LeAnn Rimes Still Trying to Defend 2009 Affair

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LeAnn Rimes finds no issue in that fact that she has an affair on her husband Dean Sheremet with fellow married actor Eddie Cibrian in 2009 - what she does have an issue with is how she handled the whole situation.

In an interview with E! News, Rimes talks of the affair she had with Cibrian, with whom she met on the set of the Lifetime movie, Northern Lights.

Rimes said:

"I call it insanity! Absolute insanity, but nothing ever happened between us except for on camera, you know, during the film . . . Absolutely nothing," she insisted. "I had no idea what life was throwing me and I had no idea how to handle it. . . But all I knew was I could not . . . we couldn't stop connecting in some way. And it was the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life."

Once people found out about the affair, Rimes admitted that she hid from everyone.

"I think I became numb. Then I told everyone I should have told and then I curled up in a ball on the couch and then I didn't move. And I didn't move for a while. It's that feeling of your heart falling to the ground," she explained."

"Eddie reacted the way that I reacted too, but he reacted in his own way and I allowed him to do that. Because he had so much more to deal with than I did -- I had a marriage, he had a marriage and children. I can't even fathom that."

"I wish I handled it differently because I wish it could've been better for me, for Brandi, for Dean, for Eddie and for everyone else," Rimes explained. "I know in this situation it's gonna take some time, all I wish is that everyone that was hurt, that we hurt, that I hurt, can be happy."

She says that she is not a home wrecker continuing,

"I'm like, can someone come up with anything like more, I don't know, original? Because at the end of the day, I never set and been held by so many . . . like by my family . . . my friends, my new friends, this is what life's about. Through all the hard stuff, there comes so much beauty on the other side if you just let it happen."

Three years later and the duo are still together, which, in Hollywood is an eternity... so maybe they really are meant for each other. You'll have to be the judge here.