Over the weekend, comments Shania Twain made about Trump in an interview with The Guardian spread like wildfire across the internet.
In the lengthy article, Twain discussed heavy topics such as sexual abuse endured in her childhood, her 15-year hiatus from recording due to contracting Lyme disease and dealing with vocal cord paralysis, and her breakup with music partner and husband Robert Lange after she discovered he was cheating with her friend and PA.
The Guardian article highlighted Twain’s strength and edge through her turbulant past, but tacked on to the end was a comment about Trump that took readers off guard: “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Since Twain’s fans come from a variety of backgrounds including the LGBTQ communitity (she even recently guest-judged on RuPaul’s Drag Race), many were disappointed to hear her statement. So on the same day the article was released, Twain took to Twitter to address her controversial remarks, confessing that her comment wasn’t well thought out.
“I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context,” the thread of tweets begins.
“I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President,” Twain continued. “I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician.”
She ended with, “My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”