It’s not every affair that turns into a solid relationship, and certainly not marriage. In fact, most affairs do not survive. Once an extramarital relationship is revealed, the cheating spouse generally retreats to his or her marriage.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian defied the odds. Not only did they continue to share a monogamous relationship, but they married and lived happily ever after. The road to get there, however, was a rough one. Surviving the scandal put their love to the test.
LeAnn’s First Marriage
LeAnn was only 18 years old when she met Dean Sheremet. He was young, too, just 21 when he married the Country music pop star one year later. LeAnn fell head over heels in love with Dean, who was one of her backup dancers. On their very first date, she knew she wanted to marry him.
Alas, the divorce was finalized in 2010. Since then, Dean has said that he was overbearing. He admitted to always obsessing about ways to advance her career. It was too much. According to him, the preoccupation ended up “consuming us.”
Eddie and Brandi
Eddie Cibrian also married in 2001. He tied the knot with model and reality TV star Brandi Glanville, and the actor and Brandi eventually welcomed two sons into the world. When Eddie met Brandi, he had parts on "The Young and the Restless and Baywatch Nights." He hooked up with the pretty model at a LA nightclub.
On New Year’s Eve in 1999, at the dawn of the 21st century, Eddie presented a 3-carat diamond, and Brandi said “yes.” They married a year later at a posh OC beach resort hosting 200 guests.
Jumping to 2008: LeAnn & Eddie Play Lovers on TV
LeAnn Rimes’ career was exploding. “I did 500 shows in three-and-a-half years,” the artist told ABC News. After recording and touring, she was still in demand. She was tapped to sing the lead song for the kid-flick "Evan Almighty" soundtrack. The same year, she played a role in another movie called "Good Intentions."
Eddie’s acting career had taken off as well. As fate had it, 2008 found the two starring together in "Northern Lights," a romance/mystery made for a TV movie on Lifetime. "Northern Lights" was written by veteran romance novelist maven Nora Roberts, so, naturally, more than one steamy scene was required of the couple.
The First Time They Met
In 2016, Eddie came across this photo while sifting through boxes in the garage. LeAnn and Eddie had met a long time ago! They figured out that he was 23 when the picture was taken, making LeAnn 14.
That was just one year after she soared to fame with her hit Grammy-nominated single “Blue.” Neither recalls meeting, but this photo documents that they had met each other 14 years before their chance encounter brought them together.