Here are some photos of LeAnn Rimes wearing a really unfortunate pair of pants while performing in Vancouver on Saturday. At one point, she put on a Canucks jersey and fans booed her when she said she needed an LA Kings jersey too. As for how she looks – those bangs are not settling in, are they? Sometimes bangs look better after a few weeks of growth and styling, but LeAnn’s are just… bad.
In other LeAnn news, Us Weekly reported last Friday that she’s “in talks” to get her own TV series. A source told Us Weekly, “LeAnn has been approached about doing both scripted and nonscripted shows and [she’s] hearing people out.” I still think that Simon Cowell needs to approach her about being a judge on The X-Factor. Think about it – the whole show wouldn’t have to rest on her shoulders, but if she has any kind of emotional or psychological breakdown, the cameras would be there and it would make for “compelling” must-watch TV. But the idea of LeAnn doing, like, a talk show? No. NOOO. Also: LeAnn is still doing press for her new album (out this month). This interview is epic:
Metro: You’re doing a country music festival in London later this month. Are you looking forward to it?
LeAnn: I am. I haven’t performed in Britain for a while and my British audience is very eclectic. I remember looking out and seeing kids and guys with a million piercings and wearing leather. I have a lot of gay fans in Britain.
What can people expect from your new album?
It’s a very honest album, very personal. I co-wrote most of the songs and it’s about my life over the past few years. I’m proud of it and it tells a story – not just mine but a lot of other people’s too. I’m not the only person to have gone through these issues.
Was it a cathartic experience?
Very much so. I got out what I needed to get out. I’ve been making music professionally for 20 years but this is the first time I’ve made a record that’s been completely me from start to finish. Being able to turn something crappy into something beautiful, angry and heartbreaking – every emotion you can think of is on this record – is an amazing thing to be able to do.
Have you missed recording?
The last album I did was a covers album. It was five years ago and I won’t leave it as long next time. I was living life, took a break and came back to it. I had a lot to draw from. It feels like the second coming of me. It’s to do with growing up and not being apologetic for who I am.
Did you feel a need to explain yourself?
You’ve done a lot of frank US TV interviews recently… Yes. People have been judging me, so I felt a need to explain and apologise, which I’ve done many times. Now I no longer feel that need. I’m happy and happily married and have a wonderful family. I’m living life as best I can – but I’m not exempt from failure and making bad choices.
You’ve been written about extensively in the US tabloids for three years since you got together with your husband. Has the coverage worn you down?
It has been an ongoing story for them. At least I sell magazines for them – I guess that’s the positive – but it’s involved some very wrong information. Sometimes I comment on it, sometimes I don’t. They’re going to write what they want to write anyway. I just read I bathe in Evian water – some of the stories are so insane. I try to let it roll off my back but it’s gone on for a long time. I have a talent, I can sing. I don’t earn my money from trying to hurt people or get in the tabloids.
Did you ever consider leaving the music industry?
There have been many times I’ve wanted to but I’d be lost without music. I’ve thought about taking a back seat and doing more writing. This is the last album with the label I’ve been signed to since I was 11 – it’s been 20 years and it feels like this is a new start for me.
Would you let your own child pursue a showbiz career?
I’d let them develop their talent but it’s important to let kids be kids. I wouldn’t encourage them to enter the industry at a young age. I’d be honest with them about what goes on – it’s not a fairy tale. Wanting to be a superstar is all very well but don’t believe the facade. Especially because it’s getting harder to get into the industry anyway.
In what way? Do you need to do a TV talent show?
It’s easier if you go down that route. A lot of us before those shows were around had to work our butts off to get our music heard. Those shows give you an in-built audience. It’s harder for artists to get heard on the radio now – it’s not as much of a broad spectrum as it used to be.
What lessons has 20 years in the music industry taught you?
It’s made me a fighter. Everyone fails sometimes, especially when you become as successful as quickly as I did, and I’m proud I’ve been able to pick myself up and keep my head above water for as long as I have.
What else would you like to achieve in your career?
I used to set myself big goals and I’ve achieved most of them, luckily. Now I define success differently to how I did as a kid. I want to continue making music and for people to see me as a complete artist rather than just a voice. It feels like I’m just coming into my own after being in the business for 20 years.
LeAnn sounded almost normal for some of those questions. But there’s still the humblebragging and the narcissism. “I have a lot of gay fans in Britain.” And “At least I sell magazines for them – I guess that’s the positive”. Yeah. She LOVES the attention. She always has loved it. And her explanation of why she hasn’t had an album in while – “I was living life, took a break and came back to it” – is ridiculous. Her label dropped her for a few years, right? And she was recording music for the past five years, trying to get a comeback going and it just didn’t take.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.