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LeAnn Rimes says she identifies with Britney Spears: ‘You become a commodity, not a person’

LeAnn Rimes has urged people to “leave alone” Britney amid the star’s ongoing mental health struggles.

Like Spears, Rimes found fame while still in her teens in the ’90s.

In 2000, Rimes became embroiled in a legal battle with her father, Wilbur C Rimes, and her former manager, Lyle Walker, alleging they had cheated her of approximately $7 million in earnings over the past five years. Since Rimes was still a minor, her mother, Belinda Rimes, filed the lawsuit on her behalf.

In a new interview with The IndependentRimes said she sees “a lot of similarities” between herself and the embattled pop star.

“At the end of the day, when you’re in the public eye, everyone wants to make money out of it,” the “How Do I Live” singer said.

“You become a commodity instead of a person and it breaks my heart. And I’ve been there – I’ve experienced many of the same things. My heart goes out to her.”

LeAnn Rimes (left) and Britney Spears

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Referring to Spears’ 16-year-old son Jayden’s recent interview with ITV, Rimes added: “I just saw about your ex-husband and his family who did an interview about her and my first thought was, ‘ Leave this poor woman alone! She’s been through enough!’”

During the interview, Jayden revealed why he and his 17-year-old brother Sean Preston missed Spears’ June wedding to Sam Asghari and defended his grandfather Jamie, who was Spears’ conservator for 13 years.

Responding to her son’s comments on Instagram, Spears wrote, “My love for my children has limits and it saddens me deeply to hear his cry that I have not lived up to his expectations in a mother… and maybe one day we can.” meet face to face and talk openly about it!!!!”

She also urged her younger son to “remember” where he “is from.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/leann-rimes-britney-spears-b2168477.html LeAnn Rimes says she identifies with Britney Spears: ‘You become a commodity, not a person’

JOE HERNANDEZ

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