The signs weren’t apparent, and LeAnn Rimes certainly gave no clue as to her inner turmoil when she granted interviews gushing how she was feeling better than ever as she turned 30.
“I feel healthier, more grounded and self-confident at 30 than I ever have,” she told Celebuzz. “I’m so content and not depressed at all about it. ”
Now it has emerged that on Wednesday, the day after her 30th birthday, Rimes checked into rehab to deal with issues of “anxiety and stress”.
“LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress,” her rep Marcel Pariseau tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
“While there will be speculation regarding her treatment, she is simply there to learn and develop coping mechanisms. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”
The star, herself, explained the rational behind her decision to seek treatment, telling PEOPLE: “This is just a time for me to emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be.”
“All the things in my life will be there when I get out, but you know what? I’m hoping they’re not going to affect me as much,” she adds. “I’ll have the tools to know how to deal with them.”
And her husband Eddie Cibrian told the publication that his is throwing his full support behind his wife.
“My wife is the most remarkable and courageous woman I know,” says Cibrian. “I am so proud of her for having the strength to finally take some time for herself. I will be with her every step of the way.”
Rimes rep insists she is not seeking treatment for an eating disorder or substance abuse.