updated 09/08/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/08/2012 AT 9:05 AM ET
LeAnn Rimes said she couldn’t ignore “the elephant in the room” on Friday night, and she wanted all her fans to know that she’s doing well after checking herself into treatment on Aug. 29 to deal with anxiety and stress.
“I’m totally cool and so happy; I think I’m about to cry,” Rimes told the crowd at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center in Eau Claire, Wis. “Thanks for being awesome fans – patient and understanding.”
Rimes, 30, performed an impressive 14-song, 70-minute concert on Friday, giving fans a taste of new material that foregrounds personal turmoil in her lyrics.
Despite her publicized stint in treatment, where the singer will return after she finishes a series of concerts in the Midwest this weekend, Rimes appeared to be in a good spirits, dancing along to much of the music. She smiled often, and her voice was strong.