‘I was in a very, very dark place’: LeAnn Rimes admits she had ‘deep codependency’ issues when she checked into rehab for anxiety and ‘had never been alone’
LeAnn Rimes has revealed she was in a ‘very, very dark place’ when she checked into rehab for stress and anxiety.
The singer – who shot to fame when she was just 13 years old – checked into a treatment facility in August 2012, the day after she’d turned 30, beause she needed to get out of her ‘deep codependency’ and learn how to be alone and to look after herself.
She told Insider: ‘I was in a very, very dark place. I had never been alone. There was always someone around, whether it be a parent or a manager, an agent or a publicist, or a husband, or whatever it was.
Candid: LeAnn Rimes has revealed she was in a ‘very, very dark place’ when she checked into rehab for stress and anxiety
‘It was just time. It was time for me to break away from my deep codependency and to figure out what was chemically going on to be able to take care of myself.’
The 39-year-old star admitted achieving success at such a young age and the stress that came with it had taken a toll on her mental health.
She said: ‘Being in the public eye from the time I was very young and having to override my humanness I think was a huge part of my experience with anxiety and depression and what was triggering it.’
Last year, the Can’t Fight the Moonlight hitmaker – who is married to Eddie Cibrian – revealed she battled ‘pretty heavy depression’ during the coronavirus pandemic because she had never spent so much time in one place.
Troubles: The singer – who shot to fame when she was just 13 years old – checked into a treatment facility in August 2012, the day after she’d turned 30 (pictured in 2012)
She said: ‘I have my whole life, on the road, I’ve never had this much time at home. Like my nervous system was just like, ‘What are we doing?’
‘Even though I meditate and do all the things like I’m still, there was still this kind of energy that’s always on. That really kind of is my baseline.
‘So, when that got taken away, the false security of having a job my whole life, like having all the things removed and I was terrified as everyone else, including feeling like you’re going to walk out your door and die.
‘[I had] some pretty heavy depression, but I’ve now come out of it.’
LeAnn said: ‘I was in a dark place. I had never been alone. There was always someone around, whether it be a parent or a manager, an agent or a publicist, or a husband, or whatever it was’
LeAnn found therapy helpful in tackling her difficulties.
She said: ‘And the upside of that, which has been good. [It helps to get] a different perspective, because sometimes we can be in our own world and not be able to step out of it.
‘So, I’ve always found that therapy definitely helps with that. It’s not about an end game. It’s like, this is the human journey.’
In a past interview with Entertainment Tonight about her rehab stint, LeAnn said: ‘I feel like there’s only a handful of people that could understand where I’ve been through as a childhood star, and now actually having a career after that.
‘It’s hard to explain, and I’m not asking for anyone’s sympathy. It’s just as simple and as complicated as I need to go learn how to deal with myself, with the world, because everyone’s always looking in, and I needed to figure out how to deal with it.’
Honest: The star admitted achieving success at such a young age and the stress that came with it had taken a toll on her mental health (pictured in 2020)
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