Dean Sheremet Reveals What's Still the "Hardest Thing" About His Divorce from LeAnn Rimes

Dean Sheremet Reveals What's Still the "Hardest Thing" About His Divorce from LeAnn Rimes

The chef and author shares where he stands with his famous ex today.

By Laura Rosenfeld

It hasn't always been so easy for Dean Sheremet to open up when it comes to talking about relationships. That might come as a surprise since the chef and author has been doing a lot of just that over the past few years, such as in the latest episode of Personal Space. 

But age and experience have certainly helped change that for Sheremet. "Yeah, I mean, God, I've been through, obviously a very public divorce, and you get to a point in your life, I mean, I'm 36 now, so it's like you've lived enough, been in enough different kinds of relationships. I'm in a good place," he recently told Personal Space. "In your 20s, you stress so much about the minutiae of dumb sh**, and I think as you get older, you're like, 'You know what, this is me, this is who I am. It's very kind of take it or leave it.' So I'm happy where I'm at." 

Of course, when you're in the public eye, as Sheremet is, and you end a marriage with someone famous, such as his ex-wife LeAnn Rimes, that can continue to be a topic of conversation for a long time. "I have nothing against her. I have nothing against anyone I've been with. To talk sh** about them or just be disrespectful, disrespectful of the time we spent together," Sheremet said when asked how much he likes to open up about his ex to the press. "The LeAnn thing doesn't bother me. I was devastated when it happened, but had that not happened, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing right now. So it's stupid to say, everything happens for a reason, but looking back now, I can stand where I'm at and be completely secure and knowing that's what needed to happen. It was the biggest growth for me in my life. You know, we got married, I was 21 and she was 19, so it's like I think about that, and it's like I wasn't even thinking about getting engaged at that time or married. You don't even know anything about yourself. That's not to discredit, you know, we were in love, and it was right at the time."

These days, however, Sheremet and Rimes are not on friendly terms, he revealed during an episode of the podcast Brandi Glanville Unfiltered in June. "It's sad. I think that we were together for eight years. It wasn't like Hollywood marriages, people are married for two months and then whatever. We had a really, really good run, and we were really good together, especially professionally. We wrote amazing songs together. We created amazing things together," Sheremet told Personal Space. "I think it's sad because she was my best friend. That's the hardest thing. Obviously, you know, losing your spouse is incredibly hard, getting a divorce, but it's also like cutting off one of your arms, and you're like, 'Oh, sh**.' You're so used to having that and then one day it's gone. That's the hardest part, I think, is I miss her. I think deep down inside she's a good person, and I don't hold anything against her. And sh** happens."

Rimes and Sheremet in 2007. 

Of course, avoiding an ex can be even more difficult when you're both in the same industry, especially one as insular as show business. That was proven when Sheremet ran into Rimes' current husband Eddie Cibrian earlier this year. "I saw Eddie when we were doing the TCAs for the press for My Kitchen Rules. And we were walking down the hallway, and I was walking with [Cibrian's ex-wife] Brandi [Glanville] and our little entourage, and he was sitting there," Sheremet recalled. "Everyone was making such a huge deal of it, and I just kind of leaned over and was like, 'Hey, congrats on your new show.' That's what he was there to promote. I have no hard feelings towards him anymore. I was definitely pissed for a while, but then I think I'm in the better spot [laughs]."

Sheremet, who would go on to marry and later divorce photographer Sarah Silver in 2016, is now back in the dating scene, meeting people in person and through apps, such as the super-exclusive Raya. "Most people that you met on a dating app are like, 'Why do you have a fake profile?'" Sheremet said. "Like, I'm just a normal person too, trying to meet people."

And Sheremet remains hopeful when it comes to finding love again. He's not ruling out another marriage in the future, either. "I'm not opposed to it. It's such a weird thing. I think about it all the time, like, 'Oh, God, I can't believe I've been divorced two times. It's such a f***ing nightmare.' But you know, the first one was someone, she left me for someone else and we had a very interesting relationship unto itself. And the second time, Sarah is one of the most brilliant, inspiring, amazing women I've ever met. And she just didn't want to have kids, and having a family for me is something that I've always wanted, and it just ended up coming down to it, and it wasn't gonna happen. You'll never hear me say a bad word against her," Sheremet shared. "Would I get married again? I don't know. I'm not opposed to it. I'm not against it. I think that the next relationship that is very, very serious that's with a person that I decide I would love to have kids with, like I would hope that I get married again, I guess. But I don't know. People do often have kids and don't get married and seem just fine." 

Now, Sheremet is armed with what he considers to be the best relationship advice he's picked up in his life, which he said he "learned it the hard way." "Don't ever lose yourself. It's all too common. I can speak from personal experience, you get into a relationship, and you try so hard to please the other person that you forget to take care of your own needs," Sheremet shared. "It's like [on] the plane when the [oxygen] masks come down. You're supposed to put one on yourself first before you can help someone else. So it's kind of like if you're not taking care of yourself and your needs aren't being met, then it's really hard to help someone else live their best self."

In Bravo’s newest digital talk show, Personal Space, host Greta Titelman gets Personal on everything from parenting myths to penis size with a (hilarious) panel of comedians, commenters, and experts. Catch Dean Sheremet, Courtney Rada, and Dr. Roshini Raj in the episode above, and check back each Wednesday for new episodes, new guests, and a whole new set of issues.

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