Shania Twain admits U.S. President Donald Trump can be offensive but believes his approach is better than the alternative.
In a candid interview with The Guardian, Twain shared her political views: “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” the Canadian country icon said of Trump.
“Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both,” she continued. “If I were voting, I just don’t want bulls**t. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Shortly after the article’s publication, Twain responded to fan backlash by apologizing for her remarks. She admitted she had a “limited understanding” about the U.S. election, insisting she is “passionately against discrimination of any kind” and does not necessarily “endorse” Trump.
During the interview, Twain, 52, also talked about the alleged physical, psychological, and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.
“I’m not going to go into details about it. I don’t mind saying it because I do think it’s important that people understand you can survive these things,” she prefaced.
“Around the age of 10. I feel the sexual abuse goes hand in hand with the physical and psychological abuse when it’s somebody you know,” Twain explained. “I learned to block it out. Abusers need to manipulate you, whether it’s before or after, and what I said to myself is: ‘OK, there’s something wrong with this person and that person is not well.’
“I did feel sorry for myself a lot as a kid. It was either go to Children’s Aid and get saved now or… I weighed it up and thought: If I go to Children’s Aid, we’ll all get separated, and I just couldn’t bear that, so we all stayed together for better or for worse.”
On a lighter note, Twain also expressed her deep love for her husband Frederic Thiebaud, whom she married in 2011: “Yes, it’s a passionate love on every level. I used to be very monotone in my relationships.”
Twain was previously married to South African record producer and songwriter Mutt Lange. The two divorced after Twain’s now ex-husband had an affair with her best friend, who was married to Thiebaud at the time.
“I do really nasty things in my dreams to her,” the singer said of the woman who came between her and Lange. “I’m always cutting her hair or shaving it off.”
On Thursday, Trump appeared on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” and had a few choice words about Twain’s apology.
“Shania, who I think is terrific, made a mistake by saying, ‘I wish I didn’t go public with [supporting Trump],’” the president said during his appearance. “We know how she feels. People have done that, and they’re amazed by what happens to their business. We have tremendous support. We have tremendous fans.”