LeAnn Rimes Checks Into Rehab

“Anxiety and stress” have forced LeAnn Rimes into an unidentified treatment center, a representative for the country crooner-turned-actress told People magazine Thursday.

Here’s the official word:

“LeAnn has voluntarily entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress. 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.”

Rimes entered treatment on Wednesday, just one day after celebrating her milestone 30th birthday. Her rep insists she is not seeking help for an eating disorder or substance abuse.

Instead, the “Blue” hitmaker hopes the program will give her the tools to deal with the stressors in her life — which often include tabloid rumors about her waify frame and continuing criticism over her illicit affair and subsequent marriage with actor Eddie Cibrian. (Both were married to other people when they met and fell in love on the set of the Lifetime Original Movie Northern Lights in 2009.)

“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. 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. I’ll have the tools to know how to deal with them.”

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