September 8, 2009
Posted: 08:25 AM ET
There was a time when singer-actress LeAnn Rimes was considered as clean cut as they come.
Once hailed as a country music ingénue, she first captivated fans as a 13-year-old with a mature-beyond-her-years voice and a poised stage presence.
After selling millions of records and amassing Billboard Music Awards and Grammys, Rimes was often held up as an example of a child star who managed to avoid the pitfalls of fame and emerge with a successful career and a happy marriage.
Then rumors surfaced that she was allegedly having an affair with actor Eddie Cibrian.
Now the two have both separated from their respective spouses and the ensuing scandal has cast a shadow over Rimes' wholesome, good-girl image.
"I kind of feel like the public's perception is changing towards her," said Lindsay Powers, staff editor for Us Weekly. "She hadn't even announced [her] divorce yet and here she was on a beach in Cabo [San Lucas], wearing a little bikini with Eddie Cibrian rubbing suntan lotion all over her. She's like flaunting their relationship while her husband is piecing together his life in New York City on his own."
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