By 2008, Shania appeared to be leading a fairy-tale life with her husband, Mutt, and their young son. In reality, she was struggling to keep it together. Shania says that she and Mutt were both workaholics, and as a result, they spent a lot of time a part. "I was very lonely, to be honest," she says.
Her closest friend and confidant at the time was her assistant Marie-Anne. "I asked Marie-Anne, 'Don't you think that my husband is acting strange?' And she said, 'No, I don't see anything strange. I think he's fine,'" Shania says. "All Marie-Anne did through the whole thing was comfort me, telling me that everything's fine, and I believed her, and I accepted it as being genuine."
Mutt eventually asked Shania for a divorce, and the very next day she heard some painful news: Mutt and Marie-Anne were allegedly having an affair. "I did discover the affair with my wife and Mutt in a quite concrete way," says Fred, Marie-Anne's ex-husband, "and I said, 'Guys, now you have to tell [Shania]. This is ridiculous. You just owe her that.' And they didn't want to do it. So I had to tell her."
Heartbroken, Shania says she became an emotional mess. "There were days when I really just was like, 'You know, I just don't even really care if tomorrow comes,'" Shania says. "I was just so miserable. So miserable. Never been so miserable in my whole life."