Shania Twain reveals heartbreaking battle with Lyme disease almost cost her singing career

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The 51-year-old country music legend opened up about the "debilitating" disease, after previously citing the devastating break-up of her marriage to record producer Robert Lange as the reason for her sudden disappearance from the limelight after her meteoric rise to fame in the 1990s.

Now, however, Shania has confessed that her symptoms of the disease prevented her from returning to music, telling The Sun's Bizarre life podcast: "I lost my voice for several years and I could speak but I couldn't yell.

"I could never yell for my dog or my son or whatever," she explained, admitting that she found the experience "depressing".

Shania confessed that it took several years to get her voice back to full strength, revealing her fears that she would never be able to release another album again.

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Shania Twain has revealed a battle with Lyme disease almost cost her singing career

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Shania said that she lost her voice for several years due to the disease

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The country superstar is now back with a brand new album

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At the same time as she was battling the condition her marriage to Robert Lange fell apart

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Shania is now happily married to Frederic Thiebaud

After the devastation of the betrayal, both Shania and Marie-Anne separated from their respective husbands and, in an ironic turnaround, Shania found love with her friend's ex-husband Frederic Thiebaud, whom she then married in 2011.

She is now set to release her first studio album since 2002's Up!, as she reflects on the difficult period of her life in several songs on her upcoming fifth record, Now.

"This is not a divorce album," she insisted. "I didn't want to make a divorce album, but some songs do refer to that period."