Though LeAnn Rimes‘ affair with Eddie Cibrian led to the end of two marriages, she resents being called a home wrecker.
“I’m like, can someone come up with anything like more, I don’t know, original?” she said in a tearful interview with E!’s Giuliana Rancic on Sunday. “Through all the hard stuff, there comes so much beauty on the other side if you just let it happen.”
Rimes, 30, and Cibrian, 39, fell in love in 2009 while filming the Lifetime movie “Northern Lights.” At the time, Rimes was married to Dean Sheremet. Cibrian had two sons, Mason, 9, and Jake, 5, with his then-wife Brandi Glanville, who’s been feuding with Rimes on Twitter over the past few weeks.
“I had no idea what life was throwing me and I had no idea how to handle it,” Rimes said of meeting Cibrian. “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.”
While Rimes doesn’t regret what happened, she said, “I wish I handled it differently.”
“I wish it could’ve been better for me, for Brandi, for Dean, for Eddie and for everyone else,” she said. “I know in this situation it’s going to take some time, all I wish is that everyone that was hurt, that we hurt, that I hurt, can be happy.”
Cibrian briefly appeared in the interview and also said he has no regrets. He and Rimes married in 2011.
“You’ve got to sometimes fight for what you know eventually is going to be your truth and your happiness,” he said. “I’m a better father for everything that has happened. I’m a better friend. It’s been difficult but it’s, it’s definitely been worth it.”
In August, Rimes sought treatment for anxiety and stress. She told People she needed to “emotionally check out for a second and take care of myself and come back in 30 days as the best 30-year-old woman I can be.”
Rimes and Glanville are still not on good terms. Last week, Glanville claimed that her 9-year-old son got sick after ingesting laxatives belonging to Rimes. Rimes’ publicist fired back, telling ABCNews.com that Glanville’s allegations are “threatening,” “mean-spirited” and untrue.