LeAnn Rimes was “depressed” in addition to the considerable initial public shaming after her affair with Eddie Cibrian on the set of the Lifetime movie Northern Lights, the star reveals in a new interview.
While LeAnn Rimes was depressed in the aftermath, she did get the guy … from Brandi Glanville, who is famously and vocally still not really over the whole affair, divorce, and remarriage to the mistress scenario.
While Rimes has embraced her new role as Cibrian’s new wife and stepmom to his kids with Glanville (which has to sting a bit for Brandi), she has opened up about how she felt at the time — when the pair were cheating and having a secret relationship under wraps.
The country singer says that a lot of that guilt and self-recrimination came to the surface last year and prompted her to seek treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress.
Rimes tells Us Weekly:
“I went in and took care of myself because I was stressed, I was depressed and anxious, and I didn’t know how to process everything … Going away was something I really needed to do.”
It was writing and creating the album Spitfire, Rimes says, that served as an inadvertent form of “intensive therapy” by forcing her to face some unresolved feelings about the affair and public outcry:
“I think I opened up the can of worms for myself by writing this record … There were a lot of things I didn’t even realize I was feeling … I needed to go somewhere and really process all of that stuff.”
“I was feeling all these crazy emotions and feeling terrible about myself and was disgusted by myself and thought I was pathetic.”
But she adds:
“Sometimes it takes walking through those tough times to come out the other side stronger and wiser …I’m gonna make mistakes as I move on in life, but that’s who we are, and I’m fortunate that I’ve grown a lot and I’m proud of who I am now … it’s a good place to be.”
Are you surprised LeAnn Rimes was depressed after her very public affair with a married man?