This story is a mess, I’m glad I didn’t cover it earlier. Because I would have overlooked the subsequent denials and the denials of the denials. LeAnn Rimes appeared on X Factor USA the finale during which the remaining contestants performed duets with their coaches and/ or guest singers (I gather, I couldn’t be bothered to watch). One of the finalists, 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar, got stuck with Rimes as duet partner and they sang How Do I Live together. Except Rimes was stumbling around, looking down during hard notes that she missed anyway, and kept trying to sing over the kid who kept throwing baby shade (baby’s first side-eye). Rimes sounded like crap and was trying to pull focus from a young singer who was talented and clearly annoyed. Viewers quickly declared that Rimes must have been ‘drunk.’ So her lawyer issued a series of statements to TMZ.com throwing Sonenclar under the bus. Rimes allegedly said: ‘I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song.’ And Rimes’ lawyer allegedly explained: ‘LeAnn was not performing the way she would normally perform, because she was on stage with a young girl. There have been a lot of untrue things said by others and it feeds into this sort of thing.’ Adding that, get this, ‘[Carly was] very nervous and had difficulty with some of the notes and [LeAnn] was doing her best to help her get through it.’ NOPE, you can listen for yourself in the video below (and hear how it’s supposed to sound below that). Rimes then flipped out at the backlash about her apparently dissing a minor, by claiming the girl couldn’t carry the song, and issued a rebuttal to her own lawyer’s rebuttal. She wrote on Twitter, because of course, ‘In my 18 years of performing, I have never been anything but professional onstage. It is a shame that gossip and lies are overshadowing the performance of Carly, a very talented young girl. And while I have not given any media outlet a quote, if you want one, here it is ‘It was an amazing opportunity to share this experience with Carly and I know I’ll be watching for her to win tonight.” For what it’s worth, TMZ is sticking by its story and is calling Rimes a liar on TMZ TV, also below. Included are recent Twitter photos (above is a Twitter photo of her getting ready for X Factor, captioned ‘Getting ready…. 4 min til stage’).