Parents and step-parents are not likely to be the best of friends. A parent does not like the idea of a new person around their kids, and the step-parent feels as if the parent is constantly meddling in (and ultimately trying to sabotage) the relationship with the children. It is a very complicated and contentious relationship that can be fueled by off-hand comments on social media outlets.
This describes the relationship between LeAnn Rimes and Brandi Glanville. The singer and reality TV have been feuding via Twitter ever since Rimes and Glanville’s ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian married and created a home with Glanville’s two children as part of a parenting time agreement. Glanville and Cibrian had been married for eight years before the affair began. Rimes was also married during the affair.
ABC News reported that another episode in the Rimes/Glanville rift began last week when Rimes tweeted: “Flying out with my boys in a few hrs. Love that it’s a family tour weekend. It’s always more fun when they are with me.” Glanville responded by tweeting: Someone is trying 2 get under my skin by calling MY children “her boys” Sooo transparent! They R MY boys, Eddie Boys and ur step-sons… 4 now.”
Glanville tweeted later during the weekend: “I’m taking a moment from twitter to breathe and punch some pillows.” Both the singer and the reality TV star have hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter who weighed in on both sides of the dispute.
But perhaps the biggest issue that was not addressed was the potential effect on the children. Contentious Twitter battles can be harmful because they are essentially public arguments that can put children in the middle. Suffice it to say, bickering parents would do best by keeping their disputes off social media outlets.
Source: ABC News.com, LeAnn Rimes, Brandi Glanville Feud on Twitter, December 3, 2012
Rimes / Glanville Twitter battle should be a warning