Celebrities often have to deal with increased media scrutiny, meaning there’s a much higher chance their infidelity will eventually get caught.
When it comes to standard of living, celebrities do get to enjoy the upper-rung. Considering they get paid millions of dollar per movie, they have the luxury of getting to afford the finer side of life; the beachside villas in Spain, the supercars, the most luxurious food, you name it. But because they live most of their lives out in public, they will no doubt be hounded by countless paparazzi who are just waiting for them to fall or make a mistake.
We can only imagine it’s hard having a peaceful relationship with your significant other when you practically have zero privacy. Of course, the fact that every aspect of their lives is under the microscope eventually takes their toll; which is why these celebrities often go through a carousel of partners and why their marriages never seem to last. These 15 celebrities were unfortunate enough to have their infidelity exposed directly in the media and were embarrassed for it:
#15 Jennifer Lopez
In the late 90s, Lopez developed a relationship with her backup dancer Chris Judd, and the couple was married from September 2001 to June 2002. During the time of their breakup, Lopez was working on a film, Gigli, with Ben Affleck and rumors quickly began to surface that the duo was having a fling. The friction between Affleck and Lopez eventually led to her divorce with Judd due to ‘irreconcilable differences’ and ‘Bennifer’ would commence a high-profile relationship with one another.
Heidi Klum got engaged to musician Seal in December 2004 and the couple married in May 2005. They have three biological children together and all was rosy until allegations began to emerge that Klum was cheating on Seal with her bodyguard. The cracks soon became obvious and the couple filed for divorce in 2007, after seven years together. Klum later admitted to ‘seeing’ her bodyguard Martin Kristen and was in a relationship with him from September 2012 until early 2014.
#13 Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson married Nick Lachey in October 2002 and the couple would remain together until Simpson filed for divorce in December 2005, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’ Throughout 2005, Simpson was rumored to be having an affair with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. The affair was all but confirmed in January 2006 when Simpson was seen leaving an L.A. hotel wearing Levine’s t-shirt after the two supposedly spent the night together.
#12 Jude Law
While filming Alfie in late 2003, Law and co-star Sienna Miller began a relationship and became engaged on Christmas day 2004. However, the engagement did not last very long. On July 8, 2005, Law issued a public apology to Miller for having an affair with his children’s nanny. He had three children from his previous marriage with Sadie Frost and the affair led to the couple’s separation in November 2006. Miller got back at Law by cheating on him with her Layer co-star, Daniel Craig.
#11 Ethan Hawke
Hawke married Uma Thurman in May 1998. The couple had first met on the sets of Gattaca in 1996 and had quickly fallen in love with one another. They had two children together but the marriage would last only five years, until 2003. Rumors began swirling about that Hawke had cheated on Thurman with his children’s nanny and amidst these allegations of infidelity, the couple filed for divorce. Hawke then married the former nanny, Ryan, in 2008.
#10 Larry King
Larry King has had a very colorful personal life. The legendary TV show host has been married eight times, to seven women and has five children and nine grandchildren, as well as four great-grandchildren. So it’s no surprise to learn that King has cheated a few times on his partner. However, the manner in which he cheated on his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, definitely caught the eye.
Southwick is 26 years King’s junior and is the mother of two of his children, but that did not stop him from cheating on her. With her younger sister of all people. It then came to light that Southwick had also cheated on King with a baseball coach. The two filed for divorce but eventually reconciled.
#9 Anne Heche
Heche started dating talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 1997, and at one point, said they would get a civil union if such became legal in Vermont. The couple’s breakup in 2000 caught widespread media attention and it turned out that Heche had been cheating on Ellen with Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, a cameraman whom she met the previous year on DeGeneres’ stand-up comedy tour. The two would end up marrying and have a son together. But this marriage ended in divorce as well and it turned out that Heche had cheated again. This time, with her Men in Trees co-star James Tupper.
#8 Meg Ryan
Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid in February 1991. They are said to have fallen in love during the shooting of their second film together, D.O.A. They had one child together but separated and divorced one another in 2001. Ryan claimed that Quaid had been unfaithful to her for a very long time, but it’s more than likely that it’s the other way around. Ryan was caught cheating on her husband of ten years with her Proof of Life co-star Russell Crowe in 2000, causing their marriage to end.
#7 Rob Kardashian
Kardashian dated actress Adrienne Bailon from 2007 until 2009 and their relationship was very well-documented on his family’s reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Bailon was a former member of the short-lived pop group “The Cheetah Girls” and their relationship was so serious, that he even tattoed her name across his chest. But it was all for show. Following rumors of cheating and infidelity, the couple split and Kardashian soon revealed on Twitter that he was dating singer Rita Ora.
#6 Jack Nicholson
Between 1973 and 1990, Nicholson had an on-again, off-again relationship with actress Anjelica Huston. While their relationship lasted 17 long years, it was an open-secret that Nicholson cheated on Houston numerous times with multiple women during the course of their relationship. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the fact that he ended up getting actress Rebecca Broussard pregnant in 1989. He would go on to also have a son with Broussard.
#5 Kristen Stewart
Five years ago, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were co-stars for the mega-hit Twilight franchise. They were also very much in love with one another and had been dating for around three years. The couple’s picture perfect love came crashing down when Stewart was caught cheating on Pattinson with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. The notoriously publicity-shy Stewart issued a direct apology to Pattinson, and the couple has since moved on, both romantically and professionally.
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The ‘Queen of Pop’ has had a long and illustrious career in the music industry and just as colorful a personal life to go along with it. She met Guy Ritchie in November 1998 and the couple had a son together. Though Madonna denied cheating on her then-husband Ritchie with baseball star Alex Rodriguez, the ‘Material Girl’ was frequently photographed with A-Rod. The baseball superstar was also seen visiting Madonna’s apartment during late-night hours. Madonna and Ritchie divorced later that year, as did Rodriguez and his wife Cynthia Scurtis, who supposedly left him as a result of the affair with Madonna.
#3 Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt was in a high profile relationship with Jennifer Aniston when he began filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie. Pitt had married Aniston in 2000 and the couple filed for divorce in January 2005, following rumors that Pitt had cheated on Aniston with his co-star. While he initially denied there was anything between him and Jolie, it soon became obvious that they were a couple. They began appearing together in increasing frequency and ‘Brangelina’ became the ‘it’ couple of the decade. Sadly for most romantics, even their seemingly unbreakable relationship came to an end in September last year.
#2 Britney Spears
Oops, she did it again. If rumors are to be believed, then Britney Spears cheated on her then-beau Justin Timberlake not once, but twice. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Timberlake ended in December 2002, after the couple had dated for three years. Following the breakup, Timberlake released the song “Cry Me a River” as the second single from his solo debut album. The music video featured a Spears lookalike and fueled rumors that she had been unfaithful to him. She had reportedly cheated on him with her choreographer at the time, Wade Robson.
#1 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger married television journalist Maria Shriver, niece of President John F Kennedy, in April 1986. The couple had four children but their seemingly perfect marriage ended in a messy divorce in 2011, after 25 years together. The Los Angeles Times then revealed that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son fourteen years earlier with the housemaid, Patricia Baena. After the scandal, actress Brigitte Nielsen came forward and stated that she too had an affair with Schwarzenegger while he was in a relationship with Shriver.