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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@just me ... think youre right!

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However, sometimes these attackers- because they are anonymous- can get a little out of hand, as it seems to be here. People on the internet are often very cruel, more so than they would be in real life. Leann should have turned off her computer long ago if the negative press and personal attacks have been getting to her for as long as she says they have. Why voluntarily subject yourself to harsh criticism and character defamation? Many celebrities never purchase gossip magazines and never search themselves on google because most tabloid press is negative (and false) and they don't need that in their lives. I hope Leann receives proper treatment for her issues. I hope people turn a corner and become more respectful of her choices, marriage, personality, etc. I hope cyber bullying diminishes into oblivion. But the reality of it is, some people are very mean on the internet. Turn the computer off.

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people don't like homewreckers

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I think shes really being treated for an eating disorder (anorexia) and doesnt want to admit thats what it is because then it would prove everyone else right. Shes been saying she's "healthy" all along while everyone worried about her extreme weightloss. I'm sure she does have emotional issues. Afterall, thats what leads to things like eating disorders.

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As you alluded to, the beauty of being an adult who gets cyber-bullied is that you can turn off your computer and those people resume their status as strangers to you. This is generally not a privilege that school-aged children get, as these cyber bullies are often their classmates or peers and they see them every day. The merciless taunting doesn't start or end on the internet for students. Leann can be of the opinion that her personal and professional lives are two different things, and that the public should not interfere with her personal life. While this is generally true, it isn't in the world of celebrity. The lines between professional life and personal life are blurred, so both regularly make news. Leann should have expected some backlash when she cheated on her husband with a married man and caused the breakup of both marriages. She should have expected there to be negative consequences on her career and a diminished fan base after the news went public. J