NEW YORK (CBS) Country singer LeAnn Rimes is opening up about her affair with Eddie Cibrian, saying that love drove her to cheat on her husband and that she has no regrets.
"That's just not me. What happened is not who I am, period," she told ABC's Robin Roberts of the affair on "All Access Nashville" Wednesday night. But I do know how much I love him. So I've always said I don't live my life with regret. I can't."
Rimes and Cibrian met on the set of the made-for-TV movie "Northern Lights" last year. She was married to dancer Dean Sheremet at the time, and Cibrian was married and had two children with model Brandi Glanville. She told Roberts that the situation wasn't unusual.
"It happens every day to so many people," she said. "And I if I take away my album sales, my words, and you have just another couple. You had two couples whose marriages didn't work who really stumbled upon each other and fell in love."
Rimes, who has been a target of the tabloids since news of the affair surfaced, has been called everything from a homewrecker to a stalker. But she has resigned herself to the idea that some people will never forgive her for her infidelity.
"I can't change [critics'] minds," she said. "Nothing I'm going to say is going to change it. I do know that and I have accepted that."
"The truth is that we're human beings. ... We make mistakes and we learn from them, but we're human. We fell in love," Cibrian said. "We're talking about something that's over a year, year and-a-half old, really and we're still together and we're madly in love. And I think people are finally seeing that, but it doesn't mean that people will accept it or the tabloids will stop trying to print lies and try to tear us apart or tear us down."
"We're really happy in what we feel privately," Rimes added. "We hope [that] one day, I think people will feel publicly."