Dean Sheremet, the ex-husband of LeAnn Rimes, recently opened up about her 2009 affair with Eddie Cibrian.
Sheremet has always remained quiet about the incident, but maybe finds healing in talking about his heartbreak. Or he just wants to bash her?
Dean went into detail about the end of his marriage, which he called a “fu**ing disaster”.
The dancer-turned-chef was married to Rimes from 2002 to 2009.
Sheremet, 34, describes the demise of his marriage and admits there were already issues long before Eddie Cibrian entered the picture.
Dean was 20 and LeAnn was 18 when they tied the knot and he always felt her needs came first.
He explained, “I was a professional dancer. She was a superstar. I knew that one of us had to sacrifice something to have a healthy marriage. And that was my goal. As much as I wanted to be successful, I wanted a family more. I’ve always wanted to be married and have kids. Family is everything to me.”
He continued, “It would have been unfair for where she was in her career for me to ask her to pump the breaks. I thought it would be better for me to take all of my creative energy and ideas and put it into her.”
He admits over the years that he started resenting her.
Dean stated, “As it went on, there were a lot of animosities that built up. I felt like I was never having my needs met so there was fighting. And I was so intertwined in managing her career that I didn’t know how to make the distinction between husband and boss, husband and partner, husband and manager…I was husband, father, friend, lover, manager. There were so many hats and I didn’t know what hat to wear when.”
But, he did confess, “I was probably getting on her nerves all the time.”
Sheremet stated he was the one that pushed her to do the movie Northern Lights, which was where she met Eddie Cibrian.
Eddie was also married to Brandi Glanville and had two sons together.
He said, “LeAnn has always had her heart set on acting. But you need to put the work in. I think she’s been so used to everything coming so easy to her that she just assumed, ‘I’ll act.’ So I was like, ‘This is a soft way to get yourself on a set, have lines, go through the motions.’ I saw her being ambivalent and was like, ‘That’s not gonna get you where you need to be. Do this movie. It’s gonna be great for you!'”
Sheremet said his first impression of Cibrian was, “He was a good looking guy. If you’re in a room with him, he’s probably one of the most charming people you’ll ever meet. But I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw this f—ing table.”
Dean did not give much thought to a romance between LeAnn and Eddie, until he showed up to a bar where the two were hanging out.
He shared, “I could just tell by the body language that everything had changed. She’s shooting pool, shooting tequila, in a tight tank, tight jeans, over the knee boots and she’s standing across from him, playing with the pool cue. All of a sudden, there was a huge shift. My stomach dropped. I literally felt like I got hit.”
Sheremet returned to Michigan, his home state, for three months.
He revealed, “LeAnn would be coming in and out. And she’d want to stay together and then she wouldn’t. She didn’t know what she wanted. At first, I really played the back and forth. I was confused! If you had asked me years ago, ‘If someone cheated on you, would you stay?’ I’d say, ‘F–k her. On to the next!'” he says. “But I developed a whole new capacity for what I thought love was. I learned so much more acceptance.”
Looking back, Dean stated, “It’s funny. Even when I said, ‘I’m done!’ I’m not sure if I put that card on the table just to see if I would be able to win that hand. Like, ‘Oh, yeah, if I walk out the door, she’s definitely going to stay!’ What a stupid mentality. Now I look at it like, I didn’t ask her to be my hostage, I asked her to be my wife! If you don’t want to stay, I can’t make you stay. I wasn’t seeing rationally or clearly at all. I wasn’t sleeping. I was in therapy. I didn’t know what end was up. It was really, really hard. Especially as a man, you’re supposed to be ‘the strong one’ and I wasn’t able to be, I didn’t have the faculties to be strong. That pissed me off even more. As I realized I was losing control of myself, I just had to get out of there.”
Dean was asked if LeAnn hadn’t starred in the Lifetime movie if they would have stayed together.
He honestly answered, “Who’s to say I wouldn’t have left her? Who’s to say I wouldn’t have cheated on her? I was on the verge of outgrowing that situation. If the animosities kept building…You get into a vulnerable situation and you make stupid mistakes. I can’t say it wouldn’t have been me. I don’t regret anything. All of it has made me a better human. I joke that everyone should have their starter marriage. But, really, you shouldn’t get married till you’re 30.”
In hindsight, Sheremet admitted, The cheating wasn’t the hardest part. The hardest part was someone standing in the back of the bus in the middle of nowhere and saying, ‘I don’t love you anymore. I would’ve rather she said, ‘I slept with 20 guys.'”
Sheremet moved on with his life and married photographer Sarah Silver in 2011.
In conclusion, Dean weighed in on his ex-wife.
He stated, “She really lives on the adoration of others. I could be speaking out of turn but this is my perspective. She lives and dies on the perception of herself. I sympathize with that cause she’s been famous since she was 12 years old, so she doesn’t know anything else. In L.A., there’s the paparazzi and that false sense of success, false security that you’re still relevant.
“If you’re in the magazines, then you matter. And that carried over to the divorce. She became even more ‘famous.’ But she was in the middle of the road in country and she should’ve been owning that format. She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, has the most incredible voice, she’s flawless. But she got away from doing that and it breaks my heart. She’s gone away from what she was put on this earth to do. It’s all been at the expense of that. I think she learned a really hard lesson because it didn’t pan out the way she wanted it to.”
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