'Shape' Editor Defends Controversial LeAnn Rimes Cover: 'Her Courage And Strength Is Compelling!'

Fri, October 29, 2010 9:22am EST by 4 Comments

Do YOU think Shape‘s interview with LeAnn put husband-stealers on a pedestal?

Here’s a lesson LeAnn Rimes, 28, is learning the hard way: If you want to talk about cheating on your husband and breaking up a marriage, don’t do it in Shape magazine! Readers were so furious with LeAnn’s interview in the Oct. 2010 issue, in which she described leaving ex-husband Dean Sheremet for then-married Eddie Cibrian, that the magazine’s editor-in-chief Valerie Latona has addressed the readers’ concerns in an e-mail to TooFab! “The cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal,” Valerie writes.

Here’s the full e-mail sent from Valerie to TooFab:

To my dear Shape readers:

You are all in good company (why I’m e-mailing you all together) as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover. 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.

But 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.

Humbly,
Valerie

And here’s what Valerie tells HollywoodLife:

In response to the buzz surrounding her initial e-mail, Valerie tells HollywoodLife.com it’s important for everyone to read her words carefully:

“My comments have been taken out of context,” she tells us. “I used the words of the few unhappy readers who wrote in. I stand by the fact that LeAnn’s story is compelling — and her courage and strength in the face of so much adversity is compelling. That is why I put her on the cover of Shape for what is now the third time.

The fact is a mere 40 readers out of almost 6 million readers wrote in to complain calling LeAnn a ‘husband stealer’ and a ‘terrible mistake for Shape. I wrote to those women apologizing that our cover choice did not make them happy — as I have done for other cover stars in the past.”

Now that you’ve read what Shape‘s EIC has to say about the controversy, it’s time to tell us what YOU think! Cast your vote and sound off in the comments section below: Was LeAnn’s cover one huge mistake?

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Janel

Posted at 2:24 PM on November 1, 2010  

Butterface.

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Karen

Posted at 10:42 AM on October 29, 2010  

Let’s be real. She is a great singer and fit in her own right. While I don’t like home wreckers that is not the reason she was on the cover. Get a life people she was represents a fit person. Just to clarify something my ex husband cheated on me so I don’t like home wreckers but the magazine isn’t about that and she had a right to be on the cover.

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Shan Holds

Posted at 9:34 AM on October 29, 2010  

I considered cancelling my subscription of Shape after I received this in the mail, but after I actually read the article, I went ahead and cancelled it. This woman is shameless and has no morals whatsoever… Even though Hollywood is superficial, this was terrible… To hell with this useless woman and the spineless coward she decided to “steal”.

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Vida

Posted at 10:23 AM on October 29, 2010  

Can I ask what did she say in the article? I dont read Shape, I probably should since I am overweight but back to the main issue, did she come across like she did nothing wrong?

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