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Last fall, singer-actress LeAnn Rimes and CSI: Miami actor Eddie Cibrian both filed for divorce from their respective spouses, leaving no doubt in anyone's mind that they were having an affair. Rimes, 27, and Cibrian, 36, had been suspiciously cozy since filming the TV movie Northern Lights together in November 2009. Although the couple now lives together, they haven't spoken to the press about their relationship -- until now.
In this week's People, Rimes expresses her regrets about cheating on her husband with a married man. Or rather, she expresses the regrets she would have, if she actually had any regrets.
"I did one of the most selfish things that I could possibly do, in hurting someone else," the Grammy-winning country singer says. "I take responsibility for everything I've done. I hate that people got hurt. But I don't regret the outcome."
Does that line sound familiar? It should: it's the Standard Mistress Non-Apology! Remember Michelle "Bombshell" McGee's "heartfelt apology" to Sandra Bullock? ("I feel bad for Sandra. I'm sorry for your embarrassment.") Or Jamie Grubbs apologizing to Tiger Woods' wife by saying, "I didn't do it to purposely hurt her".... How about Rielle Hunter's message for Elizabeth Edwards? ("Oh my God, I have such compassion for her... But it's also sad for me, her unwillingness to take responsibility for her part in the marriage.")
It's nice that all these women feel so bad and sad for the wives of the married men they slept with. But is it too much to ask that one of them feel guilty, or regretful about breaking someone's heart, or just admit that they did something they shouldn't have? Third-person apologies -- "I'm sorry that people got hurt" instead of "I'm sorry I hurt people" -- are lame because they don't take accountability. Rielle Hunter is definitely the worst offender, referring to her infidelity as a spiritual journey that has nothing to do with John Edwards' wife and kids. We know that nobody likes to admit being in the wrong, but just once, we'd like to see a famous cheater step up and say, "I shouldn't have done that." None of us truly learn from our mistakes if we won't admit making them.
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