Shania Twain says she needs time to mend her "broken heart" following her marriage breakdown.
The singer has thanked her fans for their support since she split from Robert 'Mutt' Lange after 14 years of marriage, and is hoping to express her emotions through her music.
She wrote on her official blog: "As I am sure you have seen or heard, I am going through a rough time personally in my life. I wanted you all to know that I could not be getting through this without you. Your letters, emails and words of encouragement give me strength. Your overwhelming support reminds me to smile, no matter how deep the pain and to always be grateful for all the beautiful blessings in my life.
"I have so much to say but I know the best way for me to speak is through my music. This is my therapy, my passion, and my love. I look forward to sharing it with all of you as I begin this new journey. I need some time to heal this broken heart but make no mistake. I will be back and hopefully stronger than ever. Thank you my friends, from the bottom of my heart."
Shania, 42, and 59-year-old producer Robert first met in 1993 and married just six months later.
Rumours their relationship was in trouble first surfaced in 2000, but the couple stayed together, and moved to Switzerland shortly after reports emerged.
Shania and Robert worked together extensively, with him producing and co-writing many of her hits including You're Still the One and Man! I Feel Like A Woman!.
The couple have a seven-year-old son Eja D'Angelo.
While it was reported Shania's friend Marie-Anne Thiebaud is the reason behind the split following her affair with Robert, both parties have denied the allegations.
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