LeAnn Rimes is opening up about mental health and what prompted her to enter rehab.
In a recent interview with Insider, Rimes shared more about the “very, very dark place” she was in mentally and how that impacted her life.
“I was in a very, very dark place. I had never been alone,” Rimes admitted to the outlet, citing both her family history of anxiety and depression as well as the pressure around achieving fame at a young age as her motivating factors to seek treatment. “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.”
“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,” she continued.
After things finally came to a head, Rimes made the decision to check herself into rehab the day after her 30th birthday in 2012, according to Insider. In reflecting on her decision with the outlet, she said “it was just time.”
“It was just time,” Rimes explained. “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.”
Rimes had previously opened up about her decision to enter rehab for mental health treatment with Katie Couric back in 2012.
“I loved being in [the rehab facility],” Rimes shared with Couric during the interview. “And it felt great to have other people going through the same things have that empathy and understanding.”
In addition, Rimes said how much she valued being able to support the other people in the program and how, in turn, they “loved” and “respected” her for the help she was able to provide them, not her celebrity status.
On an equally positive note, Rimes revealed more about her current life, specifically, her new album, god’s work, which is set to be released on Sept. 16.
While revealing that she felt like she had to “constantly feed the beast” that is the music business and keep producing new material in her younger years, Rimes took her time with her new album, saying it took her three years to finish.
Rimes released her latest single, female empowerment anthem, “the wild” on Jul. 15. The track features fellow female artists Mickey Guyton and Sheila E.
Rimes is also currently on the road on her the story…so far tour, which wraps on Sept. 27 in Inglewood, California at the Kia Forum as part of a tribute concert to Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins.