LeAnn Rimes Talks Cheating, "Bad Mom" Accusations

When the world met LeAnn Rimes, she was a fresh-faced thirteen-year-old country singer -- but she lost some of that innocence last year, when she left her husband for married man (and expectant father) Eddie Cibrian. While she got a lot of flack from fans and the media (not to mention Cibrian's ex-wife), Rimes, 28, seems to be successfully moving forward with her life. In a new interview for Shape Magazine, Rimes -- clad in a bikini on the cover -- reflects on her decision to cheat.

"My relationship with Dean was great, but ultimately it wasn't a fulfilling marriage for either of us," Rimes confesses. "We got married so young: I was 19 and he was 21, so as we got older, we grew apart."

Rimes doesn't regret leaving the relationship, but she does realize that she could have handled the break-up in a more respectful way: "I understand why people are disappointed in me... I think any relationship is hard to get out of, and I don't think the way I did it was right."

But when all is said and done, the singer believes that she learned a lot from the whole fiasco.

"I truly believe there are lessons in it for me to learn," she says. "Cultivating strength from rough situations is the most important thing. After going through this, I know I can face anything."

Rimes, who recently welcomed Cibrian and his two sons into her home, tells Shape that she dealt with the stress of this past year through prayer, meditation, journaling -- and hour-long boxing sessions at the gym!

Unfortunately, we see some more boxing sessions in her future: after Rimes tweeted on Saturday that one of Cibrian's sons was in the emergency room ("Everyone's fine, just a minor accident"), Cibrian's ex-wife ranted to E! News about Rimes' "bad parenting."

"The last time (Rimes and Eddie) had the boys, Jake ended up getting seven stitches. I had to call in a plastic surgeon to stitch up Jake's forehead," says the boys' irate mother.

Rimes took to Twitter to defend herself, as she's done many times this year.

The accusations in the article are disturbing and wrong, Rimes tweeted. ...The truth in this is that Mason slipped and fell on WATER in our house. That's the ONLY truth. If the story was researched properly, this "story" would have never been written... I'm usually silent when it comes to these articles, but this crosses the line.

When not dealing with personal drama, Rimes is promoting her new album, coming in October.

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