Singer LeAnn Rimes, in honor of World Psoriasis Day, has bared it all in a new Instagram post and essay meant to highlight her own, but also the struggle of millions, who suffer from the skin disease.
"So much of my journey, both personally and within my creations, my new chant record and podcast coming out soon, has been excavating pieces that I’ve been hiding and bringing them to the light," Rimes says in the caption. "It’s been and still is a journey of allowing them out and welcoming and reintegrating those fragments back into wholeness. Music has been my gift, and why I’m here."
The photos, she says, are one way she hopes "to give a voice to these other pieces" of herself.
"I want to give a voice to what so many other people are going through. This is finally my time to be unabashedly honest about what psoriasis is and what it looks like," she continues. "You know when you say something you’ve been holding in for so long, and it’s such a sigh of relief? That's what these photos are to me. I needed this. My whole body -- my mind, my spirit -- needed this desperately."
The post accompanies an essay she has written for Glamour magazine, where Rimes reveals her diagnosis came when she was just two years old, as "about 80 percent of my body was covered in painful red spots."
Eventually finding a treatment in her 20s that worked, and finding that stress and her own mental health was a major part of her flare-ups, she eventually stopped taking the shots that were required.
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Then 2020 happened, and so did LeAnn's flare-ups. Normally not one to show the effects it can have, this time around, she wanted to have an open conversation about her affliction while her skin was not clear, because she says, "when you’re hiding your physical body, there’s so much that rolls over into your emotional and spiritual mental health."
"I now feel like I’m at a point in my life where I just want to break out of that cage. We’re at a moment in time right now when we’re all being stripped of everything we thought we needed -- and now we can see how worthy and good enough we are without all of the bull****" she says in the essay.
Speaking about the photos, LeAnn credits her husband, Eddie Cibrian for helping her come out of her shell. "Before this shoot, my husband would look at me like, 'I don’t even see that,' which I obviously didn’t understand," she says.
"I’d think, 'How can’t you see it?! It’s all over me!' I think I see what he sees now."