Country singer LeAnn Rimes, performing at last week's Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert in Los Angeles, recalled how, in her childhood, she was the victim of a tormenter who "tried to kill" her.
"I was bullied when I was a kid — when I was in junior high. A lot of girls can get real mean during the sixth grade year," said LeAnn Rimes in revealing her childhood bullying experiences to ETonline.com
. "I used to perform around Dallas and Texas where I lived a lot. My principal would put something on the bulletin board if I was in the newspaper or something, and there was this clique of girls that did not like it. 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 harassment didn’t end there. As a celebrity, Rimes said she is constantly subjected to intense scrutinization and gossip.
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"Obviously we're [celebrities] 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," she said. "We're human... this is my job, and then I have my life. But I'm a human being in both of them — and I think people forget that a lot of times."
Rimes' life in the spotlight took a toll on her last year when she was admitted into a rehab facility for stress and anxiety in August 2012.
"I think it's really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook,"
Rimes told Katie Couric in an October 2012 interview, shortly after she left treatment. "And it's hard to take it day after day of reading and seeing things that someone you don't even know says about you. As much as you said you don't want it to penetrate, it does, because you're human."
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