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Leann Rimes: 'Stepmom' Has A Bad Connotation

Leann Rimes is not a "stepmom" to new hubby Eddie Cibrian's two sons. Sure, she married Cibrian after their much publicized affair and subsequent divorces -- inheriting a new blended family along the way. But according to the self-titled "bonus mom," "A family is a family...there is no 'step' about it."

Rimes took to her personal blog Tuesday to speak out against the inadequacies of the word "step," which she says "take on such a negative connotation to so many in our society." The outspoken country star wrote about the challenges so-called stepparents face:

"It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household. It can be incredibly intimidating," she writes. “There are many obstacles to overcome. Two households with different rules, many different personalities and opinions that can pose issues at times. But it’s important to take the high road for the kids’ sake and ultimately your own.”

She adds: "One thing that I know is, I will never replace their mother. I would never try. I will however love them with all I have and do everything in my power to help raise them in a loving, safe and proper environment.”

Rimes and her ex-husband, Dean Sheremet, divorced in December 2009, eight months after revelations of her and Cibrian's affair surfaced in March 2009 and three months after Cibrian split from his wife of eight years, Brandi Glanville.

She and CIbrian tied the knot in April 2011.

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