Many of the top celebrities have it all – the fame, the money and the options. They want love and lovin’, but when you have options, those two might mean different things to celebs than they mean to us common folk. Being monogamous is a tough gig for the lowliest of us and when you have your pick of the hottest men and women in most of the world, you can almost bet that having the same sexual partner for the rest of your life is a hardship. We hear the scandals daily, of cheating partners and broken marriages, but some celebs go the other way and just institute an open relationship, where each partner gets to have relations with someone else, but they still stay married to each other. There are so many variations on this theme, including inviting other women into the bedroom for threesomes, having a group thing, or doing their own separate thing with a “don’t ask, don’t tell policy”. The follow 10 couples have tried their hands with the open relationship gig and some of the marriages have worked and others haven’t. No one knows if the swinging was because the marriage was in trouble or if it put it in trouble. No one also knows if it keeps the relationship going or if it solidified the breakup. Read on to find out who likes to keep their options open in the bedroom while still staying with their true love.
10. Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith
This dynamic duo had rumours swirling for years that they reveled in an open marriage. Jada Pinkett-Smith finally replied to the rumours, with quite a bit of ambiguity. She said that husband Will Smith is free to do what he wants outside of the marriage, as long as he can look at himself in the mirror afterwards. Admitting that they were married quite young, she said that Will is free to look at other women and find them attractive, because that is just normal biology. “Here’s what I trust — I trust that the man that Will is, is the man of integrity. So, he’s got all the freedom in the world.” Lucky man!
9. Mo’Nique Imes-Jackson & Sidney Hicks
Mo’Nique has been very forthcoming about her open relationship with husband Sidney Hicks. She did interviews with Oprah and the New York Times professing how much she loves her husband, but that instead of the cheating and lying, her and her husband do what they want, but they tell each other about it. She said, “We have an agreement that we’ll always be honest, and if [intercourse] happens with another person, that’s not a deal breaker for us, that’s not something where we’ll have to say, ‘Oh God, we’ve got to go to divorce court because you cheated on me.’ Because we don’t cheat.” She even admits the swinging was her idea, back when she was newly famous, especially because she believed that she should have whatever she wants, married or not.
8. Rachel Ray & John Cusimano
Of all the people on the list, this couple had the most evidence towards living a swinging lifestyle within their marriage. Rachel Ray‘s husband John Cusimano has frequently been seen at the Manhattan swinger’s club Checkmate in the company of a bevy of women, but without his wife. While this club is dedicated to couples and single ladies, John seems to live this swinging life without letting his wife in on it. Addressing the rumours of his partying at the club, both parties in the couple have denied that John attends the club. Could it be a case of mistaken identity or of a wife not knowing what her husband is doing on the side? Could also be that they want their business kept private.
7. Tilda Swinton & John Byrne
Quirky looks don’t stop Tilda Swinton from getting busy with gorgeous young men who are not her husband. In fact, it doesn’t stop her from having a husband, who she lived with (they have since parted), along with a young lover, who sometimes lived with her too. This wasn’t just a sexual thing for Ms. Swinton, as she said “We are all a family… What you must also know is that we are all very happy.” As would be expected, Tilda would delve no further and neither would any of her lovers, stating that their bedroom antics were nobody’s business but their own. John and Tilda have since parted ways in terms of living arrangements, but remain very good friends.
6. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has admitted that her sexual life has been quite wild and one would expect that marrying one of the acclaimed sexiest men alive would not change that. So it comes as no surprise that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could possibly have an open relationship. Both partners pretty much have their pick of any man or woman out there, even if they are crazy about each other with a zillion kids. While neither of the Brangelina have been caught in other affairs, Angie was very clear about how she feels about fidelity: “I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship. It’s worse to leave your partner and talk badly about him afterwards. Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together. We make sure that we never restrict each other.”
5. Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore
While the two have since split amid rumours of his cheating, rumours have swirled that both Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have partaken in quite an active and wild love life during the time they were together. People were already quite stunned to see the strapping Bruce Willis out on a family event with Demi, Ashton in tow, but that part was all innocent. It is said that Demi is bisexual, so can’t get everything she needs from men and that Ashton was allowed some flirtatiousness with other women. The couple partook in many a threesome, but their well-known in Hollywood open relationship may have turned sour as Ashton used it as an excuse to get with women without Demi’s presence. His alleged lovers have said that Ashton told them Demi was all good with him getting with other women, but Demi may truly have been oblivious to all of it.
4. Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
Also now split, Megan Fox has admitted that she isn’t a straight shooter, stating that she is bisexual and that she prefers an open relationship. But, that doesn’t mean Brian Austin Green gets fun threesomes with other women and his stunning wife. No, it means that Megan is free to date other people, but Brian has to stay monogamous. As well, Megan also said in a news interview that a child sleeping in her bed meant that he really didn’t get any nookie either. So not only was he not allowed to stray while she is, he wasn’t getting any from his wife either. This would be an incredibly simple verdict in divorce court!
3. Dolly Parton & Carl Dean
Dolly Parton will celebrate her 50th year of marriage to Carl Dean this year, but rumours have it that she’s lived a double-life all of these years. Some speculate that Carl is not a real person, as Dolly and her husband have rarely been photographed together. Instead, it is believed that her personal assistant has been her lesbian lover all of these years. On top of that, there are plenty of rumours of Dolly’s philandering around town with other male celebrities like Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone. Dolly says her non-traditional marriage, where she travels for her career and he stays home is what has kept them together.
2. Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell
Bill Hudson, father to Kate Hudson and ex-husband of Goldie Hawn claims that his daughter and ex-wife are man-eaters, who can’t stay with one man because of their roving eyes. In his tell-tale book, he outs his ex stating that she wanted an open marriage when they were married many years ago. Her first out-in-the-open fling was with a man named Bruno, whom she told Bill that she would be staying with, before flying out to work on a movie. She eventually returned to Bill telling him that she’s always believed in an open marriage. He says this is what ended their relationship. Goldie has been with her Overboard co-star Kurt Russell now for 33 years, although they’ve never married and it is apparently well-known Hollywood knowledge that the two are swingers with an open relationship.
1. Pink & Carey Hart
The twosome have had some trials over the course of their relationship, but it seems like it has been smooth sailing since the birth of their daughter, Willow. But, when they started dating, Pink was very liberal about the fact that she wasn’t going to tie down her man, only to retract it after her jealousy took over when he was seen one too many times with one certain blonde. The couple subsequently broke up, but reconciled not long after, keeping it monogamous. Pink has declared that she is a reformed slut who quite enjoyed casual encounters, but has since just kept her eye on one man – Carey Hart.