Rimes Regrets Hurting Ex With Her ‘selfish’ Actions

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September 15, 2010 | 10:10pm EST

Country star Leann Rimes has opened up about the cheating scandal that ended her marriage to dancer Dean Sheremet, insisting she regrets hurting her ex.
The Blue singer fell in love with actor Eddie Cibrian when the couple co-starred in a TV movie, and Sheremet found out when surveillance video footage of the couple kissing in a restaurant was leaked to the media.

Rimes insists her marriage was already broken at that point, but she’s not proud of how she chose to move on with her life.

She tells Shape magazine, “I think any relationship is hard to get out of, and I don’t think the way I did it was right… I did one of the most selfish things that I possibly could do, in hurting someone else.”

And the singer accepts it might be hard for some fans to forgive her: “I understand why people are disappointed in me, especially since I grew up as America’s sweetheart… (but) it wasn’t a fulfilling marriage for either of us. As we got older, we grew apart.”

However, after dealing with the fall-out from her romance with Cibrian – who left his wife for Rimes – the country star insists she’s stronger than ever: “After going through this I know I can face anything.”