The country singer and Jon Bon Jovi filmed overnight in the freezing cold

By Shelley Akers and Christina Tapper
Updated October 23, 2007 08:15 AM
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It’s not easy being sexy, but someone’s gotta do it. And it was country singer LeAnn Rimes’s job to sacrifice her own health to get a music video shot with Jon Bon Jovi.

“We stayed up to 6 a.m. I was in a nightie in the middle of the street. It was freezing,” she tells PEOPLE at Redbook Heroes: The Strength & Spirit Awards in New York Monday night. “I got a little bit of a cold from it.”

Rimes – whose latest studio album, Family, was released in October – joined Bon Jovi, 45, in New York to make the video for their duet “Til We’re Not Strangers.”

“It’s just been working and sleeping,” the 25-year-old country singer says.

This was also not the first time Rimes suffered for her art. In 2005, she was ordered not to speak for two weeks when a bout with bronchitis burst a blood vessel in one of her vocal cords.

Rimes attended the event with her husband Dean Sheremet, 26, whom she describes as “a great sport,” “very supportive,” and “a lot of fun.”

Sheremet also doesn’t seem to mind sharing his wife with a rockstar. “He’s one of those husbands that’s like, ‘the sexier the better, go for it,’ ” she says. “We’re happily married, so it’s all just make believe.”

Rimes said filming the video (perched atop a glass bed on Manhattan’s 23rd Street) with Bon Jovi was “pretty surreal.”

“He’s great. I love working with him. It was late so we were both ready to do our job and get it over with. But it’s a very sexy video.”