has opened up about her stint at a rehab facility in her first post-treatment interview. The country singer, who wrapped up her 30-day program earlier than scheduled to tend to her professional commitments last month, revealed to the Boston Herald that she enjoyed her time away.
The Grammy-winning singer told the publication, "I've been in therapy my whole life. 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."
Although it was said that LeAnn Rimes sought therapy to deal with stress and anxiety, sources claimed to Us Weekly that she landed in rehab to deal with her obsession over husband Eddie Cibrian's alleged philandering ways.
Now the singer has revealed that she checked into rehab because the bullying she had been enduring on social networking websites since her 2009 affair with then-married Cibrian became too much to handle.
LeAnn told the Boston Herald, "I think it's really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets. 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."
LeAnn Rimes, who celebrated her milestone 30th birthday on August 30, admitted to the tabloid that she's happy to say goodbye to her 20s. "I had some wonderful times in my 20s, but your 20s are hard," she said. "It was a lot of learning experiences ... and a lot were thrown at me publicly. I was ready to embrace 30."
According to reports, before her admission into rehab, the singer was involved in a Twitter war with two female users. She filed a lawsuit against the two women for bullying her on the microblogging site and recorded a phone conversation they had with the star. However, one of the women sued back, claiming that she was a victim in the incident.
LeAnn's representative, Marcel Pariseau, told People magazine in a statement last month that the singer admitted herself into rehab to “cope with anxiety and stress.”
LeAnn also addressed the issue in a statement to the website, saying, “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.”