Dean Sheremet did an epic tell-all about marriage, LeAnn Rimes & infidelity


Whoa! Dean Sheremet, LeAnn Rimes’ first husband, has given the most epic tell-all interview of his whole life. Dean was and is often praised for not “telling all” about what happened with LeAnn. He’s made a handful of smaller comments here and there over the years, but this interview has taken me by surprise. Some theorize that he wants to talk about everything ahead of the release of his new cookbook, so he won’t have to answer these questions a million times. Perhaps. Or maybe he just felt like talking. The piece is really long – go here for the whole thing. I’m just going to pick out some of most interesting quotes. But I have to say, the whole piece is pretty interesting – Dean comes across like a real sweetheart.

When he met LeAnn: “I was a professional dancer. She was a superstar. I knew that one of us had to sacrifice something to have a healthy marriage. And that was my goal. As much as I wanted to be successful, I wanted a family more. I’ve always wanted to be married and have kids. Family is everything to me.

Giving up his career to focus on her: “As it went on, there were a lot of animosities that built up. I felt like I was never having my needs met so there was fighting. And I was so intertwined in managing her career that I didn’t know how to make the distinction between husband and boss, husband and partner, husband and manager…”

Whether he felt like he lived in her shadow: “Not at first. It felt like we were a team. As it went on, the team became toxic. But when we were working together, we were brilliant. The dumbest thing she ever did for her career was divorce me. Because we were such a good team. The last hit song she had was when she was with me. It was “Nothing Better to Do”. I had that title in my head and was kicking it around for a bit. We got our friend Darrell Brown, who is a phenomenal writer, to write it with us and we wrote the whole album.

He was uncomfortable with their lifestyle: “Not with the life, just the way that she would spend money. We would go shopping and not even look at the amount. It’s just a weird life. I come from Mid-Western core values where you’re smart about your money.”

He was never on LeAnn’s payroll: “No. God no. I would have never let that happen. Everything was joint. And she never made me feel that way. There was never talk of money or me not pulling my weight. I think she felt like we were a great team. It always felt equal. She always made it feel equal. Until we got divorced and I found out how unequal it was.

The Lifetime movie, Northern Lights: “The funny thing is I’m the one who pushed her to do that movie… LeAnn has always had her heart set on acting. But you need to put the work in. I think she’s been so used to everything coming so easy to her that she just assumed, “I’ll act”. So I was like, “This is a soft way to get yourself on a set, have lines, go through the motions.” I saw her being ambivalent and was like, “That’s not gonna get you where you need to be. Do this movie. It’s gonna be great for you!”

He didn’t expect her to cheat: “Never in a million years did I think something like that would have happened. The need for me in her life was so strong. There were things she couldn’t do without me. She had her own phone but never used it. People would call me to get to her. Everything went through me.

Meeting Eddie Cibrian: “He was a good looking guy. I just remember being like, “Oh, God, just another one of those Hollywood pretty boys.” If you’re in a room with him, he’s probably one of the most charming people you’ll ever meet. But I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw this f–king table…he just felt like one of those guys from the beginning. A total schmoozer. Very Hollywood. I never bought his schtick. But I wasn’t worried.

The first time things seemed off: “I got really sick and had to go home [to Nashville, the film was shooting in Canada] to the doctor. I was gone for a full week. I’ll never forget this, there was this bar that everyone hung out at after set and I remember coming down the stairs and seeing the two of them shooting pool together. I could just tell by the body language that everything had changed. She’s shooting pool, shooting tequila, in a tight tank, tight jeans, over the knee boots and she’s standing across from him, playing with the pool cue. All of a sudden, there was a huge shift. My stomach dropped. I literally felt like I got hit.

Why LeAnn moved back to LA: “She really lives on the adoration of others. I could be speaking out of turn but this is my perspective. She lives and dies on the perception of herself. I sympathize with that cause she’s been famous since she was 12-years-old so she doesn’t know anything else. In LA, there’s the paparazzi and that false sense of success, false security that you’re still relevant. If you’re in the magazines, then you matter. And that carried over to the divorce. She became even more “famous”. But she was in the middle of the road in country and she should’ve been owning that format. She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, has the most incredible voice, she’s flawless. But she got away from doing that and it breaks my heart. She’s gone away from what she was put on this earth to do. It’s all been at the expense of that. I think she learned a really hard lesson because it didn’t pan out the way she wanted it to.

The hardest part: “The cheating wasn’t the hardest part. The hardest part was someone standing in the back of the bus in the middle of nowhere and saying, “I don’t love you anymore.” I would’ve rather she said, “I slept with twenty guys.”

[From Nat’s Next Adventure]

There’s so much more in that piece – it’s a must-read for all of the people interested in LeAnn-Eddie-Dean-Brandi drama. He talks about how confusing and crazy everything was post-affair and how LeAnn didn’t even know what she wanted at first. He compliments LeAnn in several different ways, and I think he’s right, the worst thing for her music career was divorcing him. His assessment of Eddie is pretty dead-on too. Sigh… poor Dean. At least he seems to be in a good place these days.


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  1. Amanda says:

    Wow this interview has actually made me feel bad for LeAnn — that’s impressive. He’s airing out a lot of laundry here.

    And the part about all calls going through him is just creepy

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      I think that’s more about her ability to deal with people than him being “creepy”.

      This interview actually made me like LeAnn a little more, because Dean has a way of humanising her. The fact that he loved her makes me think there must be some good things about her. And then I feel so frustrated that she trashed it for a dong you have to double bag to go near.

      • vauvert says:

        Seeing how she deals with things on her own though makes you realize that she did need that person there to filter her – the teeth infections, the constant twitter stream, the fake pap walks, the staged happy, the cancelled performances, the painfully un-sexy Christmas concert bit… I believe a lot of celebs are very immature in certain ways and need a mature, smart adult to help them present a certain professional image and deal with the world. He did that for her, look what her life is now. I don’t think he was controlling at all, he was the partner in charge of keeping the ship afloat while she had the talent – which he speaks very sweetly of.

      • Brin says:

        Well said @vauvert.

      • Nerdmomma says:

        I agree. He humanizes her in a way she can’t seem to do for herself. She should thank him.

        This actually makes her crazy stalking of Eddie make some sense. She was so intertwined with Dean and depended on him for so much that when she decided to leave, she must have felt she needed someone to take that place in her life. It’s sad that she never learned how to be alone. And it’s sad that she ruined a family because of it.

      • tealily says:

        I agree with CharlotteCharlotte. I feels way more sympathetic to LeAnn after reading just these excerpts. I don’t think he’s exposing anything inappropriate, considering what she already exposes about her own life.

        And it actually makes it all make a little more sense. Cheating is never right, but I guess it’s kind of a relief to hear that their marriage had already disintegrated. I’m sure the guys was still blindsided, but it sounds like neither one was happy anymore. He’s married again and has a family now, doesn’t he? I hope so.

    • atrain says:

      It also made me feel bad for LeAnn and make some comparisons with her and Brittany Spears, two singers that started young and don’t seem to function well.
      Reading this also made me even more creeped out by Eddie. So there’s this young, rich, immature girl, left alone by her husband for a week, and Eddie sweeps in like a hawk on some prey. Not giving LeAnn a pass at all, but it now seams more apparent that she would just go along with whomever was there to tell her what she wanted to hear.

      • Juliette says:

        Agreed. While I have zero sympathy for her due to how she has behaved since this all blew up, I think Eddie comes off way worse. He saw this vulnerable, needy girl and swooped in. He was and is disgusting, Dean pegged him correctly from the start.

        He is just a gross, skeevy man. Totally gives me the creep vibes.

      • rlh says:

        It also explains the pathology of Leann’s thinking in regard to Brandi; when the divorces went down Brandi got the sympathy for being the wife who was cheated on and left to fend for herself with two little kids. Until then Leann had been the talented country sweetheart. Now she is the home wrecker; it must have made Leann crazy that Brandi was getting the sympathy and Leann was now the bad guy. Explains allot of Leann’s explosively mean behavior toward Brandi. I always wondered why Leann could not see that when it came to that whole situation she should have taken the high road; kept her mouth shut (don’t do interview after interview about it), don’t answer any questions about Brandi, and have some compassion for a woman who just lost access to her own kids 50% of the time. Leann’s attempts to control the narrative during those first few years after the affairs were so off the charts mean and narcissistic because she could not take that she was no longer the darling and someone had to pay and that someone was Brandi.

      • Christin says:

        She did a lengthy TV interview a few years ago (after she married Eddie) that led me to think she was more or less the initial pursuer.

        She claimed he was not having a lot to do with her (shy or disinterested, who knows) and coaxed him into hanging out with her and others. She said something along the lines of, they needed to get to know each other because they were playing lovers. Method acting, much?

        With that said, I still think he is an opportunist who does whatever benefits his one true love (himself).

      • aaa says:

        In one of the interviews for his and Leann’s reality show I recall Eddie saying something like he saw his chance and he went for it. So maybe he made his move when Dean had to go away when he got sick.

  2. OhMyMy says:

    Dear Kaiser:

    Please post an update when his cookbook is released. I will one of the first ones on Amazon to order a copy.

    Love this guy.

    • black orchid, says:

      +1 ,love this guy ,he is honest ,down to earth ,dude deserves every bit of fame and success that comes along his way

    • bettyrose says:

      I’m not sure even Dean can convince me to cook, but I’ve never wavered in considering him better looking than Eddie. Dean is adorable in every way.I mean new & different is always a strong temptation in long term relationships. People flirt. Dress differently for that new person. But you you don’t throw it all away for a fleeting crush. Sorry. Totally got off topic there.

      • funcakes says:

        He never mentioned whether they tried counseling or not. Even if they divorced maybe they could have maintained a professional relationship, but then Eddie wouldn’t have been able to enjoy his spending sprees with his entourage if Dean was around.

      • Ginger says:

        Agree that Dean is way better looking

      • bettyrose says:

        Funcakes- I had that same thought. Even if divorce was inevitable, there were other scenarios where they could have stayed business partners. She handled it badly.

    • QQ says:

      I’ve never been invested in this mess Other than Dean gives major Gayface BUT I came out the other end … Kinda Loving this dude?? IDK he seems so forthright dishy yet diplomatic…

      • kri says:


      • joy says:

        Dishy yet diplomatic is the best description ever.

      • MaiGirl says:

        Thank you! For so long, I thought Eddie was appealing because maybe Dean isn’t “delivert!” and likes the mens, because the gayface is real! Howevah, I think he is very honest and sweet, and he clearly was in love with her at one time.

      • Erinn says:

        He does have pretty feminine features. The first, black and white picture it’s not so strong though. Some of it is that he had a really fresh face, almost baby faced look early in their relationship. And he’s a slender, dancer kind of guy. I assumed he was gay when I first started following them … but I don’t know. He might just be kind of delicate looking, I guess? But I say this as someone married to a plumber who comes home and says “don’t get near me until I’ve showered and thrown these clothes in the laundry … I’ve seen some things”

      • QQ says:

        gkjkjjerwjewkhfda MAIGIRL DELIVERT kjhewkjewkjdkjdskjds OMG I Think I’m in Love

      • MaiGirl says:

        I feel ya QQ. Many of your posts have given me life as well 😀

      • jaye says:

        “delivert” LMAO! Maigirl I can NOT! LMAO

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      I thought this interview was incredible. This guy has intelligence and grit to boot. I love him! What a total a$$ Leann was to leave this guy with integrity and guts for that POS she is married to now. Wow. What a awesome interview. His wife is a lucky, lucky lady. Good for the both of them.

      • Caz says:

        Agree. The grass is not always greener. Leann should have been happy with Dean. He sounds lovely & grounded. Great interview. Perceptive and seemingly accurate assessments. Team Dean.

        Dean’s wife probably says a silent”thanks” to Leann everyday for leaving the marriage.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      Yes please! His food looks amazing. I drool over his posts and blog all the time. Sweet potato hash, what?

    • Janie says:

      I feel the same way! He’s a terrific guy and I wonder if she regrets any of it. She so clearly miserable. Nice guys do finish first sometimes! He got the better end of the deal!

    • Iheartgossip says:

      Yes!! You can read his heartbreak. She lost out; cause the man she is with now will never love her this deeply.

    • laura in LA says:

      Me, too, love cooking and good food.
      Never even gave a thought to this guy. Dean who? Another “Dean”…
      But I appreciate that he speaks his truth from the heart and how he has gone on w/his life.
      (I also like that he’s a fellow Sag!)

    • Boxy Lady says:

      @OhMyMy According to the full article, Dean’s book comes out Feb 2016. Have that Amazon account on the ready! 🙂

    • DrM says:

      I thought the interview was incredibly sympathetic and restrained. It was a really humiliating time for Dean when they split. LeAnn did not try to hide the affair, and when it was all going down I really felt for him. She didn’t give a crap how it looked, how hurt he was, or who she had to stomp all over to get what she wanted. And Dean is right, since the split her professional life has gone straight into the toilet. No more hits, but instead an almost constant stream of needy, self-conscious ‘look at me’ social media posts. I thought it was quite insightful of him to admit he was ‘outgrowing the situation’ and that had their marriage gone on longer it might have been him having affairs. That that possibility is there in all of us.

  3. MoxyLady007 says:

    Really interesting. I think he handles everything in a ridiculously kind way. There is so much negative he could say and he really side steps it. And so much more positive than I would ever expect. Probably because he is so obviously in a great place and happy. Honestly he sounds like a great guy and I wish him every success.

    • Tate says:

      He does seem like a good guy. He seems to be in a great place and happy.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        He does read as a very kind and thoughtful type of person, which is the very reason Leann is going to explode in rage all over twitter any minute now. Didn’t she or her team start the rumours of Dean being gay and it being a sham marriage.

      • aaa says:

        @Zapp Brannigan, no Leann/Leann’s team didn’t START rumors that Dean was gay. Rightly or wrongly, Dean pinged gaydars and Perez Hilton and other bloggers and celebrity watchers have been writing about Leann Rimes’ gay husband in a matter of fact manner years before Leann’s affair with Eddie and the break up of their marriages.

      • claire says:

        @aaa: you are correct, people were making that judgment of his on their own, but to be fair, Leann HAS lol’ed at her fans suggesting he is. She’s complicit in the bashing of him.

      • aaa says:

        The main question was did Leann/Leann’s team START the rumors that Dean was gay and the answer is that she/they did not. Furthermore, it wasn’t even presented as a rumor, bloggers and celebrity watchers discussed it as if it was a foregone conclusion that Leann Rimes married a gay guy and those kinds of discussions were happening YEARS before their split.

        Not too long ago someone made a humorous reference to Dean’s sexuality and rather than correct the person, Leann LOLed or something like that and Dean tweeted that it was not cool that she went along with the joke. We are talking about over ten years between when bloggers/celebrity watchers started matter of factly discussing Leann Rimes being married to a gay guy and when Leann insensitively participated in a twitter discussion where Dean was referred to as gay. She was wrong to participate in the discussion, but she’s wrong about a lot of things, however Dean being perceived as gay was out there a good decade before that Twitter exchange.

      • why? says:

        Leann’s team did start the rumors that Dean was gay. How do we know? The same people who were posting that Dean was gay were the same people who were constantly posting about Brandi’s surgery before Brandi had even written about it in her book.

        Another reason we know that Leann was responsible for the rumors that Dean was gay? When Andy Cohen gave Leann the A$$hat of the day, she said that Andy was just jealous because he wanted to wear her clothes. If this is what she said about Andy, then imagine all the things she said about Dean behind closed doors.

      • claire says:

        @aaa: yep, all that you stated is correct. especially with her genre being country, and her marrying a dancer, there were bigoted remarks about Dean way before Eddie came around.

      • perplexed says:

        I think assumptions were made about Dean’s sexuality when they first married because of his face (that sounded really weird as I typed it out), but I don’t think there were actual rumours at that time. We just looked at his face and kind of wondered but I can’t recall anyone saying “A-ha, he’s gay and I know it!” (like with Casper Smart or any of J-Lo’s other exes). I think people simply talked about what he looked like. But when the divorce actually happened, she seemed to give traction to rumours as if she was kind of confirming he was gay (but now I can see he’s not). So in that sense I do think she participated making us all think he was gay, because before that all I remember people talking about was what his face looked like in relation to gayness, not that he had actually slept with any men. But when she went to Eddie and people were making gay jokes about Dean and how Eddie could probably satisfy her sexually in a way Dean could not, she didn’t seem to dispute any of the jokes/rumours, which made them appear as if they were true.

      • ya says:

        It’s more than his looks – there were lots of rumours that LeAnn and Dean used to go to gay bars regularly in Nashville and pick up men to take home.

        Doesn’t mean Dean is gay, but just that both were more fluid in their sexuality than they liked to let on in public.

        There were also lots of rumours that Dean extensively controlled most aspects of LeAnn’s life during their marriage, for better or for worse – I guess for better in hindsight considering how her career has tanked since then.

    • MrsB says:

      You can tell he truly loved her. I know she would never admit it, but I wonder if she doesn’t regret everything deep down inside. She traded a loyal husband who cared about her for a cheating d-bag who, I doubt, cares a fig for her.

      • Esmom says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Dean seems mature, thoughtful and caring and I cannot for the life of me imagine Eddie doing even a fraction of what Dean did for Leann. She really blew it.

      • funcakes says:

        She mimicks things off of Dean and his wife’s twitter timeline threw her twitter, pininterest and instagram so Leann must still keep tabs. And so far no passive agressive digs.

      • claire says:

        I think we’ve all marveled at how hands-off Eddie is, that he seemingly doesn’t give a rat’s ass that his wife is everyday making a laughing stock of herself. Dean obviously did a good job of protecting her. It seems almost sadistic that Eddie not only laughs off her atrocious and embarrassing behavior, but seems to encourage it.

      • Lisa says:

        But, he just made her a travel chalkboard. It’s on her twitter. Of course he cares.

      • laura in LA says:

        LeAnn fits the profile of a histrionic narcissist to a T. Dean’s obviously waaay better off without her now.

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    • Lucky says:

      I came away from reading this the same way.

      • springingforward says:

        He has a fan in me; I was concerned with the headline because he has always had no comment which is the classiest way to handle a break-up.
        But this was both revealing and restrained.
        I love him even more after reading it.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      Dean is a great guy with a very positive outlook and you can tell his life has really evolved from where it was. I just posted this article and comments on his FB. Hi Dean!

    • Addison says:

      Seems to me like LeAnn didn’t know how good this guy was. Every marriage has problems but I think she made a big mistake for leaving this dude.

      Oh well, life goes on and it seems like he’s making the best of his. Good for him.

  4. PinaColada says:

    He did a great job not blaming or smearing. She comes out looking humanized. He probably did her a favor pr-wise! And yet she will be pissed and shade him.

    • Santia says:

      You know, it made me feel bad for LeAnn. He seems nice, but controlling. He even admits that he couldn’t distinguish between being her boss/manager and being her husband. Imagine being that young (as LeAnn was) and being dictated to every day in every way. I now see why she bolted, even if she bolted for a douche.

      • claire says:

        Leann puts everyone on her payroll though. She doesn’t have any friends or family in her life not paid. She expects everything to revolve around her and for everyone to work for her. Dean did his part there. If being controlling is helping your wife be successful and not become a joke, then I think in this case the control was positive.

      • Jaded says:

        I think it was more to do with LeAnn not being able to do things on her own because she’d been such a coddled child-star, not him being some control-freak monster that took over everything. Because he loved her he saw them as a supportive unit and he did everything he could to make her singing her focus rather than get caught up in all the minutiae.

      • NorthernGirl_20 says:

        That’s not what I read out of the whole thing at all.. Seemed like he really cared and took care of her .. Leeanne..

      • Enui says:

        Not to pile on, but I think that she acted like a child, so he was forced to take on the role of the parent. I’ve seen in in other relationships, and it is never a good ending. No one wants to feel like their the child in the relationship, and no one wants to feel like their the only grown up in the house either. Both extremes are lonely.

        I also think back, and these two were really too young to get married. Dean has grown into a pretty neat person, if all the interviews and his social media are accurate. Leann is a mess, and we probably would have known how much of a mess she is sooner if she hadn’t had someone who truly cared about her in her corner in her early/mid 20s. Sad, she probably never had a chance.

      • Trashaddict says:

        You’re a famous kid. You’re growing up. You want to be a grown-up. But you’re Leann. So you get a nice protective husband who takes care of everything for you. Out of the nest. Baby steps. But you are still feeling like you’re growing up and the guy starts to feel like just another parent and it’s smothering you (“People would call me to get to her. Everything went through me”). Not a healthy basis for a marriage folks. Then Eddie comes along, maybe he doesn’t try to protect her and now she feels like she’s in control. On to the next phase….
        Anyway those are pretty backhanded compliments he’s giving her. The message is “she’s so hopeless she can’t manage without me”. Even if it’s true, no wonder she got out of that marriage! Sheesh. This guy may talk nice, but I have my doubts that he really is.

    • aaa says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens, she has a knack for getting in her own way.

  5. Senaber says:

    He sounds like he was really trying to control her or control their relationship to me. She didn’t have her own phone? Everything was done as a team? Seems sketchy. He should have kept his mouth closed.

    • Jess says:

      She did have her own phone but never used it. I saw that as more of them being a team and she didn’t need to use her phone, which is interesting since we never see her without it now, she lives on social media and on that phone.

    • briargal says:

      Gosh, I wish people would read the article more carefully. He said she DID have her own phone but never used it. But today she has to have a phone surgically removed from her hand. It’s like oxygen to her–in her mind, she needs it to exist.

    • schmoopy says:

      I think it was the other way around. I think she controlled him. She wanted him with her 24-7 so she upgraded him from back-up dancer to business partner. She intertwined their lives so tightly that it resulted in a really unhealthy co-dependant relationship. Then she dropped him the second something better (in her mind at least) came along. Later in the interview he talks about how hard it was to deal with the sudden end of that co-dependency. It took him a few years of therapy to undo all of it. I get a feeling that Dean suffers from low esteem, and that’s probably how LeAnn was able to manipulate him into such a toxic relationship. I think she tries to do the same with Eddie, but Eddie has more self-esteem (perhaps a little too much) and refuses to let her run the show. I think that’s the main factor in her coming completely unhinged over the last few years.

      • Kiyoshigirl says:

        “I get a feeling that Dean suffers from low esteem…” Change that to “suffered” from low self esteem, and I agree with your comment. This is a man who met his demons head on and defeated them. He’s driven, thrives on challenges and cherishes his roots. Those are the characteristics of a man who is confident and knows what he’s made of. Second chances are a wonderful thing, but only if one is willing to change and grow. Dean has.

      • schmoopy says:

        @KIYOSHIGIRL Yes, you’re right. I probably should have said “suffered”. He does seem to have really worked to better himself in every way possible. Although he did jump into another marriage very quickly, which worries me a little.

      • aaa says:

        Dean owns up to not separating the roles that he was playing and that affected the marriage and his state of mind before things blew up because of the affair. I’m not seeing evil or manipulation from either Dean or Leann, it just seems like they were both young and didn’t know any better and when it came to a head the end result was a divorce as opposed to trying to fix the marriage.

      • Tammy says:

        I don’t think Dean suffered from low self esteem or suffered until the marriage started falling apart. I don’t think Leann controlled Dean or Dean controlled Leann. Some of you are forgetting that Leann has been famous since she was 13, success and fame at that young of an age will warp anyone. I also believed she loved him when she married him.

        She’s always been immature, I see a teenager when I see what she posts and does. She never grew up, really.

    • msw says:

      Nah, my husband’s correspondence all goes through me. all the email, all the phone calls, everything. It isn’t because I’m trying to control him at all, either. I would actually prefer it if he took his own calls, but he can’t even be bothered carry a phone with him or check his email, so by default people come to me when they want to find him.

      • schmoopy says:

        Yeah, but I’m going to assume you are a normal person in a healthy relationship. I’m not saying every married couple that also does business together, is in a controlling toxic relationship. However, history has shown that LeAnn tends to try to dominate her men and basically pay them to stay with her.

      • perplexed says:

        I wonder if the age at which she got famous factors into this. She was only 12 when she achieved instant fame. Her family probably handled everything for her.
        Then Dean comes in and she was only 18.

        The ones who seem to handle their careers on their own seem to be people who became famous as adults (i.e Madonna). Taylor Swift is the only young person I can think of who seemed to handle everything on her own from a young age (maybe her mom, who seemed to be a bit of a stage mom, helped out when she was younger, but from what I’ve read her mom seemed to give her practical skills like practicing speeches); however, I assumed she lucked out in coming from a long line of bank presidents. Who needs an MBA when you can probably go to your grand-dad for how to run an empire?

    • Brittney B says:

      My boyfriend would say the same thing about me, but it’s not because he controls me in any way. I’m just REALLY bad at remembering to check my phone, and I also lose it constantly, and it dies so I can’t find it for awhile. All my friends and family know to call him if they can’t reach me. And they also know not to expect instant responses to text messages…

      I might be a little better about it if it weren’t for him, because of emergencies. But it would be really really difficult. I value privacy, I’m socially anxious, and I don’t like to be constantly accessible by everyone in my life… but I’m also bad at technology. So this statement really didn’t raise any red flags for me, other than the fact that she obviously pulled a complete 180 where phones are concerned.

    • Jayna says:

      LeAnn couldn’t be alone. She doesn’t want to. That’s why they became so co-dependent on each other. It’s also what has probably caused problems with LeAnn and Eddie, him not traveling with her every show. I imagine him off working now does threaten her. She likes Eddie there at her beck and call.

      Reading this makes me realize she probably lets Eddie have full control of the accounts, no his and hers. She never made that an issue with Dean. So I definitely think for sure she would do the same with Eddie.

    • Algernon says:

      Most celebrities run their calls through an assistant or manager, though. I’ve done commercial campaigns with famous people, and they rarely take their own calls. It’s a status thing. I can think of a few people who are so busy it might actually be helpful to have someone screening business from personal calls, but generally it’s just about perception. It makes them seem important and busy if someone else is answering their phone. LeAnn leaving her husband/manager to deal with her calls sounds par for the course, frankly.

      • Ginger says:

        I recall when I worked at a major hotel in Las Vegas that I would be genuinely surprised if a famous guest answered their own phone or even checked in under their real name. There’s a bubble of protection around famous people. I agree it doesn’t sound unusual to me that Dean would have handled Leann’s phone calls.

      • Christin says:

        It does to me as well. The celebrity is the ‘talent’, and an assistant or manager handles the calls, correspondence, etc.

    • Green Girl says:

      I sometimes take phone calls and emails for my husband. If people want to invite both of us somewhere, they know it’s better/faster to reach me. It gets annoying to be the social planner, and I couldn’t imagine doing it voluntarily for all correspondence unless you know the other person can’t do it.

    • meh says:

      I actually think it’s possible that was just a dynamic of their relationship and not unhealthy or controlling. I have a lot of anxiety about responding to correspondence- even texts from friends, so often our friends just text my partner to make plans and it’s assumed I’m in the loop. Sometimes my partner even takes my phone and responds to things for me if I get overwhelmed. In our case it is more supportive than controlling, and I got that vibe from his description.

    • Harleylover says:

      Go back & reread the article. Slowly to!!

    • holly hobby says:

      I read this as her over relying on others to fix something. She’s immature enough to just dump the problem on someone else to handle. Yes like having your parents doing the work for you.

      I don’t see it as a control issue. I see it as her refusing to grow up and still wanting someone to help her tie her shoes.

  6. vauvert says:

    I was never a fan of LeAnn and didn’t know anything about her other than what I see in gossip columns… But to lose this guy over that Dean person, wow, what a bad trade and what a lack of judgement. He sounds lovely and like he has a good head on his shoulders. He didn’t really diss anyone, just expressed his feelings in this interview and also, IMO, had a pretty accurate assessment about her career direction since the split. Glad he sounds like he moved on and is happy with his life, he deserves it!

  7. paola says:

    It seems like she had what she deserves.
    And if someone cheats on their husband/wife after they’ve gone away for only a week… well it’s nice when the crap hits the fan.
    She wanted Eddie and now she has it.
    I bet she can’t sleep properly because she knows he cheats and wouldn’t be with her if it wasn’t for her money.
    Dean dodged a bullet.. it was probably very painful but now look at how different his life his. So much better compared to hers.

    • Ginger says:

      Yep, she made her bed now she has to lie in it.

    • anne_000 says:

      Like they say, “Be careful of what you wish for, because you just might get it.”

    • Christin says:

      I think she thought she was trading up, based on superficial things like his ‘hot’ looks and possible ‘other skills’.

      She traded down big time, IMO. She had a gem and threw it away.

  8. CharlotteCharlotte says:

    Gah! Guys like Dean are so rare, and she threw him away. Gah!

    For Eddie!



    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Right? What a baaaad move. One she will regret for the rest of her life when she wakes up, if she already hasn’t.

      • CharlotteCharlotte says:

        I don’t think she wants to wake up. She’s using her incredible focus to present her ‘perfect marriage to her sweet love’ to her fans and haterzzz. Such a waste.

        LeAnn, ditch the dong; get help; get back on track!

    • Crumpet says:

      I know, right?? Threw her whole career and marriage away for a good for nothing douche canoe.

      His statement about her living on the adoration of others – Boom.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, that one remark sums her up completely.

      • littlestar says:

        That’s the part that stood out to me too – EXACTLY how we all know Leann is like. Her constant need to be on Twitter to get adoration from her fans/enablers, her constantly trying to justify the affair (when NO ONE gives a shit 5+ years later), her sad antics with the paparazzi (her constant talk on social media last night about how “happy” she was that she was in Star magazine, even though the article on her was negative). She has major MAJOR issues. And that loser Eddiot only exemplifies the worst of her behaviour.

  9. Brin says:

    Read this the other day and it is an amazing interview. Dean is so honest and classy.
    I’m so happy for him and the life he is living now away from loony.

    • briargal says:

      Even though it probably hurt like hell at the time, I’ll bet he gives thanks every night that he got away from all the crazy that Leaky owns!

  10. savu says:

    DAYUM. Wow. Good for him, man. It’s been long enough, and it doesn’t feel like him bashing her. He’s being more than complimentary, and honest.

    That last part hit me. Except for my current relationship, I’ve always been cheated on. Granted I’ve never been married or those relationships weren’t very long, but man does it suck. I totally understand that stomach dropped, feeling hit emotion. Man. He really loved her. I feel so bad for him. That must’ve been awful as it was unfolding in the public eye too, as he was a big part of her career.

  11. Sandy123 says:

    Can’t shade this guy. He went through hell in the media, with people calling him gay and saying their marriage was a sham. I didn’t know he was so involved in the writing process as far as her music goes. LeAnn really made a huge mistake here.

  12. OSTONE says:

    It’s like trading gold for 💩. Serves her right. I’ve always heard that the majority of people who cheat, cheat with someone less attractive than their spouse/partner. Not sure if it’s true or not.

  13. PeaBea says:

    Wow, he came across lovely – he never insults her, just gets everything spot on.

    It is interesting that he was all about the family and children and Leann might not get that with Eddie.

    • Jess says:

      I finally looked through her Pinterest and she posts a ton of stuff about having a little girl, almost to a creepy point. I just can’t figure out if she really wants a daughter or she just wants to do something that Brandi hasn’t, it’s weird she never talks about wanting a boy or boy names they came up with.

      • AntiSocialButterfly says:

        Her EveleighRose or does she have one under her more widely known name?

      • Deanne says:

        I know LeAnn hasn’t much in the way of education, but she does understand that she isn’t guaranteed a girl right? Her baby girl obsession is bizarre.

      • funcakes says:

        She thanked some lady on twitter for giving her a name for her future baby girl. She even put her picture up.

      • Jess says:

        The eveleigh Rose one, I wasn’t convinced it was her until she posted a recipe link not long ago, and every one of the chalkboard quotes has come from that Pinterest, so I poked around, she has more issues than we thought! Lol.

      • carrie says:

        All the talk about a baby girl surprises me- Leann strikes me as a person who would not want to share any attention with any female – even a daughter . She just seems to have that self-centered , competitive vibe to me.

      • holly hobby says:

        She wants a girl because she wants a doll, not an actual child and yes that relationship will be poisoned as soon as she realized people are fawning over the baby and not her.

  14. Jaana says:

    Wow he sounds like he really got hurt and blindsided.

  15. maeliz says:

    What a sweet guy. She made a dumb mistake leaving him.
    there was actually a time when the phone wasn’t always clutched in her hand??!

  16. Kiddo says:

    I don’t like him, based on this interview. Some quotes:

    “The dumbest thing she ever did for her career was divorce me. Because we were such a good team.
    I was so intertwined in managing her career that I didn’t know how to make the distinction between husband and boss, husband and partner, husband and manager…”

    I could actually see her wanting to leave. This sounds like a business relationship and with an enormous amount of control.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I can see how that could rub you the wrong way, but I think couples who work together often have boundary issues. And he’s right – her career tanked after she left him. He could have said a lot worse about her.

      • Kiddo says:

        I could see how that might happen with the boundary issues, but I could also see her wanting to break out of that and find a guy on more of a ‘chemistry’ level. Just reading between the lines, this feels more like a ‘father’ role, keeping her in line. Don’t get me wrong, I think LeAnn is ridic, and I can’t stand Eddie, but I can also see how this arrangement could be a drag on the romance part of a relationship.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, I can see what you mean.

      • Green Girl says:

        I think I’m with GNAT AND Kiddo on this one. 🙂

        I think working with my husband on a business is just about the last thing I’d want to do. Because then it feels like you never really leave the business in the office – you can talk about it over dinner, you might discuss it before bed, and so on.

    • Ashley says:

      He’s speaking to the fact that she made him part of her career with writing, managing, support, etc. and when they divorced she lost that and it affected her career in a negative way. I don’t see anything wrong with that many couples build businesses together and some under appreciate their spouses’ influence until their not there anymore and then realize all they did.

      • Kiddo says:

        Well, to me, it would be cool if she actually said this after the fact, instead of him. It just smacks of ego that he has come out to tout himself. It almost has a ring of. “I made her what she was in talent” kind of thing and I personally find it off-putting. He can publish a cookbook without the attention-whoring connected to an ex.

        That’s just me. I don’t see a saint here.

      • perplexed says:

        I don’t think Leeann would admit he was good for her career (and her looks? She’s gotten weird-looking since leaving him).

        It might be somewhat egotistical to point out what you did for your spouse, but in his case I can see why he wanted to correct the assessment since we all probably thought he was a gay guy who married her for her money. For the longest time, I thought she had married some very effeminate guy who was living off of her, but that doesn’t seem to have been the case. (I don’t think he’s effeminate now – he seems to have grown into his looks. But when he was 20 I remember thinking “huh.”) Maybe I’m okay with the statement because it seemed like more of a critique on Eddie (who seems like cheesy waste of space to me) than on Leeann. I didn’t think he was suggesting she gave Leeann her talent. He did acknowledge that she has one of the greatest talents he has ever seen and that that was what she was meant to do on this earth (and he’s right — I mean, listen to that voice!), but doesn’t seem to be using it now (implication — probably because of Eddie).

      • Zwella Ingrid says:

        I think you are wrong, Kiddo.

      • Kiddo says:

        Zwella Ingrid, That’s fine, everyone is entitled to an opinion. I don’t like him. I don’t like that he is using the past to promote a cookbook. You can like him, if you do. Actually based on this interview I can now see there is a bit of a pattern in her choices, but that’s my perspective. I’m okay that you don’t agree.

    • perplexed says:

      I think the full interview shows him critiquing himself. I think he’s just pointing out the reality of what their relationship was, but he doesn’t seem to put all of the blame on Leeann (I would, though, because I’m that petty, Leanna is publicly nuts, and Eddie is cheesy, so I’d bank on everyone being fine with my pettiness!).

    • Esmom says:

      I think that quote sounds bad out of context but I don’t think he thinks as highly of himself as that sounds. I think he’s telling it like it is — he had her best interests at heart, career and other-wise, and Eddie doesn’t.

      • perplexed says:

        I thought he was making a slight joke or being facetious by noting “the dumbest thing she did was divorce me.” The only thing is that the joke has a lot of truth to it, so we can also read it quite seriously. Eddie hasn’t done anything for her career and seems to be spending her money like water, so don’t think he’s wrong in his assessment.

    • Jayna says:

      He admitted the marriage had issues by the end and the boundary issues and different hats he wore bleeding into each other. I imagine when he said he began to develop animosity about publicly always being in her shadow, even though a part of her career, probably he took that out on LeAnn. He was at that age that that part began to bother him.

      Like he said, the very well could have divorced anyway, who knows, but at that point, they weren’t thinking of it and he was blindsided. I get it. You can have problems in a marriage, but don’t think for a second that person would cheat and leave them. I think he thought he was too needed by LeAnn and his life and identity was intertwined with her in ever way, his career, married. When she fell hard for someone else, his whole life was turned upside down, but it was the best thing for him. It forced him to go out and create something professionally that was all his, which helped him grow as a person.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      Based on what he’s saying about the man he used to be, yes, I can also see why she’d be looking for some passion. Reading between the lines (as you have) shows the marriage failed for more reasons than just LeAnn’s indiscretion(s). I think he came out of the other end with many rewards. LeAnn is and will continue to struggle.

    • Really says:

      I thought his comments sounded kind of odd, too. I didn’t get a hero vibe, it sounded to me like he was enjoying the upper hand in their co-dependent relationship. And I definitely agree that if he couldn’t distinguish between the “husband/manager” role, it’s not all that surprising that she would easily fall for a good looking, smooth talking guy who brought a new kind of sexy and romance to her life.
      Not condoning her actions, but it sounds like he knew what kind of person she was but thought he had a better handle on her than he did.

      • claire says:

        And yet, her and Eddie seem to have no chemistry. You can’t find it in their interviews, in their TV show. I don’t think she can have healthy relationships. She’s too warped.

    • ScrewStewrat19 says:

      I have to agree Kiddo (and I seriously loathe Leann, so this sucks). I really got a weid vibe from the interview. In the beginning when he mentioned giving up his wants and doing everything for her, I read it that he chose to follow her around and constantly be with her. I kind of got a needy, controlling vibe from him and it makes me wonder if he helped create the crazy, needy Leann we read about now. I hate Leann and Eddie, but I can see why she would have wanted out. I got a really odd vibe from Dean and he even admits that it might have been the lifestyle that made him want to stay in the end. I don’t know. It sucks though because I really liked Dean before this interview.

      • jaye says:

        But he didn’t say that he enjoyed the lifestyle. He said he got too comfortable. Living that life made him lazy. I got from reading the interview that he stayed because he loved her and was more than a little bit co-dependent.

    • Kara says:

      Yeah I see a drama queen myself. He’s just as awful as her in his own way.

    • bettyrose says:

      @Kiddo- my take on the interview is that he felt he had to devote himself to her career to be with her. He acknowledges both that it killed the romance between them and that he harbored some resentment about losing himself in the marriage. But I don’t think either of them ever felt that he was the one calling the shots.

    • Tammy says:

      I don’t see it like that but I can see how someone else might. They were young when they met and she was coming out a relationship with that creep from party of five show. I think they became codependent on her and he has a point, she hasn’t had a hit since she left him. But that’s because she is not focused on making music but chasing after some illusion.

  17. msw says:

    Oh man. I can’t wait to read this whole thing. I only feel a little ashamed.

  18. insomniac says:

    I really liked that interview — Dean was hard on himself and his own part in things and didn’t unnecessarily trash LeAnn. She will, of course, hit the roof anyhow. And wow, did she ever downgrade. I suspected as much, but this interview really drove it home.

  19. MonicaQ says:

    He has every opportunity to smear her…and doesn’t. I admire his restraint.

    ” We’d be sitting at dinner and I’d be like, “For your next video we should do this, this and this. For the tour, the production should be like this.” And this [part] is my fault. I’m sure for her, all she wanted to do was have dinner. I was probably getting on her nerves all the time. I was not being who I needed to be for her.” <– line that got me. Probably sat there and blamed himself for awhile afterwards.

    • perplexed says:

      Yeah, I was surprised by his self-awareness. If someone cheated on me, I’d be resistant to appraising my own faults, but he was willing to do this, which shocked me. He even admitted that he probably could have cheated, that anyone can make a mistake (again, I would be resistant to thinking this about myself, or admitting it in a print interview). And I was also surprised about the revelation about his mother cheating too. He seemed critical of himself, which I wasn’t expecting so whatever he had to say about Leeann just seemed balanced to me (I don’t think he should be expected to shoulder all of the blame, so I thought his comments about Leann were fair because they were put side-by-side with critiques about himself).

    • Crumpet says:

      He sounds incredibly self aware. Divorcing Leann probably saved his soul.

  20. Jess says:

    I’m happy he’s finally able to speak his mind, LeAnn just dropped him and it’s like he never existed, she never mentions him because she became so obsessed with Eddie and Brandi. He got a few digs in but came off respectful, he was surprisingly honest and has obviously done a lot of work on himself, he seems to be in a good place, while LeAnn has spiraled down and ruined her career and image. I can’t believe she let this guy go, he’s hot, works hard, and seems like he’d take good care of a woman.

    I bet she gave Eddie a black Amex right away. I remember him saying they had enough money to never worry about it and I thought it was weird since he hasn’t worked much, it’s kinda sad she’s always taken care of her men financially.

    • funcakes says:

      Your right. I remember when a holiday (forget which) rolled around and Leann tweeted,”My first Holiday as a new wife”.

      Then she was gushing on twitter about it being the anniversary of the day she and Eddie were a couple. Then Dean busted her tweeting that she was with him at the time.

      Then let’s not forget that People magazine busted Leann and Eddie.

      Instead of being happy and in love in private she rubbed it in everyone’s face.

      • Nick says:

        I’d assume his is finally able to speak his mind. This past December was 5 years since their divorce settlement so maybe Dean had a non disclosure agreement for 5 years?

      • bettyrose says:

        Good call on the non disclosure agreement.

      • jenn12 says:

        No, it was “my first holiday as a wife” as though she’d never been married before.

      • Jess says:

        It would’ve been different if Dean cheated on her or he was a total jerk, but he’s a good guy and she made a complete fool out of him with an affair then flaunted it for years, it was very disrespectful to him. I don’t think anyone else existed in her obsessed mind once Eddie came along, she’s insane.

  21. Brittney B says:

    There is SO much to unpack from this interview, but I’m surprised no one has homed in on this line yet (or maybe they have, and the comments will appear above mine after I post this, haha)…

    “She had her own phone but never used it. People would call me to get to her.”

    If anything proves how drastically she’s changed into a different person, it’s this line. Homegirl might as well get it surgically attached to her hand.

    • Jayna says:

      Isn’t that the truth? It’s sad and bizarre how no matter what she is doing, the phone is in her hand, even in the dentist’s chair when she posted a photo. She is lost. She is more invested in social media and any google alert about her and all of her tweets made to impress about her “busy” life and getting adulation. Her life is lived through her iPhone.

      • briargal says:

        Funny but the sign in my dentist’s office waiting room tells me to shut off my phone. Maybe Leaky would quit breathing without her phone in her hand so her dentist allows her to keep it there OR it has become so ingrown into the flesh!

      • Christin says:

        And she seems clueless about how to use social media to her advantage, business wise.

  22. perplexed says:

    I felt this was a helpful interview, not simply for the gossip, but for learning more about life! He has a well-rounded perspective on life.

  23. 90shasbeen says:

    Dean is such an upstanding guy. Period. There was no control in that marriage. If you read the entire article, he gave up his career to help manage hers. Women do it everyday.

    There’s a huge difference between the LeAnn with Dean vs LeAnn with Eddie. Dean helped her career by co-writing albums, getting her actual tours instead of 3rd rate casino gigs. He actually cared about the money she was wasting. She was healthy, cute and fresh looking with Dean. And he LOVED her!

    Women who always complain about there are no good men in this world should look at LeAnn. She is/was stupid for letting go a good man for a charming, dimpled, diseased, man-ho who’s only with her for money. He hasn’t helped her career and constantly allows her to make a fool of herself on social media.

    • ell says:

      ok, but he says she told him she didn’t love him anymore, and not loving someone has very little to do with how good a person someone is. love doesn’t necessarily lasts forever, it’s sad but it’s unrealistic to expect it to happen with every relationship.

    • briargal says:

      Actually Eddie did help Leaky with her career–but not as a singer. Her only career now is as tabloid fodder. And according to Dean when he says she loves attention and adoration, she loves every minute of it. She threw away a career and a hot guy for a sleazeball.

  24. maeliz says:

    Dean was smart telling her to not spend so much money. Now that she spends it all on getting Eddie to stay and neither one of them having a real job, she’ll go broke

    • Christin says:

      Her father also expressed concerns about out of control spending when he counter sued her. It sounds like Dean could not fully help her alleged inattention to finances, but at least he tried.

  25. Kiyoshigirl says:

    In the long run the debacle with LeAnn awarded him the opportunity to become a really solid person. I don’t think she came out of the other end of their marriage with the same awareness. She’s floundering. He’s found. His wife is absolutely beautiful. I’m happy he’s getting some notariety for his hard work and commitment to fine tuning his craft. His is a story struggle and of redemption.

  26. perplexed says:

    I had wondered all this time why she hadn’t been capitalizing on her music talent (who doesn’t make the most use of a talent like that? Wtf?). Now I know why. For that reason alone, I’m kind of glad he did the interview — the question of why Leeann has been wasting her musical talent has finally been answered for me! This is the kind of question that would pass through my mind while on the subway….

    • GingerCrunch says:

      It’s actually kinda sad, right? So for that gross piece of a**, she was willing to trade the partner in what had been her wildly successful career! That’s pretty breathtaking. And how must Dean have felt just being cut out from that whole professional side of his life! I’ve gotta read the whole interview now. I hope he still makes a decent amount of money from the work he did while he was with her.

  27. MrsBPitt says:

    Wow…Out of the four people involved in this drama….you have three, selfish, obnoxious, horrible people and then you have Dean…It’s like that old game…one of these things is not like the others!

    • Jayna says:

      Well said.

    • Christin says:

      After reading the entire piece the other day, one of my first thoughts was that he seems to have more self-reflection and common sense than the others combined.

  28. kittykat says:

    WOW! I love this guy!! Just read the entire article he couldn’t be more healthy! Sounds like Leanne did him a favor.

    • Bex says:

      Yes I really like the whole interview too. Such a voice of sanity amongst all the crazy. Maybe this will just draw a line under everything and Leanne can now just sink into obscurity.

  29. ell says:

    I must admit I know very little about leann, but why is her ex spilling the beans like that? some of the things he says are very private. as for how their marriage ended, well it’s sad but that’s life. sometimes marriage doesn’t work, we should stop crucifying people who can’t make it last for whatever reason. obviously cheating isn’t very nice, but it’s so hard to judge these situations, and not very fair.

    • Nick says:

      Leann has consistently told her “truth”. She has not been a very kind ex to Dean post divorce. Insinuating he was gay etc. I’d assume he is finally able to speak about their relationship because his non disclosure has ended. I doubt you will hear much more from Dean on the subject.

      • Tammy says:

        She never insinuated he was gay. The rumors started when she began dating him not after she left him for Eddie.

      • DTX says:


        You’re right. SHE never directly insinuated he was gay (well, except for that one time that she laughed at that Twitter joke, but that could be misinterpreted) because people DID make nasty homophobic remarks about his sexuality from the beginning solely based on his facial features and NOT his behavior. But that was always there and she didn’t use it to her advantage until it suited her to justify her cheating. But you’re right that she didn’t do it directly, she just got her cronies to do it for her. The same way she got them to harass Brandi. What they did to her was way more vile, though. I always cringe when I imagine someone cussing you out and constantly harass you and humiliate you for all the public to see on social media. And then imagine they are the homies of your ex-husband’s mistress (now wife) and that she LETS THOSE SAME PEOPLE HANG OUT WITH YOUR CHILDREN. Helllllllll Naw. Leann loooooves to let other people do her dirty work for her (heck, she probably pays them!) so OF COURSE she’s never had to publicly bash Dean. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t orchestrated it.

    • jenn12 says:

      Sometimes you just want to vent or get your side out there. He took a lot of crap, like when she tweeted about her first anniversary with EC and how much she loved him, and he finally tweeted back, “You were married to me this time last year.” He is no longer in pain and can speak from a healthy place.

  30. Julie says:

    I have nothing but respect for Dean, especially after reading his interview. He has a great life now and that makes me smile. He clearly loved her, and they did make a great team. She walked away and her career and life have gone to the dogs since. I think his timing with this interview is perfect. It explains so much as someone else mentioned. She needs to get off social media, but she wont because then she wont exists. Dean, you surely did dodge a bullet and I’m sorry you had to go through the pain, but you surely realize now that something much better was waiting out there for you and you found it guy! Best wishes and much success to you and your lovely wife! And Leann, Karma is a bitch and watching you now is like watching a sinking ship. Someday you are going to look back and see what a fool you made of yourself and you will see the path of destruction that you created in this lifetime. I wouldn’t want to be you on that day, or any day for that matter.

  31. RobN says:

    Although not a fan of LeAnns, I also hate ex’s airing their dirty laundry years after the break-up. It’s not classy to air personal details. Period.

    Didn’t he get remarried? How’d you like to be the current wife, married to a guy who makes a buck out of talking about the last one? Move on, have a life, stop talking about this stuff, stop trying to take half the credit for a career that was well on its way before you showed up.

    Being classy as compared to the rest of the people in this melodrama is not the same as actually being classy.

    • ell says:

      this. i think because people dislike leann they’re cheering on this guy, but he has no right to talk about this sort of private stuff.

      like i’ve been there with an ex talking about incredibly private things after splitting up, and it’s just awful. nothing justifies it, not even if you were cheated.

      • jwoolman says:

        He seems pretty restrained and didn’t reveal anything sensational. It was part of his life and he couldn’t really talk in depth about what influenced him to become the man he is today if he pretended his first marriage was nothing. He went out of his way to praise her talent, to explain that it was a partnership beneficial to both, and talked about his own faults that were part of the failure of their marriage. He was quite careful about what he said about his ex-wife. He wasn’t bashing her or embarrassing her at all. As others have said, the interview really makes her look a lot better than before. Hope she sees it that way, it really does help her image.

      • oopsie says:

        ^ this

    • perplexed says:

      It would probably be easier to stay quiet if Leeann wasn’t airing all of her business on social media. I think both sides should stay quiet if no one wants their business aired, but Leeann (and whatever is going on with Eddie and his ex-wife) won’t do that either. So if everyone else won’t shut up, I don’t see what’s wrong with the other person who everyone thought was gay and in a sham marriage with Leeann correcting a particular assessment or perception of him.

      I also thought this interview did a good job of explaining why she is the way she is. If anything, I thought Eddie came out looking the worst. He’s been detrimental to her career and her ability to share the kind of talent she has with the world.

      • funcakes says:

        He has a right to tell his side of the story. Considering all the public humiliation he went through without speaking up sooner, he could have said awful hurtful things.
        If it was any of us that was humiliated so badly in front of your friends and family could we honestly look back to point out the best quality in our ex? Especially if he cheated with multiple partners. Only a precious few.

    • Deanne says:

      LeAnn has told her side of the divorce in dozens of interviews and her most recent album is all about ” her truth”. She and her team put out rumours that Dean was gay and that’s why she cheated. He has every much right to talk about his life as she does. He doesn’t slam her and even takes responsibility for his own mistakes. He has been and continues to be a class act in this ongoing debacle.

    • Artemis says:

      Most of it we know already anyway. It’s not classy no, but at least this piece has the self-awareness and honesty that the other parties lacked due to their perpetual victimhood. Which makes it an interesting read, which is what I want from ‘celebs’. You can be the classiest person on the planet, when you’re a bore, I’m not going to be interested (in the context of gossip and famous people).

      I think it’s difficult to keep it neutral when he could’ve easily stooped to their level and played the victim. At the end of the day, he didn’t cheat. He was publicly ridiculed for the actions of his ex-wife. If every party already spoke out, why shouldn’t he? They all got a platform and profited from it, considering the situation, he can get his too for all I care. And surprisingly, he’s the person who is least bitter and pathetic about it all. He comes out of this alright in comparison.

      How’d you like to be the current wife, married to a guy who makes a buck out of talking about the last one?

      In real-life, I would dislike it and dump the guy. In the world of the rich and the famous though? Get money bitch! If you have a good relationship, then I don’t see the issue. He’s got a good life as opposed to the other parties. Besides lots of people speak about their exes long after a break-up, it’s a human thing to do and doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t move on. E.g. Brad Pitt is a happy man now but that doesn’t mean he can’t reflect on his life (including his ex). I don’t get the feeling that Dean can’t move on, do you?

      Also we wouldn’t be on a gossip site if everybody shut up and stayed classy. Gossip in itself isn’t classy either. And that suits me just fine because I don’t come to a gossip site to find class.

      • DTX says:


        “Gossip in itself isn’t classy either. And that suits me just fine because I don’t come to a gossip site to find class.”

        I think I love you. Can I put this on a f#ckin tee-shirt? I would wear it everyday while making my daily internet rounds on my fave gossip sites like CB and Dlisted. Sometimes you just want to read some scandalous shit and laugh a little at the clowns providing it.

    • claire says:

      I object to this notion. Brandi had the right to write her book. Dean has the right to this interview. Leann has done countless interviews, tweets, an album, blogs about these two people. She has told their story in her twisted viewpoint and they have every right to want their own voice to tell their own story, instead of this crazy narcissistic idiot doing it for them. That’s not fair to them and they owe nothing to her; she hasn’t given them the same respect. She’s even told her fans private information about these two, for them to spread on social media. Maybe they just aren’t doormats, you know? That’s a good thing.

      I would have no problem with this interview if I was the new wife. I’d be happy he was setting the record straight, standing up for himself, and hopefully putting to rest questions that the public had.

      • Deanne says:

        Maybe LeAnn couldn’t handle Eddie giving an honest interview like this, but Dean’s new wife is beautiful, successful and confident, so I’m sure she can. Plus they’ve surely talked about it. I don’t understand people who can’t accept that their partner has loved others before them and insist on pretending that the former relationships had no meaning or impact. It’s very immature.

      • RobN says:

        Nobody said they didn’t have the right. Sometimes not exercising a right is a lot harder but also a lot more impressive.

      • claire says:

        When you’re in the public eye and your ex wife’s fans and your ex-wife are spreading lies about you, and reporting them as truth, it’s quite a different story.

    • jenn12 says:

      He dealt with her talking about the situation endlessly without a word. And he has rarely said anything. It’s okay to want your side out there and he did not do it in a nasty way, which he could have.

      • Deanne says:

        He could have shredded her if he chose to and rightfully so. Instead he took ownership of his failings and mistakes and was in no way nasty or vindictive. Both LeAnn and Eddie have chosen to insult their former partners in a variety or ways. For God sake, LeAnn and her camp put out rumours about his sexual orientation in order to justify her bad behaviour. Considering how severely she hit below the belt, his take on things was extremely kind.

      • jenn12 says:

        I think it’s because he was able to walk away and stay away. Leann and Eddie enjoy using the boys as pawns to hurt their mother. I can’t even imagine not being able to call your own little kids when the dad and mistress have them because the dad has decided that’s fine. Brandi needed to level the playing field because they were doing her dirty from day 1. But since Dean didn’t have to deal with all that, he could be as lovely and classy as he clearly is. He used the situation to learn and grow.

  32. Debbie says:

    And in this debacle we found the one classy person. This was honest, kind and not at all bashing. He did make Leanne look human and frankly showed other areas that their marriage broke down then just the affair. (Obviously the affair was the killer) but sorry this guy might not be as “hot” as Eddie but he is the catch in the situation or any really seems like a good guy.

    • Jayna says:

      When I see him on his cooking segments on TV shows and in that interview with Billy Bush, with his charm and humor and great conversationalist, I find him more attractive. Eddie was a cutie, and is still handsome in an older way, but the more you see him in interviews or the one episode of their reality show I saw, he’s a one-note pony.

      I think Dean became more handsome and interesting in his 30s when he became more of a man compared to back in his early 20s, when his look was more of kind of a pretty, cute-boy look. Age and maturity and self-growth suits him, and he was always a really nice person. He comes across very intelligent and well-rounded.

      And you’re right. He exudes class.

    • someone says:

      Agreed! Honestly, Dean has handled this with much more class than others have. He’s so low key and down to earth. You can see though how maybe the sexy playboy thing with Eddie might have gotten to Leann. She wasn’t used to that with Dean and then slick Eddie comes along and turns her head on purpose with his Hollywood lifestyle.

      • why? says:

        Eddie didn’t turn Leann’s head on purpose. As someone pointed out earlier, it was Leann who suggested that she and Eddie hang out and get to know each mother more since they were going to be playing a couple. It seems like even earlier into the affair, Leann was bribing Eddie to get him to pay attention to her.

  33. Deanne says:

    People say that Dean’s the only decent one out of the four and he drfinitely comes across as the most stable, but his situation was very different than Brandi’s. He and LeAnn had no kids so he didn’t have to deal with custody issues, step-parent issues, child support or lack their of, etc. He could move across the country or even the world and he never has to speak to LeAnn again if he doesn’t want to. That allows for a kind of closure to the relationship that people with kids don’t usually get to have. I’m not saying that divorce isn’t still devastating without kids. It is still incredibly difficult, but Brandi has to deal with LeAnn as long as she and Eddie are together and Eddie for the rest of her life. It makes the aftermath a lot more challenging. Dean really comes across as a sweet, kind, self aware man. His assessment of Eddie is brutal, but so on point. I’m happy for him that he’s been able to start over and is happily married. He certainly deserves it. He’s great in the cooking segments he does onThe Talk. It would be great for him to get his own cooking show.

    • Nick says:

      I completely agree. thank you for this! I am not the only one who thinks comparing Dean’s behavior (probable non disclosure agreement) to Brandi’s is apples and oranges.

    • someone says:

      Agreed that kids make a HUGE difference in how your after-divorce relationship will go. However, if you separate out the kids issue you still are left with the fact that Brandi and Dean have two different personalities. For instance, take their reaction to the cheating: Dean goes home to Michigan for 3 month to cool off, Brandi slashed Eddies motorcycle tires and tape records her phone conversations with Eddie to send to Leann. Brandi escalates, Dean de-escalates. Brandi is the same way on RHOBH – she instigates and disturbs. It’s her nature. Anyone on her bad side is going to get it.

      • Deanne says:

        All you are doing is reinforcing what I wrote. He COULD leave everything and escape and she COULDN’T because of the children. It would definitely heighten emotions. She had to deal with the aftermath being shoved in her face every day, so it was very different and harder to diffuse her feelings. She couldn’t take that time for herself. Slashing his tires in anger isn’t the worst thing a scorned wife has done and sending the tape to LeAnn was giving LeAnn a taste of her own medicine and giving her the opportunity to see what a user Eddie was. He was playing mind and emotional games with both women at the time and I think he’s scum. You are right that Dean going home for three months gave him the opportunity to reflect and it also took away the opportunity to do anything rash, because he was over emotional. Because of the kids, she couldn’t take off and de-escalate. It’s not like she’s going to hand the kids over to her cheater husband and the mistress and go away for months. Her youngest was a toddler. Eddie deserved whatever anger was directed at him. So did LeAnn. There is no comparison and it has nothing to do with personality. It was all about opportunity. I’m sure that if no kids were involved, she would have sought escape too. Being able to physically distance yourself is a luxury that not everyone has.

      • someone says:

        No Brandi would not escape, even if she didn’t have kids. She doesn’t let anything go. Take her recent breakup(s) with JR – with whom she didn’t have any kids. She posted constantly on twitter about him after they broke up, even when he was seeing/engaged to another woman. She went and hid in his bushes to spy on them.

        De-escalating isn’t just a matter of physically removing yourself from a situation, or escaping. It means having the maturity to not pick fights and to not attend every fight you are invited to.

      • claire says:

        Let’s not also forget that Dean was being left alone. He wasn’t the one being stalked, he wasn’t the one Leann was modeling her new look after, or who was being sent text messages about: can’t wait to take care of your kids! I mean, what happened to them really is apples and oranges, like said above. I don’t agree with all that Brandi does, who would? But she definitely was placed in a different situation with all the SWF’ing, Leann giving her private info to fans, Leann’s fanbase and employees and friends harassing her. Two totally different scenarios. Those of us who followed this way back when remember all the insanity. Heck, before RHBH, Brandi’s followers on Twitter developed out of people finding the whole situation so insane on Leann’s behalf that they started fighting back at Leann for Brandi.

      • why? says:

        “For instance, take their reaction to the cheating: Dean goes home to Michigan for 3 month to cool off, Brandi slashed Eddies motorcycle tires and tape records her phone conversations with Eddie to send to Leann. Brandi escalates, Dean de-escalates.”

        Why does defending Leann and Eddie require blaming Brandi and Dean? Brandi isn’t the first or last woman to slash tires after finding out that her husband was cheating on her. Who cares that Brandi taped Eddie talking about Leann and sent it to Leann, Eddie was Brandi’s husband.

        Dean had to give the appearance that he wasn’t escalating because he was still depending on Leann’s money and he didn’t want to anger Leann’s friend Darrell, who was already trying to justify Leann’s affair with Eddie by feeding tabloids negative stories about Brandi. Dean and Brandi weren’t dealing with the same circumstances(stalked and harassed by Leann, her fans, and her employees).

        Dean did escalate, he just didn’t do it directly, he had his sister do his dirty work.

        There you go again applying characteristics that people said about Leann to Brandi.

      • aaa says:

        Thanks for bringing up Brandi’s relationship with JR, when I saw how that relationship unfolded, it reinforced my view that Brandi Glanville has many, MANY screws loose! I don’t see Brandi as a wholesome girl who unknowingly married horrible guy who then had an affair with a nutty country singer. Brandi is crazy in her own right and you nailed it when you stated that it is her nature to instigate, escalate and disturb. This does not begin and end with her ex-husband and his wife, it’s also happened in other relationships, e.g., her ex-boyfriend, her family, her co-workers. I’m not saying that the other parties are innocent but Brandi is not the innocent lamb who has no choice other than slashing tires, drinking excessively, spilling secrets, threatening to knock teeth out because there are all these meanies in her life.

      • why? says:

        To aaa

        Using different names to write the same thing you posted earlier under a different name isn’t going to make it true. Brandi isn’t the first or last woman to slash tires. You are offended by Brandi’s behavior on RHOBH, but you have nothing to say when it’s Eileen smashing glasses on tables and trying to choke Kim.

        Leann must realize how bad Dean’s interview makes her look because Camp Leann is working hard to make it look like Brandi and Dean were the bad guys and redirecting the interview to make it look like Dean was trying to humanize Leann.

      • CharlotteCharlotte says:

        Why?, I love your posts. But you kind of lose me a bit when you use words that I posted in this thread – My saying that this interview helped my impression of LeAnn somewhat and that he humanises her – and then state that that was done by ‘Team LeAnn’. Because I’m not team anyone, other than Mason and Jake.
        Having any kind of positive comments about LeAnn doesn’t make a poster a minion or an alternate personality. Some people just have a few shades of grey. I still think LeAnn needs serious psychiatric attention. And she needs to never be around Brandi’s children unsupervised.
        And Eddie is scum.
        And I’ve only ever posted comments on this site and disqus under the name Charlotte/CharlotteCharlotte.

      • why? says:

        To Charlotte

        I didn’t accuse you of being Camp Leann or Team Leann, just aaa/someone and the sudden influx of “I hate Dean…Dean is evil for airing his dirty laundry” and “Dean’s interview humanizes Leann…I now understand Leann as a person” posters.

        You are not the only one who has posted that “Dean’s interview humanized Leann” in this thread. When you have that many posters writing this same thing over and over, it stands out.

      • CharlotteCharlotte says:

        Why? I do believe I used that phrase first in this thread, which is why I mention it. But, y’know it’s possible that the reason so many people are saying it, is because that’s what we got from the interview. Before, I’d only seen LeAnn as a ball of drunk crazy with a smart phone attached to her hand. Reading how someone like Dean could truly love her, and still find positives to say about her, did make me realise that she’s more than just the mess she is now. Or, at least she used to be more.
        I’m pretty sure most people are still in the Camp Think LeAnn Rimes Needs Bucket Loads of Help. And I will remain in Team Stay Away From Brandi’s Children. Because LeAnn has proven time and again she can’t be trusted with their wellbeing. Honestly, giving people who threaten their mother access to them is unforgivable.

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      I buy into what you are saying about kids making a difference up to a point, but Brandi is an a$$. She could have handled herself with class but she has done the opposite. You could have given kids to Dean and he still would have been classy.

      • Deanne says:

        The thing is that he wouldn’t have been able to drop everything and take off if kids were there. That’s all I’m talking about. If Eddie were using Dean’s children as little weapons against their Father, using his lawyer to screw Dean out of holidays, then posting photos captioned ” My baby girls” ( I’ll make Dean and LeAnn’s imaginary kids girls since that’s her fantasy) on Twitter, all while.claiming ownership of them and LeAnn was trying to screw Dean financially and telling him to go get a job at a fast food restaurant and allowing Eddie’s friends to threaten, verbally abuse and insult him, I don’t think Dean would be quite so zen about it. I don’t blindly support all of Brandi’s behaviour, but I still say that things would have been very different if there were no children in the marriage. It is one thing to mess with someone’s marriage, but it’s quite another to mess with someone’s role as a parent.

      • jenn12 says:

        I agree with Deanne. While Brandi has not always done the right thing- which she admits- she not only had to hand her babies over to EC and the mistress who brought everything down half the time, but she also had to deal with being stalked, harassed, bullied and copied. That would drive anyone over the edge. Leann wasn’t sorry for what happened, as she claimed. She was and is vindictive and looking to drive Brandi out of her own kids’ lives. If she was truly sorry, she would have handled it differently. Even if she just gloated over winning Eddie (cough), it wouldn’t have been as harsh as messing with Brandi’s motherhood. That is why most women loathe her.

      • Cruxcurio says:

        ..absolutely, @Deanne and @jenn12.
        Brandi has to face the two people that emotionally crushed her, every alternate week. Since that time, and the foreseeable future. Dean never has to see LR and EC again.

        Regular exposure to the perpetrators, makes a huge difference. Dean and Brandi, were given totally different playing fields.

  34. Lucy says:

    Dean sounds like an amazing guy, BUUUUUT bitches (LeAnn) gon’ be pissed!!!

    • briargal says:

      But she shouldn’t be as she has been vomiting out her “truth” for the past few years. And we all know what her “truth” was–just like her life–a failure. She threw away a really hot, good guy for a few years of lust with cheater who will cheat on her. (Or already has). And Eddie is not as into Leaky as Leaky wants us to believe–or as she thinks he is . Give me a solid, dependable, trustworthy, loving guy anyday over the spur-of-the-moment-lust, worry-filled life anyday!

    • funcakes says:

      Yeah. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I guess it would be to much to ask for Leann to just let it go since she had the opportunity to tell her truth for five years now. While Dean has to sit quietly by and rebuild his life. I’m hoping she keeps it classy and write something classy on her board like,”Our past relationships make us the person we are today”. But I’m not holding my breath.

      • tweetersagainstcheaters says:

        lol, this is LeAnn you are talking about!!

        Instead, the day this interview came out, her chalk board said
        “Know the rules well so you can break them effectively”

        Like everyone didnt know what she was talking about? She is such a loser, and I am happy for Dean that he is so much better off! Karma!
        He is a such a great guy, and I for one will be in line for his cookbook, but he needs to post an 800 for some of us cooking challenged when we run into problems!

  35. Sunnyside says:

    So I came out of this ADORING Dean and actually disliking LeAnn less. I understand her better. He discusses his flaws, takes a lot of responsibility for their marriage issues, and humanizes her in a way I’ve never seen. I still don’t like her much but I understand her better.

  36. someone says:

    Just finished reading the whole interview and it was quite good! The interviewer did an excellent job drawing feeling out of Dean but also kept him on track when he seemed about to go off on Leann in a negative way. One thing that strikes me about both Dean and Brandi is that neither seemed particularly sad at losing their spouse but more sad at losing the lifestyle they had in their marriage. Which, to be fair, I think most people can relate to. I’m guessing there a plenty of celebrities who stay married for the lifestyle more so than love for their spouse. Non celebrities too.

    • claire says:

      Oh, I don’t know. For Brandi, obviously losing 1/2 the time with her kids, one who was in diapers, was devastating. But also she seemed to really love her husband. When she cries talking to his other mistress on that one episode of RHBH, you can really see the pain.

      • perplexed says:

        Who was his other mistress? He’s had more than one???

      • Andrea says:

        He was with Schaena who is on Vanderpump rules now. His cheating with her overlapped LeAnn’s aka he was seeing both and Brandi at the same time, ewwww!!!

      • claire says:

        @perplexed: He was doing a waitress while Brandi was pregnant with their second, and they continued on an affair for I think something like 3 years. The waitress found out about Leann through the tabloids and went on tv crying about how Eddie was cheating on her, if you can believe it.

      • Kimmera says:

        Brandi has said that being forced to be separated from her boys 50% of the time was far and away the worst thing about the divorce. As a Mom, I can relate.

    • why? says:

      “One thing that strikes me about both Dean and Brandi is that neither seemed particularly sad at losing their spouse but more sad at losing the lifestyle they had in their marriage. ”

      That isn’t true. Brandi was with Eddie for 13 years, so it’s more than the lifestyle that she missed. Eddie is the father of her 2 children, so no it wasn’t about the lifestyle. Dean talked about rebuilding his life after being married to Leann, so that indicates that it was more than just about the lifestyle for Dean. Leann comes off looking bad in this interview and to fix it, Camp Leann tries to argue that Dean and Brandi didn’t care about their spouses anyway, just the lifestyle. Why continue to blame the victims?

    • CharlotteCHARLOTTE says:

      Brandi had to hand over her children to a mentally deranged woman for 50% of their young lives. I’m actually surprised by how restrained at classy Brandi has been towards LeAnn. Especially when provoked over and over and over and over… I don’t watch any RH shows, and only know anything about her other behaviour from what I read on here, but towards LeAnn, I do think she’s been downright gracious.

  37. original kay says:

    Two young people got married, before they really knew about themselves and what marriage means. it’s not surprising they both lost their way, their identities. He is very self aware of this fact, and it sounds, after reading the whole interview, he has made changes and grown from this.

    LeAnn, it seems, has not, and that is sad for her. Money can’t help her.

    • funcakes says:

      Your right. In this interview Dean admitted to all his flaws while still being complimentary to her.
      Never has Leann been this self analytical. All Leann has said is that people have been holder her back. The end. That girl needs to see a serious psychoanalytist. It willl make her a better person.

    • Tate says:

      Yes. After reading the interview it is obvious that Dean has grown tremendously over the past several years. Leann has had no growth and no reflection.

  38. WhiteQueen says:

    I thought he is gay, no? Or was it Renee Zelwegger’s ex husband…

    • funcakes says:


    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      That was a convenient rumor Leann leaked to justify her disgusting actions. Not everyone man that appears a bit more effeminate is always gay, just like a manly man isn’t always straight.

  39. someone says:


  40. Leslie says:

    He sounds like a nice, very mature person. What I don’t understand is how he was able to stay with LeAnn as long as he did. Somehow he managed to keep her “sort of” normal. Or at least he kept the public from seeing her crazies.

  41. beep says:

    If she actually liked having a decent career than yes she regrets turning a ho into a husband. She should’ve just had an affair with loser Eddie but stayed with dean.

  42. Susan says:

    She looks so happy and relaxed with Dean in these pictures, just really comfortable body language.. With Eddie, it looks so forced and try-hard. It’s “look at ME and how HAPPY I am!!!!”…how exhausting, and sad.

    • Jess says:

      She looks so different now, says a lot about her self esteem with Dean vs Eddie. She’s always had the money to get a boob job or her lip pinned, why wait until she’s older and with Eddie to do it? It’s a little sad, she was kind of pretty back then, now she looks bizarre.

  43. Jonesy says:

    Oh, man. Leann’s chalkboard is going to light up once she reads what Dean said! More passive aggressive quotes beginning in 3…2…1….

  44. The Original Mia says:

    Dean was a class guy and she threw him away. I am so happy for him that he didn’t get dragged down by Leann and her post-divorce messiness.

  45. Ginger says:

    I just finished reading the whole interview. That was epic! He comes across as a humble, intelligent guy. I can empathize with how their relationship imploded. They were both so young and faced a lot of obstacles. It’s still a shame that they split up. It sounds like they were good for each other despite the growing pains. Chalk it up to another Hollywood failure. But at least he came out of it stronger and seemingly has a better, healthier relationship for it all. Definitely a sign of maturity! I can’t say the same for Leann.

  46. Ruyana says:

    Dean’s interview confirms for me that LeAnn traded down when she went with Ediot.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      I completely agree this with this statement. He is way too classy for her.

      LeAnn got exactly what she deserved: A disingenuous, philandering Hollywood phony. Just continues to proves what a lousy actor E.C. is in all fronts, both professionally and personally.

  47. apsutter says:

    Wow….excellent interview. I love his take on Leann moving to LA, completely spot on. He seems like such a nice guy and his story about things shifting and him knowing something was off reminds me so much of my past relationship. I feel like this guy doesn’t have a mean spirited bone in his body.

  48. Miran says:

    I always felt bad for him because of the way it was insinuated he was gay after their divorce, like he got thrown under the bus to justify her cheating. Eddie is a snake in the grass.

  49. lunchcoma says:

    I feel sorry for him and think that Leann treated him badly. I also think it was fine for him to make some comments about why the marriage ended, especially since her people made up stories about his sexual orientation to make her look less terrible. This might be a bit much, though. The divorce happened years ago, they’re both remarried, and at some point you’ve had your say about your ex and should let it rest.

    • claire says:

      He never had his say though. He’s not rehashing things, really. This is pretty much his first clear-the-air interview. She’s been lying and directing the narrative for everyone else in this situation so it’s fair he has his say, finally.

  50. Penelope says:

    Dean is a class act all the way. Love him and wish him every success.

    ETA: Just read the entire interview and highly recommend it. What an honest, thoughtful, all-around impressive person he is. Leann traded down big-time.

    Also, Dean is GORGEOUS!

  51. Rita says:

    A very revealing article. I don’t see how it “humanizes” LeAnn. She’s revealed to be a shallow, monolithic narcissistic diva whom people do not want to talk to even by phone. She needs and requires everyone to “carry her water”. Now, compare how Dean met her needs versus the life she has with Eddie…….the identical personality of LeAnn except without the need for anyone or anything other than his selfish pleasures. She dove head first into the Puranha pool.

    Dean Sheremet……….ten thumbs up………yup, I’m all thumbs.

  52. theoriginalbellaluna says:

    I just finished reading the entire interview, and I think it was great! Dean sounds honest and sincere. LeAnn and Ediot seem to be just as they appear to anyone not surrounded by their own level of delusion.

  53. Kisses says:

    YES!!! Love you Dean. Make her hide and STFU already. Speak it baby speak it! Poor Brandi cant be the only one.

  54. Imtellinu says:

    Mmhmnm. Seems like they had a sort of Liza Minelli–David Gest type of relationship. 😉

  55. why? says:

    Where did all the “I hate Dean…Dean is a bad person for airing his dirty laundry” and “Dean’s interview humanizes Leann” come from? Camp Leann is working overtime today.

  56. Whitney says:

    He seems like such a sweetheart. I’m glad that he’s happy now, he completely deserves it. And LeAnn traded down with Eddie, big-time.

  57. jwoolman says:

    Contrary to what some have said, I don’t think Dean made big bucks off this interview. He didn’t go on Oprah or sit down with the New York Times. He gave the interview to an old friend who runs a blog I never heard of before. Great interview, though. That’s probably all he intends to say about it, although time will tell.

  58. why? says:

    The woman who interviewed Dean, posted the interview on March 2 at 5:50 am. Ever since then, Leann has been posting passive aggressive quotes and comments on twitter and instagram in response to Dean’s interview.

    1. Leann using quotes from pin to respond to Dean’s interview…

    March 2: Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.

    March 4: Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

    March 4: Happy #HumpDay Never be afraid to fail. Easier said than done, I know. In order to create anything great you must get it wrong a few times. It’s part of the process. Define success for yourself too. Not every success will be big and for the whole world to see. Some of your greatest successes will be only for you. Celebrate them ALL! #chalktalk

    2. Leann trying to prove Dean wrong and that she isn’t a hasbeen and doesn’t need Dean to have a successful career…

    March 2: “Happy #Monday Kicked it off w/ #Pilates & a very exciting meeting. Grateful for all the exciting possibilities”

    March 2: It’s happening again! Going in the studio tmrw #Capitol to start my next Christmas project #Parttwo Very cool people joining me

    March 3: “Pretty cool when you have the producer of “Lean On Me” on drums & the producer of “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” on keys #Christmas”

    March 3: Happy #tuesday Up early making inspiration boards for a new design project before I head in to make music #christmasalbumpart2 #goodday

    March 3: “This is my brain right now #crazytown #musicoverload #doodling #hollyfreakingjolly #capitolrecords #christmasalbum #parttwo”

    March 5:” @Hoppyfrog lol 7 songs in 2 days! I’m done w/ x-mas for this week 👍😊 turned out beautifully. Really happy”

    3. Leann trying to prove that Dean is wrong about Eddie and that Eddie is a better husband to her than Dean ever was…

    March 3: “@ALLISONSMILES I LOVE THAT!!! Eddie just made me a mug with a Maya quote on it. Perfect way to start every day”

    March 4:” My sweet hubby made me a travel chalkboard! I can #chalktalk even when I travel. He’s the BEST!!”

    • funcakes says:

      And still no photographic evidence of any of these things. Bet he’s not even there. He only turn up for vacation s and trips to John Varvatos.

      • Byte Me says:

        I think you’re right funcakes. I actually think he’s moved out of the house.

  59. Sassback says:

    I think what makes this guy so likeable is that he’s basically sharing the blame here. I read the whole article and it’s very honest and not insulting toward her at all. He says there were problems even before she cheated-he put his life aside to take care of her and he had a lot of amniosity that was his fault and they fought about their lifestyle. He really talks mostly about what he did that didn’t help the marriage. The best anecdote is how they were apparently out to dinner and he was telling her how her next tour should go and he says something like,”But I bet all she really wanted was just to eat dinner.” He became too codependent and they married too young and they had too much money. Recipe for disaster. It’s the flip side of Eddie and Brandi’s marriage, where Eddie was catting around all the time. Some people cheat because they’re not responsible enough to be in a monogamous relationship and commit, but other times, people cheat because they’re looking for a way out. Definitely made me sympathetic to Leann. It’s too bad she went off the rails. She probably shouldn’t have stayed married to Dean but she definitely shouldn’t have married Eddie. She should have had single time to branch out and grow as a person.

  60. Cara says:

    She broke her vows, and he has a right to tell his side of the story. Leann certainly didn’t care whom she harmed with her actions- Dean has a right to talk about his feelings and experience. There’s so doubt Leann isn’t a healthy person emotionally- nothing Dean says is a surprise here and it appears he tried very hard for her.
    I’m glad he got free of her.

  61. Emily C. says:

    “Everything went through me.”

    Um. That’s not sweet.

    I no longer feel any sympathy for this guy at all. He should have kept his trap shut. His relationship with his wife was toxic, it’s a good thing it ended, and I’m not surprised she cheated. It sounds like the relationship with her husband was suffocating.

    Too bad she chose Eddie Cibrian as her jump-off though. Gross. Well, she’s not exactly the brightest.

    (Countdown to people accusing me of being “team Leann”. I’m team “these people are all jackasses”.)

  62. Shelley says:

    Dean is a class act: reflective, thoughtful, intelligent, and both respectful of LeAnne and the marriage while being very honest, and revealing of himself. This is less an interview than a conversation with a friend, and is very unusual in that regard.

    While Dean is far better off now, I don’t think LeAnn is. There’s such a huge contrast in how genuinely happy, comfortable, natural, and pretty LeAnn looked in photos with Dean – compared to the tense, desperate, almost hysterically-forced-happiness on her face when with Eddie.

    Dean is certainly handsomer than Eddie, and has a warmth, intelligence, and a light and spark that Eddie completely lacks. Behind Eddie’s beautiful smile seems a great coldness.

  63. shizwhat says:

    Leanne didnt want a career. She wanted fame. Eddie was and is that, and yet I think it was by default. I think her literal thought pattern was: “Oooh he’s a way bigger star that Dean. Im gonna be famous if bone him. Oh look the media found out! Holy crap Im famous! I should marry him.”

    • perplexed says:

      One thing I don’t quite understand is that Leeanne was already quite famous. She was definitely more famous than Eddie Cibrian. I only know of Eddie as the guy from The Young and the Restless who did that cheesy music video with Victor Newman’s son from the same show, and the video was so cheesy it was only aired in Canada.

  64. Grace says:

    Wow, it sure seems Leanne traded a nice normal guy for an attractive, sexy opportunist. I’m sure its more complex than that but ‘looks’ are the only thing that Eddie has going for him.

  65. Meg says:

    he seems to have a level head on his shoulders-no wonder leann wanted to get rid of him, she seems to thrive on drama now.

  66. vavavoom says:

    She was so much prettier when she was with him. She looks so strained now.

  67. jenn12 says:

    Dean has the right to talk about part of his life. It’s not like he’s airing anything. She cheated, she is all over twitter and interviews with it and she has had that as her storyline for years. He is thoughtful, self aware and analytical. It sounds as though he saw his role as being her manager and wanted to be amazing at it, since he’d subjugated himself to her life and given up his career because he wasn’t as successful. After years of having his sexuality and motives questioned, I don’t blame him for wanting to speak up for himself. He said himself he went to give his wife an itinerary of his evening with friends when they were dating, and was shocked when he didn’t have to. I’m guessing he was surprised at his own relief and ability to shake off a toxic situation. Leann’s big excitement was the drama with Eddie and all the nonsense she caused with Brandi and the kids and she is constantly trying to relive it because regular, real life is kind of dull.

  68. why? says:

    Leann Rimes: Yes my darling my husband DID write it! @beckylbailey I’m a very loved and lucky wife

    Leann Rimes: Cheers @kelcie_w some people and their story they want to make up cause it fits their soap story

    Leann spent Thursday night on instagram arguing with people because they said that Eddie didn’t write “I love you today, tomorrow, and forever” on the travel chalkboard. Why is Leann such a liar? We know that Eddie didn’t write that quote on the travel chalkboard yesterday for several reasons.

    The Es in Forever are rounded(looks like a backwards 3) just like the Es that Leann wrote in the quotes that she posted on February 18, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, and March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. What’s interesting is that Leann writes her Es 3 different ways in just one quote alone. Shes uses a rounded E so that it looks like a backwards 3, E with straight lines, and then the cursive lowercase e. You can tell that Leann, not Eddie, wrote the quote yesterday on the travel chalkboard just because of the variation of the Es that appear in that one quote. Leann posted a jollynote on February 11 and in that one post, she wrote the Es 3 different ways, cursive lowercase e(examples: maybe, time, the, are. you’re, already), then the rounded E(examples: accepting, yourself, maybe, really, jollynotes), and then the straight E(examples: awesome). It’s the same pattern of using 3 different Es for every note that Leann posted on instagram. Leann also writes her ys different ways in just one post. loop, fancy loop, and no loop. It’s interesting that in one post Leann exhibits so much variation in certain letters.

    The 3 on the travel chalkboard looks the same as the 3s that appear in the dates on the wall chalkboard.

    Eddie doesn’t even like twitter, so why would he be on pin searching for quotes?

    Leann is always posting recipes from pin onto her twitter account, since Leann is already on pin searching for recipes, she is the one who wrote the quote.

    The tail on the y’s. On Eddie’s autographs, the tail of Eddie’s y’s slant backwards. There is no backward slant of the y on the travel chalkboard. You can see where Leann was trying to create a loop on the y, but stopped herself.

    The ellipses. Just like hashtags, Leann loves those ellipses.

    The dashes between the dates. Why would Eddie write the date the same exact way that Leann writes it?

    The erasing. It looks like Leann was practicing.

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      The erasure marks made me think she had been practicing as well.
      And how rushed the ‘travel chalk board’ looks compared to the nicer finish on the other ‘Eddie-made’ board.

      Also, my god, the number of hand-painted mugs/gifts that Eddie supposedly makes for LeAnn! If true, do you think he’s trying to let her know that that’s how he thinks of her: A MUG. We know she thinks we all must be, to believe we buy her bullshizz

      • funcakes says:

        The only problem is that LeAnn already admitted that Eddie is not exactly a gift buyer let alone make them. I have no idea what to believe.

  69. why? says:

    Leann is still trying to prove to Dean that Eddie is a much better husband to her than he ever was, she posted a photo of a very drunk Eddie smelling her neck and wrote this on instagram…

    Leann Rimes: #tbt My 30th bday #kisses #lovemyhubby

    • Jess says:

      She posts a lot of pics from her 30th birthday talking about how happy it was, which is interesting since she went to rehab the next day, also makes me think things aren’t so great at home right now if she’s looking at old pictures so much.

    • funcakes says:

      The only problem is that you unable to see his face. With LeAnn I need more proof.

  70. Girlygirl410 says:

    We all know LeAnn cancels her concerts cause she has to keep track of Ed. It spoke volumes when Dean said that THEY would be on tour 8 months at a time. That just proved to me that she expects Ed to do the same, go on tour with her, hold her hand all the time. That sure is not going to happen in this relationship. That article showed me that Dean is a strong man and can be an inspiration for anybody that has been through a divorce, to come out better on the other side, with hard work.

  71. Debi says:

    When it’s all said and done leann did dean a huge favor. Look how happy and successful he’s become being who he is and not her side kick. Leann likes attention and Eddie gave it to her and that was all it took. Most women would see through his womanizing ways and run. I wouldn’t be impressed him giving me attention in Alaska or Canadian (wherever that lifetime movie was filmed) in the middle of know where. Did you see the cast of women in the movie?? They were all older. Who else was Eddie going to bang? She was just stupid enough to fall for it.

  72. Nicole says:

    Someone got hotter with age!

  73. WhiteQueen says:

    It’s very interesting to hear a male’s perspective that sounds more like something a woman would say when her husband cheats on her – it must have been my fault as well. You know? How women take all the blame most of the time? “I’ve let myself go… I was too nice… I was too demanding… I didn’t give him enough attention” Men typically don’t blame themselves. Very interesting!

  74. Ming says:

    Team Dean.

    Props to him for not telling every dirty secret he had.

    He is progressively getting more attractive too, not just in the looks department. Self awareness and the ability to speak about one’s self in a honest and vulnerable way is very attractive.

    Leann’s instagram is the gift that keeps on giving. All aboard the passive aggressive train, full speed ahead.

  75. Lola says:

    He seems WAAAY better looking and nicer to have around than Eddie, why would anybody think Eddie was “a pretty boy” or “more Hollywood”?
    I’m not seeing it. Maybe it’s just how he comes across?
    Con artists are that way, they usually lack what they’re supposed to be selling.

  76. Always amazes me how people can read the same thing and interpret so differently. Just goes to show reality is perception and perception is reality! This is the only interview I know of Dean has given this much of a glimpse into their life together and Leann. If Leann has proven anything, it is that she is very co-depependent and she needs a caretaker. That’s Kiki’s role now cause Eddie wants no part of it. I am pretty sure L was the major influence on E not working, thinking that would develop their co-dependent life and keep him by her side at all times. It wasn’t working, which almost has driven her mad.She requires constant attention and adoration. Dean was not doing anything she didn’t want him to do. Remember, he said she is never wrong and wants her way. Eddie is a miserable soul and Leann is fake happy. Dean didn’t say one thing everybody didn’t already know. Awesome man!

  77. Mickey says:

    Dean’s interview is really insightful. Leann went from a full time father/manager on the tour bus to a full time husband/manager on the tour bus. It’s all she’s ever known, and she was never required to be an adult. She was taken care of and money was not an issue. I’m sure she thought it would always be that way, regardless of the male role model. Since she seems to be stuck emotionally at about 13 years old with all the stalking/tweeting/instagramming, she was no match for the predatory Eddie Cibrian who only wanted to cheat with her at first, then went for the biggish bucks when Brandi kicked him out. Now she is lost without that same male role model in her life and limited funds. Will she ever wake up to this self imposed nightmare she dealt herself?

  78. Tarsha says:

    I think he came out really well. He could have been much harsher. Though on the Yahoo article, people are slamming him left right and centre, calling him a big ego and a manipulative control freak who is a nobody. 🙁

  79. Serenity says:

    I read his interview and came out of it really liking Dean Sheremet. He seems like a great guy! He really loved someone, he made a few mistakes, somehow he got screwed over and came out of the ordeal stronger than before. There were so many things I liked about his interview but I especially loved how he was so proud of his culinary achievements! It was his passion and something he did all on his own and his pride in it is very understandable and touching.

    Definitely a big fan of him now!!!