LeAnn Rimes Shape cover controversy

Oh how the mighty have fallen. LeAnn Rimes appeared on the cover of October’s Shape magazine and apparently it has caused quite the problem for Shape. Most people are familiar with LeAnn these days not because of her amazing vocals but more because of her amazing talent to play “steal the husband” with Eddie Cibrian.  Yes, LeAnn is a homewrecker and there is nothing that women in America hate more.  So when she appeared on the cover of Shape’s October issue readers were livid.  Several letters were written to the editor expressing great anger and dismay at the fact that the magazine was celebrating a woman of such low character.  It was reported that Valerie Latona, Shape’s Editor in Chief, addressed the problem but contacting those who complained with the following email:

Subject: 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.



Then later today the following statement was released from Valerie:

My comments have been taken out of context. 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.

All very interesting…people sure are having a big problem with the “foot in mouth” scenario this week.


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