Shania Twain Opens Up About Marriage Split

By Chloe Bunker on June 5, 2008

Shania Twain, pic, pics, picture, pictures, photo, photos, hot, celebrity, celeb, news, juicy, gossip, rumorsHOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Shania Twain is opening up for the first time about her split from her husband of 14 years, Robert "Mutt" Lange.

"As I am sure you have seen or heard; I am going through a rough time personally in my life," the country star wrote on her Web site Thursday. "I wanted you all to know that I could not be getting through this without you. Your letters, emails and words of encouragement give me strength. Your overwhelming support reminds me to smile, no matter how deep the pain and to always be grateful for all the beautiful blessings in my life."

Twain and Lange announced their separation last month. The 42-year-old singer and her ex were married in 1993. They have one child together, 6-year-old son, Eja D'Angelo.

"I have so much to say but I know the best way for me to speak is through my music," Twain added. "This is my therapy, my passion, and my love. I look forward to sharing it with all of you as I begin this new journey.

"I need some time to heal this broken heart but make no mistake; I will be back and hopefully stronger than ever. Thank you my friends, from the bottom of my heart."

Sources have told People magazine that the reason for the split was Lange's affair with Marie Ann Thiébaud, who worked for the couple as a secretary and manager of their chateau in Switzerland.

"It's absolutely not the reason [for the separation]," Lange told People when asked about the allegations.

The Canadian-native's last original studio release was "Up!" in 2002, an album in which the 59-year-old Lange was a major contributor. The release was a follow up to Twain's "Come on Over," which became the highest-selling female solo artist album in history.

The singer's last new material came in the form of three new tracks on her 2004 "Greatest Hits" album.

She has previously stated that she intends to release a new album sometime this year.