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.
“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’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.