In Eddie’s household, things were getting a little crazy. He said he had done no wrong and their marriage was fine, but his wife Brandi was not on the same page. Brandi was furious.
When “US Weekly” reported the cheating scandal, she knew it was true and long expected that Eddie had been disloyal. Disgusted, she told the magazine, “Eddie and LeAnn deserve each other.” The truth was Brandi and Eddie had already separated, agreeing with the best intentions to co-parent their sons, and they announced the decision in a statement.
Deny, Deny, Deny
The day the story broke, Eddie Cibrian found himself with his back up against the wall. "US Weekly" released the story about the secret "Northern Lights" affair, and it demanded a response. Eddie told the press he had only gone out to dinner with LeAnn because they were friends.
Flabbergasted, he added, “The ridiculous thing is that people believe I would do something like this, period. Much less do it in a public place. The false accusations are obviously causing a rift at home, but I and my family will get through this together.”
Apparently, LeAnn was unable to commit to such a bold and unequivocal lie, made obtuse statements instead. She said things like, “Not everything in our lives is always black and white.” Hoping it would blow over, she inadvertently stoked the rumor mill.
She said it was a “difficult time” but neither refuted nor denied the claims of the scandalous "US Weekly" write-up. In the end, her feeble response revealed a tiny crack in Eddie’s “just friends” story. It was hastily exploited by the press, erupting into a violent, all-out media storm.
LeAnn Moves Out
Once Brandi and Eddie’s separation was announced, news leaked out about LeAnn’s marriage. LeAnn and Dean were supposedly going to work on their relationship, but a source told "People" magazine that they had moved out of their shared home.
Meanwhile, doubling down on his lie, Eddie insisted to the press that the affair is “a fabricated story that is using random snapshots as connective tissue to create a scandalous relationship.” Next? Hours later, an intimate video of Eddie and LeAnn together was leaked to the press. They were officially caught red-handed.
After a week of speculation swirling around LeAnn and Dean’s future, the truth came out. LeAnn announced the divorce was pending. In a statement, she said they were on good terms and that the split was amicable.
After Dean filed the papers, he did his best to remain composed, but, at one point, he told the media that leaving him was the dumbest thing LeAnn ever did to her career. In August of 2009, Eddie filed for divorce. It was official. Finally, it was clear that Eddie had cheated on Brandi and that the marriage was over.