Truce or no, LeAnn Rimes continues to be vilified on Twitter: Where a scarletletter lasts forever
Peace, at long last.
No, I'm not talking about the civil war in Libya, the uprisings in Bahrain, the end of military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan or the continuing strife in Japan. I'm talking about the Twitter war between LeAnn Rimes and Brandi Glanville.
In case you haven't been paying attention (see above) Glanville is the ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian. Rimes and Cibrian started a scandalous relationship in February 2009 while they were filming the Lifetime movie Northern Lights — and while they were both married to other people. By the middle of 2010, both had finalized their divorces and the relationship between Rimes and Cibrian continued to grow, culminating in an engagement last Christmas.
Sure, it's messy — especially since Cibrian has two young sons with Glanville — but these days it's hardly unheard of. Whether it's Angelina Jolie, Claire Danes, Alicia Keyes, Sienna Miller or even Julia Roberts, it's hardly uncommon to fall in love with a married man — or have one fall in love with you. Such a love story has even made The New York Times wedding section. It might not be right, but it's OK.
But LeAnn Rimes, more than any of the celebrities above, is known (and often vilified) for her relationship. That's partly because it's the only newsworthy thing she's done in a few years and partly because country music circles are more conservative (unless you're Garth Brooks and want to leave your wife for your long-time duet partner Trisha Yearwood). But it's also partly because she's active on Twitter.
According to the truce released by Rimes over the weekend and re-tweeted by Glanville in support, both women and their friends had been setting up fake accounts to slam the other on Twitter.
That's in addition to a war of words between their official accounts, including everything from "i told Eddie to please tell you that it is highly inappropriate for you to sing in my sons class on Friday. Boundries!!" [sic] from Glanville and thoughts from Rimes like "Why do people have to run and hide? A real adult should not make an accusation they can't back up and would apologize when they know they are wrong."
LeAnn's truce (which was released on Twitter, naturally), says:
As a collective unit, Brandi and I would like all negativity to cease toward one another. We have communicated and have a direct understanding that we are ONLY ourselves on Twitter and have no other accounts that try to destroy one another. Please for our families' sake stop the hate now and let us live OUR lives. We don't need opinions or outside help in order for that to happen.
According to Perez Hilton, the truce was brokered when Glanville learned that a rumored Newlyweds-style reality show with LeAnn and Eddie wouldn't be happening. But after two years of vitriol, surely they are both ready to move on.
Will this stop the negativity tweeted at Rimes every day? I doubt it. If the upside of Twitter is that fans feel close to their favorite celebrities, the downside is that those who hate you (whether for good reason or not) have a direct way of letting you know.