The controversy surrounding the article is attributed Rimes' messy break-up with ex-husband Dean Sheremet. LeAnn Rimes' marriage to Sheremet fell apart because she was cheating on him with her new boyfriend Eddie Cibrian. To make matters worse, Cibrian was also married at the time their relationship began. Because of this, many Shape readers took exception to the cover, which some felt glorified an adulterer.
To be fair, the feature does involve working out, with the October cover featuring LeAnn Rimes alongside the tagline "How Working Out Saved Me." But few readers took solace in the angle, especially considering it revolved around her workouts with Cibrian.
Read the e-mail Shape editor Valerie Latona sent out to disappointed readers, after the jump.
"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.