Hollywood celebrities have a tough time keeping their relationships going strong. In between extended periods away from home, long hours on movie and television sets, and the temptation from adoring fans, thirsty groupies, and attractive co-stars, it’s an everyday struggle for many celebs to stay faithful to their partners, and celebrity divorces have become run-of-the-mill. But, there are a few couples who have found that having an open marriage is one of the main ingredients in a healthy relationship. These couples focus on remaining honest, and always putting their partner’s wants and needs at the forefront of their unions.
With open communication, candor, trust, clear boundaries, and deep, unwavering love, this revamped, new age version of the traditional marriage has made these couples’ bonds stronger than ever. The untraditional approach to keeping the spark alive keeps their love tanks full, but other celebrities haven’t been so lucky. Many A-list relationships have crashed and burned right before the eyes of the media once the green-eyed monster named jealousy crept into their relationships.
Couples such as Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have seen their open marriages crumble and deteriorate over time, but for this list of 10 high-profile celebrities, the freedom of taking part in an open marriage seems to be working for them… for now! Take a look at our list of celebrities who are making their unorthodox marriages the status quo, and don’t be surprised if you start to second guess your current views on monogamy!
10. Rachael Ray & John Cusimano
Chef Rachael Ray and her husband, John Cusimano, have been married since 2015, and the couple’s relationship has been the topic of many tabloid stories. Rumors of Cusimano frequenting a swingers club called Checkmate without his wife fueled rumors that the couple is indeed in an open marriage. Although the two have never discussed their relationship in public, they recently renewed their vows in October 2015, so their unconventional marriage clearly works for them!
9. Ethan Hawke & Ryan Shawhughes
It’s no surprise actor Ethan Hawke is a fan of open relationships, especially since he publicly cheated on his ex-wife, Uma Thurman, with their nanny, Ryan Shawhughes. Hawke and Shawhughes were later married in 2008, and Hawke made it known that he can’t guarantee he will be faithful to her either!
In an interview with Mr. Porter, Hawke called sexual fidelity “childish,” and he doesn’t believe humans were made to be monogamous. Seven years after marrying Shawhughes, Hawke claims he is currently 100% committed to her, but he never knows what the future will bring. He was quoted as saying, “Sexual fidelity can’t be the whole thing you hang your relationship on. If you really love somebody you want them to grow, but you don’t get to define how that happens.”
The couple is still going strong, so we think it’s safe to assume Shawhughes agrees with her husband’s views on monogamy.
8. Mo’Nique & Sidney Hicks
Comedienne Mo’Nique has never hidden her open marriage from the public. She and her husband, Sidney Hicks, have known each other since Mo’Nique was 14 years old, and this long history has allowed them to be open and honest when it comes to their attraction to people outside of their marriage.
Mo’Nique has received a lot of backlash in the media recently, as many people assumed her open marriage was her husband’s idea, but that’s far from the truth! Mo’Nique suggested the idea of seeing other people early on in their relationship, and they have gotten to a point where extramarital affairs are not a deal breaker for them.
7. Pink & Carey Hart
Singer P!nk and her husband Carey Hart were married for two years before splitting up in 2008. The reason for the separation? P!nk was allegedly fed up with Hart’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. When Hart was photographed running around town with another woman, P!nk pulled the plug on their relationship and filed for divorce. The breakup lasted 11 months before the singer had a change of heart and begged for Hart to reconcile. They’re still together today, and raising their daughter Willow Sage, so either Hart has revised his views on having an open marriage, or P!nk has given in to his desires to bed other women.
6. T-Pain & Amber Najm
If you’re hot… and a stripper, you just might have the opportunity to go home with rapper T-Pain and his wife, Amber Najm. In an interview with The Fader, T-Pain talked about his very first threesome which took place in Costa Rica. He and his wife were in a strip club, and after receiving a lap dance from one of the dancers, Najm told T-Pain, “I like her,” and the rest is history! Surprisingly, the couple has had numerous threesomes with other women since then, but they have all ben his wife’s idea. I guess T-Pain’s not the only one in their relationship who has fallen “in love with a stripper.”
5. Hugh Hefner & Crystal Harris
This one is a no-brainer, but we definitely couldn’t leave the king of open marriages off of this list! Hugh Hefner has lived the life most bachelors dream of, and he has famously flaunted his polyamorous relationships on a reality show. His ex-girlfriend, Holly Madison, even wrote a book in which she detailed her group sex sessions with Hef, his other girlfriends, and various random women. Hef has since married Crystal Harris, and although the two have kept quiet about their relationship, we’re pretty certain the 89-year-old eternal playboy hasn’t changed his ways when it comes to inviting other women into his bedroom.
4. Dolly Parton & Carl Thomas Dean
Dolly Parton met Carl Thomas Dean in 1968, and they have been together ever since. The couple spends a lot of time apart, with Dean preferring to stay home and tend to their plantation, while Parton goes out on the road to perform for her fans. For years, it was assumed the country singer had an open marriage with her husband after she made the comment, “If we cheat we don’t know it. If we do cheat, it’s very good for both us.” The couple’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy seems to be working, because after 47 years, Parton still proclaims she has never “met the man that would take [Dean’s] place.”
3. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie seem to be very much in love, but that hasn’t stopped them from exploring other people outside of their marriage. Jolie has gone on the record by saying, “I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship. Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together. We make sure that we never restrict each other.” The lack of rules and the ability to live freely with and without each other has only made the actors’ bond that much stronger. The couple has been married since 2014, and they’re raising six kids together.
2. Larry King & Shawn King
After seven failed marriages, television host Larry King finally struck gold when he married Shawn King in 1997. The couple has been together longer than any of King’s other relationships, and the key to their happy union seems to be their desires to have extramarital affairs. According to one of King’s ex-wives, Julia Alexander King, both Larry and Shawn have participated in relationships outside of their marriage, adding, “Larry told me they both knew that each of them had others in their lives.”
1. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett‘s union is probably the first celebrity relationship that comes to mind when you think of open marriages, and that’s because the couple has been very vocal about their arrangement. After tying the knot back in 1990, Pinkett has enough trust in Smith to allow him the freedom to live life as he chooses. She says that as long as her husband can look at himself in the mirror and be happy, then she has no qualms with what he chooses to do on the side. This way of thinking seems to work for them, and despite tabloid rumors that their marriage is on rocky grounds, they seem to be stronger than ever!