SHANIA Twain enjoyed a romantic break in New York before announcing her engagement.
The 'That Don't Impress Me Much' hitmaker had a "great time" on her annual pre-Christmas trip to the city with her partner Frederic Thiebaud, shopping for festive gifts and dining out in restaurants prior to revealing the news on December 20.
A source told People magazine: "They had a great time in New York. They did tons of Christmas shopping and ate out at places like Nobu and Serafina.
"She loves taking in the sights New York has to offer during the holidays. It's her favourite time of year there."
Shania has long-spent the build up to the festive period in the city, previously with her partner Robert 'Mutt' Lange, but just after their split two years ago she was seen with 40-year-old Frederic in New York, although pals said they were just "friends".
A friend at the time said: "They're friends. There's nothing more to it - at this time."
Shania ended her 14 year marriage to Robert in May 2008 when he embarked on a relationship with Frederic's ex-wife Marie-Anne Thiebaud, with the Canadian singer and the Nestle executive striking up a romance soon afterwards.
A friend of Shania's said earlier this week: "I've never seen Shania so happy. She has ended up with the love of her life."
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