LeAnn Rimes Performs New Song, ‘Borrowed,’ About…Guess Who?

Wendy Geller
The Juice
December 20, 2012

LeAnn Rimes has a new single out--any guesses as to what the subject matter of it is?

Okay, we'll end the suspense. It's called "Borrowed" and it's about her affair with now-husband Eddie Cibrian. Anyone surprised out there?

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Rimes performed the new song, the first single off her upcoming album Spitfire, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night. The lyrics are very obviously about entanglement with a married man: "I wanna hold out, but I hold on / Even though I know it's wrong / Cause I don't want to give you back / I don't wanna give you back / You’re the best I ever had / So I don't want to give you back / But you’re borrowed."

Rimes has discussed her involvement with Cibrian--both were married to their respective spouses when the affair began--extensively in the media over the past few years. She accordingly took on the subject with Leno, admitting the song is about Cibrian and that "it's a very intimate look at a very rough moment in my life."

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"I actually still get embarrassed talking about it, even though I've written a whole album talking about the situation," she told the talk-show host. "I did go through a very public affair...I think a lot of people think it was done with complete abandonment and it wasn't."

Rimes doesn't let herself off the hook: "I call myself pathetic in the song," she explained to Leno. "I love using that word because it was the only way I knew how to describe myself. Because at that moment I was pretty pathetic."

The singer also talked with Leno about other much-discussed events of the past year, including her 30-day stint in a treatment center. "The last four years have been super compressed with stress and anxiety...I didn't know how to deal with it all. So I needed the tools, so I went in to take care of myself. That's it."

She also took a wry shot at Cibrian's ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, whom she is in a constant on-again, off-again feud with. "There's no reality in a reality show," she quipped, to much applause from the audience. "I know that's not my reality...I should feel flattered that I'm that interesting--that I can be such an amazing storyline on a reality show!"

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Rimes concluded, "I've come to this point, and it's good. You take the bad with the good...I think I've learned a lot in my 30 years."

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