Fan favourite Shania Twain has issued an apology after a comment about President Donald Trump caused a bit of a controversy. The musician, who's set to host this year's Canadian Country Music Awards, said in an interview that she would have voted for the president had she been an American citizen, and that sentiment left a sour taste in her fans’ mouths.
“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,” she remarked to The Guardian in an interview published Sunday (April 22). “If I were voting, I just don’t want bulls--t. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
The day after the interview went public, the 52-year-old took to her social media channels to apologize for and explain her comments. She shared a statement on her Instagram, which reads: “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.”
Her message continued: “As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context. 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.”
The same day, the “From This Moment” singer also shared the same statement on her Twitter, continuing, “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... My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”
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 (1/4)— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018
Sadly, the statement overshadowed the rest of an otherwise enlightening interview, in which the star discusses an abusive past at the hands of her stepfather and the devastation that her divorce from Robert John Lange caused in her life. However, the singer is now happily married to Frederic Thiebaud and is back on the music scene with her latest album Now after a 15-year hiatus. She'll be kicking off a 77-show global tour in support of her new release on May 3 and recently appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, during which two contestants performed to her hit "Man, I Feel Like a Woman."