LeAnn Rimes' Birthday Gift to Self: Rehab

Not, her rep insists, for an eating disorder
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2012 9:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – All the cheating drama and comments about her weight appear to have taken a toll on LeAnn Rimes: The country star checked in to a treatment center yesterday—the day after she turned 30—for 30 days "to cope with anxiety and stress," her rep tells People. She went voluntarily, and "while there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms," he continues—and specifically refutes the idea that she's in treatment for an eating disorder. Don't fear, fans: Rimes will be allowed to check out on weekends to keep tour dates.

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"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," Rimes adds. "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." Her husband Eddie Cibrian, 39, is also supportive, calling Rimes "the most remarkable and courageous woman I know" and saying he's "proud of her for having the strength to finally take some time for herself." The treatment news oddly comes on the heels of a glowing interview she gave about how she's "so content." (Read more LeAnn Rimes stories.)

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