LeAnn Rimes on Eddie Cibrian Affair: I Should've Handled it Differently

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LeAnn Rimes doesn't regret having an affair with Brandi Glanville's then-husband Eddie Cibrian, who she went on to marry, but would change the way she handled it.

In a tearful interview with E!'s Giuliana Rancic Sunday, Rimes opened up again about her tryst with the actor she met on the set of Lifetime's Northern Lights.

LeAnn Rimes Cries

Rimes was married to chef Dean Sheremet and Cibrian had two sons, Mason, 9, and Jake, 5, with Brandi Glanville at the time. Still, she couldn't help herself.

"I call it insanity! Absolute insanity," the singer said of falling for her co-star.

"But nothing ever happened between us except for on camera, you know, during the film ... Absolutely nothing. I had no idea what life was throwing me."

"I had no idea how to handle it ... But all I knew was I could not ... we couldn't stop connecting in some way. And it was the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life."

When the affair went public, Rimes didn't know how to handle that, either.

"I think I became numb. Then I told everyone I should have told and then I curled up in a ball on the couch and then I didn't move. And I didn't move for a while."

"It's that feeling of your heart falling to the ground."

"Eddie reacted the way that I reacted too, but in his own way. I allowed him to do that. Because he had so much more to deal with than I did. I can't even fathom that."

But Rimes says she doesn't like to use the word regret.

"I wish I handled it differently because I wish it could've been better for me, for Brandi, for Dean, for Eddie and for everyone else," the country star explained.

"All I wish is that everyone that was hurt, that we hurt, that I hurt, can be happy."

She also doesn't like the word home wrecker.

"I'm like, can someone come up with anything like more, I don't know, original?" she joked.

"Because at the end of the day, I never set and been held by so many ... like by my family ... my friends, my new friends, this is what life's about," she said between tears.

"Through all the hard stuff, there comes beauty on the other side if you just let it happen."

Rimes and Glanville have feuded regularly over the years; just last week, Brandi accused LeAnn of being a terrible stepmom dealing with an obvious eating disorder.

LeAnn fired back on both accords; Cibrian even weighed in as well.

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Well, it seems to have all come to a head. She married the guy she cheated on her husband with and now she's just come out of rehab for stress/exhaustion, or whatever she wants to call it... Really it's finally realizing that you screwed up 2 marriages and ruined your reputation and probably your career... Honey, if it's stress you're under you only have yourself for creating it... Don't be too stressed out when your current hubby cheats on you with someone younger and hotter than you down the road... It's a shame because she could have had an insane singing/acting career if she didn't really derail herself by becoming a Hollywood cliche...

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@ GreekGal

^Only have yourself (to blame) for creating it... Sorry... forgot to write that part... Lol...

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What does Eddie want with that emaciated weirdo?

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@ Jimmy T

He's in love with her. She is beautiful, has one of the best voices since P. Cline died. She is very talented. Let her alone.

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Everyone needs to give Leanne a break bc I don't look at her as a homewrecker bc you can't steal someone unless they want to be stolen bc if he was happy in his marriage he would have said NO....So it take 2 to tango...

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@ Melissa Autry

Wouldn't you agree that there are many men out there who cheat, NOT because they're that unhappy within their marriage, but because they will never be satisfied with just one woman. These type of men should never get married to any woman. Leann was just the latest in a string of affairs Eddie had had. However, got caught with her and it all blew up in his face. I feel no sympathy for either one of them.

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she is just a crybaby who got caught lost or almost lost her career over a STUPID decision an now she is playing the victim. the only victims in all this was the kids. not her not him but the kids. people need to think with their heads not the other body parts an stop making up excuses she knew full well what she was doing she was just hoping she wouldn't get caught but guess what she did an now she has made her bed she has to lie in it. yes she could have handled it differently by not sleeping with a married man she is in fact a homewrecker she just can't stand the fact she got caught.

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@ shell

Shell...not only do I agree with you, but I have something that I wanna say. More and more, it pisses me off when home-wreckers like LeAnn try to paint themselves as the victims. Very, very dumb as hell!!!!!

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Le Ann your lack of control as an adult has hurt a lot of people. Deal with it. and don't expect any support when Edie cheats on you.

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most homewrecker's don't like to be called a homewrecker. but, like she said, 'at the end of the day', she is.

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I really loved Leann Rimes music. I have seen her in concert a couple of times, and she always seems so down. I don't understand why people who cheats on their spouse, or partner then act like they didnt' know how the hell it happened. I just celebrated my 25th anniversary on Dec. 5th. I mean our marriage is like any others has its ups and downs. we have 3 sons. 2 grandsons. there were a few times we thought we wanted to end it, but we ended up working through it. Leann I do wish you the best, I am a huge fan of yours. Please continue to pray about what is goiing on in your life, and remember it's your life ♥

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Spouses don't always have a (good) reason to cheat..sometimes they're just disgusting and selfish. I supported mine since he can't seem to keep a job, gave him money and did everything for him and overworked myself to make up for his lack of work and he cheated on me because I was "always at work or college" and theres no reason for that, I was home everyday at some point and he just is an asshole and the slut that did it knew about me and our baby and she's no better.

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if ppl fall in love when they are allready married it just shows that they allready had problems in their marriage. So it only makes sense that people cheat. Ofc its much better to divorce first, but life is life, its not a fuckin set of rules one follows, which we ourselves invented. There mustve been a reason why they connected so strongly w each other. I guess its called fate and true love! i wish them all the best.!