Updated: Shania Twain Engaged!
It looks like Frédéric Thiébaud is "the one" for Shania Twain. Her manager Jason Owen confirms to Country Weekly that Shania, 45, is indeed engaged to her beau, Frédéric, 40.
Shania and Frédéric, who have dated for a little over a year, have kept their relationship largely under wraps until now. Frédéric is the ex-husband of Shania's former friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud, who Shania's ex-husband, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, reportedly left her for in 2008 (though Mutt denied the affair). Shania has one son, Eja, from her relationship with Mutt. In 2009, Shania wrote of Frédéric on her website, calling him "a dear friend and a true gentleman."
Update: Shania took to her official website on Tuesday, December 21 to announce the engagement to her fans. Read Shania's open letter about her new love below:
Seasons greetings to all!
I've spent much time over the course of this past year, learning about others who have suffered loss in their lives and taken inspiration from how they've managed to overcome it. I'm learning that grief and the suffering of loss, challenges me to be more sensitive and understanding of other's and also more accepting of my own struggles. Challenge reminds me how important it is to let those who love me, care for me when I need it. The support of others has helped me to move forward less fearful of change, allowing me to embrace the beauty of life today and remain more open to whatever it brings tomorrow.
The people who make my life the most joyful are the ones I am able to lean on because of my own humanness. In the last two and a half years of adjusting to life after separation and divorce, I needed to lean on others more often than I was accustomed to. These people have been gifts, and I am fortunate to have so many of these beautiful people - friends, family and beloved fans, who's support I cherish more deeply with each day that passes. Now another year is about to pass, and I would like to thank everyone who helped me believe that new beginnings are possible and that love can be trusted. Thank you!
2010 is leaving me with a renewed faith in love and commitment. I believe in the right to be loved and the blessing of being able to love in return. Talking about love, I am excited to share some personal news with you; I'm in love! Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud has been a true gift to me as a compassionate, understanding friend and over time, an amazing love has blossomed from this precious friendship. Fred and I are happy to announce, our ENGAGEMENT!
Love, peace and happiness is taking me in to 2011 and I'm feeling refreshed and optimistic about the future. I'm looking forward to what the new year has in store and to sharing it with you. So, I'll be in touch with more news and details soon. Until then, have a fantastic holiday season and I wish you love.