"This is a difficult time for me and my loved ones, but I appreciate all your continued support. I would like to assure all of you that this is a place for you to hear things directly from me and as you all know, not everything in our lives is always black and white. Have faith, Le."
The magazine said the couple's affair began March 7 with a romantic lunch at the restaurant Mosun and Club M. in Laguna Beach, Calif. They held hands, laughed and kissed throughout their dinner.
Then on March 14, Rimes was spotted sans wedding ring carrying a copy of the book "For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered." Later that day, Us Weekly said she'd checked into a $725-a-night suite at the Malibu Beach Inn. An hour later, Cibrian pulled into the parking lot and headed for Rimes' room. They remained inside with a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door for more than three hours before leaving separately.
Rimes and Cibrian, who has appeared in episodes of "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty," first met on the set of their television drama "Northern Lights," in which she starred as an Alaskan bush pilot who fell for the new detective in town, played by Cibrian. Through the shoot, which included some steamy love scenes, they became close.
The director Mike Robe told Us: "From the moment we rehearsed, LeAnn and Eddie honestly developed a really strong bond and a warm relationship. I could sense a lot of trust that grew between them. Once I yelled 'cut,' they did have a rapport. They became very good friends."
Various media reports say Rimes' marriage has been in trouble for some time, a product of getting married too young. Rimes wed former backup dancer Sheremet when she was 19.
A friend of the couple told People magazine: "Like any marriage, they've had a couple of rough patches. They've gone to therapy. But they did marry very young and when people marry young it's very difficult to maintain a marriage for the long haul."