Country and “Blues” singer LeAnn Rimes voluntarily checked into a treatment facility Wednesday to cope with anxiety and stress, according to a report from ABC News.
“LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress,” her rep Marcel Pariseau tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”
Rimes checked in Wednesday, the day after her 30th birthday. Her rep tells People that she is hoping to learn better coping mechanisms to deal with the life she’ll be returning to.
The singer and husband-of-one-year Eddie Cibrian were also candid about the treatment to the magazine. Rimes said that the time away is “just a time for me to emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old-woman I can be.” Meanwhile, 39-year-old Cibrian has expressed his support.
Rimes turned 30 on Tuesday. She celebrated the big three-oh a few weeks earlier with a Laguna Beach party with 20 close friends, and the theme “Die, 20s, die!” She was, of course, clad in her trademark bikini.
Rimes has also increasingly been fighting with her Twitter followers, combating claims that she is anorexic or unappealing commentary about the state of her marriage to Cibrian.
On August 15, Rimes defended herself against two such dissenters, writing: “@LauraJames00 @kellilleslie excuse me? I have nothing to “prove” we are happy and my fans are wonderful and no one is perfect. All I need to speak to about me and my sins is the good lord. Remember you can’t break what’s already broken. I’m not anything like what you read about. It’s all lies and anything you’ve read about no matter who or where it comes from….well, let’s just say its a game for so many to hurt others. Time to move on, everyone else has.”
“This is just a time for me to emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be,” she says. “All the things in my life will be there when I get out, but you know what? I’m hoping they’re not going to affect me as much,” she adds. “I’ll have the tools to know how to deal with them.”
Rimes’ husband Eddie Cibrian says he fully supports his wife’s decision and called her “the most remarkable and courageous woman I know.” “I am so proud of her for having the strength to finally take some time for herself,” he added. “I will be with her every step of the way.”
Rimes’ rep, who acknowledged that the star has been criticized for her thin frame in the past, is not entering treatment for an eating disorder, nor for substance abuse. Her treatment facility has allowed Rimes to continue to tour on the weekends, so as not to “disappoint her fans.” She is gearing up to release her next album, “Spitfire.”
Rimes tweeted information about her upcoming album on Tuesday, which read: Since today is such a special day for me, I thought I’d share some special news. There has been much speculation as to what the first single off my new album “Spitfire” will be. Well, here you go….. “What Have I Done” will be released to radio and on iTunes Dec. 10th. I’m so thrilled to share the new single and new album with you all. “Spitfire” is a special record to me and I feel like with each single we’ll be rolling out a story, not just singles. I hope we created and wrote a story of your life, something to hold dear to your heart. I hold each and every song deep in my soul.