LeAnn Rimes, 29, has been under the scrutiny of the public eye since the age of 13 when her first hit, the Patsy Cline inspired “Blue” blew up airwaves around the globe. Nearly 16 years later, she’s releasing her 13th country album, “Lady & Gentleman” and posing for the NOH8 Campaign – taking a stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Recently, PrideSource printed a very candid interview with Rimes where she shared memories of her gay uncle (who died of AIDS), discussed drag, being a good stepmother to husband Eddie Cibrian’s children with ex-wife Brandi Glanville, and those pesky rumors that her ex-husband Dean Sheremet is gay.
Check out highlights from the interview below.
- I believe in equality. Everybody should be treated exactly the same way no matter what their race, no matter what their sexuality. I’ve learned from everything I’ve gone through and from being in this business for so long and being judged since I was 13. That was my biggest lesson in life: not to judge others. You’ve never walked in their shoes, you don’t know where they’re coming from, and you don’t know their story.
- Country music has become so mainstream and I think all of us have a lot of gay fans, so I hope that no one’s discriminating from somebody coming to a concert or anything. But I do think it has, in the past, had that unfortunate stigma. I think the walls are breaking down, at least I hope so. But I hope the walls are breaking down all over, not just in country music.
- I lost a lot of my childhood, obviously. I used to say, “Oh no, I didn’t lose anything,” but I think as you get older – and now having my two “bonus boys,” as I call them, and seeing how they are as children and how innocent they are – a lot of innocence was taken away early on because I had to be responsible for so many at such a young age.
- Have I ever fallen for a gay man? I don’t think so! I think it’s always been a straight man, but I love my gay friends to death, that’s for sure.
You can read the full interview here: EXCLUSIVE: LeAnn Rimes Talks Equality, Motherhood and ‘Gay’ Ex Rumors.