Shania Twain says she used to flatten her breasts to prevent sexual abuse from her stepfather

Shania Twain has revealed that as a teenager she flattened her breasts to avoid being sexually abused by her stepfather.

The Canadian singer-songwriter, 57, has been open about her troubled childhood, growing up in poverty in Ontario with four siblings living with her mother Sharon and stepfather Jerry Twain, who legally adopted the children.

As a way of coping with his physical and sexual abuse, Shania explained in a candid interview that she would try anything to go unnoticed in the house.

Opening: Shania Twain has revealed that as a teenager she flattened her breasts to avoid sexual abuse from her stepfather (pictured last month)

Back then: Shania says she grew up in poverty in Ontario with four siblings living with her mother Sharon and stepfather Jerry Twain, who legally adopted the children (pictured as a teenager)

Back then: Shania says she grew up in poverty in Ontario with four siblings living with her mother Sharon and stepfather Jerry Twain, who legally adopted the children (pictured as a teenager)

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Shania said: ‘I hid myself and flattened my breasts. I’d wear bras that were too small for me, and I’d wear two, play it down until there was nothing girly about me anymore. Make it easier to go unnoticed.

“Because, oh my god, it was awful — you didn’t want to be a girl in my house.”

She further explained that this only continued as she grew up and left the household to experience it in everyday society.

Shania added, “But then you go into society and you’re a girl and you also get the normal other unpleasant things, and that amplifies it.” So then you’re like, “Oh, I guess it’s just stupid to be a girl. Oh, it’s so stupid to have boobs.” I was ashamed that I was a girl.’

Baby: As a way of coping with his physical and sexual abuse, Shania explained in a candid interview that she would try anything to go unnoticed in the house (pictured as a baby)

Younger: She went on to explain that this only continued as she grew up and left the household to experience it in everyday society.  (pictured as a child)

younger; As a way of coping with his physical and sexual abuse, Shania explained in a candid interview that she would try anything to go unnoticed in the house (pictured left, as a baby and right as she grew up)

Hitmaker: the man!  Hitmaker of I Feel Like a Woman (pictured in the music video) said, 'I hid myself and flattened my boobs.  I'd wear bras that were too small for me, and I'd wear two, play it down until there was nothing girly about me anymore.  Make it easier to go unnoticed'

Hitmaker: the man! Hitmaker of I Feel Like a Woman (pictured in the music video) said, ‘I hid myself and flattened my boobs. I’d wear bras that were too small for me, and I’d wear two, play it down until there was nothing girly about me anymore. Make it easier to go unnoticed’

In 2018, Shania said the abuse started when she was about 10 years old.

She admitted to being sexually assaulted and told The Guardian: ‘Uh huh, uh huh. I’m not going to go into details about it. I don’t mind saying it, because I think it’s important that people understand that you can survive these things.’

She explained, “I feel like sexual abuse goes hand in hand with physical and psychological abuse if it’s someone you know. I’ve learned to block it.

“Abusers have to manipulate you before or after, and what I said to myself is, ‘OK, there’s something wrong with this person and that person is not okay.'”

Candid: In 2018, Shania said the abuse started when she was about 10 years old (pictured in October)

Candid: In 2018, Shania said the abuse started when she was about 10 years old (pictured in October)

Shania did not know her biological father. Her stepfather Jerry and her mother Sharon were killed in a car accident in 1987.

It comes after Shania recently revealed she had a really awkward moment with talk show icon Oprah Winfrey over dinner when the conversation turned to religion.

The 57-year-old country singer sat down for a podcast interview on Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware to promote the latest single Waking Up Dreaming, revealing how things quickly turned “sour” with Oprah, 68.

While explaining that it was “one of my most memorable dinners” with Oprah, which took place at a restaurant, Shania recalled how she could feel a disagreement between them about their religious beliefs.

“It was great to just have real conversations, but as soon as we started talking about religion, things went wrong,” Shania confessed.

“So I said, ‘Let’s stop talking about religion,'” Twin recalled, adding that Oprah—who was raised in the Baptist church and is a Christian—”is pretty religious.”

The country singer called Oprah “a smart lady.”

She clarified her position on the subject, noting that she “is not religious in the sense that I am committed to a religion.” I am much more of a spiritual person. I would say I am a seeker.’

If you are in the UK and have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual assault or any other form of sexual assault, please call Rape Crisis on 0808 802 9999

If you are in the US, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) at 800.656.4673

Tragedy: Shania did not know her biological father.  Her stepfather Jerry and her mother Sharon were killed in a car accident in 1987

Tragedy: Shania did not know her biological father. Her stepfather Jerry and her mother Sharon were killed in a car accident in 1987

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