It’s been a whirlwind day for LeAnn Rimes and “other women” everywhere as news came that Editor-In-Chief Valerie Latona issued an apology for Rimes’ October Shape cover story. Responding to readers peeved over LeAnn’s story of adultery with current boyfriend Eddie Cibrian, Latona issued a statement explaining: “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.” Remarkable that some readers wouldn’t like the idea of a toned, blond Grammy winner luring away someone’s husband and using a magazine article to talk about it. We mean, who doesn’t like a little betrayal with their reverse crunches?
Said Latona, the article “did not come across that way… And for that I’m terribly sorry.” If you recall, a married Rimes started dating Cibrian before he divorced his wife Brandi Glanville, leaving him torn between two women. Though given that Glanville was just arrested for DUI today, the decision between the two may not have been as emotionally grueling as we might think.
Latona has since backpedaled on her apology, insisting that, “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.” Yikes, how many home wreckers has Shape had on their covers? That seems like a pretty specific niche to try and sell people.
Claims Latona, “My comments have been taken out of context. I used the words of the few unhappy readers who wrote in.” She continues, “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.” Thank you! Finally someone is coming out to acknowledge the struggle that all husband-stealers must face. It’s not easy to get in good enough shape to snatch a married man. We have to work at it. We mean…they have to work at it. They. Not us. [Photo: Getty Images]