Infidelity is always painful for the betrayed. But when there’s a baby on the way, it makes the sting that much worse. It’s cheating for two!
Unfortunately, it is not at all uncommon for husbands to stray from their pregnant partners - and not just in Hollywood. According to psychologist Robert Rodriguez, 10% of fathers-to-be cheat on their baby mamas.
What would drive a man to commit such egregious treachery? Some men blame their adultery on a feeling of being usurped by the baby. Others say they were looking for an escape from the stress of impending fatherhood. A few men admit they felt repulsed by their partner’s changing physique or were turned off by the idea of their baby being “involved” in their intimacy. Occasionally, the pregnancy was poorly timed, as the relationship was already as good as over.
Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman posits that in many cases, it’s simply a matter of the pregnancy having led to “a period of abstinence” for the couple. Then there are those men that are going to cheat no matter the circumstances. Their wife’s pregnancy is incidental.
Whatever their reasons, none of the celebrities on this list are going to win Husband of the Year.
Here are 15 Stars Who Were Unfaithful To Their Pregnant Wives.
15 David Boreanaz
The Buffyverse actor claims that ultimately, his adultery strengthened his marriage to Jamie Bergman. David Boreanaz was driven to publicly confess his affair after his mistress had demanded hush money. His mistress, later identified as Rachel Uchitel, denies blackmailing Boreanaz.
In the end, Boreanaz and Bergman decided not to throw away their decade together. The Bones actor told People Magazine, “In a sacred ground like marriage, you find yourself out of it at certain times for reasons unknown that can be destructive… There could be a demon that kind of comes out and overtakes you.” But they would enter marriage counseling because, “I’m a fighter. I’m a lover.”
Bergman admitted, “I’m not saying everything’s okay… I’m still mad. I am still hurt… We do the best we can. That’s all we can do.”
14 Eddie Murphy
The flags don’t get much redder than a guy who has nine children with 5 different women. Nonetheless, Scary Spice threw her hat into The Nutty Professor’s ring in 2006 when she learned she was carrying his baby.
Eddie Murphy refused to acknowledge paternity until a blood test proved otherwise.
Just 4 months earlier, Mel B. and Murphy took a family vacation with 5 of his children and her 7-year-old daughter. The Spice Girl painfully recalls, “I had people calling me a gold digger saying I got pregnant on purpose. It was a horrible time.” Meanwhile, Murphy was already gallivanting around town with his new girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds.
Mel told Essence Magazine that she and Murphy had planned the baby and even discussed marriage. “This wasn’t some random, ‘Oops I fell over and I’m pregnant.’ I don’t live my life like that.”
13 Tom Brady
Along with the two beautiful children the Patriots quarterback has with wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady also has a son with another woman. Actress Bridget Moynahan learned she was pregnant right after Brady left her for the supermodel.
In 2007, the John Wick actress told Harper’s Bazaar, “When you’re suddenly pregnant and no one is standing by your side… it’s a hard conversation… For a moment, it was hard for me to accept that this was the way I was going to have a family.”
To Bundchen’s credit, she considered leaving Brady when she learned about his ex’s condition. But she stuck it out and now considers Jack part of the family. “I think, now, eight years later, I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter bonus child.”
12 Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart has a history of stepping out on his ladies. His current wife, model Eniko Parrish, is also his mistress from his first marriage. They were the picture of wedded bliss for nearly a year when Parrish got pregnant.
In September 2017, the comedian made a shockingly candid confession on his Instagram.
He revealed that a blackmailer had a video of him in a compromising position with another woman. Rather than concede to the extortion, Hart publicly confessed to the affair.
Said Hart, “I’m hoping that [Parrish] has a heart to where she can forgive me and understand that this is not going to be a reoccurring thing and allow me to recover from my f***ing massive mistake. That’s what I’m trying to do not only as a man, but within teaching a lesson to my son.”
11 Mel Gibson
Though Mel Gibson denies it, Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva is adamant that he cheated on her with multiple women throughout their relationship. This includes a 3-month affair while Grigorieva was pregnant with their daughter, Lucia.
26-year-old actress Violet Kowal alleges multiple trysts with the Lethal Weapon star (some of which involved a beaver hand puppet). Afterward, he threatened her about going public, saying “Don’t f*** with me or I will make you suffer.” Kowal also claims that at first, “he came across as a single man,” and she didn’t learn of his pregnant girlfriend until later.
Gibson left Robin, his wife of 28 years, when he learned Grigorieva was pregnant with his child. They had already been dating for 3 years. In addition to infidelity, Grigorieva’s custody case against Gibson included allegations of verbal and physical abuse.
10 Charlie Sheen
Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen almost has more vices than acting credits. Denise Richard’s submitted 17 pages of grievances in divorce court, including infidelity.
Richards stated, “I had a very difficult pregnancy with Lola and had to have many ultrasounds to ensure that the baby was not in distress… At this time, a [call girl] that the Respondent knew by the name of Chloe Jones sold a story to the tabloids accusing the Respondent of cheating on me and paying her $15,000."
Like Harrison Ford in The Fugitive, Sheen insisted: “I didn’t cheat on my wife!” Sheen proceeded to behave questionably when he “threatened [Richards] to make a statement saying that it was not true.” When Richards refused, he “replied that if I did not make this statement, he would ‘destroy me’.”
9 Billy Crudup
Pregnancy is hard enough on a woman without any major relationship bombshells. So, it’s understandable that actress Mary-Louise Parker flipped out on her cabdriver when he got lost en route to the hospital.
Two months earlier, she learned that Billy Crudup, her boyfriend of 8 years, was leaving her for Claire Danes. Crudup met Danes (who was also not single) on the set of Stage Beauty and the lovebirds decided to follow their hearts.
12 years later, the Weeds actress addressed the demoralizing experience and apologized to the cabdriver in a chapter of her epistolary memoir, Dear Mr. You. “I am alone. Look, see? I am pregnant and alone. It hurts to even breathe… I’m trying to get through it but I’m by myself every night and every morning and no one, nothing helps. I’m sorry I yelled. I can’t get my shoes on anymore."
8 Eddie Cibrian
Before the Sunset Beach actor left Brandi Glanville for LeAnn Rimes, the Real Housewife star claims he cheated on her with fellow reality star Scheana Marie Jancan. Glanville was pregnant with their second child at the time. Jancan corroborates the affair, but claims she didn’t know Glanville was pregnant until she read about their baby’s birth in the press.
Jancan, a waitress at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants, told US Weekly that Cibrian initially told her he was single, but ultimately, “he admitted [being married]. So I stopped talking to him for a long time.” Cibrian later contacted Jancan to tell her he was separated, but that was still untrue. In reality, Cibrian was sleeping with both Jancan and Rimes whilst still married to Glanville.
7 Kevin Federline
In 2004, fans had several reasons to feel uneasy about Britney Spears’ new boyfriend, Kevin Federline. For starters, another woman was carrying his baby.
At the time, Shar Jackson said that Federline’s abandonment, “wasn't like just breaking up a relationship. It was like breaking up a family.” Jackson already had a 2-year-old daughter with the backup dancer, as well as an older daughter from a previous relationship.
Six years later, Federline apologized to his ex-fiancé on Celebrity Fit Club.
He tearfully confessed, “I know I've caused you a lot of pain. I've been really selfish. I guess I got so wrapped up in all this other s*** that I never really got a chance to sit back and apologize to you. I really do want you to know that I am sorry.” Jackson said the apology, "meant the world to me.”
6 Seth Peterson
After much speculation, Burn Notice actor Seth Peterson and his new girlfriend Miranda Doerfler gleefully confirmed their relationship on Facebook. The 2014 declaration came just days after Peterson announced he was divorcing Kylee Cochran, his 7-month pregnant wife of 12 years.
Doerfler, a 22-year-old horror novelist, fielded questions in the comments section of the photo captioned, “Okay. Officially. Seth Peterson and I are a couple.” One person wrote “I thought he was married,” to which Doerfler responded, “Lol, yeah. Was.”
Cochran, who appeared in The Crow: Salvation, cited irreconcilable differences and 48-year-old Peterson’s history of substance abuse. She requested full custody of their 2 other children Fenix, 8 and Lennon, 5. The actors met when she guest-starred on Providence and continued to work together throughout their marriage.
One month after The-Dream, aka Terius Nash, publically refuted claims that his marriage to Christina Milian was on the rocks, tabloids published photos of him with another woman. While Milian was at home gestating their unborn baby, Nash and his assistant Melissa Santiago frolicked on a beach in the Caribbean.
At that point, Nash confirmed that he and his wife/collaborator were separated.
The musicians were married in Vegas in September 2009. Milian gave birth to Violet the following March, one year after the couple began dating.
Milian cryptically acknowledged the affair in a now-deleted 2010 tweet that read, “WHATEVER YOU THINK.. BELIVE IT” The-Dream and Milian filed a petition for separation just days before Violet’s birth. In an announcement on his website, Nash lamented, "If there's anyone to blame, please blame me and me alone for not being upfront!"
In 2009, “Milkshake” singer Kelis filed for divorce from rapper Nas when she learned he’d been stepping out on her.
At 7 months pregnant, Kelis booted her boy from the yard.
The stars met at Puff Daddy’s 2002 MTV VMA after party. In June 2009, Kelis posted a series of nine tweets alluding to Nas’ philandering. Among her thinly veiled sentiments: “This lovely day I would like to touch on cheaters… All the scum bag coward husbands and the less then impressive s---s unite! You can all go down in flames together! Hooray! Who’s disgusted and bitter? Not I said the cat! Wink Wink.”
She added, “…women usually blame the women. I am here to say the husband is way more at fault.”
3 Tiki Barber
“We're finally getting married,” Tiki Barber exclaimed on his big day. The "we" the former NY Giant was referring to was he and 23-year-old NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson.
They were “finally” getting married just 8 days after finalizing his divorce from Ginny Cha.
In 2010, Barber ran off with Johnson, leaving behind his wife of 11 years, their 2 sons, and the twin girls she carried in her womb.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Barber expressed the fear and frustration he’d experienced hiding his affair from his wife. He’d used his Jewish agent’s apartment for their rendezvous, describing it as, “a reverse Anne Frank thing.”
In an official statement about the split, Barber said, "This decision was a painful one. But we are moving forward amicably and will continue to work together to raise our children with the love and dedication they have always known."
2 Hank Baskett
NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett made headlines in 2014 with reports that he’d cheated on wife Kendra Wilkinson when she was 8 months pregnant.
Baskett expressed regret over the incident in an interview with People. “I messed up. I put myself in a bad situation. And everything through me brought pain upon this family.”
Baskett claims that his indiscretion was more complicated than simple infidelity.
He reported that during a sketchy attempt to buy illegal substances, he found himself in a strange house with two lascivious women. He alleges that, though he didn’t initiate anything, he also didn’t refuse their advances.
The former Playboy model was upset but not completely surprised by Baskett’s predicament. Said Wilkinson, “Hank was very naïve and gullible. He thinks everybody is his friend. That led him to the hell that we’ve lived.”
1 Magic Johnson
In 1991, the NBA legend paid a high price when his infidelity led to contracting HIV. Magic Johnson’s wife Cookie feared he may have passed the auto-immune disease to her and their unborn child. She recalls, “In those days, you had to wait almost 10 days to get your results back, so that was agonizing.” Fortunately, both mother and child were negative.
Cookie described her emotional turmoil while he called all of the women he’d been with behind closed doors. "It was like, 'Who is he calling? You know, why is he in there so long?'... That was a difficult day."
Though Magic said he wouldn’t blame her for leaving, Cookie was steadfast. “I said, 'Are you kidding me? No. I love you. I'm gonna stay here and help you live.'"
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