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'Shape' Editor: LeAnn Rimes Cover Was 'A Terrible Mistake'

First Posted: 10/29/10 10:03 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

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UPDATE: Latona tells USA Today that her comments were taken out of context and she does not regret putting LeAnn on the cover:

"I used the words of the few unhappy readers who wrote in. I stand by the fact that LeAnn's story is compelling--and her courage and strength in the face of so much adversity is compelling. That is why I put her on the cover of Shape for what is now the third time."

PREVIOUSLY: The editor-in-chief of 'Shape' is sorry about the magazine's decision to feature LeAnn Rimes on its October cover alongside the coverline "How Working Out Saved Me."

In the interview, LeAnn opened up for the first time about why she cheated on ex-husband Dean Sheremet and how working out with new boyfriend Eddie Cibrian (who was also married when they began seeing each other) helped keep her sane during the affair.

TooFab has the email that 'Shape' editor Valerie Latona sent out to disappointed readers:

You are all in good company (why I'm e-mailing you all together) as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover.

Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal-but to show (through her story) how we all are human. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment.

But it did not come across that way ... And for that I'm terribly sorry.

I hope that we can do better the next time for those of you that will give us another chance.

Humbly,

Valerie
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Filed by Katy Hall  |