Back in the late '90s, when Shania Twain released her single "That Don't Impress Me Much," Brad Pitt was at one of his many peaks, dating Gwyneth Paltrow, still somewhat fresh off an Academy Award nomination, and gearing up to star in Fight Club—hence Twain's name drop in her lyrics about a man who just won't get the message, "Okay, so you're Brad Pitt/That don't impress me much."
These days, though, Pitt is not doing so hot: Since his wife, Angelina Jolie, announced that they are no more, recently, the Hollywood god has been forced to come out as painfully human—that is to say, to reveal himself as a 53-year-old father of six who's not only in the midst of a divorce, but of a long-neglected go at sobriety after having abused drugs and alcohol for decades. ("I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something," he told GQ Style in a shockingly honest cover story earlier this year.)
None of that, though, seems to have made much of an impression on Twain, because it's at this tortured time in Pitt's life that she's finally chosen to reveal the real reason why she included Pitt's name in her single—which is apparently not because he "got the looks," as she originally completed the lyric about two decades ago.
"I remember I had a girl friend visiting me and it was near Christmas and we were baking cookies. I was writing this album and there was a scandal of [Pitt] and Gwyneth [Paltrow] where there was naked photos of him," Twain told Billboard, describing paparazzi images of the pair laying out in the West Indies that appeared in Playgirl, which Pitt then sued.
And while Pitt eventually won over the magazine, apparently he didn't win over Twain: "This was like all the rage," she recalled. "I just thought, 'I don't know what all the fuss is about.' I'm like, well that don't impress me much, I mean what is all the fuss. We see people naked every day. That's really what I thought."
Still, Twain insisted, she "wasn't picking on Brad Pitt": "That was just the association in that moment and things we make fusses about and whatever. Of course, it could have been any gorgeous guy."
And of course, this could have been any old bit of gossip Twain had up her sleeve to promote the release of Now, her first studio album since 2002—a publicity tactic that Pitt, who's spent a lot of time next to Jolie, who is a famously guileful PR operator, should understand. And surely, it don't impress him much, either.
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