See How LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's Relationship Survived Its Scandalous Start

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
LeAnn Rimes' affair with Eddie Cibrian changed pop culture as we know it, turning his ex-wife Brandi Glanville into one of the most proudly mischievous Real Housewives and further cementing the set of Lifetime movies as the place people go to meet their future spouses, current spouses be darned.

As far as long-term stability went, Rimes and Cibrian had everything going against them when they first embarked on their clandestine romance, not least of them being the world's vague assurance that he wasn't a particularly good guy. Cibrian had even just played a cheater on Ugly Betty!
But somewhere along the way, after the remorseful interviews had been given, the custody issues hammered out and with the accusations of bad parenting and predictions of future infidelity on the wane...Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian just became a regular couple.
The duo just spent Easter in Canada with Cibrian's sons and his parents, LeAnn captioning the cozy tableaux, "It's snowing on Easter!...Happy Easter from the Cibs! Sending you all blessings and LovE...#easter#easter2018 #family #whistler #letitsnow#springbreak #heisrisen #LovE #blessings#happyapril @fswhistler."
Couldn't be a sweeter, cozier scene.
Cibrian and Rimes have been married for almost seven years now, after all, the distance between the present and their scandalous beginnings growing ever longer. Perhaps top-loading their relationship with drama was the secret, making any future obstacles seem deliciously normal in comparison. They even survived having a reality show, so often a bad idea whether it's obvious in the moment or not.
There was talk at one point, about six years ago, that Rimes was hoping to write a book to tell her side of the story, but that fizzled and she tweeted, "So you all know…there's no 'tell all' book about divorce, marriage and 'my side.' I just laugh at [all] of this!"
Instead, she released an album, Ladies and Gentlemen, of mainly covers but also two new songs, including "Crazy Women."
Well then.
Seeing the void left in the publishing world, Glanville went ahead and wrote a book, 2013's Drinking & Tweeting and Other Brandi Blunders.
"I would like to thank my ex-husband, Edward Cibrian, for giving me all the material I could ever need to write this book and for helping me discover the strong independent woman inside of me," she wrote.
Glanville and Cibrian, known for the soap Sunset Beach and the firefighter drama Third Watch, had been married since 2001 and were the parents of two young sons when he went to shoot the Lifetime movie Northern Lights opposite LeAnn Rimes in 2008.
Rimes had met her husband, Dean Sheremet, when he was hired as her backup dancer for the 2001 ACM Awards. One date and she knew, "this is the guy I want to marry," she told InStyle. They tied the knot in 2002, when Rimes was 19 and in full-fledged rebelling-against-wholesome-teen-stardom mode. She had also sued her father (who was also her manager) for $7 million and just last year she described her relationship with her mother as "interesting."
But several years in, Rimes, whose "How Do I Live" was one of the biggest songs of the '90s (and ever), said she was happy with her choices.
"I'm at such an incredible place in my life," she told the Washington Post in 2005. "I've been married for three years next month, and we've been together for four years. My dad and my mom and I have never had as good of a relationship as we do now. I've been through all the hard stuff. I hope I've been through enough of it to last me for a while."
"I normally don't respond to Brandi's foolishness but I will not allow false and reverse accusations to go unanswered about my wife," he said in a statement. "LeAnn is a fantastic stepmom to the boys and is always gracious to their mother. Having to put up with Brandi's made up drama all the time is extremely frustrating. After eight years we should have one priority, making sure two incredible kids are loved and remain happy and healthy. But every couple of months there is another accusation coming from Brandi in an attempt to drum up drama to stay relevant."

If you isolate LeAnn and Eddie's present from their unarguably scandalous past, their life together looks exceedingly normal.
Last August Cibrian wished Rimes a happy 35th birthday on Instagram, captioning a pic of them, "Happy Birthday to my beautiful and amazing wife!!! @leannrimesyou continue to get more beautiful and bad ass every year! May this year be filled with more laughter, love and inspiration. You are loved beyond words."

They dressed up for Halloween as Sonny and Cher, went camping and rode ATVs in the desert on Thanksgiving and posed for their annual holiday card with the kids and family dog. In January they took Mason and Jake to a Lakers game, and in February Jake joined them for dinner at Nobu on Valentine's Day while his brother was away on a school trip.
"It just works," Rimes explained her marriage to People in February 2017 while promoting her latest album, Remnants.
She continued, "We respect each other; respect is a big deal, and once you lose that, you've kind of lost everything. He's a wonderful father and a really good man. He's kind to me, and I reciprocate."
And if there's anything to be learned from their story, if it's'll keep going.