Shania Twain, whose given name is Eilleen Regina Edwards, was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Timmons, Ontario, with a brief stint in Toronto.
Twain grew up Christian, but practiced a syncretic eastern philosophy called Sant Mat with her first husband. The philosophy emphasizes meditation, yoga, non-violence, and eating a vegetarian diet–among other things.
She kept her life very private during this time, so we don’t know a whole lot about her spiritual practices. We know she’s a vegetarian and that she practices yoga, but that’s about it. Regardless of the details, she’s obviously a spiritual person:
I’m always soul searching on a spiritual level. That’s a permanent occupation of mine, I think, for the rest of my life.
But Twain’s been pretty pissed ever since her husband left her for her best friend, so there’s at least a decent chance she ditched the philosophy with the man.
Twain says she’s not a political person, or at least she’s tolerant of other viewpoints and wants to keep hers to herself:
I’m not the politician, and I just completely remove myself from that. I don’t have anything against or for any particular person or point of view on politics. I have my own opinions, but my songs don’t share them.
That didn’t stop both Hillary Clinton and Al Gore from using her song, “Rock This Country!” during their campaigns. I guess they didn’t care that she’s a Canadian who lives in Switzerland.
Twain hasn’t come out for or against hot political issues like gay marriage, but she did get a shout-out from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for being one of their “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities.”