The editor-in-chief of Shape magazine is apologizing to readers for putting LeAnn Rimes on its October cover. The accompanying interview inside the magazine was Rimes' platform for discussing the cheating schedule surrounding her current boyfriend Eddie Cibrian, who like Rimes was married when they began dating.
TooFab obtained the e-mail editor Valerie Latona sent out to readers. Part of it read, "You are all in good company (why I'm e-mailing you all together) 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 are all human ... It did not come across that way ... And for that I'm terribly sorry."
Update: Shape editor Valerie Latona backtracked slightly on Friday. "My comments have been taken out of context," she told USA Today. "I 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 also added that only "40 readers out of almost 6 million" wrote to complain about the cover.