What are the Differences Between LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s Divorces?

Cover of "Northern Lights"
Cover of Northern Lights

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian married in a private California home this week, in a surprise wedding.  They had invited guests to an engagement party and turned it into a small wedding.

After the much-publicized beginning of their courtship, it is understandable that the couple would avoid fanfare for this wedding.  Both the bride and groom were married to other people when they first met as co-stars on the Lifetime Movie “Northern Lights.” 

No one wants to be on the receiving end of an affair. However, some times are worse than others; like when there are children involved. 

LeAnn Rimes has had worldwide success and fame since her debut studio albumBlue” was released when she was 13 years old in 1996. Since then, she has released 14 more studio albums in 14 years.  She has also established careers in movies and television.  In 2000 she filed lawsuits against her father and record label to win back money the two had allegedly been stealing from her in excess of $7 Million.

When she and Cibrian met in 2009, she claims that her own marriage to dancer Dean Sheremet, was already unhappy.  She just did not know how to end it.  One good idea for ending relationships is just to say, “This is not working for me. Let’s take a break.”  Most people respond better to that than to finding out about an affair. 

Meanwhile, when Eddie Cibrian met LeAnn, he was married with two children.  His divorce was messier and costlier, with his ex-wife Brandi Glanville speaking out in the media.  Not only does this make the transition more difficult for Glanville, Cibrian and Rimes, but the people who are always the most damaged by divorce – the minor children – do not have any built-in coping mechanisms for a nasty fight between their parents.

Recent reports have indicated that Rimes and Cibrian are reaching out to Cibrian’s young children, attending birthday parties and being in the kids’ lives. This is great and we wish all of them the best for the future despite whatever mess was made in the past.

Couples who separate BEFORE they begin an affair with someone else are less likely to suffer needlessly in their divorces.  Whether or not there are children in one marriage, there may still be children in the other marriage.

WHAT WE LOVE:  Rimes & Cibrian working to repair whatever damage they may have done to Cibrian’s relationship with his children.  It is never too late to make amends.

Published by Sharon Oberst DeFala

Sharon Oberst DeFala has practiced low-impact safe divorce since 1992.

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