LeAnn Rimes Responds to Shape Cover Controversy


LeAnn Rimes is speaking out after Shape editor-in-chief Valerie Latona called the singer's October cover "a terrible mistake."

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In an e-mail addressed to readers outraged by the singer's shocking interview (where Rimes explained why she cheated on ex-husband Dean Sheremet with Eddie Cibrian), Latona explained that "putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal, but to show (through her story) how we all are human."

Rimes, blind-sided by the mass e-mail, took to her Twitter account to share her side of the story.

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"Just so all my fans know, I'm getting to the bottom of this. It's the first I've heard of this," the 28-year-old singer tweeted Friday. "Shape is throwing me a party next week as a thank you and a congrats for being on their cover for the third time. I find this very contradictory."

Rimes then tweeted an invitation to RSVP for the Shape cocktail reception, taking place Nov. 4 at Trousdale in West Hollywood.

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Shape's editor-in-chief spoke to USA Today Friday, explaining that her words were taken out of context and that "a mere 40 readers out of almost six million" wrote in to complain about Rimes.

"I stand by the fact that LeAnn's story is compelling — and her courage and strength in the face of so much adversity is compelling," Latona said. "I wrote to those women apologizing that our cover choice did not make them happy, as I have done for other cover stars in the past."

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