LeAnn Rimes is denying rumors that she suffered from anorexia, two years after being criticized for dropping what many considered to be too much weight from her already thin frame.
“People said I was [anorexic], but I didn’t have a problem with eating, as I ate a ton all the time — I could eat my husband under the table,” the “How Do I Live” singer told the Daily Mail. “But I was going through a time when I just wasn’t sleeping — my mind wouldn’t shut off and my heart was breaking.”
Rimes was referring to the early days of her relationship with now-husband Eddie Cibrian, whom she met on the set of Northern Lights in 2009. The two began having an affair while they were both married to other people — she to dancer Dean Sheremet and Cibrian to Brandi Glanville, a former model who went on to star on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in its second season.
“It’s definitely been a turbulent four years,” the 30-year-old said. “And to say I’ve been on several rollecoasters is an understatement.”
Rimes admitted that while her affair with and subsequent marriage to Cibrian provided much of the material for her new album, Spitfire.
“It’s moving and at times quite emotional to listen to, and I think the last four years of my life just came out through my music,” she said. “I don’t think I expected the album to be this honest, but I found that the emotions just came pouring out of me. It was liberating and cathartic to write, but it wasn’t easy.”
“What Have I Done,” was the first song she wrote for Spitfire, which is her first album of original music in five years. The song contains the lyric “I broke the sweetest heart of the only man that’s ever loved me,” and Rimes said Sheremet heard the song and knew it was about her and Cibrian before she did.
“I said to him, ‘What are you talking about,'” Rimes said. “But he was totally right.”
“Borrowed” is also about Cibrian and talks about the pain of loving a man who is married to someone else, and Rimes admitted the song “was a very controversial topic to write about.” But, she said, “as hard as it was for me to write the song, I think it painted a true picture of that situation.”
The past four years have also included a well-publicized and on-going feud with Glanville, whose book Drinking and Tweeting is a memoir of her divorce from Cibrian and the aftermath.
Despite all the drama and the havoc it wreaked on her body, LeAnn Rimes said she now feels comfortable in her own skin.
“Now I’m secure about my body, although I’m like any other woman and have my moments of self doubt,” she said. “But it’s nice to have a husband who tells you you’re beautiful all the time. I’ll say to him, ‘I’ve gained a few pounds,’ and he’ll say: ‘Good!'”