LeAnn Rimes went from country cutie to tabloid darling in 2009 when she ended a relationship with then husband Dean Sheremet and began one with her Lifetime movie co-star Eddie Cibrian Now, in a new interview, she said she understands the criticism she received over her love life.
“I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America’s sweetheart,” LeAnn told Shape magazine for their October 2010 issue. “I think any relationship is hard to get out of, and I don’t think the way I did it was right.”
The singer told the mag that going through everything has, however, made her a stronger person.
“I truly believe there are lessons in it for me to learn. Cultivating strength from rough situations is the most important thing,” she said. “After going though this, I know I can face anything.”
LeAnn is stronger physically too. She revealed she hit the gym during her divorce and tabloid ordeal to relieve stress.
“Going to the gym and punching out some of my aggression on a pair of mitts has been a livefesaver,” she said. “Sometimes I felt so depressed I didn’t want to get out of bed, so just getting to the gym — even for a few minutes – was a big accomplishment.
“It really did make me feel better and kind of saved me,” she continued. “It gave me a bit of sanity. Even now, on days when I’m really frustrated, I’ll walk into the gym and say to my trainer, ‘we’re boxing today. For an hour. I need to hit things.’”