Remember when LeAnn Rimes used to be a singer? A singer who did stuff? Yeah, whatever happened to that?
Within the past few years, LeAnn Rimes seems to have made headlines for Twitter feuds more than anything else. Musically, she’s faded into obscurity, yet somehow, the public is still interested in her enough to keep her relevant.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why.
A swift Google search of Rimes won’t bring up her two Grammys or three ACMs. It doesn’t even bring up the impressive fact that she made it in the country music world at the young age of thirteen.
Nope, before any of that pops up, what you’ll get are headlines of Rimes’ affair with kind-of actor Eddie Cibrian and bikini shots of the singer on the beach.
It’s hard to blame the public when plenty of other forgotten stars have 1) stolen other people’s spouses and 2) been to the beach–without all the media attention. I mean, hell, even after all of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s foibles, we’re now talking less about his transgressions and more about his movies. It’s possible to bounce back, especially when the person with whom you had the affair isn’t terribly famous in the first place.
Bottom line, Rimes is capitalizing on her drama, and we’re all buying into it. And this is actually great for Brandi Glanville, Cibrian’s ex-wife, who stars on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Without her background of being the woman scorned by LeAnn Rimes, I doubt she’d be as much of a focal point in the show. Although, her personality is pretty amusing. But I digress.
Rimes and Glanville have been involved in a handful of petty Twitter feuds over the past few years despite the fact that they’re both grown women. In fact, their ongoing feud became so petty, people stopped paying attention. That’s when Rimes brought out the big guns—she had paparazzi photograph her frolicking in her bikini.
Don’t think celebs hire paparazzi to keep themselves relevant? Then why the hell aren’t we inundated with photos of Parker Posey on the beach? Because she’s not a fame whore, that’s why.
Briefly, despite not having done anything significant in the past few years, the public became interested in Rimes’ weight loss via those bikini photos. She was making headlines over this for a while, but after some time, the world lost interest.
And that’s when Rimes’ rep announced that she’d enter rehab to deal with stress and anxiety. Her rep actually made the statement to the media, and when the media followed up, the response was: “while privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”
Want privacy? Then be private. Don’t give interviews that involve you having an faux emotional breakdown, saying things like,
“I never in my heart want to hurt anyone. But I don’t think anything can separate anything that’s super-connected … (We) might have had so many wonderful things with each other’s (previous) spouses, but something along the way broke that. You can’t break what’s broken already.”
In that same interview, Rimes criticizes the very public whose attention she begs:
“People are so quick to judge and make decisions for themselves about situations they know absolutely nothing about.”
We’d know even less if you stopped Tweeting about it.