A few years ago, country star LeAnn Rimes was so squeaky clean that she made Sandra Dee look naughty. But over the past six months, that’s started to come apart, between her affair with Eddie Cibrian, subsequent filing for divorce, and multiple moving vehicle snafus. Now, LeAnn is looking a lot more like two other women who started out as wholesome teen stars and grew up into not-so-stable adults. So is LeAnn the next Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan? After the jump, the parallels between BritBrit, Lilo, and LeAnn. We should probably start calling her LeRi, like, now.
Lindsay Move: Having a Jerk Dad.
Lindsay’s dad, Michael Lohan, is a notorious mess, between his frequent jail stints, brawls, and quotes to the press about his daughter. In 2000, LeAnn filed a lawsuit against her papa, who allegedly siphoned money off her royalties to the tune of $8 million.
Britney Move: Marrying The Back-Up Dancer.
In 2001, LeAnn met Dean Sheremet when he was one of her backup dancers at the Academy of Country Music Awards. After her first date, she said, “This is the guy I want to marry.” In 2004, Britney Spears started hanging out with backup dancer Kevin Federline, and three months later, they got hitched.
Lindsay Move: Getting Into Trouble Behind The Wheel.
In 2007, within a two-month span, Lindsay Lohan was arrested twice for driving under the influence. She’s also been in three other fender benders, all of which she pinned on the paparazzi chasing her. In August, LeAnn was questioned after a hit-and-run accident. Then last week, she got in a fender bender leaving Fred Segal. Here’s what her rep had to say: “Due to the overzealous and very dangerous paparazzi following her, LeAnn was involved in a minor car accident. She was scared by all the paparazzi following her and did not look up for a second because she was looking out the side of her window, and she did tap into the back of the other car.” [People]
Britney Move: Making The Move From Singer To Actress.
In 2002, Britney Spears starred in her first movie “Crossroads,” a serious flop. In 2009, LeAnn decided to test her acting chops in a Lifetime movie. She co-starred in “Northern Lights” with hottie Eddie Cibrian.
Lindsay Move: Messing With A Married Guy
In 2007, rumors swirled that Lindsay had an affair with Dead Stays Alive rocker Tony Allen while in rehab. Despite denials, the rumors only gathered more steam when Allen’s wife threw him out. [VH1] While filming “Northern Lights,” rumors began that Eddie and LeAnn were schtupping, and a video of them kissing was released. But the pair denied anything was going on. It started to look official with Eddie’s wife left him. [ABC News]
Britney Move: Getting Divorced Before Age 30.
In 2006, Britney Spears filed for divorce from K-Fed at age 25. Earlier this month, LeAnn announced that she was divorcing Dean Sheremet at age 28. She posted a statement on her website, only it misspelled Dean’s name. Ouch. [CNN]
So what will LeAnn do next? Get knocked up? Start dating a woman? Shave her head? Throw fits at Fashion Week? Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.