October 26, 2012 04:00 PM by Donna W. Martin
Yesterday, we learned that former Nashville Star host, LeAnn Rimes checked into rehab just after her 30th birthday. The country music singer spent 30 days in rehab battling stress and anxiety over her past and the decisions she’s made. But now, she’s able to say, “I made my choices and I’m living with them,” and looks forward to the release of her new album, Spitfire in the spring.
According to ABC News, in an interview with Katie Couric, Rimes speaks about rehab and says, “I think this is the best birthday gift I could ever give myself is just to once again be honest with myself and break down the things that I’ve struggled with for so long.”
The treatment program Rimes sought was designed specifically to help her learn to cope with stress and anxiety. She told Couric the most important thing she learned throughout her stint in rehab was to “be comfortable with me outside of what I can do.” Rimes explained, “Everything worked around my voice. It was the way that I lived my life,” she said. “If that was taken away, I want to know who I am outside of that.”
Rimes’ new album, Spitfire, due out this spring is all about communication and deals with everything from hurting former husband, Dean Sheremet to her extra-marital affair with current husband, Eddie Cibrian. Rimes explains that the album was a way for her to release pent up anger she’d carried for so long. “The album’s called ‘Spitfire,’ because I literally feel like at times, I’m spitting fire,” she said.
Rimes talked about a few of the songs on her upcoming album and what they mean to her. She relates Rimes “What Have I Done,” to cheating on former husband, Sheremet saying, “I’ve carried a lot of guilt for a long time,” and said when Sheremet heard the song; he “probably knew what it was about before I did.”
Another song, “Borrowed” struck a deep chord with Rimes because it is about the affair with now husband, Eddie Cibrian. “I carried [“Borrowed”] around with me for about eight months, because I was so unsure of how to write it, without offending anyone, because I had to be so honest in order to write it,” she said.
“It was very, very difficult.” Rimes said about dealing with criticism over her choices. “I wouldn’t wish it on anyone…and especially in the public eye to go through all of it,” she said. “I made my choices and I’m living with them. And I also have learned from them and I’ve talked about this so much. But I know that…I’m not the only person that goes through this. There’s so many that do.” After spending 30 days in rehab, Rimes said, “I feel like I am starting over.”
Do you think people were right to criticize Rimes for her choices? Do you plan to buy her new album, Spitfire? Post a comment below and let us know.
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