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LeAnn Rimes Talks 'Starting Over' After Rehab

LeAnn Rimes Talks 'Starting Over' After Rehab

LeAnn Rimes sits down with Katie Couric for an interview during the All Access Nashville special airing on Friday (October 26) on ABC.

“I feel like I am starting over even though I’ve had all these years behind me. How many people get to (start) over again in this day and age?” LeAnn said about getting a second chance after receiving treatment for anxiety and stress.

“People look at you and go why are you struggling? …No one can quite understand why you hurt so badly,” LeAnn added.

Catch LeAnn‘s interview on Katie on Thursday afternoon and during All Access Nashville with Katie Couric on Friday at 9/8c.

FYI: Katie is wearing an Elie Tahari blouse and skirt.

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  • Jess

    We all know she’s an attention wh….

  • urgh

    I try not to call people ugly, but I can’t help it with her. She is very very ugly. Inside and out.

    URGH. Go away. For a long while. Your pain is self inflicted and the world does NOT owe you any sympathy.

    Your lizard face gives me nightmares and anxiety

  • Tami

    I think she still has some major depression issues. until she can lean to change her behavior and thinking patterns, she’ll never be truely happy. blaming others and crying woe is me, nobody understands how deep i hurt, me, me, me, is narcissitic and doesn’t help anyone.
    get the F off twitter and social media-thats one way to start.

  • LeeSeol

    her face is really scary.

  • Rachel

    am i the only one who thinks leann rimes is manipulative liar?? or believes all of this is for ‘show’.. to gain sympathy from the public??

  • vickie

    trouble in paradise perhaps? eddie was spotted in colorado for a guy’s vacay this past weekend.

  • sunshine

    you could blindfold her with dental floss

  • Barb

    i bet the teacher/mother of 6 kids she’s sueing can relate to how bad leann struggles.

  • Octoberfest

    Oh brother….

  • No one Cares!

    NO ONE CARES about your pain Leann Rimes! You did this to yourself and this is just Karma giving you what you reaped! This is like the umpteenth interview you are giving to repair your reputation but you come off as narcissistic and self righteous. You are NOT the victim!

    Instead of talking about yourself…. why didn’t you talk about the pain you caused Dean, the boys and Brandi instead and how you are trying to make things better. They are the true victims of you and Eddie Cibrian’s selfish and deplorable behavior.

    Maybe if you concentrate on your new album and not cancelling concerts, your can save your dismal career.

  • Holly

    I pray every day that LeAnn is doing well and that she is able to shake the dust from her feet (Matthew 10:14) when dealing with those who do nothing but put down her every move. (bowing my head).

    God bless you and her always!

    Holly in East Tennessee (a day one fan of LeAnn).

  • Tanya

    i thought she just left rehab feeling happier and healthier than ever, but now she’s crying at the drop of a hat saying no one understands how bad she hurst. so is leann happier than ever, or sadder than anyone has ever been? i think she needs to get her money back from rehab. which makes me believe rehab was plastic surgery, and the reason why her face doesn’t move when she fake cries.

  • nomorerimes

    She felt left out of ABC’s special about country music women. Underwood, Swift, Lambert and McEntire were interviewed for this program and LR called and talked them into interviewing her even though she is soooo irrelevant in the country music scene now and even despised in Nashville. So we have to watch her “cry” (which she has admitted to being able to do on cue) about how stressed she is. She is the one who caused al this stress! She is the one who lied, cheated and harassed her hubby’s ex all this time. She spread her legs and got her “prize” husband. But she still had to push Brandi nose into all of it! Go away–SleazeAnn!

  • Melanie

    Oh brother, where does one start? It really seems that she did rehab to get sympathy from the public. She’s an attention-seeker and she wants to be liked, most people don’t like her and I bet that’s killing her. Solution; rehab. Most people who’ve been to rehab to get help, don’t shout it all over the media (with the exception of Lindsay Lohan, another famous attention whore with a narcissist complex), because rehab is a private thing to help yourself get better. Why publicize it at all? It’s not like she wants to help people, on the contrary, she wants people to have sympathy for her. I, for one, don’t have any. She and Eddie made their bed, now they can lie in it.

  • dobbi

    She’s over and done.

  • annie

    she is truly delusional. this woman has no self awareness whatsoever and is incapable of taking any responsibility for her actions.

  • kami

    i feel really sorry for this woman. she used to be so pretty and she’s ruined her face with plastic surgery and made it so tight she can’t even smile. why do women in hollywood feel the need to do that? she should stay in rehab till she gets her self esteem issues sorted out and starts to like herself for who she is.

  • Marco

    She used to be cute. She now looks like The Grinch/The Joker. Sad.

  • Magic Mike

    I don’t see why people aren’t all over that two faced b*tch DOOBIE’s case. First off she’s a celeb gazer leach, she gave LR the phone number, she’s a gossip freak and she’s homely like LR. Half those haters are mothers who spend all day, everyday online on Twitter. Calimama9 is one that Janic pineapple loser too.

  • betty

    Leann you are so predictable I knew that interview was just an excuse for another pity party,. If you think this will help your court case, wrong, you have blame also.You talk about starting over is Eddie ready to bail on you is that why you are hurting. You are a manipulator but you go to far. Que sera sera whatever will be will be.

  • Sara

    Happy Holidays to the Smileys, huh Leanne

  • Rilo

    All Access Nashville? She is not representative of Nashville at all.

  • uh huh


  • LooseLipz

    Now that’s a duo of annoying Twits.

  • thele

    don´t think she had a surgery, she lost lots of weight and that affected the shape of her face i think…about her personality i don´t know what to say besides the obvious: she struggling hard

  • Robin

    Who are LeAnn’s PR people? Do they secretly hate her just like the rest of the public do? Seriously, another “poor me” interview? She’s done this before to try to get public sympathy and it’s backfired every single time. Why do it again? They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. She’s spent the last few years, staging photo ops with over the top PDA, has tweeted non-stop about her utter bliss in her life and relationships, she’s appeared to be on perpetual vacation,has become a chronic concert canceler who cries illness or pain and is within mere hours, photographed happily posing and smiling for paparazzi. She even claimed to have had dental surgery and was again, only hours later announcing that she’d made herself a panini and reported to be drinking alcohol at a restaurant. Anyone who’s had dental surgery knows, your on soft foods for a week after and no dentist would allow alcohol when a person has a dental infection. It all reeks of publicity seeking and makes her look like a compulsive liar. I have always felt that it was wrong to knock a person when they are down, but with Leann, she seems to be down when it suits her. She’s obviously a person with zero self awareness. People don’t hate her for having an affair, they turned against her for her after behavior. She can’t seem to get that through her head and probably never will. She’ll just keep on playing victim and crying bullied. both of which, she is not.

  • Go Ask Alice

    Going backwards…
    6- She did not need to do this interview to say why she is sad, hurting ( Oh Plu-eaze), why she went to therapy rehabd.
    5-She should not have ever engaged in a twitter war first and then personal phone calling with some strangers, strangers from twitter. She gave out her personal phone number to some strangers to tell them how happy she is and /or has been saying on her twitter page how happy she is everyday. Who does this? What entertainer gives out their persoanl cell or home phone number to strangers? That is nuts! Suppose these two women were kooky and even they they are nuts, I don’t care if one is a teacher and mother, still, wacko, to contact this Rimes about things that are not their business and they know nothing about as in Rimes, Brandi, Eddie , Dean are NOT in OUR personal lives.
    Then for LeAnn, to contact these people, like suppose they are are stalkers. LeAnn, Eddie, and those two boys could have been killed!!!!!
    Why would any strangers viewpoints about LeAnn bother her?
    That is crazy on her part.
    4-She tweets too much about her daily move, everyday, something way too personal about her life with Eddie and mentions those kids. LeAnn and I said way last year, seems EDDIE should have had, told his Suga’mama money bag leAnn, to stop me ntioning the boys and their activites, whereabouts such as parent school meeting LeAnn went to, the b oys birthdays, shopping trips, soccor games,what she fixed for breakfast, lunch , dinner, their vacays, etc. Stop twittering about everyday poccurances in her life like that. Twitering about her shows, studio time, tv/movies, clothes, her pets, is ok and one thing. Generic things.
    3-LeAnn tweets all the time all these inspriartional messages..why. Overboard. What is her point? It is odd. Latest one. Tough times don’t last, tough couples do.
    Careful of what you say because, umm, she and Eddie are not a tough couple.
    READ me first. No, I don’t condone breaking up a family. Cheating on innocent spouses. Johhny Cash and June Carter were married when they got together. He was no prize for his first wife and when June got him, he was no prize. Drugs. Yeah. theirs lasted until she died and he died soon after.
    Their spouses moved on and I guess back then when , Cash nor Carter were with their then spouse much anyway. Still, how they started is how they started adn cannot be erased.
    Same for Reba and Narvel Blackstock. Same for Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Same for Garth Brooks and Trisha yearwood.
    their starts of how they got together was what it was. Ugly truth be told. I am NOTNOT in favor. LeAnn and Eddie seems to ahve recieved more flack. Only difference is none of those other spouses talked like Brandi and none of those other women, filed a lawsuit against the ex wife like LeAnn did and those other men ddid not sit back and let the new girl do this.
    3-leAnn needs to STFU.
    1-She got the prize Eddie. He got the prize , her. Seems to me, neither one of them is aprize .

  • Helen

    Well, someone has a record to sell.
    So better hustle up some “poor me” interviews to highlight all the self-inflicted pain and navel gazing that is her new album. This fake crying on cue and playing the victim is the current theme for her album. Leann needs your pity for all the pain and the hurt she has gone through (wrecking two marriages and childrens’ lives) but most of all she needs your money spent on this opus to herself.


    Sounds like Karma came around and knocked her cheating ass down! What goes around comes around.

  • Barbara Ella

    Guess I’m one of the few around who still kinda like Leann. gonna watch her on Katie tomorrow, at least she’s got too.

  • Go Ask Alice

    I don’t know why post got thumbs done. Take it typos are bad.
    I am only calling out the caharacters are they are: kooky-LeAnn, Eddie, and the twitter teacher -mother who called LeAnn.

  • betty

    @Go Ask Alice When you get a thumbs down it means you a hit a nerve and Leann supporters don’t like it. You nailed it!!! You told it like it is not the sugarcoated BS that Leann supporters like to hear. If Leann told the truth if she knows it her life would be so much different. The public forgiving but not to a chronic liar and faker.

  • gwen

    1) Prior to sitting down with Katie for this interview wasn’t Leann tweeting nonstop about how sick she was? So how did she get better so that she was able to do this interview with Katie? Even Eonline acknowledged that Leann looked healthy. So did Leann lie to her fans?

    2) “I feel like I am starting over even though I’ve had all these years behind me”

    So why is she doing the same amount of famewhoring “Woe is Me” interviews that she did in 2010 and 2011? This is how she starts over? By playing the victim? Didn’t she also say that she started over when she was married to Eddie?

    If she is a different person from the one who went into rehab, how come her tweeting hasn’t slowed down?

    3)” How many people get to (start) over again in this day and age?”

    Seriously?How many people can say that they get to start over? Does she not read the news? Didn’t Katie have to start her life over when her husband died?

    4)” LeAnn said about getting a second chance after receiving treatment for anxiety and stress.”

    Leann didn’t receive treatment. If she had she would have plastered the photos of herself at the facility all over the internet just like she does with those bikini montages and Brandi’s kids.

    5)”People look at you and go why are you struggling?”

    No they don’t. They know that Leann “struggles” because of her own doing.It’s her actions and words that cause her to “struggle” and that isn’t a mystery to anyone.

    6)” …No one can quite understand why you hurt so badly,” LeAnn added.”

    Why would anyone want to understand why she “hurts” when she doesn’t even take the time to understand how her actions continue to hurt Brandi and her kids?

    7) Where was Eddie during this interview? Someone said that they saw him in Colorado on Sunday.

    8) Doesn’t Leann do this every time she has an album or single release? Didn’t we hear this same thing in 2010 when she interviewed with Shape?

    9) Why is Leann’s outfit similar to what Brandi wore in September?

    10) What happened to Leann’s face? How did she go to rehab and come out with a different face? Was Rehab plastic surgery?

  • Juliette

    Yup, good old Eddie was in Colorado with his buddies instead of supporting Leann. I think they are dunzo. You can only take crazy for so long,.

  • Cat

    Leann is doing this interview because as always, Brandi Glanville will be on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a cast member NOT a guest on Nov. 5 or 6th. Leann hates the fact that Eddie’s ex is getting work and attention. So she tries to do interviews, articles or whatever she can to keep attention on herself instead of Brandi. She also SWF’s Brandi’s looks, bikinis and whatever she can. (Case in point: Brandi darkened her hair in her Twitter photo and Leann copied her. Did anyone also notice how quickly Leann goes from flipping her hair like a school girl to trying to hold back from laughing to crying?? Wasn’t it Leann that said long ago that she could “cry on cue” when she took her father to court? Hmmmmm, I see alligator tears and nothing but a CHARADE!!! Shame on Katie Couric!!

  • betty

    Leann you can’t get sympathy when you had none for Brandi and others.Brandi cried when you helped breakup her family when the man she loved and bore kids for betrayed her..Now he is doing it to you….Grow up and face life because no one is going to feel the pain but you , people having sympathy does not lessen the pain.and blaming others will not help you in the long run learning to cope is self taught no one can do it for you.

  • Go Ask Alice

    Oh, Thnx Betty.

  • Go Ask Alice



  • Belinda

    Okay, she cheats on her ex-husband with a man who was married with 2 kids. Marries him, and then decides to start competing with his ex, blocking Brandi fans, and encouraging her fans to write hateful messages against her, And now she is whining poor me, some people don’t like me? What is there to like? Granted she has a good voice, but there is absolutely nothing in her character to respect. There are other female country singers like Carrie Underwood who she put down once, who have talent and graciousness.

    And finally if she doesn’t like what she reads on Twitter, why not stay off of it?

  • Dee

    I know LeAnn complained that she should be bigger than she is now, but calling teachers to complain they dont like them, and then turning around and suing them, is not going to increase her fan base

  • omg

    I don’t ever comment on celeb websites although I love to read other commenters lol. I’m not anti Leann nor anti Brandi but one thing I would love for Leann to do is to be honest with herself ..we get it, you got Eddie and now you want to prove to everyone he’s yours and not Brandi. However at the ended of the day, was it worth your time, reputation, money and of course career???You keep saying your gone start all over again which I believe is not possible but what you can do is move on.

  • gwen

    Rather than call Leann out on her nonsense, ABC News writes a ridiculous fluffpiece.

    1) “Earlier this year, LeAnn Rimes gave herself a most unusual birthday present: entering a treatment facility.”

    Really because that is not what she wrote when she filed the lawsuit against the teacher.Earlier this year? Didn’t she go to fake rehab at the end of August? Since when is August considered early in the year? Unless they are saying that Leann made the decision to go to rehab before the phone conversation with the teachereven took place.

    2) “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,” she told Katie Couric in an exclusive interview airing on “All Access Nashville with Katie Couric” on Friday.”

    Who gives fake rehab to themselves as a present?A attention seeker. If she was truly being honest, then she would admit that she “struggles” because she makes poor choices and that she never went to rehab like she claims.

    3) “Rumor had it that Rimes, 30, sought treatment for everything from an eating disorder to an addiction. But in her interview with Couric, the teen country music phenom -turned-crossover pop star said she wanted to set the record straight”

    If she was really setting the recored straight, she would first start by acknowleding that she didn’t go to rehab and that she only spent two weeks at the spa not 30 days. So basically what she is saying is that she used rehab as a platform to promote her album because everything else she was doing wasn’t getting the media’s attention.

    4) “People look at you and go, why are you struggling? You know…no one can quite understand why you hurt so badly,” she said tearfully. ”

    No they don’t. They look at Leann and know that she struggles because she makes the wrong decisions.Like forcing Katie and 20/20 to do this interview because they snubbed her.

    5) “Rimes traced her motivation to enter a 30-day voluntary treatment program back to her childhood. The Mississippi native made history by winning a Grammy at age 14, but said that early success also brought with it early sacrifices.”

    That’s funny, didn’t she tell the courts that it was cyberbullying from the teacher and her daughter that made her go into rehab? So now this started when she was a child? Seriously? How many other celebs have had success at an early age and you don’t see them screaming about the sacrifices they made.

    6)” I wasn’t a kid. It’s as simple as that and so complicated at the same time. (You) like to see your kid be a kid, you know. And I didn’t get any of those things. So I feel like everything was kind of ripped from me and given to me and handed to me on a plate at the same time,” she said”

    This makes her tweets, twitpics, and staged photo-ops about Brandi’s kids even more disgusting. If she knows how hard it was for herself to be in the spotlight, why then would she do that to these Brandi’s kids by constantly tweeting about them and plastering their faces all over the internet?

    7) “Rimes said that the treatment program was specifically geared toward helping her cope with stress and anxiety. Rimes said that the most important thing she learned while there was “be comfortable with me outside of what I can do.”

    That’s a lie. If that was the case, then she wouldn’t still be tweeting, blogging, giving victim interviews, or setting up the staged photo-ops because wouldn’t one of the ways to stay away from that stress and anxiety be to stay away from the triggers? So basically REHAB=Plastic surgery.

    8) 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.”

    Not according to her father who stated that Leann would blow off concerts just so that she can shop and party and stalk her boyfriends.

    9) “But Rimes still loves singing and she said the songs on her latest album “Spitfire” — slated for release this spring — are all about communication. The album, Rimes said, was a way to release anger that she had kept bottled up for too long.

    Not it’s not. Spitfire is about her affair with Eddie. Wrong, the album is Leann’s way of releasing her anger at Brandi because Brandi didn’t willingly hand over Eddie and her kids to Leann.

  • gwen

    10) The album’s called ‘Spitfire,’ because I literally feel like at times, I’m spitting fire,” she said.

    Because it’s so frustrating making a man who called her a speedbump like her.

    11) “But at least one of her new songs is about contrition, not anger. In “What Have I Done,” Rimes sings dolefully of how she hurt her now ex-husband, Dean Sheremet. Rimes divorced Sheremet after starting an extra-marital affair with actor Eddie Cibrian, who was also married at the time.”

    Right which is why the cover art for this song has Leann posed showing off her wedding from her marriage to Eddie. If she was so concerned about how she hurt Dean why would she pose for the cover for this single flashing her wedding ring to gloat about her marriage to Eddie?

    12) “I’ve carried a lot of guilt for a long time, I think,” Rimes said. Sheremet, she said, heard the song just after she wrote it and “probably knew what it was about before I did.”

    That isn’t what she told People magazine in 2010. She said that she doesn’t have any regrets about the choice she made. Seriously, so now she is saying that Dean knew about her affair with Eddie? So once again she blames her victims. Poor Dean, he should have heard this song and knew that she wanted to sleep with Eddie.

    13) Another new song, “Borrowed,” is about the actual affair with Cibrian, whom she married last year.

    Why would she make this song glorifyign her affair with Eddie if she feels guilt about whatshe has done? So Leann is caught in another lie.

    14) I carried the title (“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,” Rimes said. ”

    Seriously? If she was serious about not offending anyone, she wouldn’t have wrote the song in the first place. Or then bragged about allowing Brandi and Eddie’s kids to listen to it.

    15) “Rimes said she struggled with the criticism and the media firestorm that followed her romance with Cibrian before coming to terms with the fallout.”

    She struggled? Seriously? She slept with a married man whos he actively pursued and she wants to talk about how she struggled?

    Romance? Since when is sleeping with someone’s husband considered a romance?

    16) It was very, very difficult. 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.”

    Really? It was difficult for HER to go through being criticized for sleeping with a married man then flaunting it? Didn’t she say she felt guilt about what she did?If she had learned from her choices, she wouldn’t be doing this interview.She wouldn’t still being so mean and nasty to Brandi. What she learned is how to bully the media into overlooking her bad behavior.

    17) Today, Rimes is not only a wife but also the step-mother to Cibrian’s two sons from his previous marriage. Rimes said she would also like to have children of her own some day and that she and Cibirian discuss the subject all the time.

    Once again, why did she bring the kids up in this interview considering that she is whining about how she struggled as a child being in the spotlight? She and Eddie don’t discuss anything. Eddie is always drunk or somewhere with his mistresses. She only made the comment about the kids to cover up that Eddie wasn’t in the interview with her.

    18) But for now,” she added, “I’m totally, totally happy with having (Cibrian’s children) running around. And I love them to death.”

    Of course she is because she can exploit the boys and thrust them in the limelight to keep herself relevant. If she loved the kids then why doesn’t she do the right thing for them?

    This last statements sounds more like she is trying to convince people that her marriage to Eddie isn’t over.

  • nomorerimes

    If her twitter is to be believed, she is on her way to do a concert on the east coast. Now would be a good time for Eddie to move his things and his sons things out of the house. GO EDDIE!!

  • slade

    o canada….has some nice people and it has crappy people!

  • betty

    Leann has gone global with her pity party for sympathy and has been slammed globally. Regardless of what the media states the public isn’t buying it. Leann doesn’t come across as a sincere person.Maybe if she had been in a real rehab facility and stayed the 30 days she stated but not left for weekend concerts and giving interviews, she might be somewhat believable. But that still doesn’t excuse her for.cancelled concerts due to illness and miraculous recoveries. .

  • Dawn

    OMG Le was gorgeous on Katie!!! Poor poor BBettes
    “we need 100,000 defense” Oh dear me LOLLOLOLOL

  • Leah

    Le new single out Nov she was promoting that Watch 20/20 tom niite for MORE!! B tweet mammagram to get press LOLOLOLOLL Poor thing

  • Meggie

    Didya know? Adele’s producer Dan Wilson co wrote BORROWED with Le? Loooooove that song!!!

  • betty

    @Leah What Brandi tweeted is newsworthy and health concern most women face. That BS Leann keeps spreading is getting nothing but negative responses like WHO CARES!!! Telling her she dug her hole not dig yourself out.Watching her interview. Have to give her credit her BS is good especially about how Eddie loves her too bad he is not there to confirm it. Judging from Katie expression like Ellen she knows the 411 on Leann and and even she knows Leann is not telling it like it is. Poor delusional woman you can try to fool others but to thine own self be true.