By March 2009, stories about LeAnn and Eddie’s behind-the-scenes love affair begin to make the rounds. At first, they denied it. But no matter how much the couple refuted the allegations, the sensational news about the double extra-marital affair was gaining traction.
LeAnn and Eddie had been witnessed sharing intimate conversations and ducking away in secret. The two realized that they must confront the allegations.
The First Time They Met
In 2016, Eddie came across this photo while sifting through boxes in the garage. LeAnn and Eddie had met a long time ago! They figured out that he was 23 when the picture was taken, making LeAnn 14.
That was just one year after she soared to fame with her hit Grammy-nominated single “Blue.” Neither recalls meeting, but this photo documents that they had met each other 14 years before their chance encounter brought them together.
What the "Northern Lights" Movie Exposed
When "Northern Lights" aired on television, it exposed phenomenal chemistry shared by the lovers Eddie and LeAnn portrayed. As Meg and Nate, they meet in Alaska, where Meg is a pilot, and Nate’s the new guy in town—a former homicide investigator hired on to run the local police department.
Their intimate scenes came across as so authentic that the movie set in motion the wheels of the rumor mill. Inquiries from the press came dribbling in one by one with the stars doing their best to deny them.
Deny, Deny, Deny
The day the story broke, Eddie Cibrian found himself with his back up against the wall. "US Weekly" released the story about the secret "Northern Lights" affair, and it demanded a response. Eddie told the press he had only gone out to dinner with LeAnn because they were friends.
Flabbergasted, he added, “The ridiculous thing is that people believe I would do something like this, period. Much less do it in a public place. The false accusations are obviously causing a rift at home, but I and my family will get through this together.”
Apparently, LeAnn was unable to commit to such a bold and unequivocal lie, made obtuse statements instead. She said things like, “Not everything in our lives is always black and white.” Hoping it would blow over, she inadvertently stoked the rumor mill.
She said it was a “difficult time” but neither refuted nor denied the claims of the scandalous "US Weekly" write-up. In the end, her feeble response revealed a tiny crack in Eddie’s “just friends” story. It was hastily exploited by the press, erupting into a violent, all-out media storm.