LeAnn Rimes is "tired of hiding" her body after struggling with psoriasis.
The 38-year-old singer has battled with the skin condition - which causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal, and creates red patches on the skin's surface - since she was a child, and after spending years trying to cover up her skin as much as possible, she's now revealed she's ready to proudly show off her body the way it is.
Writing in a powerful essay for Glamour magazine - where she also posed naked to show off her skin - she said: "I was only two years old when I was diagnosed with psoriasis. By the time I was six, about 80 percent of my body was covered in painful red spots.
"I tried everything I could to treat it: steroid creams, major medications - I even tried being wrapped in coal tar with Saran Wrap. And when I was in public, I did I everything I could to hide it. Onstage I'd often wear two pairs of pantyhose or jeans - even in 95-degree heat. Underneath my shirt, my whole stomach would be covered in thick scales that would hurt and bleed. For so much of my life, I felt like I had to hide."
LeAnn eventually found treatment that worked for her, but during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the stress and uncertainty caused by the health crisis caused her psoriasis to flare up again.
She continued: "Maybe it's the fact that this year has really put things into perspective, but I now feel like I'm at a point in my life where I just want to break out of that cage. We're at a moment in time right now when we're all being stripped of everything we thought we needed - and now we can see how worthy and good enough we are without all of the bullshit. We're worthy without the makeup and the artifice. We're worthy of love without having to work for it.
"And that's why I'm tired of hiding."
And the 'How Do I Live' singer hopes sharing her story and the photos of her skin will help others "step outside of their cage".
She wrote: "Will these photos change the way I live? Will I wear shorts out to the grocery store? I honestly don't know. But what I do know is that it's amazing how small we can keep ourselves. When you finally allow yourself to step outside of what you've been caging in, the whole world opens up. There's freedom in even just putting one foot outside the door.
"I hope anyone who also kept themselves small has the courage to step outside of that cage. When we allow ourselves not to be held in, our lives come back to us."