Celebrity relationships are often fleeting lasting less time than it takes to pick out a new outfit for Friday night’s date. However, some celebrity relationships are not only lasting, but seemingly romantic and full of love and respect. The general public often gets invested in these fairy tale-like relationships, feeling as if we almost know them and we most certainly wish we could have a loving relationship just as fantastic. Often times we idolize these couples, striving to be just like them and racing to find our very own perfect partner.
But fairy tales are just that – fairy tales. Inevitably celebrity relationships fall apart just like many of ours. Sometimes the break-ups are quick and respectful. The dirty laundry is kept quietly packed away as the couple splits to redefine and rebuild their lives without each other. However, sometimes the splits are so dramatic that it becomes national news with Tweets flying around the nation at lightening speed and the dirty laundry posted all over every magazine cover and splashed across the internet worldwide. Some of the most shocking breakups of our favorite celebrity couples occur because one partner cheated on the other with an employee! Yep, that’s right, they slept with the help. Here’s some of the most memorable celebrities who found themselves in hot water (and perhaps with divorce papers) after having an affair with their employee.
10. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger not only slept with his employee, but he had a love child with her. Talk about overachieving! The former California Governor carried on an illicit affair with Patricia Baena, the family’s twenty year nanny, housekeeper and assistant. He kept his love child, a son, (ironically born just one week apart from his son with his wife Maria Shriver) a secret for more than a decade. When the news of a secret affair and hidden child broke, Arnold’s 25 year marriage to Maria was shattered beyond repair and naturally, they divorced.
9. Jude Law
Jude Law is a Hollywood heartthrob and accomplished actor, producer and director. Law began to receive national attention when he portrayed Dickie, a rich spoiled brat, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon in the late 1990s classic thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley. However, it wasn’t until the summer of 2005 that everyone was talking about Law and not because of his acting talent. Instead, the world spotlight was upon him for cheating on his fiancee Sienna Miller, with the nanny of his three children. While he apologized profusely for his actions, his relationship with Miller came to a screeching halt.
8. Gavin Rossdale
Gavin Rossdale, the gorgeous lead singer for the rock band Bush, has recently come under allegations that he had an extra-marital affair with his children’s nanny. Why is it always the nanny? The world was shocked when his wife Gwen Stefani, member of the punk band No Doubt, filed for divorce earlier this year. The two had met in 1995 when their bands toured together and later married in 2002. It appears thirteen years of marriage and three sons was not enough to keep the two together amid allegations of Rossdale sleeping with his employee.
7. Ethan Hawk
Ethan Hawke met Uma Thurman when they both starred in the cult classic, Gattaca. The two later married and had two children. All seemed well and the Hollywood power couple continued with much success. Hawke received outstanding critical acclaim for his role in Training Day, opposite Denzel Washington in 2001. However, his personal life and marriage to Thurman began to crumble when it was discovered he had been carrying on an affair with his children’s nanny. Thurman was devastated by the betrayal and ended the marriage quickly. Several years after their divorce was final, Hawke married the nanny and has since had two children with her.
6. Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe has made millions of girls’ hearts skip a beat ever since his appearance in the two American classics, The Outsiders and St. Elmo’s Fire. However, his career was damaged when he became involved in a sex tape scandal in the late 1980s, leaving him with the legacy of being a Hollywood bad boy. Eventually his career rebounded, but he didn’t seem to learn his lesson as in 2009, he came under fire again amid allegations of an affair with his nanny, which he aggressively denied. He, along with his wife of twenty years, turned around and sued the nanny (among others). While the case was settled out of court and the truth may never be known, one thing is for sure: this 80’s heartthrob and bad boy sure seems to have a knack for sex scandals.
5. Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States has a long history of sordid sexual affairs. However, it was his affair with Monica Lewinsky, a 22 year old White House intern that brought national attention to the then 49 year old President. Clinton and Lewinsky both originally attempted to deny the affair with the President being quoted as saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. When Lewinsky was able to produce the now infamous semen-stained “blue dress” that contained the President’s DNA, Clinton then admitted to an “improper physical relationship” with Lewinsky. The circus around the President’s affair with his employee continued as he was impeached by the Senate on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
4. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum is one of the world’s most successful models, ranking second on Forbes ’ list of the “World’s Top-Earning Models” (behind Gisele Bündchen) and our favorite Victoria’s Secret Angel. Currently she is a judge on two hit television shows, America’s Got Talent and Project Runway. However, she is no stranger to controversy. In 2012, after nearly seven years of marriage to singer Seal, the couple announced they were divorcing. What came as a shock to family and friends (who reportedly watched every year as Heidi and Seal renewed their wedding vows on their anniversary), was that Seal claimed that Heidi was “fornicating with the help”, alluding that she was cheating on him with her longtime bodyguard, who after her split with Seal she did maintain a romantic relationship with for two years.
3. David Beckham
David Beckham became the center of controversy when in 2004 his personal assistant (at least it wasn’t the nanny) revealed to the world that she had been carrying on a four month passionate affair with Beckham while he was playing soccer for Real Madrid. Beckham, arguably the world’s hottest soccer player, denied the allegations and his wife, Victoria Beckham stood vehemently by his side, even using the press to engage in a little mean girl name calling. The couple relocated to Los Angeles for a time to escape the never ending scandal in their home country of England. Amazingly, the Beckhams, among several affair allegations over the years (all directed at David) are still married today.
2. John Edwards
John Edwards, the Senator from North Carolina (1999-2005), was thrust into the national spotlight in 2004 when he became the Democratic nomination for Vice President, alongside Presidential Candidate, John Kerry and again in 2006, when he announced his intention to run for President in 2008. However, his political career slowly died when it was revealed that not only did he have an affair with a campaign worker, but he had also fathered a child with her. Initially he tried to cover up the affair and denied the child was his, but DNA testing later proved that he was the father. The truly sad part of this was it all occurred while his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, was suffering and ultimately died from breast cancer.
1. David Letterman
David Letterman, our favorite late night show host, became embroiled in sexual controversy in 2009 when he admitted on air that he had numerous affairs with his female employees. He said, rather bluntly, “I have had sex with women who work for me”. This admission unleashed fury from several prominent television women who questioned the implications of Letterman having sex with his subordinates. Letterman, then 62, apologized profusely to his wife, staff and fans in a segment of his popular television show, The Late Show with David Letterman. Seemingly his wife has accepted his apology as the two are still married today.