LeAnn Rimes talks to Ellen DeGeneres about eating disorder rumors and her hubby's ex

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that LeAnn Rimes was the precocious youngster that nabbed the Best New Artist winner at the 1997 Grammys, isn’t it? That’s primarily because over the past few years, Rimes went from being a country-crossover sensation to tabloid mainstay, thanks to her relationship with her now-husband, Playboy Club actor Eddie Cibrian. (The two began an affair while working on 2009’s cheese-tastic Northern Lights, which ultimately turned into its own Nora Roberts drama and caused the demise of both of their respective marriages.)

The scandal that never-says-die got a second fourteenth life when Cibrian’s ex-wife Brandi Glanville debuted on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this week, prompting people to get invested in the story once more. In her premiere episode Glanville declared, “I was married to the number-one d—–bag of all time.”

Perhaps to make sure she doesn’t get a kicky new nickname courtesy of Glanville on The Real Housewives, Rimes appeared on Thursday’s installment of Ellen to discuss, among other things, her relationship with Cibrian. “Obviously, we made decisions that were not necessarily the right ones, but it obviously brought us to the place where we are now. And, we’re happy and we’re married. And we’ve always put his kids first. We took the kids into consideration with everything that we do,” Rimes told DeGeneres. “The way we handled it, I will always say, it could’ve been handled a lot better, but maybe we both didn’t have the tools at the time to do it properly. I think we have both come to a really good place in our lives. And, right now, I’m really at peace.” Watch the interview below.

The actress/singer continued, “At the end of the day it’s definitely been hard to see tons of lies written about a situation that people don’t necessarily know the truth. … So you have to take the high road a lot of the times when you want to stand on a mountain and scream, like, ‘Why are you saying this?’ … We’ve learned to let it go and laugh at it at the end of the day.”

But, her marriage to Cibrian hasn’t been the only thing people haven’t been able to stop talking about. When photos of a thinner-looking Rimes hit the web this summer, rumors of an eating disorder began to swirl. Rimes told DeGeneres that she worried. “These are diseases and people are using them as name-calling” and she felt a “responsibility” to clear the air to those actually suffering from said diseases. The 29-year-old firmly stated she is not “anorexic in any way or bulimic at all.”

LeAnn Rimes’ visit to Ellen airs today on NBC. Check local listings for times.

What do you think of what Rimes had to say to Ellen, PopWatchers? Do you think it’s unfair that she has to keep explaining herself, or will she never be able to shake this stigma? Do you think Brandi Glanville will continue to bring it up on The Real Housewives? Should we end this affair conversation entirely and just get back to talking about Rimes’ too-often forgotten cameo in Coyote Ugly? Share in the comments section below.

Read more:
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Eddie Cibrian on LeAnn Rimes: ‘We’re madly in love. And I think people are finally seeing that.’
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  • markinnyc

    I am a 40 year old white male. A perfect target audience for the Playboy Club tv show. I don’t watch it cause they cast that d-bag.

    • Rob

      Yep, I’m sure THAT’s the reason why your not watching. He’s an actor playing a role. Since you judge people like that you must be awfully lonely. Your criteria for TV show watching makes what you can view pretty bleak as well. Eddie Cibrian didn’t kill anybody nor did he abuse animals. Get over it and live your OWN life.

      • markinnyc

        so you agree he is a d-bag then.

      • DE

        @Rob
        I dont watch it either because of Cibrian. I’m not lonely and I have a life. I just dont like the way he handled the situation and choose to not support his work. Yes he didn’t kill anyone or anything but that doesn’t mean we have to be fans of his work….

      • Lorelei

        How does the fact that he never killed anyone excuse adultery? I’ve never understood that logic. Is that the only measurement to use?

    • lisa g.

      He is with her for the money !

  • Sartain

    She would be more attractive if she had a fuller figure and evidently from these photos, thicker legs.

  • Lorraine

    Eat something! She has lost so much weight and is too skinny now. Why did she do it? She was perfect before. Please put 10 pounds back on. She looks wasted. She should have a healthy model figure that boasts an ample cleavage, fuller legs and a fuller backside. EAT SOMETHING!

  • Elizabeth

    Any woman who goes on a Real Housewives franchise and isn’t married is just trying to get back at their ex via television. Be an adult and move on – life sucks.

    • DBLA

      Agreed. The only reason anyone knows her is becaust that so-called d-bag left her.

    • Melissa in CA

      I’m curious… how can a woman be on a show with “housewives” in the title, if she’s not a wife?

  • Paula Hatton

    She’s still in denial about her weight problem. I think she’s addicted to losing weight. It’s sad to see her lashing out at everyone who’s trying help her – Giuliana Rancic and the stranger at a restaurant in Chicago who told her she needs to eat something.

    • wtfnyc

      Exactly. She’s turning it around, calling it “bullying,” so she can focus on the people who are saying it, rather than her own problem. I’d say it’s sad, but I don’t really give two cr@ps about the little adultress.

    • nope

      The problem is that Giuliana has a problem herself. She looks like she’s wasting away.

  • Jaz

    I just thought it was immature the way she and her new husband went pushing their relationship in the everyone’s face…

    • Rob

      How exactly was it in YOUR face???? Did they personally visit you? Unless you perused a tabloid or watched The Insider, you’d never know about what happened. Also, visiting an entertainment website like EW is kind of a kettle call for you, eh?

      • DE

        Wow, you’re awfully defensive. Do you this couple personally? Or is it hititng a sore spot?

  • Michael

    She thinks that by posting pictures of herself eating food on Twitter that it proves she’s not too skinny.

  • Jenn

    Don’t worry LeAnn. After watching the preview clips of Brandi on TRHOBH, you might come out looking like the better person.

  • Mantra720

    Hey EW, is it too much to ask NOT to have a video with autoplay here? I only have so much bandwidth to go around here and I don’t want it to go to a Kardashians commercial.

    • Not Moby

      And for those of us who are “taking a break” at work, the unexpected but blaring audio is a dead giveaway.

  • Doug

    I’ve always like LeAnn and always will.

  • jackie

    Yeah, sure when did they take the kids into consideration when they were meeting up at friends homes and in motels to do the DEED while they were still very much married and lying to their spouses. Leann did have the tools and its called an ax and a blow torch she is an A number one skank and she always will be. wish an interviewer had the guts to ask her the tough questions

    • Kelcie

      C’mon now. It’s Ellen. Get real. I just hope the attention gets put back on the music and LeAnn’s talent like it should be. :)

  • tomm

    When Eddie dumps her for another younger chick, then she will see what ‘tools’ to use.

  • EK

    She really irks me. She talks about taking the high road but is constantly tweeting and having public arguments about her weight or her relationship. I don’t believe she wants the media attention to stop.

  • Polly

    Honestly, I had a low opinion of her and Eddie after their affair and divorces. But having seen clips of Eddie’s X on RHBH, I may be changing my opinion. Had I been married to that awful woman, I probably would have strayed, too. It’s really none of my business anyway, even though the media and tabloids obsess about it.

    • Brigid

      Well, was she a horrible woman before or after her divorce and the RHOBH editors got a hold of her?

      • DE

        That is a very good point!

  • amy

    What goes around, comes around! He cheated on his wife to be with Lee anne, he’ll cheat on Lee anne to be with another wh0re! Once a man cheats he will never stop!!!

    • SAW

      Exactly. If he cheated to be with you, he will cheat on you. Why can’t some ladies understand that?!

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