Eddie Cibrian and Leann Rimes’ love story has about as many twists and turns as a Lifetime movie. And funny enough, that’s where their story begins. The two met in 2008 on the set of a Lifetime movie called Northern Lights while they were both married to other people: Cibrian to Brandi Glanville, who would later go on to join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Rimes to Dean Sheremet, a backup dancer. Off-screen, Rimes and Cibrian struck up a whirlwind affair that was splashed across the tabloids in March 2009 and ultimately ended both of their marriages in 2010.
A decade later, it appears that walking through fire together at the beginning of their relationship has made their marriage stronger than ever. So, who is Eddie Cibrian? Before the cheating scandal that ended one relationship and started another, Cibrian got his start in soap operas and primetime dramas. Most recently, he starred in Netflix’s Country Comfort alongside Katharine McPhee.
Read on for nine facts you need to know about Eddie Cibrian.
He’s a first-generation American with Cuban roots.
Cibrian was born in Burbank, California, to Carl and Hortensia Cibrian, both Cuban immigrants. After Castro came to power in 1959, his father's family fled the country and moved to the United States. His mother's family left Cuba shortly after, and the pair later met when they were both living in California.
His first big break came in daytime soap operas.
In 1994, Cibrian joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Matt Clark. After leaving The Young and the Restless in 1996, Cibrian moved to the NBC soap Sunset Beach, where he played Cole Deschanel.
He’s appeared in several films and as a cast member in hit television series.
Cibrian is best-known for his roles as Jimmy Doherty on Third Watch, Russell Varon in Invasion, Jesse Cardoza in CSI: Miami, and Eddie Valetik in Take Two. He’s appeared in several Tyler Perry movies including Good Deeds and The Single Moms Club. Most recently, Cibrian co-starred opposite Katharine McPhee in Country Comfort, a sitcom series on Netflix which debuted in 2021.
He was in a boy band.
In addition to his acting career, Cibrian also briefly pursued a career in music and achieved some success. He was in soul-pop music boy band called 3Deep with his Young and the Restless co-star Joshua Morrow and Canadian singer CJ Huyer. Their first album Yes Yes Yes...No No No was released in 1999, and the single “Into You” even cracked the top 10 on the Canadian charts. Although 3Deep was one of the more successful Canadian boy bands of the era, they never made it big in the states.
He was married to RHOBH star Brandy Glanville for eight years, and the couple shares two children together.
After meeting at a club in Los Angeles in the early '90s, Cibrian married model Brandi Glanville at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California in 2001. Together, they welcomed their first son, Mason, in 2003 and their second son, Jake, in 2007.
He ended his marriage to Brandy Glanville after cheating on her with Leann Rimes.
Cibrian and Rimes made headlines when Us Weekly published photos of the co-stars looking intimate at a restaurant in 2009, which was the beginning of two equally messy divorces.
"It was devastating. I went straight home, passed out in my closet, cried and cried," Glanville wrote in an essay for The Sun. "He tried to convince me it wasn't real but I knew it was over. They were sucking on each other's fingers in the footage yet he was telling me nothing was happening. It was insane."
Rimes’ husband, Dean Sheremet, was also blindsided by the affair. "Even though there was tension, we were still talking about the next chapter, about starting a family,” he told Nat's Next Adventure. “I remember feeling earlier on like, 'I can't wait till 30. We'll have a kid, slow down a bit.' Cut to it being a f--king disaster."
He has a history of cheating allegations.
Shortly after Cibrian was caught cheating with Rimes, Scheana Marie (who went on to become a cast member on Vanderpump Rules) came forward claiming she too had been in a relationship with Cibrian while he was still married to Glanville and also seeing Rimes, per Us Weekly. Marie sat down with Glanville in an emotional episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to get clarity around the details of the affair.
He married Rimes in a secret ceremony.
After the dust settled from their respective divorces, Eddie Cibrian proposed to LeAnn Rimes on Christmas Eve in 2010. A few months later on April 22, 2011, the couple invited 40 of their closest friends and family, including Cibrian’s two sons, to get together for an “engagement party,” which turned out to be a surprise wedding.
Rimes opened up about her very public affair on Back Story: LeAnn Rimes, a 90-minute special that aired on Great American Country two days after the nuptials took place. "I know I didn't do it the right way...It got really messy, but I have learned a lot from that and I'm not glad it happened, but I know why it did."
He’s happy in his modern family.
After more than a decade of cheating allegations, divorces, and drama, Cibrian finally made peace with his ex-wife in 2018. “The three of us sat and talked for hours hashed everything out and the feud with @leannrimes Eddie and I is over,” Glanville tweeted.
Cibrian, Glanville, and Rimes are all on good terms and can be seen spending holidays and birthdays together, and most recently celebrated their son Mason’s 18th birthday together.
“We’re like sister wives,” Glanville said in an episode of the “Hollywood Raw” podcast with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn. “Eddie’s going to be in my life for the rest of my life. We bicker still like we’re married when we’re not...It’s me and LeAnn and Eddie.”