While many people look forward to opening material gifts on Christmas, LeAnn Rimes’ mental health treatment is the gift she’s cherishing most this year.
After reflecting on the treatment she received over the years, she’s describing it as “the best gift I could’ve given myself.”
In 2012, the country singer checked herself into a 30-day in-patient treatment facility for her depression and anxiety and called the experience the best decision she ever made.
In an interview with People Magazine, the 38-year-old opened up about overcoming her mental health battle.
“I constantly had people around me my whole life, whether it be parents, my ex-husband, a manager or agent, all the world’s eyes were on me constantly,” Rimes said.
“Talk about codependency. I had never been alone really until being in treatment for anxiety and depression.”
The Chant singer added, “I needed to figure out how to unravel from that and bring myself back.”
She went on to describe how she learned to begin loving herself again.
“All those pieces I had rejected about myself, learn how to love them and realize that the totality of me is lovable not just the LeAnn Rimes that’s projected into the world that everybody wanted to be this perfect little girl,” she disclosed. “It was the totality of me that could come to the table and have a voice.”
Rimes’ husband, Eddie, says he was proud of his wife for seeking help and he would support her 100 percent.
“My wife is the most remarkable and courageous woman I know,” he said. “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.”
LeAnn Rimes’ Mental Health Triumph Comes To a Head With Chant
Rimes’ defeat of her depression and anxiety culminated when she released her album, Chant: The Human and The Holy.
According to Rimes, Chant was, “a lifetime in the making.” Rimes also says the album wouldn’t exist without her high and low moments.
“It’s taken my whole journey to allow something like this to be birthed through me. I just trusted it and I didn’t question it.”