Alanis Morissette’s immensely successful album Jagged Little Pill was released on June 13, 1995. It reached the top 10 of the Billboard chart within six weeks and stayed on the chart for a total of 113 weeks and sold 33 million copies worldwide.
Alanis seems focused on the present these days, by the looks of her Twitter feed, she did gift followers with a throwback picture to the height of her commercial success.
— Alanis Morissette (@Alanis) May 13, 2015
The picture linked to an article Alanis wrote for a series entitled, “If I Were 22, What I’d Tell My Younger Self.” Alanis described her personal loneliness at the time she was touring to promote Jagged Little Pill. She concluded by revealing what she’d learned about relationships.
“And so that is what I would tell her, that it is possible to have real friends (which I now do), who value the same things I value, and who would tolerate (and even enjoy) my funny newfound lifestyle. And to never let go of that vision.”
On the occasion of the anniversary, let’s explore some little-known facts about Alanis.
Jagged Little Pill was her third release.
As Fusion recalled, Alanis got a recording deal at age 16 and was a pop star in Canada before shifting gears to rock. She scored a hit with her debut single, “Too Hot,” and shot a video that featured her dancing with attractive men.
She ran her first marathon at age 35.
Alanis told Runner’s World in 2009 that she was training to do the Bizz Johnson marathon near San Francisco. She infused her marathon training with a dedication to service, completing the race for the National Eating Disorders Association. She ran with her twin brother, Wade, with whom she says she has a “very telepathic” relationship.
She became an American citizen in 2005.
Alanis is one of Canada’s most famous daughters, but at age 30, she became a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. She told MSNBC that the citizenship ceremony held personal meaning for her.
“There was a turning point during the ceremony where I felt connected to this country in a way that I didn’t quite expect. America has been really great to me and I have felt welcomed since the day I came here.”
She dated Ryan Reynolds for five years.
Alanis Morissette and Ryan Reynolds started dating in 2002 and got engaged in 2004. It was a long engagement that never ended in marriage; the couple announced their separation in 2007. Reynolds would go on to marry Scarlett Johansson in 2008 and divorce her in 2011. Reynolds then married his current wife, Blake Lively, in 2012, with whom he has one child.
She became a mom on Christmas Day.
Alanis and her husband, Mario “Souleye” Treadway, welcomed a baby boy, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, on December 25, 2010. The couple had married in May of that year. Last month, Alanis sent out an anniversary message to her husband.
— Alanis Morissette (@Alanis) May 22, 2015
[Left Image: Alanis Morissette, May 20, 2015, Frazer Harrison / Getty Images Entertainment; Right Image: Alanis Morissette, September 7, 1995, Frank Micelotta / Hulton Archive / Getty]