Thanks to reader Damage for tipping me off about this. It turns out readers of this site aren’t the only ones to notice the verve with which LeAnn Rimes is arranging exclusive photos with paparazzi for what one could deduce would be image rehab or a cut of the profit. I’ve been saying this for a while, as have you guys, and Rimes readily-admitted tipping off photographers in a recent interview with Chelsea Handler. Fox News spoke to a few sources who were all DUH! because it’s more common to see Rimes posing with an arched back, in a bikini, mouth agape and doing the mistress cackle, than it is to see her staging similar pictures exploiting her stepkids to make herself look like a good stepparent. An example of the latter, Rimes phoned paparazzi for a photo-op when dropping her stepson to soccer practice. She, her husband, the kid, and the paps arrived. The rest of the soccer team did not. Because Rimes gave paps the wrong time.
A source tells Fox News of the contrived, staged vow-renewing in Cabo San Lucas: ‘Those photographs came into all the magazines and websites fully captioned and saying, ‘LeAnn Rimes on a trip to renew her vows.’ There is no vow renewing in those pictures. There is no way the paps would have known she was doing that unless she specifically told them. Plus the paps just don’t get access like that in Cabo. They can’t get close enough to the celebrities without permission to get the quality of those photos. They were right next to her. There was no long lens. This was not intrusive in any way. This was a photo shoot.’ An In Touch editor adds: ‘More behind the scenes deals are brokered between photographers and stars than most people think… Attention-starved C- and D-listers are most well known for tipping off agencies. The paparazzi are as much puppets to some celebs as they are nuisances to others.’ Adds another editor, of Rimes being paid for the shots she’s setting up: ‘We see her in a bikini all the time. There is nothing news worthy about LeAnn Rimes frolicking on the beach so it isn’t a big money shot. It is the equivalent of Jennifer Garner walking down the street with a coffee or maybe just a little bit more. I would say they sell to magazines for $1,000 and to websites for $100 a piece. It is another reminder to anyone who will pay attention that she is happy and skinny and still married.’