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LeAnn Rimes’s Ex-Hubby: How I Was Blindsided by Her Affair

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Dean Sheremet (INFphoto.com)

Breaking up is hard. In Hollywood, it's harder. And when your famous spouse cheated on you with a co-star and you had no idea, it's harder still. But that's exactly what happened to Dean Sheremet when his then-wife, LeAnn Rimes, revealed her infidelity.

During an appearance on "Access Hollywood" Thursday, Dean said he was completely caught off guard when Rimes told him of her affair with Eddie Cibrian while the two were making the TV movie "Northern Lights."

"I never saw it coming," Sheremet, a dancer-turned-chef, reflected. Which isn't all that surprising in light of the fact that LeAnn and and Dean knew Eddie and his wife, Brandi Glanville, well and had actually gone on a double date at a Los Angeles sushi spot. Ouch.

Dean explained that LeAnn called him to casually mention that a magazine "may or may not have a picture of me and Eddie kissing." His response was pretty much the same as ours would have been.

"What do you mean, 'May or may not have a picture?' What does that mean?" he asked, adding, "It unfolded from there."

Even after the bomb dropped, however, Dean had a hard time believing it was true.

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LeAnn Rimes and Dean before the drama unfolded. (Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

"You have that assumption that the person that you're with would never do something like that," he lamented before adding, "It's fine because I've really laid low during the whole thing. It's part of my story, and it's the reason that I get to do awesome cooking segments. Whatever it is that gets me in the door, is fine. I'm really a chef!"

LeAnn herself wrote about the affair in songs on her latest album, "Spitfire," which was released in June. The song "What Have I Done?" dwells on her self-doubts at leaving Dean for Eddie. "Oh my love, what have I done? / I shot an arrow at your heart that I can’t take back / When I said you were my first love, but you are not my last," she sings.

"Omg! Insider" sat down with Rimes in May to get her thoughts on the track. "It's really kind of taking a look at who you are at that moment," she told co-anchor Thea Andrews. "What you've caused, what you've been a part of causing, and then who you don't want to be again … It was a deep reflection of sheer pain on so many levels. I mean there's a lot of pain there. We all have regrets, we all have that moment where we look in the mirror, for whatever reason, and we don't like what we see."

In the song "Borrowed," Rimes even goes so far as to refer to herself as "pathetic."

In June, Rimes wrote a first person essay for omg! about how the pressures of being a child star contributed to her view of the world.

Nowadays, Dean isn't only a chef, he's a husband again, too. With his divorce behind him, the 32-year-old tied the knot with photographer Sarah Silver in August 2011, just four months after LeAnn and Eddie walked down the aisle, giving the tale of heartbreak a small semblance of a Hollywood ending.

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