Shape magazine's Editor-in-Chief Valerie Latona apologized to readers for featuring "husband-stealer" LeAnn Rimes on the cover of Shape's October issue, calling it a "terrible mistake"
The 28-year-old Grammy-winning country singer, who cheated on her now ex-husband with a then married Eddie Cibrian, appeared on the cover with an accompanying story called "LeAnn Rimes: How Working Out Saved Me."
Rimes finalized her divorce from Dean Sheremet last December after eight years of marriage. Their split came shortly after Cibrian, her co-star in the Lifetime movie Northern Lights, filed for divorce from his wife, Brandi Glanville. The pair moved in together shortly after.
Following numerous e-mail complaints, Latona responded to the outraged Shape readers. "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," she said in the e-mail, which was obtained by TooFab.com.
"This woman in particular found strength in exercise [during] what she said was her most difficult personal moment. But it did not come across that way ... And for that I'm terribly sorry."
This mea culpa follows Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles apologizing on Wednesday for an insensitive blog post on Mike & Molly, which drew in more than 28,000 e-mail complaints.