Shania Twain is one of the most recognizable country music artists in the last 30 years, with hits such as “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” “You’re Still The One,” and “Any Man Of Mine.” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” one of her most popular songs, notably mocked actor, Brad Pitt. Shania Twain revealed her current relationship with Pitt more than two decades later.
‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ became a worldwide hit
“That Don’t Impress Me Much” was released as the seventh single from the country singer’s 1997 album Come On Over. It went on to become her third largest single on the Billboard Hot 100 and one of her all-time biggest singles.
The song went platinum in the United States, double platinum in the United Kingdom and Australia, and gold in Belgium, Germany, and New Zealand. It’s famed for Shania Twain’s feisty lyrics, one of which has sparked a lot of debate over the years.
“Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt,” Shania Twain sings. “That don’t impress me much / So you got the looks, but have you got the touch?” The lyric quickly blew up, with some wondering if Shania Twain and the Hollywood heartthrob had had a short-lived fling.
Shania Twain still hasn’t met Brad Pitt.
In a recent interview, Shania Twain was questioned about Pitt’s recent red carpet-appearance at the screening of his 2022 film Bullet Train.
“I think he looks great, whatever he does,” the country singer told Access. “You know, he’s a cool guy. I’ve never met him yet…so, this is why I really can’t speak about what I think of Brad Pitt because I don’t really know Brad Pitt.”
She continued, “I often wonder — it must drive him a little bit crazy because it’s one of those songs that just never goes away.” Some have wondered: if Shania Twain and Pitt have never met, what led to her including his name in the lyrics for the now-famous “That Don’t Impress Me Much?”
Why did Shania Twain name Brad Pitt in ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’?
In a 2017 interview with Billboard, the country singer explained why she chose to mention the famed actor in the song.
“You want to know the truth about this story?” she asked. “I’ve never told this before. I’m going to say it now. I remember I had a girlfriend 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 [were] naked photos of him.”
Shania Twain is alluding to naked images of Pitt and then-girlfriend Paltrow obtained in 1995 by trespassing paparazzi while the couple was on vacation. Playgirl magazine published the photos, and the actor successfully sued the outlet for doing so.
“This was, like, all the rage,” Shania Twain continued. “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.”
“I wasn’t picking on Brad Pitt,” she insisted. “But 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.”