Every single celebrity romance is scrutinized so it is not at all surprising for celebrity affairs to receive just as much negative attention. An extramarital affair is scandalous whether the people involved are stars or not, but it usually ends up one of two ways: the affair is swept up under the rug and the couple moves on with their marriage Bill and Hillary Clinton style or the couple breaks up due to the hurt and scandal of the affair. Still, there is a third outcome which is pretty rare, but does occur. Believe it or not, there actually are some men who come through on that promise to their mistress to leave his wife for her. And believe it or not these affairs have resulted in the perpetrators’ next marriage. This adds to both the intrigue and scandal of the affair, especially in the celebrity world.
It is just a complete trainwreck to watch a celebrity go from being in a seemingly happy marriage, to navigating an affair, to ending the original relationship, and then embarking on a new relationship and marriage. There are actually quite a few Hollywood affairs that ended up with the mistress becoming a Mrs. Some of these cases are innocent instances of the right people meeting in the wrong place at the wrong time and others just seem downright wrong— or at least that’s how things have been spun in the media.
From the new couples that we have accepted and eventually cherished to those that the public will never abhor, there are plenty of stars who have gone from an affair to a new marriage. These are 15 celeb pairings that went from a scandalous affair to a new marriage.
15. Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert
People were absolutely heartbroken to learn that these country music sweethearts split up. They really became America’s darlings. The public adored them so much that the origins of their relationship had been swept under the rug. Miranda said that it was love at first sight when she met a then-married Blake Shelton. They ended up being such a cute couple that no one really cared about the adultery for some reason. And then they broke up and we are now stuck with the obnoxious media takeover that is Blake‘s relationship with Gwen Stefani— making us all miss Miranda and Blake no matter how scandalously they got together.
14. Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles
This was one of the most scandalous affairs of all time. Prince Charles was married to Princess Diana, the people’s princess and had an extremely public affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. And the woman became villainized around the world. No one really cared to hear about the specifics of their relationship as justification for the affair and no one wanted to support their love, no matter how deep it may be. People loved Diana and it was pretty scandalous when Prince Charles ended up remarrying. Camilla Parker Bowles went from the most vilified mistress in the world to a Duchess of Cornwall. That is quite the come up for a side chick!
13. Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa
Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa are one of music’s most beloved couples. Their fans stand so hard for their relationship that hardly anyone ever brings up their history, but they did get together while Bruce Springsteen was already married to Julianne Phillips. Patti Scialfa joined Bruce Springsteen on the road for his Tunnel Of Love Express Tour and the two fell in love. Bruce separated from his wife shortly after that and immediately moved in with Patti. And that is how New Jersey’s golden couple came to be.
12. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
This is one of the most “infamous” affairs in modern times. Even though I was a dedicated Friends fan and loved Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston together, I jumped ship to Team Brangelina. That is because I feel like a relationship can be over before a marriage legally ends. In my mind, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were already done with the romance before he moved on with Angelina Jolie, but obviously this is a pretty debatable topic. Nevertheless, I’m not the only one who ended up worshiping Angelina. People love to follow their every move from their constant philanthropy to their growing family. It’s pretty remarkable how these two could go from one of the most scandalous pairings in history to one of the most popular couples in the world. Props to them (and their PR team).
11. Donald Trump & Marla Maples
Donald Trump‘s marriages have provided ample amount of material for tabloids for the years. While The Donald was married to his first wife Ivana, he had a long running and highly public affair with an actress named Marla Maples. Donald and Ivana got divorced in 1991. Then, Marla gave birth to their daughter Tiffany in 1993 two months before the couple ended up tying the knot. They divorced in 1999. It’s hard to say how long this relationship really was since it’s hard to take years of hidden infidelity into account, but it doesn’t really matter now since Donald is clearly very happy these days with his current wife Melania Trump.
10. Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
Although most people like to forget Britney Spears‘s marriage to Kevin Federline in general, a lot more people forget about when and how it started. Kevin was in a very serious relationship with Shar Jackson. They already had one child together and she was pregnant with their second when KFed got together with Britney Spears. Once again, the timeline of when one relationship ended and another began is a little bit unclear, but it seems like there had to be some overlap since Shar was carrying his child. Needless to say, it was pretty scandalous back in the day and no one was really a fan of Britney and Kevin as a couple at any point in their relationship. And we all know that they eventually divorced and that her fans basically just regard him as the seed that gave us Britney’s two adorable sons.
9. Woody Allen & Soon-Yi Previn
Although I do not know all of the particulars, on the surface, this is one of the creepiest romances of all time. Woody Allen was in a 10-year relationship with Mia Farrow. Mia Farrow discovered nude photos of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi in Woody Allen’s home and she realized that they were having an affair. Eventually Woody married his ex’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi and they are still together to this day and have two adopted daughters. I (like everyone else in the world) would just love to know how the two went from some sort of parent-child relationship to lovers. There is just nothing at all conventional about that and it seems like these two will never be able to shake off the scandal of their infamous affair.
8. Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union did not have the smoothest courtship. The two met in 2007 at a Super Bowl party while he was married and she was in another relationship. Then there were rumors a few months later about Dwyane Wade secretly dating Gabrielle Union, but the two insisted that they were just friends. In 2009 Wade and his ex wife engaged in a bitter divorce battle and she even accused him of giving her an STD. In 2009 Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade were publicly dating. Union denied playing any part in Dwayne’s previous split. Then the drama turned up even more when Dwyane fathered a child during a “break” from Union. On top of it all, there were rumors of Dwyane having other affairs while dating Gabrielle Union. Even through all the scandal, it seems like these two have made it through to the other side and are happily married.
7. Johnny Depp & Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis had a fourteen year relationship and two kids together. They were that longstanding couple who was just too cool for marriage, but no one ever thought that they would actually break up. So it was pretty shocking when they split and even more surprising to find out that Johnny Depp cheated on Vanessa Paradis with his Rum Diary costar Amber Heard. The biggest bombshell here was that Johnny Depp finally got married and it wasn’t to the mother of his children. This whole thing just seems so random still.
6. Jason Aldean & Brittany Kerr
Jason Aldean was married to Jessica Ussery, his high school sweetheart and the mother of his two children for thirteen years. Then Aldean got caught kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr in public and a major scandal erupted. Soon after, Jason and Jessica separated and he became engaged and married to Kerr. And in all honesty the scandal has been following the two around ever since and they are so over talking about it.
5. Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz
This is another case of differing opinions when it comes to the timeline of relationships. Swizz Beatz was still married to Mashonda when he and Alicia Keys got together, but Alicia insists that she was not a homewrecker in that scenario. Mashonda was very bitter about the coupling and tweeted some angry stuff about it and claimed that she tried several times to reach out to Alicia Keys. Now, no one ever mentions the love triangle that Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz used to be in and the media just focuses on their happy little family. This is one of the rare couples who seems to have gotten off scot-free after some very public adultery.
4. Kelsey Grammer & Kayte Walsh
As an avid Real Housewives viewer, I cannot help being against this pairing. Anyone who watched the first season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills knows how Kelsey and Kayte got together. Kelsey Grammer cheated on his wife Camille Grammer with a flight attendant named Kayte Walsh who is 25 years younger than him and he even forced Camille to be his date at red carpet events until he was ready to publicly admit to the affair. Kelsey and Kayte have two children together and are happily married even with the negative press that continues to follow their pairing.
3. Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott
I really hate talking about Tori Spelling. I feel like she is chronically thirsting for the limelight and I feel guilty giving her attention. Nevertheless, she did have a pretty scandalous affair to make it on this list. Tori Spelling met her husband Dean McDermott while they were both married to other people on the set of a Lifetime movie. Spelling even admitted that the two had sex the first time they met. Then it seems like karma came into play when Dean McDermott admitted to cheating on Tori Spelling. The two have worked on their relationship and it seems like they are doing okay these days.
2. LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
In all honesty, I didn’t even know who Eddie Cibrian was until I heard about his affair with LeAnn Rimes. These two hit us with a double whammy on this one. Eddie Cibrian was cheating on his wife Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville and LeAnn Rimes was married to figure skater Sheremet. The now-married couple met on the set of a Lifetime movie that no one watched and are now known for their scandalous coupling more than their careers. Well, Eddie Cibrian is smoking hot and gets some credit for that, but he mostly gets negative publicity to this day because of the affair.
1. Claire Danes & Billy Crudup
This doesn’t exactly fall under the parameters of a mistress getting married, but this scandalous affair led to a long-term relationship that will live on in infamy forever. Mary Louise Parker was seven months pregnant with Billy Crudup‘s baby when he left her to date Claire Danes. These two got together in the middle of Mary Louise Parker and Billy Crudup’s eight-year relationship. They met as costars on the movie Stage Beauty and broke up after dating for three years. Even so, it seems like their reputations will be forever tainted by the affair.
It’s so hard to tell what is “right” and what is “wrong” in these very complicated situations. For one thing, none of us will ever be able to know the whole story since we are not actually involved in any of the relationships. There is probably a lot of information that will never come to light and a lot of falsities that will never be corrected. Nevertheless, there is always a media spin on these situations and like it or not there will always be couples who are well liked and those who are vilified. And this is something that is especially true when extramarital affairs are involved.
Ideally, it’s nice to think that these are just people who met at the wrong time in their lives, but at the same time there have been plenty of situations that could have been handled with more tact. These couples have weathered the storm of their affairs and now many of them face the greater challenge of remaining together. It will be interesting to see who is in it for the long haul and which duos are going to split (if they haven’t already).
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