Infidelity happens in relationships sometimes. It’s scandalous, hurtful and it can be really embarrassing. Not only does the person who was cheated on have to deal with the shame that can sometimes come from a failed relationship, the person who did the cheating can be humiliated as well. This is especially the case when the public is able to get wind of the details of the “scandal.”
As we’ve seen in recent years, celebrities are certainly not immune to love triangles and illicit affairs. Some of our favorite actors and musicians have been both the victims of cheating, or have played the role of “cheater” themselves. Others have been the “other” man or woman in a relationship, sometimes without knowing it. While most celebrities are glad when a story is printed about them in the media, it’s pretty safe to say that most famous people would prefer it if the world didn’t know about their relationship problems. Alas, getting to know every single detail of a celebrity’s life has become a part of fame. You’d think this would motivate celebrities to be on their best behavior, but we all know that’s hardly the case. Here are 12 of the most embarrassing ways celebrities got caught cheating.
12. Kristen Stewart
There used to be a time when you couldn’t see Kristen Stewart without her beau Robert Pattinson, by her side. The two were practically inseparable when their Twilight movies were at the height of fame. Some would even venture to say that they were only “romantically involved” for the sake of promoting the movie franchise. Maybe that’s why Stewart chose to have a tryst with the director of Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders while she was filming the movie. It’s perfectly fine to move on to someone new, but Sanders was married, which makes Stewart’s affair with him a no-no. There’s also the fact that she was reportedly still with Pattinson when she and Sanders started getting close. The story made the tabloids after Sanders and Stewart were caught showing public affection by the paparazzi in 2012. Scandalous, indeed.
11. Jason Alden
We’re pretty sure country music star Jason Aldean wanted to get caught cheating on his wife, who was also his high school sweetheart. Or, perhaps he just didn’t care if anyone saw him. He was caught making out on the patio of a bar with American Idol alum Brittany Kerr, in 2012. Maybe he didn’t realize that someone was going to record him, or at least leak the story to the media. Sounds like a classic tale of “guy gets famous and forgets about the people who were there for him when he had nothing.” Sad. Sounds like the makings of a great country song, though.
10. Balthazar Getty
Balthazar Getty is an actor and part of the band Ringside. He’s also part of the famous Getty family. However, when he was caught vacationing with actress Sienna Miller, he probably wished he wasn’t so popular. When the paparazzi caught the two in Italy in 2008, Miller was seen topless as the “couple” relaxed by the water. Meanwhile, Getty’s wife and four children back home had to find out that he’d been unfaithful through the tabloids. How embarrassing.
9. Katharine McPhee
American Idol alum Katharine McPhee, made the world take notice with her beautiful voice, and then she made a successful transition into acting. She is perhaps best known for her role in Smash, and she got pretty friendly with the director of the show, Michael Morris. The two were spotted kissing in Los Angeles, and the tabloids wasted no time in painting McPhee as a homewrecker. Katharine was separated from her husband Nick Cokas (who is almost 20 years older than her) at the time, and has since divorced him. Morris, on the other hand, is still married to actress Mary McCormack.
8. Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon met in 1999 when they filmed the movie Cruel Intentions together. They seemed like the perfect young Hollywood couple, and there wasn’t much to tell about the pair for a few years. That is, until 2006, when Ryan was caught getting cozy with Abbie Cornish. The two starred in the movie Stop Loss together, and paparazzi got some pretty revealing images of the two, confirming that they were having an affair. Witherspoon reportedly tried to give the marriage another shot, but called it quits for good after Phillippe was caught “sexting” another woman. Some guys just don’t learn.
7. Elizabeth Taylor
Sure, Elizabeth Taylor is known for her acting (particularly her role in Cleopatra) and her business savvy, but the late actress was also known for being married several times. However, it’s easy to see that the real love of her life was her Cleopatra co-star, Richard Burton. Even in 1965, the media was eager to get interesting stories about celebrities to share with fans. So, when a cameraman shot Taylor and Burton cuddling while they were still married to other people, the news of their affair spread quickly. Richard and Elizabeth eventually married, had a tumultuous relationship, divorced, got back together, and divorced again. Clearly, their lives were the stuff movies are made of.
6. The Dream
Music producer and singer The Dream, was once married to Christana Milian, so there are lots of people out there who are wondering why he’d want to mess that up. The two were husband and wife for less than a year before The Dream was seen canoodling in the Caribbean with his assistant. Needless to say, Milian was not pleased, and highly embarrassed. She filed for divorce from The Dream and prepared for life as a single mom (the two have a daughter together named Violet).
5. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is known for being lucky in business, but not so lucky in love. She’s been in lots of high-profile relationships, and has been married several times. During one of her marriages (the one that involved choreographer Chris Judd), she met Ben Affleck. Lopez was Judd’s wife from 2001 to 2003, and 2003 was also the year she filmed the movie Gigli with Affleck. After Jen and Ben met, she quickly ended her marriage to Chris Judd. You don’t have to be a math genius to know what was going on here. The media has lots of pictures of Lopez and Affleck “working together” before they officially announced that they were a couple. And, of course, we all remember the beautiful engagement right—and the really ugly breakup.
4. Vance McAllister
As a public figure, you’d think that Vance McAllister would at least have the good sense to pay attention to the fact that there are surveillance cameras in most buildings these days. However, having the attention of the public can sometimes make people feel invincible and give them an overwhelming sense of arrogance. Footage collected from cameras showed a married McAllister cuddling with and kissing Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, who was an employee of his. Still images from the footage were published in the Ouachita Citizen, which is likely what lead McAllister to apologize for the affair. Sure, he was embarrassed, but as we can imagine, his family was probably mortified.
3. John Edwards
John Edwards had hopes of being the President of the United States in 2008, but those dreams were derailed when he was caught cheating on his wife Elizabeth, who was suffering from cancer and has since passed away. This scandal swayed the vote of the people significantly. Rielle Hunter was the woman Edwards had an affair with, and the two had a daughter together. Edwards initially denied that he was the father, but when the National Enquirer published photos of John Edwards cradling the child, his denials became harder to believe. The situation was immensely embarrassing for the entire Edwards family.
2. Ashton Kutcher
Most people were pretty surprised when actor and businessman Ashton Kutcher, started a relationship with Demi Moore. The two are 12 years a part in age (Demi is older), and it was even reported that Demi’s daughter actually had a slight crush on Kutcher at one point. However, we learned to accept their marriage after some time, and Moore’s ex, Bruce Willis, even became friends with Ashton. Kutcher shocked everyone again when he was caught in his hotel room partying with a blonde, which clearly meant that he wasn’t there with Demi. There had been rumors that the couple were having problems, and this pretty much confirmed it. Ashton and Demi have since divorced. Kutcher is now engaged to Mila Kunis, and the two have a daughter together.
1. LeAnn Rimes
Remember that time LeAnn Rimes was supposed to be shooting a movie with actor Eddie Cibrian, and instead of the two remaining professional, they fell in love? Yeah, so do their ex spouses. When Rimes and Cibrian met in 2009, they were supposed to only play love interests. Their affections weren’t supposed to spill over into their personal lives. However, when a CCTV camera caught the two kissing at a restaurant, Rimes could no longer deny that she was a married woman having an affair with a married man. She’s also been in a pretty intense social media war with Cibrian’s ex-wife Brandi Glanville, who is part of the Real Housewives reality show franchise. At least Glanville’s bitterness is warranted in this case.