Affairs in Hollywood are not an uncommon phenomena, in fact stories of cheating, betrayals and divorces mark the cover of tabloids and headline entertainment programs on a daily basis. Of course, with every great break up and scandal lies a mistress or philanderer in the shadows. While many times they are just as bold and beautiful as the adulterer, other times they are an unknown face catapulted to stardom. The stars of infamous love triangles, cheating scandals or torrid love affairs, may not always be what you expect; and we’re here to prove it, counting down 10 shocking celebrity affairs.
10. Ethan Hawke
Academy award nominated actor and screenwriter Ethan Hawke, has received numerous accolades for his work in theater and film, and starred in several Hollywood blockbusters since his breakout performance in Dead Poet’s Society. Today he is best recognized for his starring role in the Before Sunset franchise, having completed the third installment, Before Midnight in the south of Greece last summer. Hawke’s personal life has also been featured in the spotlight with rumored reports of infidelity during his marriage, and later divorce from actress Uma Thurman. Hawke eventually remarried a woman named Ryan Shawhughes, the nanny who worked for the couple during their marriage. Hawke has openly spoken about infidelity, claiming its effects alone do not end a marriage.
9. Peter Cook
An iconic American beauty, model and actress Christie Brinkley, gained great popularity in the 1970’s when she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The blonde beauty went on to have a string of marriages (four to be exact), with the last one being to architect Peter Cook. The couple was married for 12 years, before divorcing due to Cook’s affair with 18-year old Diana Bianchi. Cook allegedly met the teenager while she was working in a toy store. The then 17-year-old shared her dreams of becoming a singer, and they began working together about a year later. Cook showered Bianchi with gifts, including a $2,000 watch, lingerie from Victoria’s Secret, a $15,000 down payment for a car, and a fee of $300,000 to keep quiet about the affair.
8. Robin Williams
Audiences may have fallen in love with Robin Williams for his role in Mork & Mindy and Patch Adams, but the actor and comedian’s star popularity soared with epic performances in films like Dead Poet’s Society and Good Will Hunting. Although less revered for his personal life, Williams has also had his own trials and tribulations. While married to his first wife, Williams was said to have more than one affair, the latter of which was with his children’s nanny, Marsha Graces. Williams and Graces eventually married, and stayed that way for 19 years until Williams had another affair.
7. Jude Law
English actor, producer, and film director Jude Law is undoubtedly one of the most revered actors in Hollywood. His wit, good looks, and British charm have women swooning on a regular, filling theatre seats, and amplifying box office numbers. However in 2004, it was Law’s personal life that received the bulk of attention, igniting a whirlwind of media frenzy. As the story goes, while engaged to actress Sienna Miller in 2006, Law had an affair with his children’s nanny, 26-year old Daisy Wright. In a tell all interview in Britain’s Sunday Mirror, the 26 year-old nanny recalls intimate details of her affair with actor Jude Law. The (then) fiancée of Sienna Miller, apparently had sexual relations with Wright while he was filming All the King’s Men in New Orleans. The former nanny shared details about Law’s performance and an additional shocking claim that one of the actor’s children found them in bed together. Law later publicly apologized to Miller, confessing he wanted her to know how sorry he was.
6. Mick Jagger
As one of the most famous musicians in history, founder of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, has a legacy as one of the baddest boys around. Aside from the musician’s two marriages, seven children with four different women, Jagger is also notorious for his numerous relationships and love affairs. The sexual escapades of the front man rocker have been accounted in a number of books, articles and biographies, which illustrate a jaw dropping ‘sex list’ that may exceed over 4,000 people. The list includes a very young Angelina Jolie, Carla Bruni, Uma Thurman, and Farrah Fawcett. Evidently the list doesn’t only include women, according to biographer Chris Anderson, Jagger’s list also includes an ongoing affair with David Bowie. It was also speculated that Bowie had an affair with Princess Margaret.
5. Hugh Grant
No list of obscure adulterers would be complete without the likes of a famous and talented British gentleman with a predisposition for street prostitutes. It seems Hugh Grant was looking for love on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, one dreary night in 1995. The story, in case you hadn’t heard it, was far from the tale of Pretty Woman and her millionaire prince, but that of hooker Divine Brown performing elicit sexual acts on none other than Hugh Grant. Grant’s misfortune was publicized after he and Divine were approached in the actor’s car by the LAPD. Divine has since called the incident a blessing claiming she made millions from selling stories about the infamous night, allowing her to put her daughters through private school and turn her life around. Grant was in a relationship with model Elizabeth Hurley at the time of the incident.
4. Dean McDermott
It is apparent that Canadian-American actor Dean McDermott is much more recognized for his love triangles, affairs, reality shows and confessions, than his acting. While married to Canadian radio & TV personality Mary-Jo Eustace, McDermott began an affair with Tori Spelling (who was also married at the time). After divorcing their spouses the couple married in 2006, and renewed their vows again in 2010. The two went on to have successful reality shows, namely, Inn Love, and had four children together. During filming of their latest show, True Tori, Tori revealed how she found out about her husband’s latest affair. According to the reality star’s publicist, a woman in Toronto had come forward selling the story. McDermott has since included sex on his list of addictions, claiming it is a mood stabilizer for him such as the substances he binges on. McDermott continued to expand on the couple’s sex life, claiming it was far from sufficient, while Tori stated she could never provide her man with enough sex.
3. David Letterman
While launching his career as a radio talk show host on a local Indianapolis television channel as a weatherman in the 1970’s, American television host and comedian David Letterman has had his own late night TV show since 1982. Since his debut, Letterman has become a household name in Late Night TV in North America and abroad. Aside from his sarcastic, comedic style, Letterman has also became distinguished for another attribute; his infidelity. In 2009, after being blackmailed for $2 million by CBS producer, Robert Halderman, Letterman made an on-air confession on his late night talk show, stating that he had had ‘sex with women who work for him.’ The woman at the centre of the controversy was Letterman’s assistant, 34-year old Stephanie Birkitt, who’s live-in boyfriend happened to be Robert Halderman. Letterman chose to go public with the affairs, and apologized to his wife Regina Lasko, after Halderman found out about the affairs and began blackmailing the comedian. Halderman was later arrested for extortion.
With a career spanning over 50 years, Woody Allen is revered as one of the most influential directors and screenwriters of our time. While he is also an actor, musician and comedian, and has received accolades for his uniquely obscure and intelligent film concepts, he has also been at the centre of grave controversy over his personal love life. A well known tale, Allen had a relationship with actress Mia Farrow from 1980-1992, which ended after Farrow discovered nude photographs of her adopted 19 year-old daughter, Soon-Yi. Allen, 56 at the time, didn’t see the relationship as either scandalous or incestuous, claiming love has no boundaries, and the couple was simply ‘in love’. The two married in 1997.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
One of the most shocking affairs of the decade may be that of internationally recognized film producer, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder and politician, the one, the only, Arnold Schwarzenegger. While his autobiography, Total Recall implicated himself even worse than portrayed in the media, it was the Austrian-American’s affair with housekeeper Mildred Baena that stunned the world, ignited his separation from Maria Shriver, and produced a love child.
While Joseph Baena was conceived through the admitted ongoing affair Schwarzenegger had with the family’s housekeeper, the (now) teenager’s existence wasn’t revealed until 2011. Since his ‘unapologetic’ autobiography was published, Schwarzenegger has admitted to having several adulterous affairs while married to Shriver for over 30 years. According to Hollywood’s relationship experts, Schwarzenegger’s affair was more about the risk of getting caught than the attraction; even so, the confessed philanderer’s actions and unapologetic demeanor continue to baffle people everywhere.