Leann Rimes bared all for a nude photoshoot that revealed her psoriasis diagnosis.
The country singer shared a series of nude photographs on her Instagram account on Thursday (October 29).
“You know when you say something you’ve been holding in for so long, and it’s such a sigh of relief?” she captioned the images. “That’s what these photos are to me,” Rimes said. “I needed this. My whole body—my mind, my spirit—needed this desperately. With today being World Psoriasis Day, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my story.”
What Leann Rimes Had to Say
Rimes did an interview with Glamour concerning her psoriasis revelation.
“I tried everything I could to treat it: steroid creams, major medications — I even tried being wrapped in coal tar with Saran Wrap,” she told the outlet. “And when I was in public, I did I everything I could to hide it.
She admitted that on stage she would wear jeans or two pairs of pantyhose even in extreme heat. “Underneath my shirt, my whole stomach would be covered in thick scales that would hurt and bleed,” she added. “For so much of my life, I felt like I had to hide.”
“Music has been my gift, and why I’m here. But I want to give a voice to these other pieces of me,” she continued. “And I want to give a voice to what so many other people are going through. This is finally my time to be unabashedly honest about what psoriasis is and what it looks like.”
Rimes revealed that the stresses of 2020 have caused a massive flare-up. She went from touring and being with her loved ones to alone at her home in sweats. “Stress is a common trigger for psoriasis, and with so much uncertainty happening, my flare-ups came right back,” she shared.
“Will these photos change the way I live? Will I wear shorts out to the grocery store? I honestly don’t know,” she admitted. “But what I do know is that it’s amazing how small we can keep ourselves. When you finally allow yourself to step outside of what you’ve been caging in, the whole world opens up. There’s freedom in even just putting one foot outside the door.”
Rimes said that she hopes other people will have the courage to step outside their comfort zones. “When we allow ourselves not to be held in, our lives come back to us,” she concluded.