In a modern-day twist on the 1960’s movie “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” Shania Twain officially announced today she is engaged to Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud, the ex-husband of her former best friend Marie-Anne Thiebaud, who allegedly played a part in the split between Twain and her ex-husband Robert “Mutt” Lange in 2008.
Twain confirmed the long-rumored engagement to Thiebaud in a letter to fans on her official website today, chirping happily, “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. “
Country singer Twain and fiance Thiebaud, an executive with Swiss Nestle, fell into each other’s arms after their respective spouses left them for each other, although both exes denied an affair had anything to do with the respective marital splits. Marie-Ann Thiebaud reportedly told eOnline: “When marriages break up they break up for all sorts of complicated reasons, it’s never just one reason . . . . If you’re looking for a person that broke up a marriage then you have the wrong person. I’m not that person.”
Thiebaud and Twain grew closer in the aftermath of their shattering divorces. The relationship likely began as two friends who understood each other’s personal pain better than anyone else, having each suffered from the same deception. For Twain, the betrayal was double: she was deceived by both her husband, “Mutt,” as well as her best friend Marie-Ann, a friend she trusted enough to be her secretary and house manager.
In the Hollywood movie, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” two couples knowingly trade off spouses for fun as part of the 1960’s sexual revolution. More recently, on ABC TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” Bree had an affair with her friend Susan’s ex-husband, Carl, although Susan notably did not reciprocate by having an affair with Bree’s stodgy husband Orson.
Life imitated art a few years ago in the case of actors Jude Law and Sadie Frost, who allegedly swapped partners on occasiony with Danny Goffey of British band Supergrass and his girlfriend Pearl Love. Unlike the movie “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” not all players of the game were playing by the same rules. Law and Frost’s marriage went awry in 2005 when Frost found an email from her husband to Love which indicated Law and Love were in love with each other, according to a report in Hollywood.com.
Neither Twain nor fiance Thiebaud were playing a spouse swapping game. They were reportedly in the dark about their spouses’ secret affair. Ironically, while Lange decided Twain was not “Still the One,” his new girlfriend’s then-husband Thiebaud grabbed the chance to hook up with one of country music’s most beautiful and talented performers.
More From This Contributor:
Mike and Molly Fat Jokes Not So Funny
Is There a Serious Side to Joan Rivers?
Are Teenaged Girls Influenced More by Celebrities or Peers?
Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network here to start publishing your own articles.