LeAnn Rimes has taken to Twitter to personally respond to stories about her controversial performance on “The X Factor” Wednesday (Dec. 19) night with 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar. Some have suggested that Rimes was drunk while performing her “How Do I Live” duet.
On Thursday morning, TMZ posted a response, allegedly from Rimes, saying, she was in no way impaired.
“I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song,” Rimes reportedly said at the time.
However, Rimes posts on Twitter later, denying she ever gave a statement to TMZ — or any other outlets — to that effect.
She writes, “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.”
She continues, “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.'”
TMZ shoots back with a story saying her rep did indeed give the site the quote, saying it could be put on TMZ.com and attributed to LeAnn Rimes.
Check out the clip of Rimes’ “X Factor” performance below.