LeAnn Rimes tells The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday she feels like a victim of bullies — in this case the media — in the wake of speculation about her body and eating habits.
“I’ve kind of gotten over it when it comes to do with myself,” the How Do I Live Singer told Ellen. “Like you said, these are diseases and using them as name calling. It’s almost bullying.
“I feel a sense of responsibility for the people that are actually going through these diseases and I’m not one of them.”
Asked by Ellen if she’s “not anorexic in any way or bulimic at all,” Rimes said, “No, I am not but I do feel like the press … they’ve been very irresponsible calling a lot of people, fat or anorexic or bulimic or whatever It may be.
“It seems like bullying now,” Rimes said, “instead of really taking these diseases seriously that a lot of people are going through.”
“That’s good that you got to clear that up,” DeGeneres said.
On Wednesday, her husband Eddie Cibrian told Access Hollywood that Rimes is a workout fiend with a very healthy appetite, and that the rumors revolving around her body irritate him because “she eats more than I do sometimes!
“She eats pretty healthy, but she works out pretty hard too, and she actually takes pride in the way she looks,” Cibrian told the show. “It’s a shame that people will jump on the bandwagon just because she is fit — and she’s far from unhealthy.”
The latest round of hubbub about LeAnn’s weight began August 30, shortly after a series of bikini pictures were published online and in the tabloids showing Rimes sport a thinner, more vascular figure than what we’re used to seeing.