With so much at stake in Hollywood, it’s no surprise that stars can be ruthless to one another. Looking at these celebrities, it would appear that betrayal is just apart of the entertainment business, and many seem to be taking a part in it. Some of them did it for money, some of them did it for publicity and some of them did it for love. Whatever their reasons may be, here are the 10 biggest Hollywood betrayals.
9. Brad Pitt betrays Jennifer Aniston
In 2005, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced that they were getting a divorce after five years of marriage. It was truly heartbreaking for many fans and it felt like we were witnessing our own parents get a divorce. Aniston and Pitt seemed like the perfect couple, so where did it go wrong? Betrayal. It’s been reported that while Brad Pitt was filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith, he fell is love with his co-star, Angelina Jolie. The two developed a secret relationship and four months after filming ended, so did Pitt’s and Aniston’s marriage. Jolie and Pitt denied cheating allegations for a very long time, but four years later, when asked what his favorite film to shoot was, Pitt replied, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith, because I fell in love.” Angelina later said of her children, “Not a lot of people can see a movie where their parents fell in love.” Poor, Jennifer.
8. Denise Richards betrays Heather Locklear
In 2006, Heather Locklear and Denise Richards were not only neighbors, they were best friends. Heather was married to American Rock Guitarist, Richie Sambora and after she discovered emails sent to Sambora from girls enclosing nude photos, she confided in Richards. Denise encouraged Heather to file for divorce. In February 2011, Locklear filed for divorce, ending her 11 year marriage. Shockingly, two months later, Denise Richards began dating Richie Sambora. Dating your best friend’s ex-husband, now that’s the ultimate betrayal.
7. Tiger Woods betrays Elin Nordegren
In November 2009, the tabloids picked up a story that involved Tiger Woods crashing his vehicle into a tree in front of his mansion, after his wife, Elin attacked his SUV with a golf club. It didn’t take long for the world to find out what prompted Elin to become enraged with her husband of six years. Tiger Woods had cheated on Elin not one time, or two, or even three, but nearly 1000 times with a 120 different women. One of the affairs was with a 21-year-old daughter of a neighbor, whom he had known since she was 14-years-old. Every week, it seemed like the tabloids were featuring a new Tiger Wood mistress, and this cheating scandal became one of the biggest in Hollywood history. Elin immediately filed for divorce following the golf club attack.
6. Heidi Montag betrays Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag met while filming The Hills, and for two years, the two were best friends. However, after Heidi began dating Spencer Pratt, their friendship began to fade. Lauren despised Spencer, but that didn’t stop Heidi from dating him. Heidi and Spencer stirred up drama, when they spread a rumor that Lauren had made a sex tape with ex-boyfriend, Jason Wahler. After that, it was ‘Team Lauren’ versus ‘Team Speidi.’ When the show wrapped, Heidi tried to apologize to Lauren. Lauren’s response to Montag’s apology was, “I want to forgive you. And now I want to forget you.” Perhaps, Heidi finally learned her lesson that it’s not okay to betray your best friend for a boy.
5. Jesse James betrays Sandra Bullock
In March 2010, America’s sweetheart, Sandra Bullock discovered that her husband of five years, Jesse James had cheated on her with tattoo model, Michelle “Bombshell” McGee. Although the affair with McGee lasted only one year, that wasn’t the end of it. It was discovered that Jesse had cheated on Sandra with a total of seven women during their marriage. Sandra wasted no time in leaving Jesse. The couple’s divorce was finalized in June 2010.
4. Gwyneth Paltrow betrays Winona Ryder
Best friends, Gwyneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder were inseparable in the 90′s, and at the time, Ryder was Hollywood’s ‘It Girl.’ Gwyneth and Winona were even dating bromance buddies, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. One night, while the couples were hanging out at Winona’s place, Paltrow spotted the script for Shakespeare in Love, on a table. Ryder was up for the lead role and reportedly, Gwyneth stole the script from Winona’s house. She then petitioned for the role, got the part, and went on to win an Oscar for it. Winona Ryder has never forgiven Gwyneth Paltrow for betraying her trust and more importantly, their friendship.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger betrays Maria Shriver
In May 2011, an infidelity secret, so big and kept hush-hush for so long, was finally revealed. Arnold Schwarzenegger came clean to his wife, Maria Shriver of 25 years, telling her that he had fathered a child with their housekeeper, Mildred Baena. The child was now 14 years old. Maria and Arnold have four children of their own, and one of their children was born 5 days after his illegitimate child was. Maria had even given up her television career in order to support Arnold’s dream early on in the relationship. After hearing the news, Shriver immediately separated from Schwarzenegger. This undoubtedly had to be one of the longest betrayals in Hollywood history.
2. Sean John Combs betrays Notorious B.I.G.
In the 1990’s, Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, became one of the biggest rappers in NYC. He was signed to Sean John Combs aka Puff Daddy aka Diddy aka P. Diddy’s, Bad Boy Label. Sean immediately began taking advantage of Biggie by charging him for everything: studio time, production costs, car rentals, etc. Additionally, whenever Biggie needed money, Diddy would loan it to him, in exchange for a bigger stake in his publishing. Biggie’s mother even warned her son about Diddy, stating that he was shady – but Biggie continued signing contracts, giving Sean complete control over him. On March 9, 1997, Biggie was gunned down. Diddy was able to capitalize on Biggie’s death by releasing previously unreleased tracks and tribute tracks for many years after. Diddy apparently betrayed Biggie in life and in death, just to make a buck.
1. Geri Halliwell betrays Spice Girls
In 1998, Geri Halliwell aka ‘Ginger Spice’ quit one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, the ‘Spice Girls.’ She left the group with no forewarning, in the tail end of their European tour, and right before they were set to kickoff their North American tour. Geri cited, differences between the girls, as her reasoning for leaving the group. The remaining ‘Spice Girls’ felt betrayed by Geri, while the rest of the world were heartbroken and upset. Posh, Scary, Baby and Sporty spice went on to finish the European and North American tour without Geri. The ‘Spice Girls’ ended up putting out a third album titled, Forever, in 2000, but it didn’t reach the same success level that their first two albums had. They announced their split that same year, deciding to focus on solo careers instead. Damn you, Geri!