OFFSTAGE: Shania Twain Smiles Through the Pain

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For someone who has been through so much unhappiness, Shania Twain sure seems happy. And she kind of won’t stop smiling and laughing. That may be because beneath the abuse and poverty and betrayals and humiliation and lies and pain, Twain truly is over it all. Or because she now has a New York Times bestseller, From This Moment On. Or because she was hanging with Ellen DeGeneres on her show Thursday (May 12). Even DeGeneres sees it. “You are a kind, happy woman today,” she tells Twain. And when Twain talks about the book, she says, “I’m grateful for my life. This is the personal side of my life. I’m sharing it with you for very genuine, sincere reasons.” She even forgives her father for his abusive ways, saying bad things happen to good people. But at the very end of the half-hour segment, she tells DeGeneres, the audience and the world what they all wanted to hear: “Yes, I will sing again. Absolutely.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.