Heartache and heartbreak are very common themes in country music and as with other artists it seems country stars pull from real life to create their biggest hits. Unlike a lot of celebrities country stars credit themselves with being more down-to-earth and less involved in the scandals and drama of Hollywood; however, that hasn’t stopped there from being shocking and dramatic splits between some of country’s biggest couples. Long marriages abruptly coming to an end, engagements called off and seemingly happy couples going their separate ways have caught fans really off guard over the years. Check out country music’s 8 most shocking splits!
8. LeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet
LeAnn Rimes and Dean Sheremet fell in love fairly young when he was a backup dancer for the singer when she hosted the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards. They were only 19 and 21 when they decided to get married the next year in 2002, and even though some questioned the marriage because they were young, they quickly became a fan favorite couple because of how much they seemed to love each other. After seven years of gushing about each other and their marriage, the pair shockingly separated in July 2009 and announced their divorce in September 2009. The news came after a lot of media coverage suggesting Rimes was having an affair with Eddie Cibrian, who was also married at the time; however, their statement said: “This decision was amicable, and we remain committed and caring friends with great admiration for one another.” Of course fans were in for even more of a shock when it turned out the rumors were true and Rimes shamelessly flaunted her relationship with Cibrian around.