LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Take Matters Into Their Own Hands With New VH1 Series

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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have been the subject of tabloid fodder for years.

With the premiere of the couple’s new VH1 series, LeAnn & Eddie, tonight (July 17) at 10:30, the country singer and the actor, who wed in 2011, have decided to take matters into their own hands.

“We’ve both gone through a lot of very private things with the public eyes watching, and it felt like Eddie and I really have coped with all of it by laughing,” LeAnn recently told reporters at a press event for the series in Beverly Hills. “And we are both very much smart-asses. We give each other a lot of crap. I think people think we pretty much take ourselves super-seriously, and we don’t at all. And I think now is just the time to have fun and take that whole story back because it is ours. It’s not everyone else’s to twist and turn and spread lies about. So this is the first time I think you really are seeing who we are.”

But neither half of the pair expects the show, produced by the team behind Duck Dynasty, to put a stop to the tabloid rumors about their relationship—which began while both were married to others—or that of Eddie’s with his ex-wife, Real Housewives star Brandi Glanville.

“We are all realistic,” Eddie said. “Ultimately, we wanted to do a show, and I think that this format, unscripted, gave us an opportunity to do something fun, work together, and at the same time, what’s really real about the show is our relationship. And you’ll see how we interact with one another juxtaposed to everything else that you or the public reads and is fed by the tabloids and what they think we are as a couple. So it gives us an opportunity to just to have fun and work together. And, ultimately, this is a comedy, and that’s how we go about our life as well, is we laugh. It really helps.”

The show follows the pair through their daily lives in Los Angeles—her extricating herself from her record contract, him taking on new acting roles, interacting with their family members—but will not include Eddie’s two sons with Brandy or, he says, much discussion of her.

“This show is not an opportunity to fire back at anybody other than to make fun of the fodder that has surrounded us,” said Eddie. “If anything, it is very much a satire. And as far as the kids are concerned, they are not in the show, and that was a decision that we made together, that it’s not about that. They are not in my ex-wife’s show, and they are definitely not going to be in ours.”

As for the future of LeAnn & Eddie the series, which is set to run six episodes, LeAnn says they’re keeping it open. “I think, if this goes past the first season, I mean, I think that it will just evolve into the next phase, whether that be tabloid fodder or music.”

Perhaps it will follow her recently announced Christmas tour, set to kick off Dec. 5 in Rutland, Vt. LeAnn will also be releasing a six-song Christmas music EP called ONE Christmas—Chapter 1 in time for the holiday season. She plans to release chapters two and three over the next two years.

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