Shape magazine editor-in-chief Valerie Latona is now apologizing for having apologized for featuring singer LeAnn Rimes on its October 2010 cover.
In a statement released Oct. 29, Latona insists that her initial groveling e-mail apology to readers who had complained about Shape putting “husband-stealer LeAnn on a pedestal” was taken out of context.
“My comments have been taken out of context,” Valerie said Friday. “I used the words of the few unhappy readers who wrote in.”
Latona had claimed in her original apology that she had made a “terrible mistake” by putting purported homewrecker Rimes on Shape’s cover, saying: “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.”
‘I STAND BY MY DECISION’ (FOR REALZ)
Some 24 hours later, Latona flip-flopped, saying she now stands by her decision and also insisted that only 40 readers had complained about the Rimes feature (although her initial email implied there were many more complaints).
“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.
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.”
In the October issue, Rimes opened up about her divorce from husband Dean Sheremet and her affair with then-married Northern Lights co-star Eddie Cibrian.
LeeAnn, a child country star who divorced her husband of seven years in 2009, was widely slammed in the press for having an affair with Cibrian shortly before she split from her husband.
The 37-year-old Cibrian left his wife and two children for Rimes and filed for divorce in August 2009 after eight years of marriage. Looking back, Rimes said she was sorry that people got hurt but didn’t regret falling in love.
LEANN: WHAT COVER SCANDAL? OH SNAP!