Emotional LeAnn Rimes ‘overwhelmed’ by support after sharing nude psoriasis snaps

LeAnn Rimes has taken the time to give emotional thanks to fans who reached out to her after she posed nude to raise awareness of psoriasis.

The singer, 38, told that she'd "needed desperately" to speak out about the skin condition, which causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.

Penning an essay for Glamour Magazine, LeAnn explained that she'd been diagnosed at two years old, and despite speaking out about it before, she felt it was "different" this time.

Now, taking to her Instagram Stories, LeAnn told fans: "I just wanted to come on here and say thank you so much for the overwhelming outpouring of love.

"It's quite an activating day, to sit in all of this and to allow myself to be seen so deeply."

LeAnn gave heartfelt thanks to fans for their 'outpouring of support'
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She added: "Just know that you are loved and you are worthy, as I tell myself over and over again.

"Just thank you for the love."

In her original post, LeAnn had penned: "So much of my journey, both personally and within my creations, my new chant record and podcast coming out soon, has been excavating pieces that I've been hiding and bringing them to the light.

"It's been and still is a journey of allowing them out and welcoming and reintegrating those fragments back into wholeness. Music has been my gift, and why I'm here.

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"But I want to give a voice to these other pieces of me. And I want to give a voice to what so many other people are going through. This is finally my time to be unabashedly honest about what psoriasis is and what it looks like.

"You know when you say something you've been holding in for so long, and it's such a sigh of relief?

"That's what these photos are to me. I needed this. My whole body – my mind, my spirit – needed this desperately."

She was first diagnosed at two years old
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It's been 16 years since her last flare-up
(Image: Press Association)

LeAnn deliberately chose to post on Thursday, which marked World Psoriasis Day.

Her essay tells that it's been 16 years since her condition last flared up.

She's spoken about having the condition before but, LeAnn writes, "this time is different."

"Even though I've opened up, I've still kept hidden," she says.

"And when you're hiding your physical body, there's so much that rolls over into your emotional and spiritual mental health. You feel like you're holding yourself back – like you've been caged in."

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