LeAnn Rimes Suffers Emotional Breakdown; Lawyer Decries "Merciless, Vitriolic" Cyber-Bullying

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We just learned that LeAnn Rimes is in treatment for anxiety and stress a few hours ago, but apparently it was a long time coming for the country star.

She was, and is, embroiled in a battle that is draining her emotionally.

No, not against Brandi Glanville. LeAnn Rimes feels she has become a victim of severe bullying online and is trying to turn the tables on her detractors.

The 30-year-old has accumulated a ton of offensive Tweets written about her, among a circle of private individuals and is exploring her legal options.

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"There has been this cyber-bullying that has been going on for a considerable period of time," her lawyer Larry Stein told Celebuzz in an interview.

"Apparently, most of this started when LeAnn started dating Eddie Cibrian," he said. "These women have been merciless ... vitriolic in their attacks."

"They don't understand who she is or who she stands for." 

Why LeAnn simply doesn't delete her Twitter or stop reading the @ mentions is an open question, but as for the bullies, these Twitter users are no joke.

There is an actual @blockedbyleann Twitter handle, which calls itself the "official #blockedbyleann fan club" and tracks Rimes' "imminent meltdown."

There's also the Curious Case of LeAnn Rimes blog (lunaticleannrimes on blogspot) and Rumors are flying that a Twitter feud pushed Rimes over the edge.

LeAnn came under heavy scrutiny when she and Eddie Cibrian - both married at the time - had an affair that ultimately led to their own marriage last year.

She and Brandi have feuded publicly on Twitter, and she's battled critics of her actions and body image on a regular basis over the past two years.

While there have been rumors that Eddie cheated and triggered her downward spiral, the more credible reports say she suffered an emotional breakdown.

Her attorney's corroboration of the bullying accusations certainly suggests that played a role as well, even if the specifics are hard to come by.

Some may say she brought it upon herself with infidelity and then engaging with haters on Twitter; others may see Rimes as a victim of truly ruthless individuals and unable to fully escape the backlash due to her celebrity. Both arguments have merit.

What exactly prompted her to check into a treatment facility is probably something only LeAnn knows, but hopefully it's a positive experience for her.

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Did you really need to post this picture of her? She's a beautiful woman who fell in love with a married man, while she was married. It happens. At least someone is happy. Let her/them live their life!


Let's see, she hasn't had any projects for a while, his show was cancelled. He's still paying alimony and child support....perhaps they see their money dwindling and need a career boost. Either that, or she's been drinking and not eating. Whatever. You play with fire, you get burned. Her parading around half naked on every magazine isn't helping her image. She looks pretty stupid. Maybe she's just neurotic that Eddie will leaver her the way he did Brandi. Kind of sucks to be her right now.


very true lyndee....all she has to do is set her priorities straight and pay more attention to her life and career and not read the internet stuff about herself if she is that sensitive.


And now, her PR team begins the "Poor Leann" *assault* upon the American public. Her hospitalization should also bolster her legal case (should one be pursued) against the Twitter people. Oh, and no one is truly anonymous online. It is possible to discover a person's IP address.


I believe the woman suffers from anorexia. I hope she gets help for her issues and comes to terms with the truth. When you are married, you should not cheat. When he is married, neither of you should cheat. Just because he married you doesn't mean he won't cheat on you. Delete your twitter account and move on.


If she didnt put her AFFAIR and marriage to him out there in the first place she wouldnt be in the publics eye as a slut and a home wrecker...she is just tryna get attention because her music career is over...who cares next time try not to be a whore


Hard to feel sorry for someone that is worth 30million dollars or more. Go buy some happiness. You may want to consider not dating other peoples husbands on your next go round. Karma is a real bitch


Uh, somebody who calls the paps to record her every move -- her "dates" with her husband, her outings on the beach in bikinis, etc. -- is literally begging for strangers to pay attention to her, for psychological reasons. So Leann's complaint is not that people are paying attention to her, but that every comment about her and her husband is not positive. Why would it be? They both left spouses behind and in her husband's case, children. If she doesn't want the attention, she needs to stop putting her personal life out there.


LeAnn, every heard of Karma?


And yet others of us think that she needs to have constant attention..... Here's a simple thing===If you're married and want to be with somebody else - get a divorce FIRST! I, however, think that her "breakdown" is a sad attempt at trying to revive her career.

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