LeAnn Rimes. biography
Born Margaret LeAnn Rimes on August 28, 1982, in Jackson, Mississippi, and raised in Dallas, Texas, LeAnn Rimes started gaining a following for her vocal style at an early age. By the age of 11, Rimes had joined the independent label Nor Va Jak and recorded her first album. In 1996, Rimes landed a recording deal with Curb Records and debuted her studio album Blue (1996) which reached No. 3 on the Pop charts. The lead single "Blue" climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts and resulted in Rimes' first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance as well as the Grammy for Best New Artist.
Rimes' success continued in 1997, with the album releases of both Unchained Melody and You Light Up My Life - the latter making history for being the first album to debut at No. 1 on the Country, Contemporary Christian and Pop Billboard charts. She went on drop the LP Sittin' on top of the World (1998) with the hit singles "Looking Through Your Eyes" and "Commitment" followed by her self-titled album in 1999.
In 2000, Rimes made her acting debut in the dramedy Coyote Ugly and contributed four songs to its soundtrack, including "Can't Fight the Moonlight" and "The Right Kind of Wrong." In addition, she starred as singer Connie Francis in the made-for-TV drama American Dreams (2003).
Although not for her vocals, Rimes gained a lot of unwanted attention when she costarred alongside Eddie Cibrian in the TV romance drama Northern Lights (2009), which ignited rumors that the two were having an affair despite Rimes being married to Dean Sheremet since 2002.
In 2005, Rimes released her seventh album This Woman, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified Gold ensuing the sale of over 500,000 copies across the nation. The album's hit single "Something's Gotta Give" earned Rimes a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Artist and an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Female Country Artist.
Rimes went on to release her next studio album Whatever We Wanna (2006) followed by her country-pop rock infused album Family (2007), which featured songs all co-written by Rimes and earned her a 2008 Academy of Country Music nomination for Top Female Vocalist.
Following the release her cover album Lady & Gentlemen in 2011, Rimes began working on her last studio album under her contract with Curb Records, titled Spitfire. The album is set to release in early 2013.
In addition to her music career, Rimes released her children's books Jag (2003) and Jag's New Friend (2004), her biography What I Cannot Change (2009) as well as co-wrote the screenplay for the drama Holiday in Your Heart (1997), which was based off her life story. Her film appearances include, the comedy Good Intentions (2010), the TV series Drop Dead Diva (2011) and the TV romance comedy Reel Love (2011).
Leann Rimes Husband & Dating History Timeline
March 1998 - 2001
At the age of 15, Rimes started dating actor Andrew Keegan, who was four years her senior, while living in Texas. The relationship came to end when Rimes moved to Los Angeles to expand her career in the entertainment industry.
May 2001 - July 2009
Rimes and backup dancer Dean Sheremet first met while rehearsing for the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards. With Rimes telling InStyle magazine "This is the guy I want to marry" after their first date, the two eventually tied the knot in February 2002 - Rimes was 19-years-old.
A few months after getting married, rumors the Rimes was having an affair with her Northern Lights co-star Eddie Cibrian began circulating. When confronted with the rumor while on Live with Regis and Kelly in March of that year, Rimes replied, "There's rumors all the time. Everything people read it's not as easy as black and white," while Sheremet took to Twitter in her defense, tweeting, "I love my wife!!!"
To show the public that their marriage was still intact, the couple made many public appearances hand-in-hand and threw a "Seven-Year Itch" anniversary party in August 2008, telling People magazine, "We wanted to remember how blessed we are, and how excited we still are about each other. We love each other."
The celebration-high didn't last long when Cibrian's wife Brandi Glanville accused Rimes of stalking her husband after the two were spotted at a Lakers game in May 2009. She later told Us magazine that "LeAnn is a stalker. She refuses to leave us alone - it is shameful and scary. People are going to say it takes two to tango, and I get that but, at some point LeAnn needs to stop asking him to dance."
A few days after Glanville announced she was leaving Cibrian in July 2009, it was no coincidence that Rimes hinted at the possibility her marriage to Sheremet was ending while performing at Utah's Deer Valley Music Festival, telling the crowd, "It is inevitable that sometimes in a relationship, you will have your heart broken. Sometimes you don't do anything, but sometimes you want revenge. Sometimes you don't, and that's when you just leave it in God's hands and know that he will take care of it."
In December 2009, Sheremet filed divorce papers. The divorce was finalized on June 19, 2010.
December 2010 - Present
Rumors that Rimes and Cibrian were engaged ignited when the couple were spotted walking on Malibu beach in December 2010, with Rimes sporting a 5-carat engagement ring. That afternoon, Rimes confirmed the news to her fans, tweeting, "Thank you for all your well wishes!! We are extremely excited and look forward to a beautiful future. It's been an incredible last few days, I was shocked!!! We are blessed, our families are so happy and our lives are filled with love."
On April 22, 2011, the two invited their closest friends and family to an engagement party, but caught them off guard with a wedding ceremony. Rimes is now the official stepmother to Cibrian's two children; Jake (3-years-old) and Mason (7-years-old).
Rimes later opened up on the infamous affair in December 2012, telling E! News, "I wish I handled it differently. I wish I could have been better... No one will understand how much thought and hurt [we] put into our decision... 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."
Rimes most recently admitted that Cibrian and she have discussed their fears of infidelity, telling Entertainment Tonight, "Everyone else would think I am a liar if I didn't say yes, and I have at times. It's definitely creeped into my mind, as it would anyone's... "I think we've been very honest and open with that to each other and our conversations about it have only made me understand how much he actually cares, as much as I do, about being faithful to each other."