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.

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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.


I can't believe this woman. She destroyed her marriage and another in the process, and she manages to turn it all around into "Oh, I just couldn't help myself. I wish I'd handled it better" You wanna know how you could have handled this better? By not fucking a married man! Good Lord, does nobody have any respect for a marriage nowadays? And yes, Eddie is as horrible as her. I feel sorry for Brandi and for her children that have to put up with this. And LeAnn? People don't need to come up with something more original than "homewrecker", because that still works. You are a homewrecking skank.

@ Samantha

ur so dam lame girl. Next time u fall in love w someone, try to act on the obligation and morals only, cuz thats obviously so important to u, rather then love and emotions. If LeAnn and the dude fell in love, thats CLEARLY CUZ THEY BOTH ALL READY HAD PROBLEMS IN THEIR MARRIAGE. N so stop being bitter cuz someone else cheated on ur ass n left u! maybe look at what UR doing wrong n why ur spouse is cheatin on u!

@ u so sad

Listen here, bitch. I've NEVER fucking been cheated on, but I know people that have been. So why the fuck do you assume that my husband cheated on me? Huh? I’ve never been married and I'm not bitter over shit. I just know a whore when I see one. I don't care what problems people have in their relationship, cheating is still wrong. And maybe you should climb out of my ass and stop trying to defend this bitches actions, because it sounds to me like you've probably been a cheater in the past. “Oh, they can’t help it. They were in love!!!!!” Sounds like you’re trying to justify YOUR actions, not LeAnn’s.

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@ Samantha

Samantha - I totally agree with you. The ONLY reason why people are defending LeAnn and Eddie is cause they have to justify their OWN bad behavior. It makes them feel better, if other people are doing it too. It has NOTHING to do with being married or having kids. NOTHING. EITHER YOU HAVE ETHICS AND ARE MORAL OR YOU DONT. THERE IS NO GRAY AREA HERE PEOPLE. Grow up and get a divorce first. Do NOT have an affair. For those of you who just dont get that, then I feel very sorry for you. Yes, you are a HOME WRECKER LeANN. Deal with IT!

@ Samantha

Samantha- my guess is you have no kids and have not been married so that in itself puts you in the "DONT KNOW SHIT" catagory. You ramble the hell on about any white celebrity you can and you never run your Pie Hole about any other. You are what you are and your not alone.


She could have and they should have handled it differently. It's wise clean up your mess before starting another. Tacky- at best! Selfish at the least!

Samantha lynn
@ Cleopatra

Excuse me? What are you talking about? I ramble about any white celebrity but never run my Pie Hole about any other? What the hell do you think I am, Cleopatra? Are you insinuating that if LeAnn were black I wouldn’t say these things about her? Because you know what, I would. Race doesn’t mean shit to me. LeAnn is a cheater, and she would still be a cheater, whether she was black, white, asian, mexican…anything. Here’s a little info about me just to clear things up: 20 years old, white, middle-class, single, no children, never been cheated on, but I happen to be more intelligent than many people on this website. So go fuck yourself. Seriously.

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