LeAnn Rimes Reveals That a School Bully Tried to Kill Her
This week's Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert was personal for LeAnn Rimes. The singer reveals that as a child, she was frequently the victim of bullying, from egging to threats with a knife.
Rimes remembered one particularly scary situation from sixth grade in a recent interview at the Los Angeles benefit. The singer says she was already performing in her home state of Texas by junior high, and her principal would encourage her by posting newspaper clips on the bulletin board.
"There was this clique of girls that did not like it," Rimes tells Entertainment Weekly. "So, I had my locker egged, I had a girl bring a knife to school the last day of sixth grade and tried to kill me! Awesome. So, I'd say I was bullied a little."
The singer calls the treatment of celebrities who are battling weight issues bullying, specifically answering a question about criticisms of then-pregnant Kim Kardashian. "Obviously we're underneath a microscope and in the spotlight all the time, but it's no reason to be able to pick apart someone the way that a lot of people do."
The Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert was organized by the Friend Movement, an organization that tries to show positive anti-bullying images through art and media. Rimes performed 'Can't Fight the Moonlight' and Elton John's 'Rocket Man' at the event.