This ^^ is a photo LeAnn Rimes tweeted with the message, “Getting ready for the @GMCLA boys”. I had to look it up – GMCLA stands for Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. I guess she was invited to the awards show or something. And since most of the photo agencies were ignoring the event, LeAnn decided to tweet a photo for us. Because she’s the gift the keeps on giving. Incidentally, I glanced through LeAnn’s Twitter feed, and she’s still bitching about bullying. Yesterday she tweeted, “I love all my fans and friends dearly and it hurts to see any bullying or negativity going on amongst you guys. I’m saddened. All I will say”. So… she’s not playing the victim right now? She says that there’s bullying amongst her fans – fan-on-fan bullying? What does that look like?
LeAnn also has a new interview with a radio station (via Taste of Country). She talked a lot about her music, and how her next album is her last with Curb Records – there’s a lot of subtext in here, I think, especially since her music career is in the toilet right now. But of course, LeAnn pivots to her role as mother. Step-mother. Mother.
More than 15 years into her career, LeAnn Rimes has seemingly come into her own as artist, wife and step-mother of two, striking an important balance between her work and personal life. In an interview with radio station 1130 the Tiger, the Grammy Award-winning singer spoke candidly about the importance of the quality relationships in her life.
“We had our ups and downs for sure,” says Rimes, speaking about her longtime label home, Curb Records. “I always had an open relationship with the head of the label. It’s definitely been a great ride.”
Despite the self-professed functioning business relationship, the singer is quick to divulge that her next studio album is the last contractually-obligated project with the Nashville-based label. With that information in mind, Rimes assures listeners the new album is anything but a rushed project to fulfill a business contract.
“I’m working on a new record … we’re finishing up. I love it,” she confesses. “I’ve written two-thirds of it. It’s super fun and heartbreaking and all the emotions in between. It’s called ‘Spitfire.’”
As she wraps recording in the upcoming summer months, the Texas native will also stay busy traveling the country. Even with her legion of loyal fans, Rimes admits that her favorite place to perform may be a more personal, intimate venue.
The singer spilled that her two young stepsons are fascinated by her career. “I always — at least once a year — have them ask to sing or their class,” she spills. “They want me to sing for their class. It’s fun to be able to do that.”
When she and her husband Eddie Cibrian — who just celebrated their one-year anniversary — are not visiting the local elementary schools, the happy family can be found on the road together. “They come on tour sometimes,” Rimes shares on bringing the kid on tour. “They love the tour bus. It’s like a jungle gym for them.”
But what can fans expect for the string of shows leading up to the release of Rimes’ next project? “We’ve broken things down into an intimate setting,” says the ‘Crazy Women’ singer. “I encourage people to talk to me — open dialogue with my fans.”
“It’s more of a singer-songwriter ‘Storytellers’ situation, where I play stuff off ‘Lady & Gentleman,’ stuff off the new album and some the hits,” says Rimes. “It’s a wide variety of things.”
The boys ask her to come and sing to their class? The boys come on tour with her? I won’t get into it. I just provide the quotes. I guess it’s nice that Mason and Jake Cibrian are growing up in a household where their stepmother would do anything for them. Anything involving a bikini and a spotlight.
Incidentally, I received a tip about Eddie Cibrian’s latest acting gig. Did you know he’s still “acting”? He is! He had a guest spot on Rizzoli & Isles, and apparently the fans of the show weren’t into it at all. He played a veteran with PTSD, and he had a thing for Isles. He wants to “sculpt” her. Or something. I didn’t watch it (I hate that show and how the policework and forensics are represented), but you can read a funny summary here. I’m including some rare photos of Eddie solo from Friday. LeAnn let him off the leash for the day! Happy birthday, Eddie.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and LeAnn’s Twitter.
Written by Kaiser
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