On Sunday morning, the Guardian published a long profile of Shania Twain, timed to the country-pop superstar’s new tour that will begin next week.
In the second-to-last paragraph, Canadian-born Twain revealed that if she had been eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election, she would have supported Donald Trump.
“I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” said Twain, 52.
Twain, the highest-selling solo female artist in country music history, apologized Sunday night after the backlash intensified.
Twain also emphasized that she does not endorse Trump.
Twain emphasized inclusivity and that she is “Passionately against discrimination” because many were discouraged to see someone considered an LGBT-friendly artist say they would vote for Trump, who supported a ban on transgender people serving in the military, among other policies.
These days, it’s very unusual to see a country singer make any sort of political statement, but Twain has operated outside the typical Nashville, Tennessee, realm for years.