October 29th, 2010
03:35 PM ET
Shape magazine readers were fit to be tied when country singer LeAnn Rimes appeared on the October cover, and while the magazine's editor-in-chief did send an apology to some readers who wrote in about the cover story, she says her words have been taken out of context.
The issue, which showed 28-year-old Rimes posing in a red bikini, included an interview in which she admitted cheating on ex-husband Dean Sheremet with current beau Eddie Cibrian.
"My relationship with Dean was great, but ultimately it wasn't a fulfilling marriage for either of us," she said. "I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America's sweetheart."
After readers got bent out of shape, editor-in-chief Valerie Latona sent out an e-mail to the upset and admitted that she regretted the cover choice.
Celebrity site TooFab has reportedly obtained a copy of the e-mail, which reads:
"You are all in good company... 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."
The note continued, "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."
However, Latona said in a statement to CNN that her "comments have been taken out of context," and that she "used the words of the few unhappy readers who wrote in."
"I stand by the fact that LeAnn's story is compelling–and her courage and strength in the face of so much adversity is compelling. That is why I put her on the cover of Shape for what is now the third time," Latona said. "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.' I wrote to those women apologizing that our cover choice did not make them happy—as I have done for other cover stars in the past."
Meanwhile, Rimes tweeted last night that she was completely unaware of the controversy.
"Just so all my fans know, I'm getting to the bottom of this," she wrote. "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."
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