Being a loyal partner, physically and emotionally, isn’t always easy. When you’re a celebrity, the relationship can be even more challenging to maintain as the entire world watches your every move and throws themselves at you. It’s not always easy to walk away or turn down a tempting offer from an attractive person.
Over the years, the world has witnessed numerous celebrity cheating scandals and probably had a good laugh as well. Who doesn’t remember President Clinton uttering the words, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” when he was in office? Or, Jennifer Aniston getting her heart broken over Brad Pitt leaving her for Angelina Jolie? It may have been a surprise to most people, but according to Focus on the Family and numerous studies, over 60% of affairs start at work. Regardless of where infidelity takes place, it happens much more than we all think. Here’s a look at some of the most infamous celebrity cheaters in recent years.
10) John Edwards
John Edwards is a former United States Senator from North Carolina, and a Democratic Party vice president. At the peak of his political career, he was a popular presidential candidate quickly rising to the top. This all came to a halt as Edwards admitted to an extramarital affair in August 2008 while married to his then wife, Elizabeth Edwards. An anonymous source told the Enquirer that the politician was romantically involved with Rielle Hunter, a filmmaker, hired to work for his presidential campaign. At first, Edwards denied the affair but later admitted to it although he wouldn’t come clean to being the father of Hunter’s child.
When the former presidential hopeful first admitted to having the affair with Hunter, he claimed that it was while Elizabeth was in remission from breast cancer. However, over time it became clear that he was still having sex with Hunter even after Elizabeth found out her cancer returned and learned it was incurable. In 2010, Edwards finally confirmed being the dad of Hunter’s baby girl. Shortly after, a sex tape surfaced with him and Hunter in it. Elizabeth Edwards separated from him that same year.
9) Tiger Woods
In 2009, Tiger Woods was the world’s greatest golfer and often seen with his wife on the golf course after a win. Forbes even named him the first athlete to earn $1 billion. Things started to take a turn for the worse two weeks after Tiger won The Masters when his wife, Elin Nordegren, learned about all of the women he was talking to, and doing much more. On Thanksgiving night that year, Elin grabbed a golf club and started chasing him with it after looking in his phone and seeing numerous text messages sent to different ladies.
Tiger and Elin’s marriage was strained after more women–adult film stars, strippers, escorts–appeared on television claiming to have slept with the famous golfer. Within two weeks of the fight they had, 14 known mistresses came forward. Although he went to sex addiction rehab and came clean about sleeping with 120 women, his marriage couldn’t be saved.
8) Tony Parker
Tony Parker is a point guard in the NBA with several championship rings to his name. Some will say his greatest achievement was being married to Eva Longoria, one of the stars of the hit series, Desperate Housewives. Eva discovered Tony Parker’s affair when she found sexy text messages between him and Erin Barry, the wife of former NBA player Brent Barry. A source told Radar Online, ‘Tony had Erin’s personal information stored in an electronic program that only he could access, but one day he forgot to close the program and that’s when Eva found it’. There were many rumors of Parker cheating on Eva with other women, but she wasn’t able to find anything until seeing Erin’s texts.
Eva filed for a divorce immediately and didn’t even tell Tony. He found out through his people that their marriage was over.
7) LeAnn Rimes / Eddie Cibrian
LeAnn Rimes has been in the spotlight as a singer since she was 13 years old. She received even more attention after cheating on her first husband, Dean Sheremet, and breaking up now-husband Eddie Cibrian‘s marriage. In Brandi Glanville‘s book, Drinking & Tweeting and other Brandi Blunders, Eddie’s former wife explains that she knew the two were sleeping together when a double date ended with them singing “I Got You Babe” to each other.
In an interview with Robin Roberts, LeAnn says she has no regrets about cheating on Dean Sheremet: ‘what happened is not who I am, period. But I know how much I love him. I’ve always said I don’t live my life with regret. I can’t’. As of now, Rimes and Cibrian are still together, but rumors have surfaced in the past about infidelity taking place in their marriage.
6) David Letterman
Letterman found himself in a sticky situation after his former co-worker, Robert Halderman, tried to blackmail him by threatening to reveal his affair to the world unless he paid him millions of dollars. Robert’s attempt to extort David in return for his silence didn’t work. Instead, the famous late night talk show host decided to make an on-air apology in 2009 for his affair with his assistant Stephanie Birkitt. He also admitted to sleeping with other female staffers as well during his apology to the world: ‘The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show’. Letterman is still married to his wife, Regina Lasko, but there are sources saying they are planning to divorce in 2015.
5) Kobe Bryant
Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has been linked to various women throughout his marriage to his wife, Vanessa Bryant. Some of the alleged women are socialites connected to Kim Kardashian, Playboy stars, and even a female rapper. According to an article in Business Insider, Bryant has had affairs with more than 100 women during his marriage to Vanessa.
In 2003, Kobe admitted to cheating on his wife with a 19-year-old hotel employee. He also apologized publicly to her and gave her a $4 million ring. Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011 but the couple decided to work things out. Rumors continue to swirl about the famous basketball player’s cheating ways but Kobe continues to tell people their relationship is strong.
4) Jesse James
Motorcycle enthusiast and reality television star Jesse James is known for being a serial cheater, with his claim to fame coming in 2010 as his then wife and famous actress–Sandra Bullock–found out he was cheating on her with multiple women.
He later became engaged to tattooist Kat Von D in 2011 but wasn’t able to be faithful to her either. Kat even made comments on Facebook about encountering numerous women who he was having an affair with during their relationship. They called the wedding off after Kat realized she couldn’t deal with his cheating ways.
3) Kristen Stewart
Stewart cheated on her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson back in 2012 with Rupert Sanders, a Hollywood director. Rupert was married at the time and became close to Stewart while filming Snow White and the Huntsman. They were both seen kissing in a quiet corner at Cannes film festival and also in Los Angeles where a photographer snapped photos of them. Once those appeared in US Weekly, people were shocked to hear about Stewart’s infidelity. She later apologized to Pattinson, saying: ‘I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry’.
The Twilight stars were not able to patch things up and the relationship ended. Since then, Stewart has moved on from Rupert who is open about still wanting to be with her.
2) Ashton Kutcher
A-list actor Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore‘s marriage was clearly on the rocks after he was seen leaving a night club with a 23-year-old girl on the night of their 6th wedding anniversary. Soon after, a report in Star Magazine alleged he also slept with a 21-year-old brunette. The pair finally settled their divorce in 2013 after splitting up two years before.
The Two and A Half Men star is currently in a relationship with actress Mila Kunis who is also pregnant with his child. Recently, rumors were going around that he was cheating on Mila after a picture surfaced of him walking with a blonde woman. The couple is still set to get married in the near future.
1) Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Terminator star and former Governor of California admitted to having an extramarital affair with his maid, Mildred Baena. The relationship produced his fifth child, a son who is now a teenager. His wife, Maria Shriver, knew about it for a while and brought up the infidelity during a therapy session. Once he was out of office, the news broke and Shriver soon filed for divorce.