LeAnn Rimes & Husband Dean Shermott Split Following Rumored Affair With Eddie Cibrian

To the surprise of absolutely no one, PEOPLE has learned that country singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband of seven years, Dean Sheremet, have separated.

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The split follows four months of rumors claiming the former child singing star has been secretly giving up the goods to CSI: Miami actor Eddie Cibrian. The rumored affair began when the pair co-starred together in the Lifetime Original Movie Northern Lights last spring.

“Le and Dean have been separated for quite some time now, but they’re continuing to try and work through their relationship,” a Rimes pal says the weekly.

The couple married in 2002, when LeAnn was only 19.

In related news, Eddie’ wife, Brandy Glanville, kicked the accused cad to the curb earlier this week, telling Us Weekly, “I want to do what is best for our children. Eddie and LeAnn deserve each other.”