'I never saw it coming': LeAnn Rimes' ex-husband Dean Sheremet opens up about her cheating scandal and admits they 'don't really talk that much' now

By Heidi Parker

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Dean Sheremet got the shock of his life when his wife called him one day in 2009 to admit she had been cheating on him.

That's fairly bad if you're just a regular Joe. But Dean wasn't. He was married to country star LeAnn Rimes and the news of her infidelity with actor Eddie Cibrian was about to appear on the cover of a national magazine, which just intensified the humiliation.

'I never saw it coming,' the dancer turned chef told Access Hollywood on Thursday.

Once so happy: Dean Sheremet, pictured in 2005 with wife LeAnn Rimes, said on Thursday of her cheating, 'I never saw it coming'

Once so happy: Dean Sheremet, pictured in 2005 with wife LeAnn Rimes, said on Thursday of her cheating, 'I never saw it coming'

The cover story that rocked Dean's world: Before this issue came out, the country singer called her husband with a head's up

The cover story that rocked Dean's world: Before this issue came out, the country singer called her husband with a head's up

'You have that assumption that the person that you're with would never do something like that,' Dean, who shared a recipe for quinoa and turkey stuffed peppers on the show, added.

To make the experience even more painful, LeAnn, 31, told Dean, 32, that the magazine 'may or may not have a picture of me and Eddie kissing.'

The How Do I Live singer had become close to Eddie while they were shooting the TV movie Northern Lights.

Dean's reaction was as to be expected. He recalls asking, 'What do you mean, "May or may not have a picture"? What does that mean?' he told host Billy Bush and co-host Kit Hoover on their TV show.

'It unfolded from there,' he added.

Dean, who had met LeAnn at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2001 and married her the following year, separated from his wife just months after news of her affair leaked.

They divorced in June 2010 after spending several months negotiating the terms of their difficult split.

Happily engaged: Eddie and LeAnn with Kris Jenner (far left) about a month before their April 2011 wedding

Happily engaged: Eddie and LeAnn with Kris Jenner (far left) about a month before their April 2011 wedding

The scandal was headline news for months with Eddie's wife Brandi Glanville lashing out at LeAnn on Twitter.

All the press helped make the spurned wife a star. She parlayed her newfound fame into a starring role on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills where the former model used every opportunity she could to trash her ex.

Complicating matters, Eddie and Brandi, both 40, had two sons - Mason, 10, and Jake, aged six - and the country singer was branded a homewrecker. Meetings at the boys' soccer games were reportedly tense.

Still going strong: The once scandal-rocked couple holding hands in March (left) and cuddling in early October (right)
Still going strong: The once scandal-rocked couple holding hands in March (left) and cuddling in early October (right)

Still going strong: The once scandal-rocked couple holding hands in March (left) and cuddling in early October (right)

But the storm between the single mother and the criticized couple (they married in 2011) has since calmed down.

On Wednesday the Bravo star told E!, 'As far as I know, we're fine. I see them at soccer, I say hello, and I don't really have any other interactions with them.'

Dean moved on as well, and just four months after LeAnn tied the knot with Eddie, he did the same with photographer Sarah Silver, 37.

Bitter relations: When the country singer left Dean for Eddie, she ticked off the actor's wife Brandi Glanville, who she's seen with here at a soccer game in 2012

Bitter relations: When the country singer left Dean for Eddie, she ticked off the actor's wife Brandi Glanville, who she's seen with here at a soccer game in 2012

Boys caught in the middle: The reality star with Mason,10, and Jake, aged six (left) and the actor with his younger son (right)
Boys caught in the middle: The reality star with Mason,10, and Jake, aged six (left) and the actor with his younger son (right)

Boys caught in the middle: The reality star with Mason, 10, and Jake, aged six (left), and the actor with his younger son (right)

The former dancer admits he hasn't stayed in close contact with his ex-wife.

'We don't really talk that much,' he said.

'There's not really a need to. I don't really know what we would talk about.'

Instead of regretting the scandal, the budding chef has come to peace with it.

'It's fine because I've really laid low during the whole thing,' he explains.

'It's part of my story and it's the reason that I get to do awesome cooking segments. Whatever it is that gets me in the door is fine. I'm really a chef!'

Meanwhile, RadarOnline has reported that the Reel Love actress has been trying to get pregnant with Eddie's baby and that's why she's put on a few pounds recently.

She's also been focusing on performing. LeAnn has a concert on October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be making appearances all over the country till the end of the year.

Trying for a baby? There have been reports the Drop Dead Diva actress, seen here on Thursday, has gained weight recently because she's hoping to get pregnant

Trying for a baby? There have been reports the Drop Dead Diva actress, seen here on Thursday, has gained weight recently because she's hoping to get pregnant

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She really is an arrogant piece of dirt. Glad he has a real wife and life now.

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Dean seems lke a lovely person. I can't understand at all why she would dump him for Eddie. Major downgrade LeAnn.

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The photo with Kris Jenner is so appropriate... Birds of a feather! There all sarcastic media hounds.

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She looked so naturally happy with her ex-husband. I feel like she forces herself to look overly positive with Eddie because she feels she has a lot to prove after the affair

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She "called" him? Nice.

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All of this wouldn't be so sordid if she would have behaved with some dignity throughout the ordeal and not flaunted her relationship with Eddie like an insecure adolescent. She still pushes her relationship with Eddie with constant media photo ops of her with him and the boys. Secure, happy couples don't act like that. It's just sad when people thrive on antagonizing the wounded spouses that were left in the dust to pick up the pieces. Red flag away LeAnn trolls.

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I think someone is looking for HIS 15 minutes...everyone else got them but him.

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Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders.

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What's happened to her face?!?!

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Out of Dean Sheremet, Eddie Cibrian, Leann Rimes and Brandi Glanville, Dean is the only one that has acted with class and dignity throughout the whole thing.

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