updated 09/29/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/29/2011 AT 4:15 PM ET
While admitting again that she and Eddie Cibran made mistakes when they got together in 2009, LeAnn Rimes says there were tons of lies written about them, too – but that the couple kept quiet for the sake of his children.
“You have to really take the high road a lot of the time when you want to stand on a mountain and scream like, Why are you saying this?” the country singer, 29, says Thursday in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“We’ve always put his kids first,” she adds, referring to Cibran’s two children from his marriage to Brandi Glanville. “We took the kids into consideration with everything that we do. Sometimes you just want to scream. But you don’t. We’ve learned to let it go and laugh at it, at the end of the day.”
Rimes, who left husband Dean Sheremet for Cibran, acknowledges once again that the whole situation “could’ve been handled a lot better. But maybe we both didn’t have the tools at the time to do it properly. But I’ve learned a lot Obviously we all make choices that lead us into a different path, here and there, and you learn from those or you don’t.”
She adds: “It obviously brought us to the place where we are now. And we’re happy, and we’re married. I think we have both come to a really good place in our lives. And right now, I’m really at peace.”
Rimes also addresses another familiar topic – her weight. The singer has looked very thin in photos this year, but says she doesn’t have an eating disorder.
The media has been “very irresponsible calling a lot of people fat or anorexic or bulimic or whatever it may be,” she says. “It seems like bullying now instead of really taking these diseases seriously that a lot of people are going through.”