Canadian country singer Shania Twain, 52, is facing backlash from fans over a recent interview where she stated she would have voted for Donald Trump had she been eligible to vote in the U.S. election.
The latest twist in a career that has spanned 25 years came in the form of an interview Twain had with The Guardian. In it, she admitted that she would have voted for Trump because “even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.”
She asked, “Do you want straight or polite?” and added, “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?”
Then, in an effort to backpedal, she tweeted a series of apologies that backfired with fans. A Twitter storm ensued, with angry fans swearing off Twain because of her purported support for the president.
The first of four tweets from Twain began with her apology to anyone she might have offended with her Guardian interview, stating that the question caught her off guard and that she regretted, as a Canadian, answering the question without providing more context for her answer.
The second tweet assured her fans that she is “passionately” against discrimination of any kind and hoped that it was clear from the choices she has made, and the people that she has stood with that she doesn’t “hold any common moral beliefs with the current president.”
In her third tweet, Twain said her “limited” understanding was that President Trump “talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician.”
In her final tweet, she added that her answer to the interview question was “awkward” and emphasized that she does not endorse the president.
Twain concluded her comments with the assurance that she makes music to unite people and that her path would always be one of inclusiveness “as my history shows.”
Twain has been making headlines in the news in recent months since she emerged to promote a new tour.
She recently opened up about her battle with Lyme disease, which she contracted in 2003. The disease resulted in the paralysis of her vocal chords and the need for a laryngoplasty to reconstruct her vocal box.
She didn’t know if she would sing ever again. Then she re-emerged in 2012 with a two-year residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas that grossed nearly $50 million.
Twain, the top-selling female country artist of all time, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy Awards in her career since her freshman self-titled album debuted in 1993.
Twain is going on tour from May-December to promote her latest album, entitled Now. It marks her first album after a long hiatus from recording. Her previous album Up! was released in 2002.