In what came as a surprise to most country music fans this morning, LeAnn Rimes has voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility one day after celebrating her 30th birthday. The “Spitfire” singer is trying to learn better stress coping mechanisms as she returns to her singing career with her new single out in December. In a statement to People magazine, her representative denies that it’s for drugs, alcohol or an eating disorder.
“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.”
LeAnn herself released a statement addressing why she feels it was so important to check herself in now rather than later:
“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,” she says. “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.”
Read the article on People magazine’s site here. She’ll be heading out on a fall tour this year, releasing her new single, and a brand new album will hit stores in 2013. We’re hoping we see a lot more of the “Spitfire” star this year and wish her a quick recovery!