1028_leannShape magazine's editor-in-chief has been forced to apologize to readers for featuring homewrecker LeAnn Rimes on its October cover, acknowledging it was a "terrible mistake" in an email exclusively obtained by TooFab, sent out to some readers.

Some readers were mortified that Rimes -- who has admitted to cheating on ex-husband Dean Sheremet with then-married "CSI" hunk Eddie Cibrian -- was glorified on the fitness magazine's cover with the sympathetic coverline, "LeAnn Rimes: How Working Out Saved Me."

TooFab has obtained the email that the magazine's editor-in-chief, Valerie Latona sent to those who expressed outrage over the cover:

Subject: To my dear Shape readers

You are all in good company (why I'm e-mailing you all together) as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover.

Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal-but to show (through her story) how we all are human. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment.

But it did not come across that way ... And for that I'm terribly sorry.

I hope that we can do better the next time for those of you that will give us another chance.



A rep for Shape had no comment.

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