LeAnn Rimes: "I Was Fat"

In an interview with Chelsea Handler, the singer talks about the public's perception of her weight and her penchant for wearing bikinis

Let's give LeAnn Rimes some credit for agreeing to be a guest on Chelsea Lately, despite the fact that host Chelsea Handler vociferously criticized the country star during her highly publicized divorce. (Handler took aim at Rimes for having an extramarital affair with Eddie Cibrian, whom she's since married.)

However, the big topic of conversation during their interview on Thursday night was the public's fascination with Rimes' skinny body. But, as the 29-year-old singer sees it, she simply used to be fat -- and now she's not. (Watch the interview below.)

"People are giving you a lot of crap about your body, saying that you're like anorexic or something," Handler, 36, pointed out, kicking off the discussion. "Why are you so much thinner than you were?"

"Well, I was a baby," Rimes replied. "I mean, (the public has) known me since I was 13. I was fat. No, I'm just saying I had baby fat! I was chubby. And I grew up. That's it. Like, I work out."

And when Handler asked Rimes why she's always being photographed in skimpy bikinis, LeAnn -- who's cleavage-baring ensemble showed that she has clearly embraced her sex appeal -- had her answer at the ready.

"I am on the damn beach, for God's sake," she said. "I'm not going shopping or to the grocery store in a bikini." Touche, Ms. Rimes!

As for the trash-talking Handler did during Rimes' divorce, the pair certainly addressed that.

"I know that you've seen me talking s*** about you," Handler said.

"Absolutely. I have, which is more why I wanted to come on," Rimes replied. "And I was watching your show thinking I could get a laugh out of it, instead I was laughing at you laughing at me."

But Rimes doesn't seem to hold a grudge -- she admitted that watching Chelsea Lately was the "first time I could laugh and cry at the same time."

"Well, your divorce was great memories for me, too," quipped Handler. Zing!

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