What a difference a new hairdo makes.
Canadian country queen Shania Twain, 58, has popped up on her stylist’s Instagram account, looking truly unrecognisable in a new photo.
“Blush locks for legendary @shaniatwain,” he captioned the photo, showing off her pink-hued blonde makeover.
While some fans praised the new look as “gorgeous”, others were thrown by just how different the singer looked.
“She doesn’t look like herself anymore,” one complained, while another wrote: “This isn’t Shania.”
A photo of Twain taken just one week ago at the Grammys shows just how different she looks with the new ‘do:
In truth, Twain has become something of a style chameleon in recent years, experimenting with different wigs and costumes during her live performances and red carpet appearances.
Twain was one of the biggest singers of the ’90s with hits like From This Moment On and Man! I Feel Like A Woman from the 1997 album Come On Over, which sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
She took a long musical sabbatical after the release of 2002’s Up!, after which she didn’t release another studio album for 15 years.
Perhaps the biggest stumbling block to Twain releasing new music during that time was her painful, public divorce from the man who had co-written and produced all of her music.
Twain and producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange married in 1993, and their romantic partnership also produced some of the biggest hits of the ’90s – Lange’s fingerprints were all over Twain’s glossy, radio-friendly country pop singles.
But their marriage dissolved amid scandal in 2008, when it emerged that Lange had an affair with Twain’s best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud.
Confronted with the fact her husband and best friend were having an affair, Twain fell into a deep depression. She even emailed her (now former) friend to beg for her husband back.
“I am dying, and I can’t take it any more. This is killing me. Have mercy,” she wrote.
In her 2011 memoir From This Moment On, she wrote that she barely ate or slept and felt “ready to die”.
The person who broke the news of the affair to Twain was her best friend’s husband, Frederic, who had stumbled across evidence that his wife was cheating with Lange.
Both shattered by their spouses’ betrayal, Twain and Frederic found solace with each other – and soon embarked upon a relationship of their own.
On January 1, 2011, three years after she and Frederic discovered they were both being cheated on by their respective partners, Shania Twain married her ex-best friend’s ex-husband. Mutt and Marie-Anne were not invited to the wedding.
The other big obstacle stopping Twain from resuming her singing career: The stress of the divorce made her quite literally lose her voice.
Following the split she was diagnosed with dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that made it difficult for her to speak, let alone sing, and it took years for her voice to recover.