SHERYL CROW: ‘I’ve attracted people who are very… challenged’

The singer Sheryl Crow, at home in Nashville

Craig McLean writes as follows: She’s endured life-threatening illnesses, crazed stalkers, and a doomed relationship with Lance Armstrong. But you won't hear Sheryl Crow crying on her new country album.

On Sheryl Crow’s farm, sipping PG Tips in the singer’s McMansion-like home, there are many things to discuss. Things such as this 50-acre spread half-an-hour’s drive from Nashville, the result of a 20-year career in which she has sold upwards of 35 million records. Or her new album, which is the nine-times-Grammy-winner’s first country collection. Or her battles with breast cancer and a brain tumour. Or the two sons the 52-year-old adopted as a single mother seven and four years ago.

But first, there’s a boil to lance: Crow’s former fiancé, Lance Armstrong. The couple dated for almost three years between 2003-2006. Ancient – and brief – history. But the ...

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