When ordinary people cheat it makes for juicy gossip around the neighborhood, then it dies down. However, when celebrities cheat, it makes good stories for tabloids all over the country and still makes good topics for years to come.
Just what were some of the biggest celebrity cheating scandals ever brought to light?
10 The President and the Blond Bombshell – JFK and Marilyn Monroe
This was a scandal told in whispers and not fully blown until all involved were dead. Everyone knew President John F. Kennedy loved the ladies, but it was not common knowledge that he had spent a night with Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs in March 1962 until after the 80’s. That one night they spent together, as attested to by a close friend of JFK, was blamed for the eventual unhinging of Monroe, who allegedly became obsessed with the president. Rumors still persist that her suicide in August 1962, was actually a murder ordered by the Kennedy Clan to stop her from creating trouble.
9 A family affair – Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn
While director Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were never really married, they were an A-list Hollywood couple and had a child together apart from their adopted children. In 1992 scandal broke out after Farrow found Allen had nude pictures of her daughter Soon-Yi Previn whom she had adopted from Korea with ex-husband Andre Previn. The affair between Allen, then 56, and Soon-YI, then 21, was later revealed and became national news. Allen and Farrow broke up and got into a lengthy legal battle over custody of their three other children. Things got uglier when Farrow claimed Allen abused another adopted daughter, Dylan. The abuse charges were later dropped but Farrow won custody of their children. Allen and Soon-Yi would eventually marry in 1997 and adopt two kids of their own. They are still together today.
8 Desperate husband? – Tony Parker and alleged mistress
After three years of marriage, Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria filed for divorce from basketball player husband Tony Parker in 2010, alleging that he had an affair. How did she find out? She found information about their correspondence in a computer. Media outlets later claimed the mistress was Erin Barry, the wife of a teammate of Parker. Both Parker and Barry have denied having an affair. The couple’s divorce was finalized in January 2011. No settlement details were made public.
7 The player and the game – Kobe Bryant and five women (rumored)
It was in 2003 when Kobe Bryant first confessed he had an affair outside his marriage with his wife Vanessa. She stood by him that time and in following years when he would face charges for alleged sexual assault by the same woman he allegedly had sex with. Back then news pundits said the scandal would have made more rounds of the news and tabloids were it not for another breaking celebrity news; the announcement of Arnold Schwarzenegger that he was running for California governor. In 2011 Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe after allegedly discovering he had affairs with more women. Who is one of Kobe’s rumored mistresses? An entertainment site claimed it was Playboy model Jessica Borciaga, although she has denied this. Just last January the couple said they were reconciled and were cancelling plans to divorce.
6 Mr. and Mrs. Brangelina – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt was still married to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston when he worked with Angelina Jolie on their movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005. Before long he would announce that he and Aniston were calling their marriage quits. Pitt and Jolie would then start a well-publicized relationship. Representatives of Pitt and Jolie would later say they never engaged in a sexual relationship while he was still married to Aniston, although some outsiders claim Pitt was already “emotionally unfaithful” and mulling a future with Jolie even when he was still with his wife. Pitt proposed to Jolie in April 2012. A wedding date has reportedly been set.
5 Two and a half headaches – Ashton Kutcher and Sara Leal
After six years of marriage, actress Demi Moore said she was filing for divorce from actor Ashton Kutcher in 2011 for infidelity, although the papers were not drawn until 2013. Kutcher allegedly had an affair with Sara Leal on the night before their seventh wedding anniversary. Kutcher has denied the affair but on the other hand Leal admitted, saying it has ruined her life. Moore is now seeking a hefty settlement from their estimated $290 million combined worth.
4 The Marriage Terminator – Arnold Schwarzenegger and his cleaning lady
Last May 9, 2011, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver announced they were ending their 25-year marriage. A week later he admitted he had an affair with their long-time cleaning lady Mildred Patricia Baena and fathered a child with her. Their son, now 15, was born just days after one of his children with Shriver was born. Many could not help but marvel at the Schwarzenegger’s timing. He made the admission just after leaving public office, sparing himself the scandal of a public inquiry. He would later go on 60 Minutes to say the affair was the stupidest thing he had ever done in his life.
3 Snow White and the Director – Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson brought onscreen romance to real life after they hooked up after filming the first movie of the Twilight franchise and quickly became Hollywood’s “it” couple. However, shortly before the release of the last movie in the franchise it was revealed she had an affair July of last year with Rupert Sanders who directed her film Snow White and the Huntsman. Reactions from fans were unforgiving, especially from Team Edward fans. Many were also calling on Pattinson to walk away from her for good while others were making fun of him for being the only celebrity whose girl cheated on him onscreen and in real life. The couple got back together again shortly before the film premiered, although Pattinson kept coming out with statements that nothing will ever be the same between them and that he is no longer the besotted lover he once was. The on-again/off-again couple are off again, for now.
2 Wandering eye of the Tiger – Tiger Woods and allegedly many other women
In 2009 golf legend Tiger Woods crashed his SUV. What was earlier thought of as a simple accident story would later open up a can of worms on Woods’ troubled marriage with model Elin Nordegren and his affairs with allegedly numerous women. One of these women, Rachel Uchitel, has admitted to having an affair with Woods after initially denying it. Uchitel said she was texting Woods an hour before he got into a fight with Nordegren that police believe caused him injuries and to crash his SUV when he tried to drive off. Nordegren filed for divorce in 2010 and stands to receive an estimated $110 million, one of the biggest divorce settlements in history.
1 The White House affair – Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky
Scandal rocked the entire nation when no less than the most powerful man in the U.S. was accused of carrying on and affair with an officemate. In January 1998, President Bill Clinton strongly denied having had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but by August of the same year he was telling a different story. “Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong,” he said. The admission was enough to send him to impeachment proceedings by the U.S. House of Representatives, but the move came 17 votes short of actually removing him from office. His marriage to Hillary Clinton also seems to have weathered the scandal.