Was LeAnn Rimes' Breakdown Caused by Twitter?

"I think it's really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets," confesses the singer, who recently finished a 30-day rehab program

LeAnn Rimes apparently has a love-hate relationship with social media. The country singer, who tweets messages to her fans every day, says that sites like Twitter and Facebook contributed to her emotional breakdown. In her first post-rehab interview, Rimes, 30, explained the toll that internet criticism has taken on her.

"I think it’s really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets," Rimes told the Boston Herald. "And it’s hard to take it day after day of reading and seeing things that someone you don’t even know says about you. As much as you said you don’t want it to penetrate, it does, because you’re human."

At the end of August, Rimes announced that she was entering a 30-day treatment program to deal with "anxiety and stress." In the new interview, she explained that the decision wasn't as dramatic as it sounds.

"I've been in therapy my whole life," she told the Herald. "I like going. I like being able to have that third-party input and someone to listen that has nothing to do with your life. Everyone has an opinion of how I am and how I should be, and now I’m focusing on how I want to be."

The singer doesn't seem to be hitting rock bottom anytime soon. She continued to play concerts during her rehab stay, and last week, she went on a family outing to the Batman Live premiere with husband Eddie Cibrian and his sons. Having just celebrated her 30th birthday, Rimes says she's thinking of the milestone as a chance to start over.

"I have felt like I’ve had a piece of tape over my mouth the last four years. I wanted to start the next 30 years of my life on a great foot," she declared.

Rimes has been a target for criticism ever since she and Cibrian left their respective spouses, Brandi Glanville and Dean Sheremet, to be with one another. Not coincidentally, that was four years ago. We wonder what she'll say to her critics now that she's ripped off the metaphorical tape!

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