Singer LeAnn Rimes has said she backs gay rights because she believes in equality.

In the last year, Rimes, whose thirteenth studio album Lady & Gentleman is now out, joined the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles' annual Christmas musical extravaganza titled Comfort & Joy, recorded an It Gets Better video and, most recently, posed for the NOH8 Campaign.

In remarks to gay weekly Pride Source, Rimes said she advocates for gay rights because she believes in equality.

“Everybody should be treated exactly the same way no matter what their race, no matter what their sexuality,” Rimes, 29, said. “I've learned from everything I've gone through and from being in this business for so long and being judged since I was 13.”

“I just believe that everybody should be able to do what they want to do as long as no one's hurting anybody. I don't believe in hate. I don't believe in bullying. It's something that's become a huge issue, especially with cyberbullying. It just breaks my heart seeing kids committing suicide because they're not accepted. It kills me.”

“I love my gay friends to death, that's for sure,” she added later in the interview.