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LeAnn Rimes: Speculation About My Weight 'Seems Like Bullying Now'

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Sep. 29 2011, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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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."

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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."

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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.

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