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Country superstar Shania Twain married her beau in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day. An announcement posted on the singer's website says she and Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud exchanged vows at sunset in the community of Rincon in front of 40 family members and friends.

The couple confirmed their engagement last month.

The 45-year-old Timmins, Ont., native describes Thiébaud as "a compassionate, understanding friend" who has helped her emerge from 21/2 years of emotional turmoil.

Twain first confirmed in August 2009 that she was dating Thiébaud after her divorce from Robert "Mutt" Lange - who allegedly had an affair with Twain's best friend and Thiébaud's wife, Marie-Anne Thiébaud.

The 45-year-old singer from Ontario, Canada, said she reached out to Frédéric Thiébaud in the aftermath, writing on her website last year that she had found "a dear friend and true gentleman."

The marriage comes as Twain prepares to launch a TV show on Oprah Winfrey's cable channel, OWN, which was launched on Saturday. Why Not? With Shania Twain will feature the songstress opening up about her heartbreak and reveal how she's moving on.

In a letter to fans in December, Twain wrote: "In the last two and a half years of adjusting to life after separation and divorce, I needed to lean on others more often than I was accustomed to.

"I am excited to share some personal news with you: I'm in love!" she said, adding that Thiébaud was "a compassionate, understanding friend and over time, an amazing love has blossomed from this precious friendship."

Twain and music producer Lange had married in 1993, six months after meeting. Living between homes in New Zealand and Switzerland, the couple had a son who was six when they separated.

Canadian Press