LeAnn Rimes — who was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 2 years old — stripped down in an “unabashedly honest” post about what it looks like to live with the skin condition.
“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,” the singer, 38, captioned two photos of her body covered by psoriasis.
She continued, “Music has been my gift, and why I’m here. But I want to give a voice to these other pieces of me. And 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.”
Psoriasis is caused by skin cells building up and forming scales and itchy, dry patches. Psoriasis is believed to be an immune system problem and can be triggered by stress.
“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,” the “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” singer said. “I needed this. My whole body — my mind, my spirit — needed this desperately.”
In an accompanying essay for Glamour, Rimes explained that she managed the condition with shots and had eased off them two years ago, but the stress of 2020 made the condition flare up again.
“I now feel like I’m at a point in my life where I just want to break out of that cage,” she said. “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 bulls—t.
“We’re worthy without the makeup and the artifice. We’re worthy of love without having to work for it. And that’s why I’m tired of hiding.”
Her husband of nine years, Eddie Cibrian, has been a supportive spouse and has told Rimes that he doesn’t even notice it.
“I’d think, ‘How can’t you see it?! It’s all over me!’ I think I see what he sees now,” she went on. “When you finally allow yourself to step outside of what you’ve been caging in, the whole world opens up. There’s freedom in even just putting one foot outside the door.
“I hope anyone who also kept themselves small has the courage to step outside of that cage. When we allow ourselves not to be held in, our lives come back to us.”
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