The Truth About LeAnn Rimes
There are two pervasive images of LeAnn Rimes, the country and pop singer who performs at the Salk Institute’s annual benefit on Saturday.
The first is the one of a soulful 13-year-old who became America’s sweetheart after her hit song “Blue” debuted in 1996. The other image is that of gossip magazine cover girl, something that happened when she left her husband for actor Eddie Cibrian, who was also married.
But the person Rimes actually is, is somewhere in the middle. She recently ducked away from a family reunion to discuss her music, the paparazzi and turning 30 years old.
Q. Tell us what you’ll be doing at The Salk.
A. I know I’m going to be performing with a symphony, which is something I love and don’t get to do very often. I like doing these more intimate shows because I always feel like I’m sitting in my living room, hanging out with friends. I’m sure it’s going to be a beautiful night.
Q. You’ve been performing for more than half of your life, how do you attribute your longevity as a singer?
A. It’s always been an up-and-down ride, like a roller coaster. But recently, I’ve been growing as a writer and a producer, and that keeps things interesting. I feel like as I get older and go through ups and downs in my personal life, I don’t need to explain myself so much anymore, it just naturally comes out through my music.
Q. All those recent magazine pictures of you and your family at the beach, is that here in San Diego?
A. No, we’ve been around Newport on a family reunion. It’s the first time we’ve all been together in a long time. It took 30 years to get here, but we’re here and it’s so nice.
Q. You dealt with your own scandal when you got divorced and married Eddie (Cibrian). How did you survive your personal life on display?
A. People get sick of it eventually. Now they’re waiting for us to get pregnant and the magazines write all these stories about us that aren’t true. But it’s just part of what I do. I didn’t have to deal with it when I was younger because this whole reality television/tabloid world wasn’t so big then. People are always going to talk and say what they want and they can have at it. My husband, my family and I, we have our own truth and that’s the one that matters.
Q. You’re turning 30 soon, how are you feeling about it?
A. I’m excited, it’s something that’s going to be a whole new beginning, a whole new chapter. I’m working on a new album and it’s a labor of love, I’m so happy with it.
Q. Can you give us any details about the record (which is planned to be released in February)?
A. I don’t think people have ever seen me this honest. I’m excited for everyone to hear my truth about the way I see things and the way I live my life. I think you’ll understand a lot more about me after you listen.
Article courtesy of utsandiego.com