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Sources: Husband’s Alleged Affair Caused Shania’s Split May 20, 2008

Filed under: Celebrity Breakups — gervmaine @ 8:55 am
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What caused the sudden breakup of Shania Twain and her husband, music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, after 14 years of marriage? His relationship with another woman, say several sources.

Reached by PEOPLE after the separation was announced in a statement, Lange called the split “an unfortunate thing.” He added, “It’s literally just a growing apart, that’s all.”

But sources close to the situation say a third party was involved: Marie Ann Thiébaud, a longtime secretary and manager of the couple’s chateau in Switzerland. “Mutt and Marie Ann left their spouses for each other and are still in a relationship,” says one source.

Lange denies the claims. “It’s absolutely not the reason [for the separation],” the famously reclusive producer told PEOPLE when asked about the alleged affair. He also denied that he was in a romantic relationship with Thiébaud: “I’m not, no,” he said. “It’s not true.” (Thiébaud could not be reached for comment.)

Twain, 42, and Lange, 59, married in 1993. They have a 6-year-old son, Eja (pronounced “Asia”) D’Angelo.

An insider says the “You’re Still the One” singer is “devastated. This came out of left field. . . She loved him.” Another source close to Twain tells PEOPLE the Canadian-born star is coping with the help of “a very close-knit group of family and friends.”


Shania Twain, husband splitting up May 16, 2008

Filed under: Celebrity Romance — gervmaine @ 10:47 am

TORONTO, Ontario (AP)– Shania Twain and husband-producer Robert “Mutt” Lange are splitting up after 14 years of marriage.


Shania Twain and her husband-producer Robert “Mutt” Lange are breaking up.

The 42-year-old Canadian country superstar and 59-year-old Lange married in 1993 and have a 6-year-old son named Eja.

Her publicist provided no further details Thursday about the couple’s breakup.

Lange and Twain, best known for her hits “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” and “You’re Still the One,” recently opened a hiking trail on their property in New Zealand, fulfilling a pact designed to allay fears that wealthy foreigners were snapping up and sealing off the country’s prime real estate.

Lange produced three of Twain’s albums: 1995’s “The Woman in Me,” 1997’s “Come on Over” and 2002’s “Up!”