Shania Twain fans may have noticed she's taken a step back from her music and the country singer has revealed the reason for her music hiatus is because she contracted Lyme disease.
Speaking in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times, the 51-year-old said that in 2011 the medical condition dysphonia led to her vocal struggles, but now her condition of Lyme disease was the cause of all her vocal strains.
“I learned a lot about myself, and my voice, both because I’d been having a lot of problems with my voice prior, and because this was a real plunge into the unknown,” she told The Los Angeles Times.
Lyme disease an infection caused by a bacteria spread through ticks and can be incredibly painful with symptoms including, rashes, joint pain and weakness in limbs.
She said voice-strengthening exercises and intense vocal warm-ups which have helped her recover and even go on to perform a Las Vegas residency from 2012 to 2014.
“A singer’s typical problem is nodules on the vocal cords from overuse or poor technique,” she said.
“That was not my problem. My problem isn’t unique, or rare, but the exercises are very different than for nodules, and I can’t get an operation for mine," she continued.
Now that the singer has overcome her hurdles and is treating herself, fans can expect a new album which is set to be released in September.