After a 15-year hiatus, Shania Twain’s big comeback to the music scene has hitted the wrong note (pun intended, of course).
In an interview with The Guardian, the Canadian singer described the story of her current return to the music scene, but also dropped a few, shall we say, surprises. The most shocking of these? The fact that, had he been able to vote in the 2016 US elections, she would have cast her ballot for Donald Trump.
“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” the singer told the outlet. “Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bulls***. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Twain’s comments promptly received a deluge of intense criticism from her followers, who quickly took to Twitter to slam the singer. “Trump is honest? REALLY SIS? Just say you’re ignorant and go,” one user wrote. “Today was the day that @ShaniaTwain was cancelled. To be fair, she was bordering on it with that latest album as it was, never mind today’s little Trump-supporting revelation,” another one condemned.
After her controversial statements went viral, Shania issued a lengthy on her social media, apologizing for her comments that, according to her, needed “more context.”
“The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context. I am passionately against discrimination of any kind,” the singer said.
Twain continued: “My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”
Shania is about to embark on her first tour since 2002, with concerts in nearly 50 cities across the United States and Canada.