Rimes and Cibrian are co-stars in the Lifetime TV movie, 'Northern Lights,' which premieres this Saturday. US Weekly claims the two developed much more than a friendship while filming last fall. In addition to their romantic dinner on March 7, the magazine also claims the two spent three hours together at a hotel in Malibu, Calif., the following week.
Rimes has been married to backup dancer Dean Sheremet for seven years. Cibrian has also been married seven years, to model Brandi Glanville. They have two young sons.
Rimes is neither confirming nor denying the accusations of infidelity. Instead, she writes in a note to fans on her website, "This is a difficult time for me and my loved ones, but I appreciate all your continued support. I would like to assure all of you that this is a place for you to hear things directly from me and as you all know, not everything in our lives is always black and white."
Cibrian, on the other hand, is vehemently denying the alleged affair. "Other than being friends and two actors who were romantically intertwined in a movie-for-television we filmed last fall, there is no truth to the reporting initiated by US Magazine," he writes in a statement first obtained by 'Access Hollywood.' "It is a fabricated story that is using random snapshots as connective tissue to create a scandalous relationship."
To combat Cibrian's denial, US Weekly further claims to have seen a receipt from the restaurant with Cibrian's name on the credit card and his signature. The receipt is reportedly dated March 7, the same night as the security footage was captured.