So, I know I’ll feel like a total heel if I make fun of LeAnn Rimes probably, like, ever again, because what’s so funny about anxiety and depression and all of that business, especially when all of that anxiety and depression probably stems from people making fun of her as it is. Ugh. What kind of world do we live in that I actually have sympathy and empathy and pity for someone like LeAnn Rimes? This new, weird one where Courtney Stodden is eighteen and probably doing pornos as we speak. Weird, weird world, guys.
As you’re all most likely aware by now, LeAnn Rimes is in rehab for the next thirty days, being treated for “anxiety” and “stress” issues, and Radar Online has an exclusive interview with someone who identifies herself as “Kimberly Smiley,” and who claims that LeAnn’s had a long history of bizarre and erratic behavior because of past and present mental and emotional abuse by those in her life. From Radar:
Before LeAnn Rimes entered treatment — reportedly for “anxiety and stress” — the country singer exhibited bizarre and erratic behavior, including phoning and cursing a woman who stopped following her on Twitter!
While Rimes engaged in a very public Twitter war earlier this month after one follower accused her of cheating with Eddie Cibrian, she had a far more bizarre meltdown right before that, going on a profanity-laced tirade against a teacher who stopped being a fan of the star. Radar has the exclusive details of how LeAnn found and confronted Kimberly Smiley, the woman who stopped following the star on Twitter!
Smiley was stunned when she answered the phone earlier this year and the voice on the other end said: “Hey b**ch this is LeAnn you have 5 minutes to say whatever you want to me!”. Yes, it was the real LeAnn and according to Smiley the star filled their conversation with extensive profanity. In fact, Smiley said that she has “never heard a person cuss so much.
“I even asked her to watch it, saying, ‘Your language — so trashy!’ I was also surprised that she thought I’d just change my mind about her and want to come hang with her,” Smiley said. “I don’t like her, not because of the affair (although I don’t agree with it), but because of her taunting of Brandi and using those boys in her sick game.”
Rimes’ obsession with Twitter is what led her to Smiley, who followed the star in 2010 when she was still reeling from the “home-wrecker” label some media outlets had tagged her with after she hooked up with a married Brandi Glanville’s husband Eddie Cibrian. Rimes was publicly feuding with Brandi.
Smiley became a strong supporter of Brandi’s on Twitter and LeAnn blocked her. Smiley claims she was harassed by many of the singer’s fervent fans and charges that she learned through other Twitter users that Rimes had set up a phony account (handle: @wewenlove) account “to harass Brandi.”
That backstory set the stage for March 26 of this year when Rimes went to lunch with some of her Twitter fans, who also happened to know Smiley. One of those fans, a woman named Ericka, unexpectedly called Smiley. “Ericka said, ‘Hi,’ and then handed the phone to LeAnn,” Smiley said, noting she was taken aback when Rimes introduced herself, saying “Hey b***h, this is LeAnn, you have five minutes to say whatever you want to me.
“LeAnn called me because she believed that telling me her side, would change my mind,” Smiley says, adding “she said she thought that I could relate to her situation of being a non-biological parent.” (Cibrian has two sons with Glanville.)
Smiley said that Rimes even “invited her to come hang” out so she could get to know “the real” her. They also “spoke about her obsession with Twitter and Rimes claims it’s not a problem.”
Rimes behavior was bizarre and Smiley charges that she has “concocted these elaborate stories” trying to “justify the affair” with her now-husband Cibrian, implying Glanville’s “erratic” drinking essentially drove him into her arms. Another keynote of Rimes’ agenda, Smiley said, is “to convince the world of her importance” in the lives of Cibrian’s sons, Jake and Mason.
In addition to the drama with Glanville, Rimes told her Twitter pal Ericka that her ex-husband Dean Sheremet was “extremely abusive and controlling,” Smiley said, claiming Rimes said Sheremet “would call her fat and tell her that her singing sucks.
“She also tells her fans that he’s a homosexual and that he can’t come out until both sets of his grandparents die, which I find to be so cruel,” Smiley said. (Dean, following his divorce from LeAnn, married photographer Sarah Silver in August 2011.)
Smiley said she finds it odd that Rimes “is very worried about the group of people I talk to on Twitter. She really wants us to like her and see that she’s not as bad as we think. It’s very strange, if you ask me,” Smiley said. “I mean I’m just a mom, wife, & teacher from a rural town in Northern California: Why would she care?”
Well she probably cares because that’s what people who constantly seek validation from other people do—they thrive on approval and crack and crumble when they don’t get it, and I think that LeAnn was probably in a pretty vulnerable place when she hooked up with Eddie Cibrian, and I don’t think the relationship—or the marriage—has really done her all that much good, to be frank.
Maybe if she dropkicks this douchebag to the curb, too, she might be doing alright for herself. I apologize in advance for saying this, especially in light of more recent (and way obnoxious) LeAnn Rimes posts, but I’m pulling for the girl. GAH. I’m pulling for the girl.
I need a drink now.
August 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
Let’s take a look at the statements first, all right? Because a lot of people felt the need to make a statement on this.
First, here’s the official one from LeAnn‘s rep:
“LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress. While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”
And here’s how Eddie feels:
“My wife is the most remarkable and courageous woman I know. I am so proud of her for having the strength to finally take some time for herself. I will be with her every step of the way.”
And finally, here’s what LeAnn herself had to say:
“This is just a time for me to emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be. All the things in my life will be there when I get out, but you know what? I’m hoping they’re not going to affect me as much. I’ll have the tools to know how to deal with them.”
She just checked in yesterday, and her rep wants to make sure that everyone knows that this has nothing to do with any sort of eating disorder, because LeAnn definitely doesn’t have one of those.
This is good though, right? We’ve all thought that LeAnn has been sort of unstable for a while now, so it’s nice that she’s going to work on that. Hopefully now she can realize that her creepy and weird and threatening tweets are not the best way to handle things.
August 30, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
So, do we dislike this girl enough that I can come right out and say that she looks like a bag of smashed shit without getting any flak for it? Because even though yesterday was girlfriend’s 30th birthday, I’m going to go ahead and say that she looks like a bag of smashed shit. This, folks, is what happens when you let your smarmy husband dictate your facial and body choices and have a debilitating lack of self-esteem. And when you can’t stop changing your teeth around; that, too.
I want LeAnn to have a happy 30th birthday, really I do, but all I can see is her lion-head in these pictures and I cannot get past it. Seriously, whether it’s the weight loss or some kind of surgery or injectible, she’s starting to resemble the Cowardly Lion (albeit a really skinny Cowardly Lion).
Happy Belated Birthday, LeAnn, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Something else I mean from the bottom of my heart? This:
August 29, 2012 at 11:30 am by Sarah
Here’s what she had to say to her “exclusive members” of the Spitfire Social Club (an all-access group to see LeAnn the way we see her every three days—bikini clad):
Hey everybody! Today has been a great day and we have so much more to come for all of the Spitfire Social Club members. For all of you that signed up today, thank you so much! Below is a little personal thank you video that I shot today. You can see more videos like this in the future by becoming a member of the SSC. Today is the first day of this next chapter and I am so excited to share this time with you all. – Lele
So, OK. Let’s think of things that SSC could stand for OTHER than Spitfire Social Club*. Because that’s way, way lame. How about Sad Sociopathic Cadavers? Scuzzy Social Climbers? There’s just so many choices.
Here’s another little blurb from her site, and I think it’s probably the best of all:
Thursday (Aug. 23) is a big day for LeAnn Rimes, and for her fans. At noon CT, her official website will go into Spitfire mode. Named for her upcoming album, the new site will open up Spitfire Social Club, which Rimes describes as “one very positive, solid place for my fans to go to.” She said she looks forward to having more one-on-one interaction with her hardcore fans, as opposed to Twitter, where you never know who is following you and/or why. “It’s a whole new chapter of my life,” she told me Wednesday night. “I’m leaving a lot stuff behind and moving on. And I think I’m a little bit more open now than I was when I had a fan club in the past.” Fans will be able to read her blogs, get access to concert tickets, and she promises she’ll be sharing more pictures on her own website than she does on Twitter.
“… And she promises she’ll be sharing more pictures on her own website than she does on Twitter.” So does that mean that she’s finally giving up her day job of posting self-portraits on Twitter to … what, post self-portraits of herself on her new website? Because that’s what I’m getting from all of this.
*Not to be a buzzkill or anything, but ‘Spitfire’ is LeAnn’s next album. So you know.
August 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm by Sarah
LeAnn Rimes is on the defense!
The social media savvy singer got engulfed in a nasty Twitter battle with a follower on Wednesday, after they slammed her for her homewrecking ways – and RadarOnline.comhas the details.
After Laura James mentioned Rimes in a Tweet, noting that she “cheated with Ed & broke up her marriage and his,” the country star immediately rushed to defend herself and her marriage to Eddie Cibrian.
“correction…we broke up our own marriages,” she responded, also stating that “people have nothing better to do than judge something they know nothing about.”
“Well, then u better prove to others what u did was right by staying together so u can get ur fan base back. Otherwise the breakups & your marriage were all for nothing,” James spat back at LeAnn.
“And u might not want to believe this but ur fans hate u & ur career is in the shitter. while Ed smells like a rose through all of this! Hope ya have a prenup bc that is all he wanted is ur money. Good luck to you.”
“excuse me? I have nothing to ‘prove’ we are happy and my fans are wonderful and no one is perfect. All I need to speak to about me and my sins is the good lord,” responded LeAnn.
“Remember you can’t break what’s already broken. I’m not anything like what you read about. It’s all lies and anything you’ve read about no matter who or where it comes from….well, let’s just say its a game for so many to hurt others. Time to move on, everyone else has.”
I agree with LeAnn‘s “we broke up our own marriages” point – she didn’t single-handedly swoop in and destroy all the marriages, it takes two people to cheat and you can only steal someone’s man if you kidnap him – but that doesn’t mean that she and Eddie weren’t assholes for it. But I didn’t want to talk about all that. I wanted to talk specifically about LeAnn.
Is this really where her life is right now? Getting into heated arguments with strangers on Twitter? Didn’t she used to be a big important country singer or something? Oh, that’s right, as the knowledgeable Laura James said on Twitter, LeAnn’s career “is in the shitter.” My, how the thirteen-year-old country superstar has fallen.
August 16, 2012 at 8:30 am by Emily
OK, so that’s complete crap, because what kind of job would I be doing if I weren’t consistently speculating about the personal and private decisions that celebrities make, whether in the public or private eye? Come on now.
Anyway, this is what LeAnn had to say on her Twitter account earlier yesterday afternoon:
Out of surgery!!!! All is well. My whole face is numb and I’m starving….bad combo. Thx for all your prayers.
So naturally, I was like, hm. Eddie‘s making LeAnn undergo some weird cosmetic surgery in order to make her look like his ex-wife, Brandi Glanville. Or that she was sick of her (second pair of) horse teeth, and she was getting them all pulled and filed down and ready to eat up another set.
But alas, after some investigating, it turns out that LeAnn was having treatment for a root canal gone bad (or so we’re told). And that’s not nearly as fun or intriguing as Eddie’s post-divorce obsession with his ex-wife and her look, or! Better yet! LeAnn’s post-divorce obsession with Eddie’s ex-wife, for that matter.
Whatever. The best part of LeAnn’s entire recent Twitter feed has got to be this, retweeted to all of LeAnn’s followers:
Some folks have a high tolerance for crazy… I, however, am not one of those people
Sometimes you just see the most uncanny shit, you know? Thank God for Twitter. And for LeAnn Rimes, of course.
Image courtesy of Just Jared