An unwelcome Christmas surprise has ruined LeAnn Rimes‘ plans for the holidays.
The singer-songwriter was forced to cancel her holiday concerts after doctors discovered that she had blood on her vocal cord. Although the news dampened many fans’ moods, her decision to put her health first was applauded by them, along with them dropping well-meaning messages for a speedy recovery.
LeAnn Rimes Postpones Holiday Shows Amid Health Crisis
Rimes has been focused on putting her well-being before her career and fans since 2013, when she checked herself into a treatment center. The “How Do I Live” singer even has and hosts her mental health-focused podcast known as “Wholly Human,” which she uses to help listeners connect with themselves.
Thus, no one was surprised when she shared a handwritten note on Instagram detailing her intentions to stay away from the stage for a while. The note began, “It completely and utterly breaks my heart to have to announce that I will be rescheduling this weekend’s shows.”
The 40-year-old explained that doctors had “discovered a bleed on my vocal cord” caused by “the violent cough that came along with being sick” with the flu. She clarified that even though she was getting better, she could not “talk or sing … doctor’s orders!”
She continued by expressing her devastation at a time when she was excited about commemorating the holidays with her millions of fans. The “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” hitmaker asked attendees to check their emails for “rescheduled information.”
Rimes disclosed in the comments of the post that her Tennessee show at the Ryman would now be held on April 8, 2023, while her Riverside, Iowa, concert would be rescheduled to September 29, 2023.
Artist Aliyah O’Brien commented, “Awe babe! So tough. Take sweet care of yourself, and happy holidays to you guys.” A fan wrote, “been looking forward to this Christmas show for months at the Ryman. But wishing you a speedy recovery.” “someone’s health should always be a priority … thank you for leading as an example that is making it such! rest up & recharge friend!,” a second fan penned.
Rimes, whose eponymous album gave her two Grammy Awards in 1997, has often felt overwhelmed by the fame she found when she was only 13. In other words, the level of success that the “One Way Ticket” singer has enjoyed so far has made her feel like she had to be “superhuman” most times.
It also did not help that the stress prompted physical consequences such as depression and anxiety, which her family has a long history of. Her anxiety got so bad one time that she appeared on stage with a 104-degree fever as a teenager. Recounting the event to Insider, the pop star stated:
“I fainted backstage at 14. I’ve had to walk off a couple of times on stage and just be like, ‘I can’t finish the show.'”
Rimes eventually realized she needed professional help, so she checked herself into the great center mentioned earlier the day after she turned 30. In her words, “I was in a very, very dark place. I had never been alone. There was always someone around, whether it be a parent or a manager, an agent or a publicist, or a husband, or whatever it was.”
She has since revealed that her 30-day stay at the center altered her life forever.
The “Jag’s New Friend” Author Talks About Her Upcoming Album
Rimes opened up about the spiritual path she embarked on for her latest project, “God’s Work.” The album, which she worked on with her longtime collaborator Darrell Brown and various other artists, has a single that passionately pleads with listeners and fans to protect the environment.
Speaking on the song, the “Good Intentions” actress informed CBS, “Music was an instant connection to all of creation. I’ll cry talking about it because it is so powerful.” She added that she always wanted to collaborate with diverse voices because “it takes everybody to raise a society that is well loved and well supported.”
The “Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes” star is also ready for fans to listen to the song she wrote for her wedding to “Sunset Beach” actor Eddie Cibrian. The pair has been married for over a decade and still basking in their unshakeable love.