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Shape Editor: LeAnn Rimes Cover Was “a Terrible Mistake”

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Though LeAnn Rimes' controversial interview in the October issue of Shape generated tons of press for the magazine, its editor-in-chief regrets putting the country singer on its cover.

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In the interview, the singer opened up for the first time about why she cheated on husband Dean Sheremet with actor Eddie Cibrian, who was also married at the time.

"My relationship with Dean was great, but ultimately it wasn't a fulfilling marriage for either of us," Rimes, 28, told the mag. "I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America's sweetheart."

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In an e-mail obtained by TooFab, editor-in-chief Valerie Latona apologized to readers who felt that Rimes was a poor cover choice.

"You are all in good company…as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover," Latona explained. "Please know that our 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. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment."

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Despite the magazine's efforts, Latona acknowledges that "it did not come across that way…And for that I'm terribly sorry. I hope that we can do better the next time for those of you that will give us another chance."

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