Shape magazine calls LeAnn Rimes a husband stealer

Oct 29, 2010 at 12:39 p.m. ET

Shape magazine’s editor writes an email saying that putting "husband-stealer" LeAnn Rimes on the October cover was a "terrible mistake."

LeAnn Rimes on Shape

It's a war of words between Shape magazine's editor-in-chief Valerie Latona and country singer LeAnn Rimes.

LeAnn on Shape

The October Shape magazine had LeAnn on the cover in a skimpy red bathing suit with the title, "LeAnn Rimes: How Working Out Saved Me." Rimes opened up as to why she cheated on her husband Dean Sheremet with her co-star, actor Eddie Cibrian, who was also married at the time with two children.

"My relationship with Dean was great, but ultimately it wasn't a fulfilling marriage for either of us," Rimes told the magazine. "I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America's sweetheart."

Shape magazine got lots of press for having Rimes on the cover -- and not all of it was good.

Shape disses LeAnn?

Latona reportedly emailed this letter out to readers who displayed outrage over the cover:

"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.



LeAnn's response

LeAnn tweeted this to her fans yesterday:

"Just so all my fans know, I'm getting to the bottom of this. It's the first I've heard of this. Shape is throwing me a party next week as a thank you and a congrats for being on their cover for the 3rd time. I find this very contradictory. I love you all!!"

Today, she posted a picture of her actual invitation for the Shape party with the words, "Invite!"

Editor backtracks

Latona just issued a statement to USA Today saying, "My comments have been taken out of context. I used the words of the few unhappy readers who wrote in."

She continued, "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.'"