November 3rd, 2010
01:31 PM ET
LeAnn Rimes has been attacked for more than a year. By the media. By fans. By her Twitter followers.
She has been called names unsuitable to print. People accused her of being a “homewrecker,” of breaking up a family and hurting two young boys.
But in an ABC special that airs tonight, Rimes says, “That’s just not me...What happened is not who I am, period.”
So who is she? She's a Grammy award-winning singer who made it big on the country music scene at age 14. She toured the world as a teen, doing 500 shows in three-and-a-half years, she told ABC. She was so busy she didn’t know who she was without music… until recently.
"That was my life!" she said, breaking down into tears. "I'm learning who I am without it and that's the coolest thing about my life right now.”
The past year-and-a-half or so has been a rollercoaster for Rimes and her boyfriend, actor Eddie Cibrian, who met on the set of the made-for-TV movie “Northern Lights."
Later, when their affair was discovered, there were tabloid covers and paparazzi. Both started the process of divorcing their former partners, and Cibrian’s became official at the end of the September. They avoided the spotlight as much as possible, but say they couldn’t avoid their love.
"We're human. We fell in love," Cibrian says on the ABC special. "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 [it] publicly."
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