Shania Twain says dinner with Oprah Winfrey ‘everything went wrong’ over religion: ‘No room for debate’


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Shania Twain has revealed that a dinner date with Oprah Winfrey took an awkward turn on the topic of religion.

During an appearance on the Table Manners podcast hosted by Jennie and Lennie Ware, the 57-year-old Canadian-born country singer recalled that one of her “most memorable dinners” was with the talk show icon 68-year-old show.

“She’s such a smart woman and it’s great to sit down and have some real talk,” Twain said, after noting the two had dinner at a restaurant.

Shania Twain has revealed that a dinner date with Oprah Winfrey took an awkward turn on the topic of religion.
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“But as soon as we started talking about religion, everything went wrong,” she added.

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“So I said, let’s stop talking about religion,” the “You’re Still The One” singer continued.

Twain went on to say that Winfrey was “pretty religious”. When Ware, 37, asked Twain about her own religious beliefs, she explained, “I’m not religious in the sense that I’m dedicated to a religion. I’m much more of a spiritual person.”

She added, “I’m a researcher.”

Ware said, “But at least you knew it just had to stop there.”

“Okay,” Twain nodded. “You know how everyone always says, ‘Never talk about politics or religion.'”

During an appearance on the "Table talks" podcast, Twain said dinner conversation "got sour" when the two started discussing religion.

During an appearance on the “Table Talks” podcast, Twain said the dinner conversation “turned sour” when the two started discussing religion.
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“It just wasn’t debatable,” the 5-time Grammy Award winner said. “There was no room for debate. And I like to debate. Canadians like to debate everything. So I’m like, ok, I’ll change the subject.”

Winfrey was raised in the Baptist Church and declared herself to be a Christian. However, in a 2015 interview with AARP.org, she said that although she prays every night, she does not consider herself a “traditionalist” since she does not attend church every Sunday.

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Although Ware introduced the topic by asking about Twain’s most memorable dinner parties of the 1990s, the hitmaker didn’t specify exactly when the outing with the media mogul happened.

Twain appeared on the Table Manners podcast to promote his new single "Waking up dreaming," her first new song in five years.

Twain appeared on the Table Manners podcast to promote her new single “Waking Up Dreaming,” her first new song in five years.
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Twain appeared several times on Winfrey’s former talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” over the years. In May 2011, the singer sat down with the host for her first interview in more than five years, during which she opened up about the painful breakdown of her marriage to Robert “Mutt” Lange.

She also revealed that she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease and dysphonia, a disorder that affected her vocal cords and resulted in a weakened singing voice.

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On May 8, 2011, Twain debuted his six-episode docuseries “Why Not? With Shania Twain” on Winfrey’s Own Network.

Twain appeared on the Table Manners podcast to promote her new single “Waking Up Dreaming,” her first new song in five years.

She previously announced that she was working on her sixth studio album, which will be her first solo album since 2017’s “Now.”


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