Any celebrity will tell you that living life in the spotlight isn’t easy. Sure, to the rest of us mere mortals, this is a rather high-class problem. Still, consider having every aspect of your life under a microscope at all times, no part of it belonging to you alone. Imagine then that you engage in some sort of bad behavior – which let’s be honest, we’re all guilty of in some way – and everyone immediately knows about it.
Some of these stars didn’t appear at all remorseful for their actions, but others certainly were. Aside from apologizing to their significant others, they issued public acknowledgement of their guilt as well. We may not always understand the act itself or the fallout from it, but we all see the entire messy story unfold and that, is the price of fame.
We all want to believe that a “happily ever after” exists for our favorite stars. However, they are only human like the rest of us, and as such, are not immune to temptation. They are also not exempt from acting like jerks. Certain relationships were destroyed by trysts, while others took their betrayals in stride. Whether these celebrities wound up with the object of their affections or viewed the affairs as a huge mistake, all of them were caught one way or another.
Here are 15 Hollywood Sweethearts Who Were Unfaithful.
15 David Boreanaz
Apparently, David Boreanaz got honest about his multiple affairs because he was tired of “living a lie.” However, the fact that one of the women he'd cheated with was attempting to extort him was probably also a factor. He had been married to former Playboy Playmate Jaime Bergman for nine years when they made his indiscretions public knowledge in 2010. The couple has two children – one of whom Bergman was pregnant with when her husband cheated.
Boreanaz had been linked to Rachel Uchitel – best known as one of Tiger Woods’ mistresses – but she claimed she didn't blackmailed the Bones actor. He admitted that his actions were driven by “narcissism and arrogance.” Despite the hurt it caused, the couple felt that Boreanaz’s unfaithfulness actually strengthened their marriage. Bergman stated, “It took a crisis; it took infidelity to get us off our asses and work for what we want.”
14 Jude Law
Jude Law isn’t the only celebrity who was caught cheating with the nanny, but he was probably the most shocking. Law had been engaged to actress Sienna Miller for mere months when his mistress, Daisy Wright, sold her story to the Sunday Mirror, detailing the affair rather graphically in 2005. Apparently, one of Law’s children had caught the two in bed together and told their mother (ex-wife Sadie Frost) about it, which understandably led to Wright losing the job.
After his duplicity had been revealed, Law issued a heartfelt apology, “There is no defense for my actions which I sincerely regret.” Law and Miller met on the set of Alfie, while he was still married to Frost. The couple split after Miller discovered Law’s transgressions – and after she reportedly retaliated by sleeping with Law’s close pal, Daniel Craig – and tried again in 2009, only to break up for good in 2011.
13 Kristen Stewart
To say that Twilight fans were overjoyed at the offscreen romance between costars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson would be an understatement. However, that excitement quickly turned to vitriol after Stewart was photographed making out with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders in 2012. The auteur was married and had two children with his wife, Liberty Ross.
Stewart, who had been fairly guarded about her romantic life, issued a public apology stating, “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” The event prompted Pattinson to end their three-year relationship. They did briefly try again, but split up for good in 2013.
12 Ashton Kutcher
Many were stunned in 2003 when Ashton Kutcher began dating Demi Moore, an actress sixteen years his senior. People were even more surprised when the couple married in 2005. However, it didn’t take long before everyone, including Moore’s former hubby Bruce Willis, was onboard with their relationship. All seemed to be going well - at least in the public - until Kutcher was caught red-handed in a hot tub with two women… on his 6th wedding anniversary!
Sara Leal – one of the ladies in the hot tub – came forward with her story amid rampant rumors of Kutcher’s infidelity, and he and Moore divorced shortly thereafter. A couple of years ago actor Scott Eastman dropped a major bombshell when he revealed that Leal was actually his girlfriend at the time.
11 Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart made his infidelity public amid rumors of an extortion attempt. There was a video of him with a woman who wasn’t his wife and someone was hoping to profit off of it. He came forward and admitted that he cheated on his wife, Eniko Parrish – who was pregnant at the time. The Jumanji actor took responsibility for his actions, saying, "I'm guilty, regardless of how it happened and what was involved.”
Hart posted a remorseful video on Instagram, apologizing to his wife and children. The woman in question was Montia Sabagg, who admitted to the affair, but claimed she wasn’t the one trying to blackmail Hart. She also insisted that she did not know that he was married.
Hart has stated that, although he continues to pay for his mistakes at home, Parrish has chosen to give him another chance.
10 Billy Bob Thornton
Considering Billy Bob Thornton is on his 6th wife, it really should be no surprise that he left Laura Dern for Angelina Jolie. The pair met in 1999 on the set of Pushing Tin and were married the next year. However, Thornton and Dern were engaged when his romance with Jolie began. She has famously said of the experience, "I left our home to go and make a movie and while I was away my boyfriend got married and I never heard from him again."
The public found the couple absolutely captivating, from Thornton and Jolie’s matching tattoos to the vials of each other’s blood that they wore around their necks. Of course, the couple split in 2003 and Jolie went on to marry Brad Pitt, while Thornton married wife number six, puppeteer Connie Angland, in 2014.
9 Ben Affleck
While all that remains of Ben Affleck’s romance with Jennifer Lopez is Gigli, there was a point when Bennifer was a pretty big deal. However, before the two got hitched, Affleck’s heart was stolen by another Jennifer altogether. “We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil," Affleck has said of their relationship. There is just one issue with this statement: he proposed to girlfriend Jennifer Lopez in 2002, the same year that he shot the much-maligned Daredevil. Also, Jennifer Garner was still married to Scott Foley.
Although it’s not definite that there was a physical affair, by Affleck’s own admission, there was an emotional one. He and Garner were married in 2005. In 2015, they announced their split after ten years and three children – amidst rumors of Affleck’s infidelity – leaving the public stunned.
8 Anne Heche
Sadly, the only aspect of Anne Heche’s life to overshadow her highly publicized relationship with Ellen DeGeneres was the aftermath of their breakup. Heche suffered a nervous breakdown after ending things with DeGeneres. This difficult time was made very public by a press that was all too gleeful in capturing it. Heche eventually managed to rebound from this and found love with Coley Laffoon, a cameraman she had met on DeGeneres’ standup comedy tour.
The couple had been together for five years when Heche met and fell for her Men in Trees costar James Tupper in 2006. Heche wasn’t the only one who was in a committed relationship, though. Tupper had been married to Kate Mayfield since 2001. Heche and Tupper left their respective spouses and married the next year. They have one child together.
7 Hugh Grant
In 1995, Hugh Grant’s career had just skyrocketed after the actor’s starring role in Four Weddings and a Funeral. The British actor had charmed just about everyone until the moment he was literally caught with his pants down. Grant was arrested with a nightworker who went by the name Divine Brown (real name, Estella Marie Thompson). It was embarrassing not only for him, but also for his long-term partner Elizabeth Hurley.
“Last night I did something completely insane. I have hurt people I love and embarrassed people I work with. For both things I am more sorry than I can ever possibly say,” Grant said in the statement he released. Surprisingly, in the wake of this incident, Hurley stuck by him until the couple amicably split in 2000 after thirteen years together.
6 Billy Crudup
Claire Danes was just twenty-four in 2003 when her affair with Billy Crudup was uncovered. The actress has stated that she just “didn’t know what those consequences would be.” The issue was that Crudup had been with his partner, Mary-Louise Parker, for eight years and Parker was seven months pregnant with his child. At the time, Danes and Crudup – who were costars in Stage Beauty – claimed that they were friends and that Danes was still with her boyfriend, musician Ben Lee.
In recent years though, Danes has opened up about the experience, saying, “I was just in love with him.” Parker rarely spoke about the situation, not wanting to upset her child. Crudup and Danes were together for three years, at which point she is rumored to have left him for Hannibal star, Hugh Dancy, who she is now married to.
5 David Letterman
David Letterman had always been very guarded about his personal life. The Late Night talk show host’s admission of his extramarital involvement with female staffers and public apology to his wife, Regina Lasko, came as a huge shock. In 2009, Letterman had been with Lasko for twenty-three years and the couple had one son together. They didn’t actually marry until about six months before Letterman’s infidelities were revealed.
Everything began to unravel when CBS News producer Robert “Joe” Halderman attempted to extort Letterman for two million dollars in exchange for his silence. Apparently, one of his dalliances had been with Letterman’s former assistant – and Halderman’s girlfriend at the time – Stephanie Birkitt. Halderman was arrested and Letterman was humiliated, but Lasko chose to work things out with her husband.
4 Jack Nicholson
Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson were together from 1973-1989 and he was not even remotely faithful for that entire time, as Huston has chronicled in her memoir, Watch Me. Early on in their relationship he canceled a date with Huston, only to wind up at the same restaurant as her… with Michelle Philips on his arm! Huston faced them head on, letting Nicholson know that she was on to him. However, that didn’t stop the pair from moving in together.
As the ‘80s neared their end – after years of putting up with his philandering – Nicholson invited Huston out to dinner to inform her that one of his mistresses was pregnant. She ended their relationship, but after reading about even more of his indiscretions in Playboy, she finally lost it. Huston drove to his place and beat him up until she was exhausted, and then beat him up once more.
3 Joss Whedon
The recent essay published by Joss Whedon’s ex-wife, Kai Cole, has called the auteur’s feminist credentials into question. Cole exposed Whedon's his infidelity, as well as the lack of responsibility he took for his actions.
In what was ostensibly a letter of apology that he wrote to Cole, Whedon stated, “When I was running Buffy, I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can’t touch it.”
According to Cole, Whedon did indeed “touch it” with several female employees throughout their sixteen-year marriage. He also basically blamed the patriarchy for his own infidelity. Does this make him less of a feminist or just more of a jerk? Probably both.
2 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Strangely, it wasn’t either of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s runs for office that brought his indiscretions to light, but rather a family therapy session in 2011. Maria Shriver, his wife of twenty-five years, confronted him about their maid’s son, who looked an awful lot like Schwarzenegger. The affair had happened fourteen years prior with the family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena.
Despite his protestations, Shriver separated from Schwarzenegger immediately. The couple has four children together. Schwarzenegger has said of the error in judgment, “You can’t go back — if I could, in reality, be Terminator, of course I would go back in time and would say, ‘Arnold... no.’ ”
This actually wasn’t the actor’s only instance of infidelity. In his book, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, he also admitted to having an affair with Brigitte Nielsen, his Red Sonja costar, while working on the 1985 film. Schwarzenegger was living with Shriver at the time.
1 Woody Allen
Husbands and Wives will always be remembered as a comedy fueled by real life drama: the dissolution of a long-term relationship. While the marriage of Gabe and Judy Roth was disintegrating onscreen, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s twelve-year partnership was coming apart at the seams as well. In 1992, Farrow found naked pictures – taken by Allen – of her twenty-year-old daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
Allen sleeping with a woman thirty-five years his junior and who also happened to be his girlfriend’s child is strange enough, but in 1997, Previn and Allen were married. The couple is still together and in Allen’s own words, “She responded to someone paternal. I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things.”
So much for being a sweetheart...
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