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"[My] whole life has been out there for everyone to judge," LeAnn Rimes said recently, in an interview with Us Weekly.
And judge her they have. A casual Internet search of her name produces countless articles about her weight, her feud with reality star Brandi Glanville, and the catalyst for that feud -- her 2009 affair with Glanville's then-husband, Eddie Cibrian.
Things are better now. Rimes, 30, is happily married to Cibrian, has a new album (Spitfire, out June 4), and claims her weight fluctuations (which she attributed to stress) are now under control.
And she's been surprisingly frank and forthcoming about her personal travails over the last five years. She told the magazine that her guilt about cheating with a married man -- and the public backlash it set off -- sent her on an "emotional roller coaster."
"I was feeling all these crazy emotions and feeling terrible about myself and was disgusted by myself, and thought I was pathetic," she said. The pressure led her to check herself into a mental health facility in August 2012. "I went in and took care of myself because I was stressed, I was depressed and anxious, and I didn't know how to process everything…Going away was something I really needed to do."
Clearly, Rimes cares very much what her audience thinks of her. And some fans might choose not to forgive her. Glanville certainly hasn't. “She’s not going to win any fans by writing a song about breaking up a family," Glanville told In Touch Weekly about Rimes' upcoming album. "It’s old news -- no one wants to hear you cry over getting everything you wanted.”
Yes, it's hard to feel sorry for Rimes, considering she got the guy in the end. But at some point, we have to accept that Rimes has owned up to her mistakes and let her move on. And the public outrage has already begun to fizzle -- especially considering the less-than-dignified comments that Glanville has launched into the Twitter-sphere and in print (arguably forfeiting her claim on righteous indignation).
And she might take heart from this: Right or wrong, nobody seems to be mad at Brad Pitt anymore -- and he cheated on the lovable Jennifer Aniston!