LeAnn Rimes Was Cyber Bullied Before Checking Into Rehab (EXCLUSIVE)
Rimes, 30, voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress, it was announced Thursday.
“She is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms,” her rep said.
Celebuzz has learned part of the reason for Rimes’ treatment is months of unrelenting abuse on the internet and Twitter.
“It hasn’t stopped and they are clearly offensive,” a source close to the situation said. “It has been a campaign of abuse.”
One website, titled LunaticLeAnnRimes, has posted unrelenting messages and derided her appearance in photos with husband Eddie Cibrian, who was formerly married to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville.
The blog also posted a 20-minute phone recorded conversation between one of the users and Rimes, on Aug. 19.
What’s more, in a series of Twitter messages seen by Celebuzz, Twitter users have labeled Rimes a “chicken sh*t” and a “psychotic bitch.”
It is understood people close to Rimes have traced the origin of the abusive tweets.
The forthright music star has copped abuse ever since she began dating Cibrian, after the pair met on the set of of Lifetime film Northern Lights. At the time, Rimes was married to her former backup dancer, Dean Sheremet; Cibrian was married to Glanville.
Rimes and the former Playboy Club star later tied the knot in a private California ceremony, in April, last year.
Rimes — who has been preparing for the upcoming release of her latest studio album, Spitfire — spoke to Celebuzz in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, but gave no hint about her impending treatment.
She said: “I’m so ready for my 30s! This decade is going to be the best yet. I’m so content and not depressed at all about it. I can’t slow it down, so I’m embracing it.”