Shania Twain is getting candid about her friendship with Harry Styles.
During a recent interview on “Today,” Twain opened up about what it was like to perform with her friend at Coachella in April 2022, saying that meeting backstage at one of Styles’ solo concerts led to a friendship, which in turn led to to his iconic performance. together on the festival stage.
“He was really on the rise when I met him,” she said. “We kept in touch ever since, and then he invited me to the Coachella performance. We’re so easy together, it’s like we’ve known each other for a long time.”
The two joined forces to sing two of Twain’s songs, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “You’re Still the One,” while wearing matching sparkly outfits. Twain called the experience “one of the highlights of my career” and it was about showing mutual respect for each other and their talents.
Twain recalled Styles telling him how he grew up listening to her music because her mother was such a big fan of hers, adding, “‘I love (my mother) for that, because I love your music.'” They managed to stay. play after exchanging numbers backstage, with Twain even surprising her mother with a phone call on her birthday.
“He is one of those kids who is part of the generation that 25, 30 years ago was 4, 5, 6 years old in the audience,” he said. “Now it’s this full-circle moment where they’re old enough to speak for themselves, and they can come see me without the parents and express their admiration for my music and thank me for the inspiration.”
Hearing positive feedback from his fans is something Twain still enjoys. “It’s very gratifying for me to keep doing this and to hear the gratitude from him in person,” he said.
Last year, Twain revealed how her Lyme disease diagnosis affected her career in the Netflix documentary “Not Just a Girl.”
The singer-songwriter was diagnosed with the disease after being bitten by a tick while riding a horse in 2003. Years later, Twain explained her symptoms, which she characterized as “pretty scary.” The country music star experienced dizziness and fainting, as well as developing hoarseness. The neurological disorder affects speech and voice, according to Penn Medicine.
Twain was diagnosed with Lyme disease in the early 2000s after being bitten by a tick, which affected her vocal cords. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images)
“My voice was never the same again,” Twain recalled in the document. “I thought I had lost my voice forever. I thought that was it, [and] I would never, ever sing again.”
After undergoing multiple invasive throat surgeries, Twain said she was finally able to regain confidence in her voice again. “I’ll never have my old voice again,” she said in a 2020 interview. “I’m fine with that. I’ve found a new voice. And I like it.” Friends of hers in the music industry, such as Lionel Richie and David Foster, encouraged her to continue singing and never give up her passion.
In 2012, Richie released his duets album, “Tuskegee,” which included a duet of “Endless Love” with him and Twain. Twain admitted on “Today” Friday that she “was petrified to do it” because she was before her operation. However, he noted that Richie “was very patient and loving with her.”
“I felt a confidence that I hadn’t felt in a long time, like I fell backwards and your friend said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll catch you.’ It was exactly that feeling, and I knew he would get me,” he said. “I knew he wouldn’t judge me, and I knew with his experience and his kindness that he would guide me and talk to me, so I had to trust. He didn’t trust my voice.”
Twain described singing with Lionel Richie as trusting that your friend will catch you when you fall. (Art Streiber/ABC via Getty Images)
Since then, Twain has accepted that her voice is forever different from what it used to be, but she is grateful that she will always be able to continue her career as a songwriter.
“If I lose my voice, it may not last forever, this procedure I had, I may not be able to sing satisfactorily again in the future, but as long as I have my mind and my creativity, I will write music,” Twain said.
Lori Bashian is an Entertainment Production Assistant for Fox News Digital.