Finding out about a partner’s infidelity is already a crushing blow. But when it’s broadcast before the eyes of the entire world, it suddenly becomes infinitely harder and messier. Unfortunately, celebrities are no strangers to these types of very bitter, public affairs. Here’s the scoop on some of the most notorious celebrity cheating scandals ever to take over the talk of Tinseltown.
1. Jude Law & Sienna Miller
Like all couples who get engaged, British actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller thought their relationship would last forever. Unfortunately, however, that engagement was plagued by some big, headline-hitting news of infidelity. The bigger twist was, these affairs weren’t only coming from one side of the equation. Both parties had their own separate cheating scandal.
Eight months into their engagement, the couple’s nanny Daisy Wright admitted to having an affair with Law while he was filming on set in New Orleans. Around the same time, it came out that Miller was secretly seeing her Layer Cake co-star, the future James Bond, Daniel Craig. Despite this, the couple managed to stay together on-and-off for the next few years, before finally calling it quits in 2001.
2. Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore
After meeting at a New York City hotel, Demi Moore described being introduced to her soon-to-be third husband Ashton Kutcher as “electrifying”. Neither of them were particularly bothered by the 15-year age difference that separated them, and it wasn’t long before they decided to tie the knot.
But as Moore described in her memoir Inside Out, their eight-year marriage eventually took a turn for the worse when she learned of Kutcher’s infidelity by way of a Google Alert on her phone. The That ’70s Show actor had been caught having a tryst with Pilates instructor Sara Leal on the night of his and Moore’s sixth wedding anniversary.
3. Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston
It was the Hollywood romance that enraptured a generation. And then, Brad Pitt seemingly ended his marriage with Friends star Jennifer Aniston to pursue a relationship with another high-profile actress. That actress was none other than his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie. According to a number of sources, it wasn’t until Pitt started working on the action comedy film in 2003 that his relationship with Aniston started to sour.
The on-screen chemistry between Brangelina was almost palpable. But when Pitt was seen vacationing with his co-star weeks after splitting from Aniston in 2005, the Friends star admitted to feeling blindsided. She claimed Pitt had promised her he wasn’t leaving her for someone else, and confessed to screaming in fury after seeing pictures of him and Jolie.
4. Jesse James & Sandra Bullock
The Blind Side actress Sandra Bullock had been married to the owner of the West Coast Choppers bike shop Jesse James for five years. That’s when word got out of the tatted biker’s cheating scandals. Adult dancer Michelle “Bombshell” McGee was the first woman to come forward, saying she and James had been holding an 11-month long affair. Four more women then followed suit.
To complicate things even further, at the time the allegations broke through, James and Bullock were completing the process of adopting a 3½-month-old baby. The Academy Award-winning actress then filed for divorce, and adopted her son Louis with James out of the picture. It was a repercussion that the biker said “left a huge hole in [his] heart.”
5. Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake
Popstar duo Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake first met as cast members on the 1995 variety television show The Mickey Mouse Club. However, sparks didn’t fly between the two Mouseketeers until years later. They dated for a total of four years before their relationship came to a sudden halt in 2002 as a result of cheating allegations.
After Timberlake reportedly found a note from Wade Robson in his girlfriend’s dressing room, rumors that she had been cheating with the dance choreographer were confirmed. Timberlake then went on to release his famous track “Cry Me A River”. complete with lyrics like “I thought our love was so strong, I guess I was dead wrong”, and a music video showing him cheating on a Spears lookalike in her home.
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6. Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan
From the late ’80s throughout the ’90s, Meg Ryan was considered the face of rom-coms. But all of that changed after rumors of an alleged affair with Russell Crowe tainted her name. At the time the news broke of her infidelity, Ryan had been at the tail end of her marriage with her husband of nine years, fellow actor Dennis Quaid.
It was a story that rocked Hollywood, but according to Ryan, it was one with many holes that didn’t tell the whole truth about her relationship with Quaid. Speaking with InStyle in 2008, the When Harry Met Sally actress said, “Dennis was not faithful to me for a long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that once I was divorced…Russell didn’t break up the marriage.” It seems two can tango.
7. Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren
Golf icon Tiger Woods was used to making headlines for his mastery in the sport, but in 2009 he made headlines for a very different reason. He was at the center of a highly-publicized cheating scandal, in which he was accused of being unfaithful to his Swedish-born wife Elin Nordegren with at least 120 different women.
After news of Woods’ infidelity was made public, his former-nanny wife reportedly chased him around the house with a golf club. The golfer later admitted himself into a rehab for sex addiction, and Nordegren filed for what would become one of the most expensive celebrity divorce settlements ever.
8. Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
This one cuts deep for all the Gwen Stefani fans out there. The founder and lead vocalist of No Doubt saw her 13-year marriage crash and burn in 2015 when her husband Gavin Rossdale was caught cheating with their longtime nanny, Mindy Mann.
The musician couple’s marriage started to unravel after Stefani found explicit texts exchanged between Rossdale and Mann on the family’s iPad. It turns out the two had been having a secret affair for over three years. That included the time Stefani was pregnant with their third son, Apollo. To ease the pain, she penned the song “Misery” and started dating her co-star on The Voice, Blake Shelton.
9. Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
Twilight fans fell in love with the five-part romance fantasy saga, and the real-life relationship between the two leads, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, only made them even more obsessed. The pair were together for three years before the Bella Swan actress was caught kissing famed Snow White and the Hunstman director Rupert Sanders.
Stewart publicly apologized, saying, “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob,” and the couple managed to work past her infidelity. They stayed together for another year but eventually called it quits in 2013.
10. Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
We know we’re not the only ones who were stunned to hear of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s decision to call it quits on their relationship after a decade of marriage and three kids. Fans have long speculated over the reason, and most point to Affleck’s relationship with the family nanny as one of them.
The actor was caught having an affair with the nanny, prompting Garner to give her the boot. Opening up to Vanity Fair about the pain of having a nanny disappear from her kids’ lives, the 13 Going On 30 actress also said she took it upon herself to educate them about “the meaning of scandal”.
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11. LeAnn Rimes & Dean Sheremet
The love story between country singer LeAnn Rimes and dancer-turned-chef Dean Sheremet soured after Rimes was caught cheating with her now-husband Eddie Cibrian on the set of Northern Lights. At the time of the cheating scandal, Cibrian had also been married to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Brandi Glanville.
According to Sheremet, his seven-year marriage to the two-time Grammy Award-winner was already disintegrating long before Cibrian entered the equation. He told Nat’s Next Adventure that the pair were always fighting as a result of him trying to manage her career. He couldn’t make the distinction between husband and partner, husband and manager, and husband and boss, and added that “there were so many hats… [he] didn’t know what hat to wear when.”
12. Ryan Phillippe & Reese Witherspoon
Cruel Intentions fans around the world were heartbroken following the split between Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe after seven years of marriage. While the two have spoken about how their relationship failed as a result of having gotten married too young, fans speculate it also had something to do with Phillippe’s extramarital affair.
Just like his on-screen playboy counterpart Sebastian, Ryan Phillippe gave himself to a woman outside of his relationship: his Stop Loss castmate, Abbie Cornish. Witherspoon caught wind of his infidelity after suspicion led her to search through his phone. She found flirty messages between the two and ended their marriage not long after.
13. Tristan Thompson & Khloé Kardashian
Multiple cheating scandals at the hands of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Tristan Thompson were what ended the relationship between him and girlfriend Khloé Kardashian. The two were dating for a year before Kardashian became pregnant with the couple’s baby girl in 2017.
But barely two weeks after news broke that they were expecting, Thompson was photographed getting handsy with other women. Things quickly went from bad to worse, and more videos of his infidelity were leaked to the press two days before Kardashian gave birth. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Thompson was caught kissing Kardashian family friend Jordyn Woods in February of 2019, the final incident that ended their relationship.
14. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver
It was the cheating scandal that ended one of Hollywood’s longest enduring marriages. After 25 years of marriage, Kennedy family member Maria Shriver filed for divorce from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2011. Word of their divorce came just two months after the Terminator admitted to having fathered a child with the couple’s long-time housekeeper, Mildred Baena.
It took over a decade for Schwarzenegger to come clean about the affair, and while it caused an unfathomable amount of pain for his family, it seems not only bad blood came as a result of his infidelity. The former bodybuilder admitted to having a healthy relationship with his and Mildred’s son Joseph, and Shriver was awarded a hefty $250 million in the divorce settlement.
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15. Hugh Grant & Elizabeth Hurley
The Royals actress Elizabeth Hurley and acclaimed rom-com star Hugh Grant saw no shortage of drama during their 13-year relationship. In 1995, Grant found himself at the center of a legendary cheating scandal after being caught engaging in adult activities with an escort in his car.
He was arrested for engaging in “lewd conduct in a public place”, but it seems that that was the worst of his punishment. Hurley ended up sticking by him for another five years before they eventually split in 2000. Confirming her positive attitude about the whole thing, Hurley alluded to the scandal on The Royals in 2016 when her character hired a male sex worker named Huge Grant.
16. David Letterman & Regina Lasko
Famed talk show host David Letterman found himself at the center of an infidelity scandal that took the country by surprise back in 2008. He had been dating Regina Lasko for over 20 years — and they had been married for six months — when he was forced to come clean about cheating with a number of women who had worked for him.
Letterman’s admission came after his Late Night assistant Stephanie Birkitt’s CBS News producer boyfriend Robert Halderman caught the two arm-in-arm in Letterman’s car. Halderman then threatened to extort the host for $2 million. While Halderman himself was later arrested, the cheating scandal prompted Letterman to publicly apologize to his wife.
17. Jack Nicholson & Anjelica Huston
Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston were one of Hollywood’s favorite couples. But their 17-year on-and-off relationship was riddled with problems stemming from what was described as The Shining actor’s serial infidelity. It wasn’t until Nicholson fathered a child with actress Rebecca Broussard that Huston finally put an end to their romance.
Speaking with Parade following the cheating scandal, Nicholson revealed that Huston’s first reaction was to demand that the actor support Broussard. He added, “Her second response was to come down to my job and beat the Hell out of me. She really beat me up, I tell you.” Huston never returned to Nicholson’s arms from that point forward.
18. Woody Allen & Mia Farrow
In what was one of the most famous and unbelievable celebrity infidelity scandals, iconic director Woody Allen cheated on his decades-long partner Mia Farrow with her daughter Soon Yi Previn, whom she had adopted with her former husband André Previn.
Farrow told Vanity Fair that she learned of the affair between her daughter and long-term partner after discovering a collection of risqué photos that Allen had taken of Previn. While the director alleged that they were taken to entertain Previn’s new interest in modeling, Farrow obviously knew something was wrong. She ended their relationship and accused him of sexual abuse. In the next surprising turn of events, Allen and Previn went on to tie the knot.
19. Prince Charles & Princess Diana
At first, the UK’s Princess Diana and Prince Charles appeared to have a fairy tale relationship. But it wasn’t long before word got out about the drama and infidelity that plagued their marriage. According to British royal reporter Andrew Morton, Princess Diana found out about her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker after finding a bracelet engraved with “G” and “F” on it.
The letters signified Prince Charles and Parkers’ nicknames for each other: Gladys and Fred. When private conversations between the two were leaked in 1992, the news confirmed the affair. Despite the cheating scandal, Princess Diana and Prince Charles remained married for another four years. The pair would go on to get divorced in 1996, and Diana lost her title of “Her Royal Highness”.
20. Nick Young & Iggy Azalea
The end of Iggy Azalea and Nick Young’s year-long engagement started all thanks to a prank that swept the Lakers player’s team in 2016. As part of the prank, Young’s teammate D’Angelo Russell secretly recorded a video of him admitting to cheating on his popstar fiancée.
Young insisted that the leaked video was fake, and he and Azalea stayed together. That is, until the “Fancy” rapper caught him bringing girls home while she was away. Young’s infidelity was exposed through the couple’s home security cameras. Speaking of the cheating scandal, Azalea said, “I feel like I don’t even know who the Hell it is I’ve been loving all this time.”
21. Cardi B & Offset
The last time we checked, marriage is considered a fairly serious commitment between two people. That’s why Cardi B fans were up in arms when the person Offset cheated on her with, a woman by the name of Summer Bunni, claimed she “didn’t know how serious [their] marriage was”. Seriously?
News of Offset’s infidelity eventually pushed the “Money” singer to call it quits on their relationship shortly after giving birth to their daughter. But their breakup didn’t last long. Offset was relentless in his pursuits to win his rapper wife back. He even ambushed an onstage performance of hers with huge signs that read “Take me back, Cardi”. Despite it all, he did end up winning her back.
22. Kevin Hart & Eniko Parrish
Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart is recognized as one of the greatest comedic geniuses out there. But in 2017, the Get Hard star made headlines for something other than his ability to send fans into fits of belly-aching laughter.
At the time his wife Eniko Parrish was eight months pregnant with their first child, Hart found himself at the center of an extortion scandal. Someone was threatening to leak an explicit video of him with another woman in exchange for money. The incident forced Hart to come clean about his cheating. After publicly apologizing to his wife and kids, the couple managed to work through their affair and stay together.
23. Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
Music duo Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were married for three years before the “Sweetest Sin” songstress’ rumored infidelity hit headlines. Paparazzi snapped shots of her leaving a hotel while wearing Adam Levine’s shirt. Hot on their heels, gossip columnists were quick to claim they’d spent the night together.
One year later, Simpson was linked to her Dukes of Hazzard co-star, Bam Margera. Margera confirmed their short affair to Howard Stern, admitting he “wound up at her parent’s house drinking margaritas and it went from there.” Though Simpson denied accusations of her infidelity, she and Lachey split the same year. Luckily, the two have since found new love in the form of new spouses.
24. Sophia Bush & Chad Michael Murray
It didn’t take long for One Tree Hill to become one of television’s most popular shows after its 2003 premiere. Fans fell in love with the on-screen romance between Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray, and their obsession with the two only grew after the pair started dating in real life.
Murray and Bush tied the knot after a year of dating, but the marriage didn’t last more than five months. That’s because rumors started circulating that Murray had cheated with his House of Wax castmate Paris Hilton. The worst part? He and Bush had to continue working together for another five years until the show finished.
25. Usher & Tameka Foster
R&B singer Usher and his ex-wife Tameka Foster had a very public and drawn-out divorce in 2009. This was followed by a bitter custody battle over their two sons, Usher V and Naviyd. But few people remember allegations of a cheating scandal that also had plagued their relationship.
In a 2017 interview with Oprah, Usher revealed that his relationship was doomed from the start. His own mother refused to attend his wedding and there were “a ton of people” who didn’t believe in their union. Towards the end of their two-year union, Usher said he was “faithful at heart, but not faithful all the way”.
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