Celebrities are busy people. Add maintaining a relationship and raising children to their demanding career schedules, and it’s not a surprise that they might hire some extra help. Most celebrities employ a nanny at some point to help them take care of their kids, and that stereotype of the “hot nanny” is one that a lot of women still worry about, even if they are happily married.
A nanny is around all the time, participating in the lives of the family they work for. She is not only spending a lot of time with the children, but she’ll end up seeing a lot of intimate things in her employers’ lives. According to one relationship expert, April Masini, stars gravitate to these relationships because “nannies provide a comfort level for these men. They’re nurturing caregivers.” Masini argues that celebs having relationships with nannies isn’t much different from “CEOs having affairs with their secretaries or assistants. These women know them. They don’t have to feel judged.”
With celebrity divorce stories inevitably comes the cheating scandal stories, and while not all the claims of affairs with nannies can be confirmed 100%, you have to wonder where the story comes from in the first place. Here are 10 celebrities who (allegedly) couldn’t resist their nannies.
10. Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne, lead singer of Black Sabbath and husband of Sharon Osbourne, had a reputation for hard partying and alcohol abuse. Sharon has stuck by him, and she even told the story of finding out he hooked up with their kids’ nanny the night their son Jack was born.
In her autobiography, Extreme, Sharon wrote “Ozzy was loaded when he got to the hospital. Then he collapsed and went home. My assistant popped in to see if he was OK and found him in bed with the nanny. She wasn’t a beautiful blonde, she was an ugly old cow.” Sharon blamed his indiscretion on his drug and alcohol abuse, and chose to forgive him.
9. Jon Gosselin
It’s debatable whether calling Jon Gosselin a celebrity is valid, but he’s pretty recognizable thanks to his eight kids, and TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8. Jon and Kate divorced in 2009, effectively ending their reign on the TLC ratings. Gosselin started dating Hailey Glassman, who happened to be Kate’s plastic surgeon’s daughter. But it wasn’t until later that Stephanie Santoro, one of the children’s many babysitters, came forward to admit her affair with Jon.
Santoro told InTouch magazine she slept with Jon a total of nine times, some of those when the kids were asleep in the same house. Whether he cheated on Kate or not is unclear, but according to Santoro, he definitely cheated on Hailey multiple times.
8. Robin Williams
The late Robin Williams met his second wife, Marsha Garces, when she started working as a nanny for his son Zachary in 1984. Their romantic relationship started while Williams was still married, and after he divorced his first wife, he married Garces less than a year later. She was already pregnant with his child.
They were together for nine years and had two children together before getting divorced in 2008. Williams remarried again in 2011 do a graphic designer, Susan Schneider, who he was still with at the time of his death in 2014.
7. Gavin Rossdale
Another long time couple who’s called it quits recently is Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani who were together for 13 years, and have three sons together. According to reports, Gwen was always close with the nanny herself, treating her like a younger sister. But even though she never found any concrete proof, she’d become increasingly suspicious that her husband was fooling around with that same nanny.
According to a source for Radar Online, Gwen “was very suspicious that Gavin was involved with the nanny. Gavin always denied anything inappropriate, but her friends warned her that it seemed like there was something going on.” She filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences because she couldn’t deal with the constant paranoia anymore.
6. Rob Lowe
While not exactly an “affair”, Rob Lowe was accused of sexually harassing two different nannies who worked with his children. He filed a lawsuit against one for claiming they had an affair when according to him, they didn’t. Another nanny, Jessica Gibson, claimed Lowe sexually harassed her and was an all around terrible employer.
Not only was Lowe accused of sexually harassing the nannies, but his wife (who he’s still with), Sheryl Berkoff, was accused of being abusive, heartless, and cold towards her employees. All the lawsuits were dropped, so we’ll never know what really happened.
5. Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman were an A-list Hollywood power couple until they filed for divorce in 2004 because of allegations of Hawke’s infidelity. He married Ryan Shawhughes, who worked as a nanny to his two children with Thurman in 2008, sparking rumors that she was the reason for his first divorce.
Hawke insisted his “first marriage disintegrated due to many pressures, none of which were remotely connected to Ryan.” He has also mentioned that fame was a huge factor in his relationship failing. He and Ryan are still together, and they have two daughters.
4. Mick Jagger
Although Mick Jagger was lucky enough to be married to model Jerry Hall, he still managed to find the time to sleep with over 4000 women during his career as the lead singer of The Rolling Stones. He allegedly had sex with his nanny, Claire, while his wife was asleep in the other room.
According to Claire, she was hired to help out with the kids while the Stones were on tour, and Jagger stepped out of the shower naked to greet her. The next day, he came to her in the kitchen. “We kissed passionately,” she said. “The next thing I remember, he was making love to me.” Sounds like Jagger had a hypnotic way with the ladies.
3. Jude Law
During the height of Jude Law‘s fame, he announced he was engaged to Sienna Miller. Not long after, the news broke that he’d been having an affair with the nanny of his three children from his previous marriage to Sadie Frost. He issued a public apology to Sienna, saying, “I just want to say I am deeply ashamed and upset that I’ve hurt Sienna and the people most close to us. There is no defense for my actions which I sincerely regret and I ask that you respect our privacy at this very difficult time.”
The nanny, Daisy Wright, told her story to a newspaper after one of Law’s children caught them in bed together. After the truth about the month long affair came out, Miller broke their engagement.
2. Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck recently announced they were ending their marriage of 10 years, and it wasn’t long before speculation about why made its way to their nanny, 28-year-old Christine Ouzounian. Although she only worked with them for a short time, she was in the Bahamas with the family when they announced their split.
According to People magazine, sources close to Ouzounian claim she said she had an intimate relationship with Affleck, and she’s in love with him. Of course, a rep for Affleck calls the story “complete garbage” and “full of lies.” It’s still all he-said, she-said, and Garner hasn’t commented on the story, so maybe we’ll never know the truth.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The former Governor of California had quite the scandal on his hands when it came out that he’d carried out an affair with his longtime nanny and housekeeper, Patty Baena. His wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, filed for divorce in 2011 when she found out the truth about the affair because of a Baena’s son Joseph.
Baena was pregnant with Joseph and working in Schwarzenegger‘s house at the same time Maria was pregnant with her son, Christopher. Although Schwarzenegger claims he didn’t know Joseph was his son until the boy got older and started to look like him, he’d actually been supporting Baena and her son financially since the beginning.