Shania Twain details her 'threatening' battle with COVID: 'I was pretty much dying'

The country star opened up about her near-death experience, and how it inspired her new album.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Shania Twain visits Bauer Media on September 22, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Bauer Media)
Shania Twain revealed that she was "pretty much dying" during her battle with COVID-19. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Bauer Media)
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Shania Twain has a new perspective on life following her "threatening" battle with COVID-19.

The 57-year old songstress opened up about the experience when she sat down with Apple Music's Zane Lowe ahead of the release of her new album "Queen of Me."

Twain shared the harrowing details of being "airvacked by a special team" in order to receive life-saving treatment for COVID pneumonia. Once she arrived in hospital, Twain, who is also asthmatic, revealed that her health took a turn for the worse.

“Every day my lungs were filling up with inflammation. Every day," she said. "Within 12 days, I was pretty much dying.”

Shania Twain spoke with Apple Music's Zane Lowe about her battle with COVID-19. Image via Youtube/AppleMusic.
Shania Twain spoke with Apple Music's Zane Lowe about her battle with COVID-19. Image via Youtube/AppleMusic.

Twain credits her recovery to plasma therapy, along with the support of hospital staff who helped keep her spirit optimistic.

"They didn’t tell me how many more days of plasma therapy that I could not respond to before I was now then on a respirator," she explained.

“I was halfway into what would’ve been considered my maximum treatment. They didn’t say that, which was great.”

Twain recalled how her experience with COVID-19 helped inspire her songwriting, which she says came from "a place of gratitude" as she wrote her latest album, and particularly the song "Inhale/Exhale Air."

"I wrote a song about all the things that you can do with air that we take for granted," she said. "All the things that you can celebrate, like blowing bubbles and flying balloons and dancing, throwing your hands up in the air — all the things."

In addition to sharing her near-death experience and subsequent songwriting, the "From This Moment On" singer discussed everything from her early time in the music industry to appearing onstage alongside Harry Styles at Coachella.

In April 2022, Styles and Twain performed two of her biggest hits, "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" and "You're Still The One" — an experience she later described as "one of the highlights of my career."

"He's one of these kids that's part of the generation that 25, 30 years ago were 4, 5, 6 years old in the audience," she shared in an interview with Today. 

"Now it's this full-circle moment where they are old enough now to speak for themselves and they can come and see me without the parents and express their admiration for my music and to thank me for the inspiration. It's very rewarding for me to still be doing this and to hear their gratitude in person."

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