the couple’s secretary and manager of their Lange-Twain chateau in Switzerland.
Asked about allegations of an affair, Marie-Anne Thiebaud told news at the time that marriages sometimes fall apart for many “complicated reasons” and “never just one reason. And those reasons should be kept private.”
In “Why Not? With Shania Twain” (10 p.m., OWN), Twain doesn’t keep anything private. Tonight Twain begins a path to expose her thoughts of what transpired and is still bothering her today. In the three years since the affair Twain has rarely spoken about the affair until this month.
Tonight, however, Twain calls Marie-Anne “the traitor”. During the next three episodes, therapist named Gordon Livingston helps Twain sort through her pain over the affair. Twain tells the therapist that her ex husband was “a very kind man” who she believes did not “deliberately” have an affair.
The reality show fosters a bit of potentially conflicting timelines. While Twain has gotten over the pain of the affair, she is reexamining it in the reality show as though its impact is still fresh. But in the landscape of today reality shows in which celebrities are said to be talking about trivial, even fabricated, subjects, Twain is distinctly real, allowing probing details about her life to be examined. She details how her stepfather beat her mom, how she and her sister and two brothers struggled financially until Twain started providing for them, how they overcome the loss of both parents during a car crash.
In 2010, Thiebaud’s husband, Frédéric, married Twain. Robert John “Mutt” Lange has since gone on to continue to do hit music and is currently working with Lady Gaga.