What is it about Hollywood men? They often marry equally successful women who are in the spotlight, capitulating them into the league of power couples.
But when they stray, they don’t turn to a beautiful actress or supermodel, they tend to stay closer to home – the hired help.
On November 11, a bombshell report emerged from US Weekly, where it was claimed that Gwen Stefani reportedly pulled the plug on her 13-year marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale after discovering that he had been sleeping with their kids’ nanny. For three years, nonetheless, including when Gwen was pregnant with the couple’s third child.
“This was done right under Gwen’s nose,” a family insider claimed to the the maazine.
Rossdale, initially denied the allegations when confronted by Stefani but later fessed up, which “completely devastated her,” the source told the magazine. “She was mortified, livid, and embarrassed.”
And who wouldn’t be?
But Stefani is not the first, and probably won’t be the last, star who suffers the humiliation of an affair from right under her nose and in the confinements of her own home.
Want proof? Take a look at these 11 couples who saw their relationship crumble after allegations of affairs with the hired help.
11. Gavin Rossdale And Gwen Stefani – The Three-Year Affair
It’s the news everyone was talking about on Nov. 11, that of Gavin Rossdale‘s reported affair with long-time nanny Mindy Mann. Unsuspecting Gwen Stefani first learned of the three-year affair after one of her other nannies allegedly found explicit texts between Rossdale and Mann – including naked photos of Mann and plans to meet up for sex. She turned them over to Gwen. “The iPad was linked to Gavin’s phone,” a family insider told US Weekly. “One of the other nannies discovered the exchange and told Gwen.”
According to news-entertainment.net, Mann, who helped take care of the couple’s three sons — Kingston, 9, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 20 months — was reportedly fired after the singer discovered the steamy exchange. Gwen filed for divorce in August and now seems to have happily moved on with fellow The Voice coach Blake Shelton.
10. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner – The High Maintenance Nanny
In the months leading up to their June announcement that they were separating after 10 years of marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were dogged by rumors of an impending split. Playing happy family for the paparazzi did little to quell the incessant reports that Ben’s affair with nanny Christine Ouzounian was the reason Jen decided to suddenly pull the plug on the marriage. Though the actor denied the allegations of an affair, Christine, newly unemployed, was pictured living it up at the Hotel Bel-Air, reportedly at Ben’s expense.
9. Arnold Schwarzenegger And His Love Child
When it comes to a headline-grabbing story, it really doesn’t get any better than this. In 2011, news broke that the former California governor had fathered a love child, Joseph Baena, with his family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena. Obviously, the worldwide humiliation didn’t sit so well with wife Maria Shriver and the couple divorced in 2011. Something Arnie still regrets to this day, saying it was the biggest failure in his otherwise blissful life. “Without any doubt. Not only failure, but you feel like, ‘I’m to blame for it. It was me that screwed up,’ ” he recently said.
8. Heidi Klum And Seal – The Bodyguard
British singer Seal seemed to live out every man’s dream when he snared German uber model Heidi Klum. Married for seven years, the couple had three children together before calling it quits in 2012. A statement released by the couple read: “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate.” Heidi’s soul-searching didn’t take her very far – before her divorce was even complete, she was seen vacationing with her bodyguard Martin Kristen. And rumor has it, their affair had been going on for quite some time.
7. The Edwards – John Cheats On Wife Who Had Cancer
He was considered a top contender for the White House, but John Edwards and his wandering eyes destroyed any chance of a political career after he was caught in one of the most salacious sex scandals in U.S. history. Ahead of his 2008 election campaign, Edwards met Rielle Hunter while she was documenting his life on the campaign trail and according to the little-known movie producer, their love affair began with a California hotel encounter. The pair went on to produce a love child. The worst part of this story? Edwards’ wife and mother of his four kids, was battling breast cancer at the time, which she later succumbed to in 2010.
6. The Jaggers – Where’s The Nanny?
The Rolling Stones’ frontman seemingly could never ever get no satisfaction and his embattled partner for 21 years, Jerry Hall had to deal with the constant rumors and reports of his endless list of indiscretions. But the straw that really broke the camel’s back for Hall was the fact the Texas-born supermodel could never get over his affair with the nanny. Why? According to Celebrity News, Mick Jagger allegedly had sex with her on the kitchen counter while Hall slept in another room.
5. Robin Williams – Left First Wife For Nanny
The late Robin Williams has been continually mourned since his suicide in 2014, and his death went on to spark a contentious legal battle between his children and his third wife, Susan Schneider. According to Celebrity News, the beloved “comedian reportedly cheated on his first wife Valerie Velardi with the couple’s nanny, Marsha Garces, whom he later married.” Williams and Garces were together for 21 years and had two children together.
4. Hawke And Thurman – Nanny Homewrecker
On May 1, 1998, British actor Ethan Hawke married gorgeous American actress Uma Thurman, whom he met on the set of their 1997 film Gattaca. The marriage between these genetically blessed stars produced two children: daughter Maya Ray and son Levon. But in 2003, the couple separated when reports emerged that he cheated with the couple’s nanny, Ryan Shawhughes. At the time he denied the reports, but as it turns out, he ended up marrying Shawhughes in 2008.
3. Rob and Sheryl Lowe – Nanny Extortionist
For a long time, Rob Lowe courted a lot of trouble! In 2008, he found himself the target of what he alleged was an extortion attempt by his long-time nanny Jessica Gibson, who claimed Lowe groped her and sexually harassed and assaulted her, according to Celebrity News. The trouble didn’t end there for the actor. Though the suit was later dismissed, a second former nanny also accused Lowe of sexually assaulting her. Lowe’s marriage to then-wife, Sheryl Lowe, ended in 2008.
2. Peter Cook and Christie Brinkley – 18-Year-Old Mistress
Who would cheat on Christie Brinkley? Well, Peter Cook, did. The Hamptons architect decided to embark on an affair with his 18-year-old assistant, Diana Bianchi, and when rumors of an affair began swirling in New York circles, Cook quickly paid her off to the sum of $300,000. But money couldn’t silence Bianchi. The mistress confessed to the affair in court before Brinkley and Cook divorced in 2008.
1. Sara Evans and Craig Schelske – The Nanny Blues
Country crooner Sara Evan’s divorce from her husband Craig Schelske was one of the messiest in recent history. The singer pulled out of Dancing With the Stars as the bitter battle heated up, with Evans accusing Craig Schelske of sleeping with the nanny. However, it kind of backfired on her with the nanny suing her for $3 million for getting it wrong. But the allegations kept on coming and in the divorce filings things like “inappropriate marital conduct” and “adultery” were stated. Ironically, a single off Sara’s latest album is called “Cheatin’.”