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During a stressful time in her life LeAnn Rimes decided to focus her energy on working out. Now, she’s showing off the results in a red bikini for the October cover of Shape magazine!

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“Going to the gym and punching out some of my aggression on a pair of mitts has been a lifesaver. Sometimes I felt so depressed I didn’t want to get out of bed, so just getting to the gym — even for a few minutes — was a big accomplishment,” LeAnn explains in the new issue of Shape. “It really did make me feel better and kind of saved me. It gave me a bit of sanity.

“Even now, on days when I’m really frustrated, I’ll walk into the gym and say to my trainer, ‘We’re boxing today. For an hour,” she says. “I need to hit things.’”

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LeAnn has been under fire after she left her husband Dean Sheremet for Eddie Cibrian, but she has her reasons for why she did it — even if fans don’t agree.

“My relationship with Dean was great, but ultimately it wasn’t a fulfilling marriage for either of us. We got married so young: I was 19 and he was 21, so as we got older, we grew apart,” LeAnn explains. “I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America’s sweetheart. I think any relationship is hard to get out of, and I don’t think the way I did it was right.”

“I truly believe there are lessons in it for me to learn,” she adds. “Cultivating strength from rough situations is the most important thing. After going through this, I know I can face anything.”

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And she can even face intense workouts without the help of her now boyfriend, Eddie.

“We go to the same gym, and sometimes we take group-cycling classes together, but when it comes to weight training, we pretty much do our own thing,” she says. “He’s going to kill me for saying this, but when I ask him to work out with me, he always says no. And when I ask why, he says, ‘Because your workouts are too hard.’ “

“And he’s right: I’m serious about my exercise,” LeAnn explains. “I don’t just doodle around. I see people at the gym talking on their cell phones. If they think their bodies are really going to change… I mean, you’ve got to put in the effort!”

Check out the behind-the-scenes video of LeAnn cover shoot below!

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