Every four years, the world turns its attention to the Olympics Games. There, the world’s best athletes compete for a coveted Olympic medal. Among those athletes are many LGBTQ competitors. However, they haven’t always been able to be open about who they are. In fact, some still aren’t. Join us as we celebrate the Olympic athletes—past and present—that identify as members of the LGBTQ community.
Laurel Hubbard – Weightlifting, New Zealand
First up is the pioneering Laurel Hubbard. Competing at the 2020 Summer Olympics—which are actually happening in 2021—the New Zealand weightlifter is the first openly trans athlete to be selected for the Olympic Games.
Laurel Hubbard first competed in international weightlifting in 2017, and went on to win two gold medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. The athlete doesn’t give many interviews to the media, and has said, “All you can do is focus on the task at hand.”
Marilyn Agliotti – Field Hockey, The Netherlands
Field hockey player Marilyn Agliotti has actually represented two nations. The South Africa born athlete represented her home country, and then moved to the Netherlands, got a Dutch passport, and also played for the Dutch national team. Impressive!
Even more impressive is that Marilyn Agliotti is a double Olympic gold medal winner. She won her first at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and her second at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Agliotti has commented that the hockey community should be more open.
Matthew Mitcham – Diving, Australia
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, only 15 out of 10,708 competitors identified as LGBTQ. Out of that 15, only two were gay men. One of those men was Australian diver Matthew Mitcham who received the highest single dive score in Olympic history at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
It’s astonishing—and sad—to think that Matthew Mitchamwas the first openly gay athlete to win Olympic gold. On top of his incredible achievement, Mitcham was also the first Australian man to win gold for diving since 1924.
Tom Daley – Diving, Great Britain
At only 14, British diver Tom Daly was the youngest person from any country to compete in an Olympic final, and the youngest person in the British team at the 2008 Olympics. The athlete specialises in the 10m platform event, where he is a double world champion.
The British press scrutinized Tom Daley when he announced that he was dating a man. Since then, the Olympic athlete turned vlogger has identified as queer, and is married to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Nicola Adams – Boxing, Great Britain
When British boxer Nicola Adams retired from professional boxing in 2019, it was with an undefeated record. Amazingly, the star boxer was the first woman to win Olympic gold as an amateur. After that, she doubled up, taking home another gold medal from the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Nicola Adams’ career is full of incredible firsts. She was also the first openly LGBTQ person to win Olympic gold for boxing. Understandably, she was named the most influential LGBTQ person in the UK in 2012.
Eric Radford – Pairs Figure Skating, Canada
From one record breaker to another, Canadian figure skater Eric Radford was the first openly gay man to win gold at the Winter Olympics. He did so alongside his skating partner, Meagan Duhamel, at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. They were one of the oldest Olympic champions in their sport, and also the first to land several complicated moves.
At these games, held in Pyeongchang, there were 16 out LGBTQ athletes. The gay men that competed were the first in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Marnie McBean – Rower, Canada
What’s better than one or two Olympic gold medals? Well, three of course. That’s what Canadian rower Marnie McBean has displayed proudly on her mantelpiece (we imagine). McBean first competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and won two gold medals.
She then returned for the 1996 games and took home another gold, as well as a bronze medal. Marnie McBean came out after she retired. She is now married and has a daughter with Deanah Shelly.
Tom Waddell – Decathlon, USA
American doctor Tom Waddell competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Waddell was adopted by two vaudeville acrobats, who encouraged him to take up gymnastics. After protesting being sent to Vietnam as a doctor, Waddell discovered the US were sending him to train for the decathlon. He placed sixth.
Tom Waddell founded the Gay Olympics in 1982. However, after being sued by the Olympics themselves, he changed his organization’s name to the Gay Games. Held every four years, the games are still ongoing.
Robert Dover – Equestrian, USA
Jewish rider Robert Dover was given a horse for his Bar Mitzvah. At 19 years old he started to specialize in dressage, and in 1984 he competed in his first Olympic Games. After that, the American rider competed in every single summer games between 1984-2004.
When Robert Dover game out in 1984, he was the first openly gay Olympic athlete. The star competitor has said, “My memories of the Games and of the entire Olympic experience are, to me, everything.”
Sofía Mulánovich – Surfing, Peru
The amazing Sofía Mulánovich is another LGBTQ athlete with a pocket full of firsts. The surfer is the first Peruvian to ever win at the World Surf League World Championship, and the first Latin American to win the World Title.
Sofía Mulánovich will be competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo in 2021. Interestingly, this year’s games will have at least 163 athletes that openly identify as LGBTQ. This is more than all previous summer Olympics combined.
Moran Samuel – Rowing, Israel
Lesbian rower Moran Samuel has an absolutely incredible resume. The athlete started off playing on the Israeli women’s national basketball team, but had to stop when she became paralyzed in her lower body in 2006. From there, she retrained as a physical therapist and helped to re-establish the Israeli women’s wheelchair basketball team.
Amazingly, after that, Moran Samuel started training as a rower. She represented Israel at the 2012 London Olympics, and will be competing in the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Anastasia Bucsis – Speed Skating, Canada
Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis has dedicated time and effort to combating homophobia in sport. The Canadian skater competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and then at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
During these games, Russia’s stance towards LGBTQ rights were a concern. The year prior, in response to these laws, Anastasia Bucsis came out publicly, and was the only North American athlete that did so. The athlete features in Standing on the Line, a documentary about homophobia in sport.
Ireen Wüst, Speed Skating, the Netherlands
Bisexual Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst was the most decorated athlete at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. She is also the youngest Dutch Olympic gold medalist in the history of the Winter Games, winning her first gold at 19 years old. Wüst has competed at four Olympic Games.
But that’s not all! This amazing competitor has a whopping 11 Olympic medals, which is more than anyone else in her sport. All this makes Ireen Wüst the most successful Dutch athlete to ever compete in the games.
Quinn – Soccer, Canada
Another pioneering Olympic athlete is Quinn, who will be competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The trans, non-binary athlete is a mid-fielder for the Canadian women’s soccer team. In fact, they were the highest drafted player in league history back in 2018.
Quinn has represented their country at multiple competitions, including the 2016 Summer Olympics where they took home bronze. The soccer player came out in 2020, and expressed disappointment when the media deadnamed them repeatedly.
Michaela Walsh – Boxing, Ireland
Next we have amateur boxer Michaela Walsh, from Northern Ireland. Athletes from this region can compete for Great Britain or Ireland, and both Walsh and her brother Aidan are part of the Irish team. The Walsh siblings will be competing at the postponed Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Michaela Walsh missed out on a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in a match against fellow LGBTQ boxer Nicola Adams. She has competed in both featherweight and flyweight categories.
Fernanda Pinilla – Soccer, Chile
Another Tokyo 2020 competitor that identifies at LGBTQ is Chilean soccer player Fernanda Pinilla. The athlete plays for Club Universidad de Chile, and the country’s national team. Pinilla represented her country at the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Like many other LGBTQ athletes, Fernanda Pinilla has been outspoken about homophobia and equal rights. The star has said of her home country, “I’m a lesbian and feminist, in Chile I cannot marry nor adopt.” Interested in social activism, the competitor is definitely one to watch out for.
Sue Bird – Basketball, USA
One of the more well-known LGBTQ Olympic athletes has got to be Sue Bird. The basketball player is the oldest person in the WNBA, and one of the best players they’ve ever seen. Altogether, Bird has won four WNBA championships, four World Cups, and four Olympic gold medals. Wow!
Sue Bird’s fiancé is fellow Olympian Megan Rapinoe—that’s a lot of talent in one relationship! Bird came out as a lesbian in 2017, announcing her relationship with Rapinoe.
Lee Pearson – Equestrian, Great Britain
Be prepared to be impressed, because equestrian Lee Pearson has 11 Paralympic gold medals. The British public first met Pearson when he was awarded a Children of Courage medal based on his congenital joint condition. After being inspired by the 1996 games in Atlanta, Pearson turned professional equestrian.
Lee Pearson won Olympic gold at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics. The athlete runs his own yard where he trains future dressage stars. For his achievements, Pearson was honored by Queen Elizabeth.
Jen Armbruster – Goalball, US
Taiwan born goalball player Jen Armbruster started to lose her vision at 14. Despite this, she kept playing on her school’s basketball team, before becoming legally blind. Goalball is a team sport designed for people with visual impairment. There is no equivalent for able-bodied people, so they are also blindfolded to play.
Jen Armbruster competed in the sport at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona when she was just 16 years old. She won gold at the 1008 Paralympics in Beijing.
Seimone Augustus – Basketball, USA
Eight time all-star Seimone Augustus has a seriously impressive basketball career. The member of the US national basketball team won Olympic gold at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer games. That’s no surprise, considering she was the country’s top senior women’s basketball player during her final year of college.
Seimone Augustus announced her retirement in 2021 and has since joined the coaching staff of the Los Angeles Sparks. The star basketball player identifies as a lesbian.
Adam Rippon – Figure Skating, USA
Next we turn to figure skater Adam Rippon, the first out gay man to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. Rippon won the World Junior Championships and US Junior title early in his career, and joined the US Olympic team in 2018.
After winning bronze at the 2018 Olympics, held in South Korea, Rippon joined Dancing with the Stars. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the figure skater had some moves, and ended up winning the show. Adam Rippon announced his retirement in 2018.
Carl Hester – Equestrian, Great Britain
When Carl Hester was 19, he applied to work with therapy horses. From there, riding a horse from work, he won a dressage competition. Just five years later Carl Hester was competing at the World Championships, and then in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics. For these games, Hester was the youngest British rider to ever compete at the Olympics.
More recently, Carl Hester was part of the 2012 London Olympics dressage team, who took home gold. For his work, he was awarded by Queen Elizabeth II.
Katja Nyberg – Handball, Norway
Katja Nyberg grew up with handball. Her father, Robert Nyberg, was the first Finnish handball player to play the sport professionally in another country. While born in Stockholm, Sweden, Katja grew up in Finland, with her father coaching her Helsinki handball team.
Katja Nyberg found that handball wasn’t competitive enough in Finland, so she moved to Sweden, and then Norway. Now a naturalized Norwegian, Nyberg is the proud winner of a gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Monique Burkland Matthews – Sitting Volleyball, USA
Monique Burkland Matthews was an all-state softball player in high school. The athlete lost her leg in a forklift accident at work, but that didn’t stop her. Burkland Matthews is now on the USA sitting volleyball team, and will be competing in the Summer 2020 Olympics.
An accomplished player, Monique Burkland Matthews won Player of the Year in 2015, 2017 and 2019. She won silver at the 2010 Paralympic Games, silver at the 2012 London games, and gold at the 2016 Rio games.
Megan Giglia – Cycling, Great Britain
Megan Giglia worked as a multi-sport coach, coaching rugby and gymnastics. However, after suffering fainting spells she underwent brain surgery and woke up with loss of function on the right side of her body. Eventually, Giglia started researching sports, and eventually settled on para-cycling.
Just one year after her injuries, Megan Giglia was accepted onto the British Cycling Paralympic Development program. Now, she’s a double world champion and Olympic athlete. On the first day of the Rio games, Giglia won a gold medal.
Belle Brockhoff – Snowboarding, Australia
Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff was one of seven openly gay women who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Brockhoff came out in 2013, and supported the campaign protesting Russia’s anti-LGBTQ laws. She features in the documentary about the subject, To Russia with Love.
During the Olympics, Pride Houses are set up for LGBTQ athletes, volunteers and visitors. For the 2014 Sochi games, Russia would not allow any Pride Houses. In response, the Russian LGBT Sport Federation hosted an event.
Rikke Skov – Handball, Denmark
Danish handball player Rikke Skov represented her country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The athlete joined Viborg HK when she was just a teenager, and stayed with it until her retirement from professional sport.
Rikke Skov’s team won the Champions League three times, as well as seven Danish Championships. At the 2004 Olympics, Skov won a gold medal. At the following games, she was team captain. Skov has had both male and female partners, include teammate Lotte Kiærskou.
Cindy Ouellet – Wheelchair Basketball, Canada
As a child, Canadian Cindy Ouellet dreamed of becoming a soccer player or a skier. However, being diagnosed with bone cancer at just 12 years old put an end to those plans. Thankfully, Ouellet was open to other sports, and took up wheelchair basketball.
Cindy Ouellet made her Olympic debut at the 2008 games in Beijing, and then returned for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The multi-talented Ouellet is studying for a PhD and plays multiple musical instruments.
Regina George, Sprinter, Nigeria
The wonderfully named Regina George grew up with sprinting all around her. Her Nigerian father moved to the USA with an athletic scholarship, and her Venezuelan mom was also a 400m sprinter. At nine years old, George could run a mile in 6:13 seconds.
Though she was born in Chicago, Regina George represents her father’s home country. She represented Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning her heat. Regina George is in a long term relationship with American track and field athlete Inika McPherson.
Ian Thorpe – Swimming, Australia
Prepare to be impressed, because swimmer Ian Thorpe has more gold Olympic medals than any other Australian. The athlete has five Olympic golds in total, winning three at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. At those games, he was the most successful athlete.
It’s no surprise really, considering Ian Thorpe was the youngest male to ever represent his country, and the youngest ever World Champion. The incredible athlete has dominated his sport at all major competitions. Thorpe came out as gay in 2014.
Abby Dunkin – Wheelchair Basketball, USA
Wheelchair basketball first came about in the mid ‘40s, and was often played by disabled World War II veterans. One of its stars is American athlete Abby Dunkin, who represented her country at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Brazil.
Abby Dunkin was an athletic child who played basketball and had a black belt in martial arts. She was diagnosed with a brain disorder at 13, but kept playing through the pain. Eventually, Dunkin trained with military veterans to learn wheelchair basketball. Now, she has an Olympic gold medal.
Karen Hultzer – Archery, South Africa
The London 2012 Olympic Games were the first games to include a commitment to diversity. Despite this, only 23 out of over 10,000 competitors were openly members of the LGBTQ community.
South African archer Karen Hultzer actually came out during her event at these games. She said, “I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee. None of these aspects define who I am, they are simply part of me.”
Sheryl Swoopes – Basketball, USA
Basketballer Sheryl Swoopes was the first player to be signed to the WNBA, and considered one of the league’s best ever players. The athlete is also one of ten women in her sport in possession of an Olympic gold medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA title.
Sheryl Swoopes competed with the US national team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The star athlete came out in 2005, and has had male and female partners. She has said, “I can’t help who I fall in love with.”
Diana Taurasi – Basketball, USA
Dubbed “the White Mamba” by Kobe Bryant, basketball player Diana Taurasi is one of her sport’s greatest players of all time. In 2004, the athlete was part of Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Athens. The team took home the gold medal, and returned for the 2008 games in Beijing, where they won gold again.
Diana Taurasi represented the USA at the 2012 Olympics, where she won her third Olympic gold medal. In Rio in 2016, she landed her fourth. Taurasi is married to former teammate Penny Taylor.
Megan Rapinoe – Soccer, USA
Last but certainly not least is the superb Megan Rapinoe. The captain of the US national team, the soccer player took home the gold medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. At these games, Rapinoe was the first player ever—male or female—to score a goal directly from a corner at the Olympics.
The soccer star represents numerous LGBTQ organizations, and co-founded a gender neutral lifestyle brand. Megan Rapinoe publicly came out in 2012. She is engaged to fellow Olympic athlete Sue Bird.
Nowadays, Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian aren’t afraid to show off their marriage on social media. However, it’s safe to say that the remnants of their past and their extra-marital affair still haunt them.
A Celebrity Scandal
Celebrity breakups are always scandalous, but they become even more so when someone is unfaithful. Although it seems as though Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have moved on from their infidelities and are now in a committed marriage, some people just can’t forget their past…
Falling In Love
As one of the most famous country singers in the world, Leann Rimes has had people falling at her feet for as long as she can remember. Because of this, her marriage to Eddie Cibrian was not her first. In 2001, Leann was introduced to a backup dancer by the name of Dean Sheremet. The couple fell hard for each other, and on their first date, Leann knew that she wanted to marry him. After a whirlwind romance, they tied the knot a year later.
A Long Marriage
Of course, Leann is only one half of this famous marriage. Eddie Cibrian is also a huge name in the celebrity world and has bowled fans over with his acting talent over the years. Although he spent his early career living his life as a bachelor, he settled down with the famous model, Brandi Glanville, in 2001. They got hitched, and they even welcomed two sons into the world. It was these two sons that would later get caught up in the drama surrounding the unfaithful scandal.
Top Of Their Game
As the years went on, Leann and Eddie were able to share their achievements with their partners. They were at the top of their game, and the work was piling up. Leann had not only established herself as a talented country singer, but she had also made a move into the movie world and was offered the chance to take on the role of Meg Galligan in the 2009 film, Northern Lights. In this movie, she starred alongside Eddie Cibrian.
Not The First Time
Although for many years the couple believed that Northern Lights provided their first meeting, they discovered in 2016 that they had actually met years earlier. While searching through boxes in their garage, Eddie uncovered this photograph, which was taken when Leann was just 14 years old. At the time, Eddie was 23, and they were both making their mark on the celebrity world. Neither of them remembers this photo being taken or knew that their lives would soon start to crumble around them.
Playing On-Screen Lovers
As Northern Lights made its way to television screens across the globe, fans of both Leann and Eddie were able to watch this beautiful and intense story for themselves. More than anything, they were able to see the love story between their two characters unfold before their very eyes. Those at home couldn’t deny the fact that the two actors had undeniable chemistry, and they applauded them for their authenticity. However, there were those who wondered whether there was more to their relationship.
A Few Rumors
In March 2009, reports began to circulate that Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian had entered into an extramarital affair while filming Northern Lights. They had been spotted getting cozy away from the movie set, and it seemed as though these unexplained sightings heightened the rumors that their relationship was something more than just professional. As more and more press outlets started to spin the story, representatives for the two stars eventually had to speak out and put the rumors to bed.
Denying The Claims
As Eddie Cibrian learned of the rumors surrounding his love life, he was keen to nip them in the bud before they could affect his marriage. So, he released a statement to say that he and Leann were simply “friends” and “two actors who were romantically intertwined in a movie-for-television.” He also confessed that the rumors were “fabricated” to create drama within the celebrity world. In the wake of these rumors, Eddie also made sure to put on a united front with his wife, Brandi Glanville.
A Confusing Statement
Leann Rimes also decided to speak out about the rumors involving her love life. However, her words seemed to confuse the situation, and they just seemed to add fuel to the fire for some fans and media outlets. The singer and actress wrote on her website that she and her family were going through a “difficult time” and that “not everything in our lives is always black and white.” In short, she did not deny the claims or call out the rumors for being false.
Going Their Separate Ways
Although Eddie had denied any wrongdoing within his marriage, it soon became common knowledge that all was not well in the Cibrian/Glanville household. In fact, they had decided to separate from their relationship, but would still work together to raise their sons in a loving environment. Brandi made no secret of the fact that she was not happy with the development in her life. She spoke to US Weekly and stated that “Eddie and Leann deserve each other.”
A few days after Eddie and Brandi announced their separation to the world, a friend of Leann Rimes and her husband spoke to People magazine about their relationship. The source reported that the couple had moved out of their joint home, and were considering all of their options. Although they were supposedly going to “try and work through their relationship,” things were not looking good for the couple. Rumors of an extramarital affair had rocked the boat, and they were close to sinking.
Filing Divorce Papers
After legally separating from his wife, there was only one thing left for Eddie Cibrian to do. He filed divorce papers in August 2009, and it was at this point that fans knew their relationship had come to an end. All eyes turned to Leann and her husband to see what the couple would do next. Would they work through their problems? Would they separate? Or would they let the rumors slide? We received our answer a week later when Leann confirmed her divorce.
As the news of both Eddie’s and Leann’s divorce rocked the world, the couple finally decided to take their romance public. They went on a romantic vacation to Mexico, they celebrated Leann’s 27th birthday together, and they made public appearances arm in arm. For some, this was all the information they needed to know that an extramarital affair had caused the destruction of two families, but it seemed as though they were back on track. Unfortunately, this wasn’t for long…
Slashing His Tires
While Leann and Eddie were off playing happy families and frolicking in Mexico, Brandi Glanville had to cope with the fact that her husband of nine years had cheated on her with Leann Rimes. What she later came to realize was that he had not only cheated on her with Leann but also with another woman! In December 2009, she knew she had to take action. She gained inspiration from Carrie Underwood and slashed the tires of his Harley Davidson motorcycles.
The Other Woman
However, Brandi didn’t create a fabricated story of another woman to spite her husband. The woman in question, Scheana Marie, came forward and revealed her own version of events during an interview with Access Hollywood. She noted that she had been in a relationship with Eddie Cibrian before he met Leann Rimes, but that she had no idea that he was married. Scheana noted that their fling came to an end when the actor met Leann on the set of Northern Lights.
Suing Her For Defamation
As the news of Eddie’s other woman came to light, he felt the need to confirm a few details of her interview. He actually sued Life & Style Magazine for defamation after they suggested that he had continued his relationship with Scheana Marie while also seeing Leann. The lawsuit stated that since his separation from Brandi, he had not had a romantic relationship with anyone other than Rimes. He did not confirm or deny that he had also had an extramarital affair with Scheana.
A Tell-All Book
The more the public learned about the cheating scandal between Leann Rimes, Eddie Cibrian, and all of the other men and women involved, they wanted to know all of the juicy details. Brandi was more than happy to provide people with this and decided to release a tell-all book in 2013. Entitled Drinking & Tweeting and Other Brandi Blunders, this book went into specific detail about her life, her husband’s affairs, and the effect the divorce had on her and her family.
In a shocking development, those who read Brandi’s tell-all book were shocked to see a certain paragraph shine out from the page. Instead of tearing her ex-husband apart and spitting on him with her negative words and insults, Brandi decided to thank Eddie. She wrote that she wanted to thank Eddie for giving her enough stories to write the book, but also for “helping me discover the strong independent woman inside of me.”
A Few Home Truths
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Brandi’s book doesn’t contain a few home truths. Within these pages, she confessed that her ex-husband originally denied the claims that there was anything going on with Leann Rimes. As he comforted her as she cried on the floor of their bathroom, he comforted Brandi and took her to bed. He even told her that he would never marry the singer. In Brandi’s words, that was just one of the many “countless lies” he told her.
Despite all of the controversy surrounding their relationship, it seemed as though Leann and Eddie were happy and confident in their decisions to leave their marriages. They knew that their connection was something special, and they believe that they have proved this to the world through their own marriage. The couple tied the knot in April 2011 in a small and intimate ceremony. They were surrounded by their family and friends, and Eddie’s two sons were also in attendance.
It’s unclear whether Brandi Glanville actually had serious concerns about LeAnn Rimes stealing another one of her men or if it was purely a joke. At any rate, Brandi told E! News that the Coyote Ugly singer was “going after” her ex Donald Friese. She even claimed that Rimes was “checking his stuff,” whatever that means. However, Eddie was quick to attack every single word that his ex-wife had said, describing the comments as “false and reverse.” But wait, there’s more!
Another bold statement that Brandi Glanville had made during that time was how she felt LeAnn and Eddie’s marriage would go in the next couple of years. She told E! Daily Pop that she believes by the time they reach 10 years of marriage, Eddie and Rimes will no longer be together. However, Rimes was quick to dismiss Brandi’s words. “For Brandi to openly predict and hope for the end of our marriage” is ‘sad’ and ‘sick,'” she said.
Although the couple doesn’t regret their actions, Leann has spoken on numerous occasions about their conduct throughout the cheating allegations and their breakups. The singer and actress has stated that she “didn’t do it the right way,” and confirmed that the whole thing “got really messy.” She has also spoken about the fact that she would love to go back in time and handle the whole situation differently so that it would be better for the likes of Brandi, Dean, and others.
Life Imitating Art
One way that LeAnn Rimes has learned to get used to her “blended family” is through the power of art. Just last year, the country singer-turned-actress starred in her very first Hallmark movie – It’s Christmas Eve. With the holiday season being such a special time for many families, Rimes seized the opportunity. “We knew a Christmas movie would be the perfect time. Clearly, Hallmark is 100 percent Christmas,” she said. “I’ve recorded three Christmas albums in the last 10 years.”
Our Blended Family
As for her complicated family life, Rimes has the following to say on the matter: “The blended family environment…[it’s] not something that gets talked about very often.” These days, Rimes is very upfront about how she feels about the entire situation, admitting that there are challenges. “There’s always been challenges,” she said. “There’s always challenges whenever you’re trying to blend any kind of family dynamic, but my husband and I have been married for seven years now, and we seem to have done okay.”
Being A Stepmom
The couple might not have had their own children, but Rimes very much treats her stepchildren Mason and Jake, as her own. And while she has admitted she would like her own kids too, she’s pretty busy taking care of Mason and Jake, for the time being. “I get it every once in a while,” she said. “Maybe one day… I mean, I love my stepkids and I’ve got plenty on my plate with them. So, I’m cool at the moment.”
For the most part, Dean Sheremet has stayed quiet on the matter of his ex-wife. While he did state in an interview with Nat’s Next Adventure that he didn’t trust Eddie “as far as I could throw this… table,” he has since moved on with his life. It seems as though Brandi has done the same. In 2013, Brandi spoke to E! News about their complicated family dynamic and confirmed that when she sees them at soccer practice, they say hello, and they are civil with each other.
Despite all of the bitterness that has come their way in recent times, it seems like LeAnn Rimes and Brandi Glanville might have finally buried the hatchet. Not only did they recently share a selfie together during Jake’s 11th birthday party, but they have been spotted on a number of occasions, whether it be at school events or family gatherings. “Peace in #calabasturd hanging for Jakes bday,” Brandi wrote on her Instagram photo caption. It seems like closure is finally on the horizon…
Making It Work
There’s no doubt about the fact that Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have a dramatic history behind them, but they seem to be ignoring those who try to comment on their past and are moving forward to make it work as a couple and family. They attend therapy sessions on how to communicate better, and they do everything they can to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. Leann believes this has made their marriage “stronger” in the long run.
Key To Success
As for what LeAnn Rimes believes are the keys to a successful relationship, she does have a couple of tricks up her sleeve. “The key to doing it right? A lot of grace. A lot of not taking things personally,” she said. “As long as us adults can act like adults, which seems to be an issue sometimes.” As far as she’s concerned, Rimes has learned not to take everything to heart anymore. She has learned to move on.
Quality Time Together
While Rimes and Cibrian might still have a ton of commitments, they never lose sight of their own love for each other. They always seem to dedicate plenty of quality time for each other and will make sure of that by going away on romantic getaways, like this one. “Desert Dwelling with my LovEr @eddiecibrian #LovErs #desert #desertlovers,” she wrote on her Instagram caption. It just goes to show that with time, effort and persistence, love will prevail.