Ever since she announced her presence on the music scene with her 1996 debut album, Blue, LeAnn Rimes has remained a recognizable music star, especially to country music fans. Since then, she has won Grammys, CMAs, and Billboard Music Awards. But while her music is her claim to fame, LeAnn’s marriage and relationship history are just as popular.
Everything was going great for her career, and she held a firm reputation as America’s country music darling; until a cheating scandal that rocked Hollywood back in 2009 ensured that the Jackson, Mississippi-born singer and songwriter will always be a part of American celebrity infamy.
How LeAnn Rimes Met Her First Husband
LeAnn Rimes was barely a decade into her career when she met her first husband, Dean Sheremet. It was the most unlikely pairing. She was a music superstar while he was a backup dancer. Specifically, a first-time backup dancer for LeAnn when she hosted the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Regardless, Sheremet was able to leave an impression on the music star, enough for her to go on a date with him. According to an interview, after their first date, she was convinced she was going to marry him. And true to her conviction, they got married the following year which was 2002. It was a whirlwind love story.
However, the whirlwind start to LeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet’s marriage ended just as quickly as it began, redefining the relationship of the country music star with fans all over the world.
A Cheating Scandal That Ended Two Marriages
Seven years into LeAnn Rimes’ marriage to Dean Sheremet, a scandal came that rocked her life. By 2009, LeAnn had expanded her entertainment career into acting. That year, she was working on the Lifetime movie, Northern Lights. There, she met Eddie Cibrian, kickstarting a scandal and public feud that has lasted for a decade.
Life sometimes imitates art, and like a story out of a Hollywood flick, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian first became friends. They went on a double date with their respective spouses at the time — LeAnn with Dean and Eddie with Brandi Glanville. But at the double date, LeAnn and Eddie’s attraction to each other was apparent to their partners. Despite attempts at saving their marriages, things eventually blew up when stories of an affair made it to the press.
Although the couple made several attempts at denying the affair, it became the talk of tabloids and pop culture conversations, eventually ending both marriages. LeAnn separated from Dean in July 2009 and they divorced officially in June of the following year. Brandi divorced Eddie Cibrian in the same year too, ending their nine years marriage.
However, while the divorce freed up both parties to be together, the fallout from the scandal proved too much to bear, particularly the reaction from fans.
The Scandal Divided The Singer’s Fanbase
Once the news of their affair made it onto entertainment blogs and websites, fans of LeAnn Rimes began to choose sides. While some supported her decision, in line with a popular internet meme that says ‘don’t let your husband stop you from meeting the love of your life’, many found her actions unforgivable.
The division was so strong, so much that many still hold it against her to date. According to observers, the divided opinion was because her actions were the fear of many people – their partner cheating on them. And one person who felt the impact of the divide the most was LeAnn herself, who experienced a lot of public shaming, so much that she began having panic attacks and eventually had to seek treatment in a mental health facility in 2012.
Another significant reaction was from Brandi Glanville, the ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian. Using any and every opportunity that came her way, including her Twitter pages, she repeatedly attacked the couple, and it was sometimes returned in kind by LeAnn.
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
— Brandi Glanville (@BrandiGlanville) December 1, 2012
However, although the divide remains, the country music singer has recovered and enjoys life with her partner, Eddie Cibrian. As part of her healing process, she recorded an album, Spitfire, about the affair. The album was modestly successful, peaking at #36 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. It also received a mixture of positive, mixed, and negative reviews, mirroring the reaction to the scandal that inspired the album.
LeAnn Rimes Is Married to Eddie and Has No Biological Kids
About a year after the couple blew up their respective marriages, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian took things to the next level. They got engaged in December 2010 and were married four months after on April 22, 2011. The couple had a lowkey wedding ceremony in their private home in California.
Since they got married, the couple hasn’t had any children. A fact that is most disappointing to LeAnn Rimes, who looked forward to having a child of her own when she was growing up.
The couple documented their struggle with having a child in their reality show, LeAnn & Eddie. Her husband, however, has two children, two sons named Mason and Jake from his marriage to Brandi.
Although the couple does not share kids, they share a home, a $3 million six-bedroom and nine-bathroom mansion they both in Hidden Hills. They bought the house in 2013 as part of their attempt at starting a new life away from their previous marriage.
As for their exes, Brandi has found success as a reality television star, specifically on the show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She also published two books, Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders, and Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance. Dean Sheremet, on the other hand, has kept a quieter profile since the divorce, and we know nothing about him.