LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian in the Lifetime original movie Northern Lights
Can LeAnn Rimes save herself from being branded with a scarlet "A"?
The married actress-singer is striving to rise above the fray and perhaps reinvent herself along the way, in the wake of being branded a "stalker" by the wife of Eddie Cibrian, the Lifetime movie costar with whom Rimes reportedly had an affair this past winter.
"I'm a classy woman, I'm never going to battle anything out in the press," Rimes told People, referring to the "stalker" accusation made by Brandi Glanville.
"I can't control other people but I can control what I say and what I don't," she continued. "I refuse to get down on anyone else's level. I'm going to take the high road on everything."
Rimes' comments come on the heels of her appearance on the MTV Movie Awards, where she offered an amusing, operatic take on the viral-video hit "Jizz in My Pants."
But just days after that, Us Weekly's interview with Cibrian's wife surfaced, buffering Rimes' buzz.
"LeAnn is a stalker," Glanville told the magazine. "She refuses to leave us alone — it is shameful and scary."
Glanville claimed that Rimes tracked down Cibrian at a May 17 Los Angeles Lakers game, weeks after the actor had changed his cell number to dodge texts and calls.
"People are going say it takes two to tango, and I get that," Glanville said, "but at some point LeAnn needs to stop asking him to dance."
Prior to Rimes herself speaking out, her spokesperson had deemed Glanville's accusations "incredibly defamatory," adding, "While there are always two sides to every story, LeAnn continues to remain above the fray." Rimes' rep would not comment further for TVGuide.com, while Cibrian's camp is mum on the matter.
Says Rimes, "I have respect for everyone that is involved and everyone's family, including my own. I would never want to hurt my husband or anyone with more lies dragged out in the press."
Rimes is working on her marriage, a friend tells People, although she has been busy working in Los Angeles while her husband of seven years, Dean Sheremet, is based out of Nashville as a writer-producer.