updated 06/03/2010 AT 11:20 PM ET
•originally published 06/03/2010 AT 5:20 PM ET
LeAnn Rimes believes everything happens for a reason.
“I did one of the most selfish things that I possibly could do, in hurting someone else,” the country superstar says in the new issue of PEOPLE, speaking for the first time about the end of her 7-year marriage last year, following an affair with married actor Eddie Cibrian.
“I take responsibility for everything I’ve done. I hate that people got hurt,” says Rimes. “But I don’t regret the outcome.”