I mean, she said as much herself in her 1997 song “That Don’t Impress Me Much”:
“Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt,
That don’t impress me much, So you got the looks, but have you got the touch”
Of course, the point of the song is that she doesn’t care about a guys outward appearance or success, and that she cares more about the kind of person he is and what’s on the inside.
But, that didn’t stop everyone from wondering why Brad Pitt was the one real life celebrity guy she singled out by name in the lyrics.
Back in 2017, she explained to Billboard that it was a misunderstanding and the shade had nothing to do with what she saw in the nude photos of Brad and Gwyneth Paltrow back in the day:
“You wanna know the truth about this story? I have never told this before, I’m gonna say it now, but everybody already knows about it ‘cuz it was out.
But I remember, I had a girlfriend visiting me, and it was near Christmas and we were baking cookies.
And I was writing this album, and there was scandal of him and Gwyneth where there were naked photos of them, okay? And this was like all the rage, right?”
She said what she meant by that line is that she didn’t understand why people were making such a big deal about the photos to begin with, because we see naked people every single day:
“I just thought ‘I don’t know what all the fuss is about.’ And this is where I took it from. I’m like, well that don’t impress me much, I mean what is all the fuss.
We see people naked everyday, you know? And that’s really what I thought.”
She reiterated that it had nothing to do with Brad’s manhood, and that those lyrics could’ve been replaced with any other hot guy you know of instead… but I have to think she knew people would be skeptical about why she included his name specifically for this song:
“I wasn’t picking on Brad Pitt, but that was just the association in that moment and things that we make fusses about and whatever. Of course, it could’ve been any gorgeous guy.”
Whatever you say, Shania…
“That Don’t Impress Me Much” was co-written by Shania and her ex-husband and former producer, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, and released in released in 1998 as the seventh single from her 1997 third studio album, Come On Over. It was a top 10 single for her, peaking at #8 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart.