During a trip to the U.S. with friends, a romance develops between Twain and Frédéric Thiébaud, the Swiss businessman whose wife allegedly broke up Twain's marriage. "He understood me better than anyone," she says of her new beau – who's divorcing his wife Marie-Anne. "We leaned on one another through the ups and downs, taking turns holding each other up."
Twain announces her own TV show, Why Not? With Shania Twain, on the Oprah Winfrey Network. "This is a very personal experience that I think is important to share," she says. "I was in a very deep, dark slump, and I needed to find a way to get myself out of it. I had to force myself back out into life, back out into experiencing things." The singer also inks a deal in September to pen her first memoir.
Two years after her split from Robert "Mutt" Lange, Twain announces her engagement. "Frederic Nicolas Thiébaud has been a true gift to me as a compassionate, understanding friend and over time, an amazing love has blossomed from this precious friendship," she writes on her Web site. On New Year's Day, Twain and Thiébaud tie the knot in Puerto Rico in front of 40 of their closest family and friends.
After an eight-year hiatus from the stage, Twain kicks off her two-year Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace with her new show, Still The One. "The show is very fun for me," she says. "I was a bit worried that we were staying in the same place. Was I going to lose that edge? But I've never had a show this exciting before."
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