'You have to have a strong sense of self'
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(Yahoo!) - At 13, LeAnn Rimes already had a hit song and was on her way to a Grammy. She hit a few stumbling blocks along the way — a lawsuit against her dad, a much-scrutinized affair and divorce, and a month-long stint in intensive therapy last year — but Rimes emerged from childhood stardom relatively unscathed. Now 30, Mrs. Eddie Cibrian has a new album,"Spitfire," and is planning a sitcom about her life. She opened up to omg! about her experience growing up in the spotlight and why she thinks so many former child stars, such as Justin Bieber,Lindsay Lohan, and Amanda Bynes, end up struggling.
Being a child star today, with social media and the heightened interest in celebrities, would be incredibly difficult to handle.
It's difficult to handle as an adult, to see the negativity. It's easy for people to sit behind a computer screen and tear people down. To be a kid and have to deal with that, to not have the tools really to differentiate between what's real and what's not, to not judge yourself by the misconceptions of others or the opinions of others — that's hard enough to do as an adult, much less as a child.
As you grow up in this business, you have to have a strong sense of self. But when you have so many opinions from the outside world, you don't really have a chance to develop your sense of self.
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