A large chunk of the country audience still remembers LeAnn Rimes as the innocent, 13-year-old prodigy who blew people’s socks off with her big-voiced rendition of “Blue” in 1996. And that’s part of the reason that the end of her relationship last year with husband Dean Sheremet was shocking and scandalous for so many fans.
LeAnn is not proud of the behavior, but she believes she ultimately ended up where she needs to be in her personal life.
“I did one of the most selfish things that I possibly could do, in hurting someone else,” she told People magazine. “I take responsibility for everything I’ve done. I hate that people got hurt. But I don’t regret the outcome.”
LeAnn became romantically entangled with actor Eddie Cibrian after they co-starred in a Lifetime movie, “Norah Roberts’ Northern Lights,” which debuted in March 2009. LeAnn and Eddie, both of whom were married, were caught by tabloids having dates in California.
“It was very emotionally driven,” LeAnn said. “I never once thought what I was doing was okay.”
LeAnn and Eddie filed for divorced last year and remain a couple a year after the scandal broke. Their marriages, meanwhile, will come to a legal end soon. The state of California will officially recognize LeAnn and Dean’s separation as permanent on June 19.
Dean moved on to New York City where he attended the French Culinary Institute and became a chef. He is, according to People, dating a photographer, Sarah Silver.
On the business side of her life, LeAnn’s getting attention for her new remake of John Anderson’s classic “Swingin’,” with Vince Gill playing guitar. It’s part of a forthcoming album of covers featuring songs originated by such acts as George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Vince, who helped produce the project.
LeAnn’s also on tap to perform June 22 during the Nashville Rising flood benefit at Music City’s Bridgestone Arena. Organized by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the sold-out show also features Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift, among others.