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LeAnn Rimes recalls childhood bullies, says one girl brought a knife to school

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   July 8, 2013 at 6:16 AM   |   Comments

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July 8 (UPI) -- After performing at an anti-bullying event organized by the Friend Movement, 30-year-old country singer LeAnn Rimes said she had been bullies and threatened as a child.

"I was bullied when I was a kid -- when I was in junior high. A lot of girls can get real mean during the sixth grade year," Rimes told Entertainment Tonight at the event.

"I used to perform around Dallas and Texas where I lived, a lot. My principal would put something on the bulletin board if I was in the newspaper or something, and there was this clique of girls that did not like it," Rimes explained.

"So, I had my locker egged, I had a girl bring a knife to school the last day of sixth grade and tried to kill me! Awesome. So, I'd say I was bullied a little," she added.

And it hasn't necessarily gotten better. Rimes, whose affair with now-husband Eddie Cibrian captivated tabloid readers and broke up two marriages, said she still experiences bullying through social media.

Obviously we're [celebrities] underneath a microscope and in the spotlight all the time, but it's no reason to be able to pick apart someone the way that a lot of people do.

We're human ... this is my job, and then I have my life. But I'm a human being in both of them -- and I think people forget that a lot of times.

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