Leann Rimes is not a "stepmom" to new hubby Eddie Cibrian's two sons. Sure, she married Cibrian after their much publicized affair and subsequent divorces -- inheriting a new blended family along the way. But according to the self-titled "bonus mom," "A family is a family...there is no 'step' about it."
Rimes took to her personal blog Tuesday to speak out against the inadequacies of the word "step," which she says "take on such a negative connotation to so many in our society." The outspoken country star wrote about the challenges so-called stepparents face:
"It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household. It can be incredibly intimidating," she writes. “There are many obstacles to overcome. Two households with different rules, many different personalities and opinions that can pose issues at times. But it’s important to take the high road for the kids’ sake and ultimately your own.”
She adds: "One thing that I know is, I will never replace their mother. I would never try. I will however love them with all I have and do everything in my power to help raise them in a loving, safe and proper environment.”
Rimes and her ex-husband, Dean Sheremet, divorced in December 2009, eight months after revelations of her and Cibrian's affair surfaced in March 2009 and three months after Cibrian split from his wife of eight years, Brandi Glanville.
She and CIbrian tied the knot in April 2011.
Photos Of Rimes And Cibrian:
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor/Charisma spokesperson Eddie Cibrian and wife/american country musician LeAnn Rimes at Bloomingdale's 59th Street Store on September 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for Bloomingdales)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - JUNE 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Multi-Grammy Award winning singer/actress LeAnn Rimes (L) and husband actor Eddie Cibrian speak during an acoustic presentation to assist victims of the recent tornadoes in Alabama at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on June 5, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian watch the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament between the Connecticut Huskies and the Butler Bulldogs at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Eddie Cibrian (L) and LeAnn Rimes attend Leeza Gibbons' Dare2Care Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at BOA Steakhouse on February 24, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Eddie Cibrian (L) and singer LeAnn Rimes arrive at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)