Shania Twain has revealed that she once had a really awkward moment with talk show icon Oprah Winfrey over dinner when the conversation turned to religion.
The 57-year-old country singer sat down for a podcast interview on Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware to promote the latest single Waking Up Dreaming, revealing how things quickly turned “sour” with Oprah, 68.
Explaining that it was “one of my most memorable dinners” with Oprah, which took place in a restaurant, Shania recalled how she felt a disagreement between them about their religious beliefs.
“It was great to just have real conversations, but as soon as we started talking about religion, things went wrong,” Shania confessed.
Shania Twain’s latest single Waking Up Dreaming was released earlier this month. And during her promotional tour for the song, the country singer sat down for a podcast interview on Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware.
“So, I said, ‘Let’s stop talking about religion,'” Twin recalled, adding that Oprah—who grew up in the Baptist church and is a Christian—”is very religious.”
The country singer called Oprah “a smart lady.”
She clarified her stance on the subject, noting that she is “not religious in the sense that I am committed to a religion. I am much more of a spiritual person. I’d say I’m a seeker.’
Shania, who was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, went on to hint at how things were getting awkward between herself and Oprah, making it clear that she likes to debate things.
She added: ‘There was no room for debate, and I like to debate. Canadians like to discuss everything. So I’m like, “Oh, okay. It’s time to change the subject.”
The singer explained that at the time of the dinner, the star was open to a conversation about their religious differences, but said “it just wasn’t debatable” and didn’t go any further.
During the podcast, the star repeated the phrase: “Everyone always says, ‘Never talk about politics or religion.'”
Oprah has previously been candid about her religious journey, describing herself as “spiritual” in a 2015 interview with AARP Bulletin, noting that she was “born in the church.”
The 57-year-old artist recalled a dinner she had with Oprah Winfrey that turned “sour” after they started talking about religion.
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“I’ve certainly always been spiritual, raised by my grandmother on that little acre in Mississippi, indoctrinated, born in the Church and the practices of the Church,” she said at the time.
The TV host elaborated on, explaining that she “grew up in the Baptist church” and recalling a time when – at age eight – she “spent days with tormenting… [over] if she was really ready to give up sin’.
Star Power: Last week her song Waking Up Dreaming was released; she also revealed that her sixth studio album will be released next year; pictured in 1999
She noted that she doesn’t consider herself a “traditionalist” when it comes to religion, despite praying every night, as she didn’t go to church every Sunday.
And while her conversation with Shania took a turn for the “sour” on religious debate, at the time of her AARP interview, Oprah said she considered herself “inclusive” of all people, no matter what religion they believed in.
“If I lived in a world that didn’t include other people who aren’t Christian, that would be the opposite of Christianity,” she said.
“I can’t define ‘God’, so being open to the mystical and mystery of God is a natural part of myself. So people criticize me for not being what they are, and I say it works for me and has worked for me and continues to work for me, in a way that fills me with a sense of peace and contentment about what God means to me .’
Shania was featured on Oprah’s former talk show and worked on the docuseries Why Not? from 2011. With Shania Twain.
The series was on Oprah’s network – OWN – and had six episodes.
Her song Waking Up Dreaming came out last week; she also revealed that her sixth studio album will be released next year.