LeAnn Rimes Opens Up About Rehab Stint: ‘I’m Focusing on How I Want To Be’

Celebuzz / October 2, 2012

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After voluntarily entering a 30-day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress, LeAnn Rimes has emerged a new person.

In her first post-rehab interview, the country crooner says she was grateful for the break, which she took after being brutally cyber-bullied on Twitter.

“I’ve been in therapy my whole life,” the 30-year-old explained to the Boston Herald. “I like going. I like being able to have that third-party input and someone to listen that has nothing to do with your life.”

How is the singer coping now that she’s out of treatment?

“Everyone has an opinion of how I am and how I should be, and now I’m focusing on how I want to be,” she said regarding her new outlook on life.

“I think it’s really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets,” Rimes added. “And it’s hard to take it day after day of reading and seeing things that someone you don’t even know says about you. As much as you said you don’t want it to penetrate, it does, because you’re human.”

Just days after celebrating her 30th birthday, Rimes sought treatment after being harassed by a group of Twitter trolls who sent to “How Do I Live” songstress a series of abusive messages. The users even went so far as to create a website titled LunaticLeAnnRimes, where they derided Rimes’ appearance in photos with husband Eddie Cibrian.

“It has been a campaign of abuse,” a source close to the situation told Celebuzz at the time.

On Aug. 30, Rimes filed a lawsuit at the Los Angeles County Superior Court against Kimberly Smiley and Lexi Smiley, two women she claims were behind the vicious tweets.

In the court documents, Rimes alleges the women — who are supporters of Brandi Glanville, Cibrian’s first wife — had invaded her privacy when they illegally recorded a phone conversation and distributed it on the internet without her consent.

Glanville has since opened up about the situation, tweeting on Sept. 12, “I saw some of the nasty tweets sent to LR they were MEAN but NOTHING compared 2 the ones her paid employees sent me over 2 yrs #hypocrit.”