In Hollywood, where everyone is tanned, toned, and impossibly gorgeous, relationships are difficult to keep stable as many develop a wandering eye when confronted with that much temptation. Whether they stray from their long-time partner or a new squeeze, the fact is that the paparazzi are constantly watching and as a result, many celebrities are caught cheating.
However, if you thought every celebrity cheated because they were tempted by someone significantly more attractive than his or her partner, you might be surprised at what many celebrities actually do. Despite having prime rib at home, many celebrities go hunting for a hamburger to satisfy themselves in a move that leads many watching to scratch their heads in confusion. Though they certainly do not condone it, many understand when a celebrity upgrades in the sexy and tempting world of Hollywood. What about the celebrities that, by all accounts, downgrade.
Some celebrities on this list fell in love and started a relationship with someone who wasn’t their partner. Others committed one time indiscretions that baffled the public. Others are serial cheaters where, when one indiscretion was revealed by the paparazzi, countless more came out of the woodwork. It just goes to show – no one is immune to a partners potentially wandering eye, regardless of how they look. Even the most gorgeous men and women can find themselves scorned in the world of Hollywood, often quite painfully and publicly.
Here are 12 celebrities who puzzlingly cheated on their sexy starlet partners with someone less attractive.
12 Jesse James (cheated on Sandra Bullock with Michelle McGee)
Everyone scratched their heads when silver screen sweetheart Sandra Bullock tied the knot with the tattooed, motorcycle-riding Jesse James. The public gave him the benefit of the doubt, assuming that if Sandy loved him, maybe they should love him too. However, he soon proved everyone wrong and earned the scorn of a nation when he cheated on Bullock with equally tattooed Michelle McGee. McGee is not only less attractive than Bullock, who continues to remain gorgeous despite being in her 50s (you would never guess by looking, as she's still an absolute knockout), but is undoubtedly the crass to Bullock's class. Bullock showed that living well is the best revenge - she made a happy family with adopted son Louis and is likely to snag another gorgeous man whenever she feels like it.
11 Kristen Stewart (cheated on Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders)
Whether you love Twilight, hate Twilight, or love to hate it, the series has propelled its two leads - Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - into superstardom. While they've both taken roles in other more independent productions, they are both most recognized internationally for playing Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. The romance they were acting out on screen started to develop for real and they became a couple over the course of the series' filming. In celebrity relationships, it's far more frequent to see the male star cheating than the female star, but it was Stewart who strayed in this duo. Who tempted her away from one of the most lusted-after stars in Hollywood (at least, by teenage superfans)? Director Rupert Sanders, who is far older than her and by all accounts average at best in the looks department.
10 Charlie Sheen (cheated on Denise Richards with his assistant and most likely more)
Denise Richards solidified her status as a bombshell when she came on screen in Wild Things and it’s hard to imagine a man being tempted to stray. However, that’s exactly what Charlie Sheen did. His behavior in subsequent years shows that Richards likely saved herself a lot of heartache by getting out of that relationship when she could, but at the time it was likely a huge blow. Who did Sheen cheat with – another actress? Nope – according to Madame Noire, he was tempted by his own assistant. There are no available images of the assistant online however we are certain she was nowhere nearly as beautiful as Richards.
9 Eric Benet (cheated on Halle Berry with his ex and many more)
While Benet is an R&B singer-songwriter, he was definitely the one with less star power when he got together with Halle Berry, the Z-List to her A-List. She got her start in pageants and was soon starring in movies like Monster’s Ball, Catwoman and X-Men. She has also been the face of countless beauty campaigns. Soon after she wed Benet, the rumors started brewing as he started seeking a little extra attention from outside of his marriage, including from his ex. News soon broke of Benet also cheating with at least 10 more women, some of which were said to have been friends of the actress. Halle Berry was one of the hottest stars in Hollywood at the time, but it apparently wasn’t enough for Benet.
8 Hugh Grant (cheated on Elizabeth Hurley with Denise “Divine” Brown)
Elizabeth Hurley is basically a certified sex symbol who is still looking smoking hot despite approaching 50 years of age. She was married for over a decade to romantic comedy staple, the charming Hugh Grant. However, Grant jeopardized his relationship with her when he was caught cheating with prostitute Denise “Divine” Brown. The situation was basically the dictionary definition of having prime rib at home and choosing to go pick up a greasy hamburger on the streets. The couple eventually split (5 years after the incident, but it likely took a huge toll on their relationship). They remain close today, but Grant hasn’t managed to snag a woman the calibre of Hurley since.
7 Chad Michael Murray (cheated on Sophia Bush with Paris Hilton)
Over the years, Chad Michael Murray has earned himself quite the reputation for turning on-screen romances into off-screen romances. One of those was with One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush, who Murray ended up marrying. The couple eventually split, with one of the main reasons being that Murray allegedly cheated on her with Paris Hilton. While this particular dalliance may not be as publicly verified as others on the list, Murray has a proven track record of dating co-stars, and as Hilton was his House of Wax co-star, it definitely seems likely. Bush has admitted that she isn’t his biggest fan and that working with him on set was difficult after their split, she proves that living well is the best revenge as her star power continues to grow.
6 Tiger Woods (cheated on Elin Nordegren with many women)
Who could ever forget Elin Nordegren with the golf clubs, taking it to Tiger’s car in pure rage? This cheating scandal was one that just grew and grew. Looking at the situation, it seems positively baffling. Woods had a smoking hot Swedish model waiting for him at home every day – and golfers aren’t usually the sexiest of professional athletes, they don’t always have their pick of supermodels like NFL and NBA players. Despite this, he was caught cheating – and then the mistresses came rolling out of the woodwork, the most notable perhaps being Rachel Uchitel. While some of them were attractive to a certain demographic, the slew of former and current porn stars, cocktail waitresses and straight up prostitutes certainly don’t hold a candle to Elin.
5 Peter Cook (cheated on Christie Brinkley with Diana Bianchi)
At 61 years old, Christie Brinkley looks better than a lot of 20 year olds. However, apparently her former husband Peter Cook didn’t think so, as he was caught cheating with the then 18 year old Diana Bianchi. Most architects who manage to enter the celebrity sphere and marry not only a model but a supermodel would likely feel lucky and cherish their partners, but Cook instead cheated on what many consider to be one of the hottest women ever. He attempted to cover it up by allegedly paying off Bianchi, a fact that emerged during the 2008 divorce settlement between Brinkley and Cook.
4 Ashley Cole (cheated on Cheryl Cole with several women, including Aimee Walton)
If you're located outside of the United Kingdom, you may not be as well acquainted with Cheryl Cole and her meteoric rise to fame with pop group Girls Aloud. However, her gorgeous good looks have led to her gracing countless magazine covers so, chances are, you'd recognize this sexy British superstar if you saw her. She married soccer player Ashley Cole when she was younger and was with him as her star power grew and grew - and he repaid her by cheating on her with a few women, including hairdresser Aimee Walton, according to Madame Noire. The star, originally from Newcastle, was understandably devastated at first but she's since moved on and things are looking better than ever. Her solo music career continues to thrive, her beauty shows no signs of fading even though she's now in her 30s, and she's happily married to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
3 Tony Parker (cheated on Eva Longoria with teammate’s wife)
Tony Parker’s romance with actress Eva Longoria was highly publicized, as he was an NBA superstar and she was rapidly rising in Hollywood courtesy of her role as Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives. Despite having a hot wife waiting for him to return from away games, Parker strayed – and did so pretty close to home, cheating with the wife of his then Spurs teammate Brent Barry. Longoria found countless incriminating text messages and the incident spurred on their divorce. Longoria just keeps getting better and better with age, and though Parker is now married to French journalist Axelle Francine, one can’t help but wonder if he regrets his wandering eye.
2 Ryan Phillippe (Cheated on Reese Witherspoon with Abbie Cornish)
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon were one of Hollywood’s cutest couples. They met at Reese’s 21st birthday, spent a lot of time together on the set of Cruel Intentions and were soon inseparable. They married and eventually had two children. However, he was tempted by another blonde cutie in the form of Stop Loss co-star Abbie Cornish. Reese’s wifely instincts went off while Phillippe was filming and her searches for evidence of potential infidelity came up positive as she discovered an incriminating text conversation. While Reese mentions her very public divorce was humiliating and extremely difficult at times, she’s since married Jim Toth and had a child with him, son Tennessee Toth.
1 Jude Law (cheated on Sienna Miller with nanny Daisy Wright)
Jude Law and Sienna Miller were one of the reasons that countless women across the world feared hiring female nannies in fear that their husbands would stray. After all, if Jude Law can be tempted away from his gorgeous actress fiancée Sienna Miller, anything is possible. Daisy Wright was puttering around in the Law-Miller household taking care of Law’s children when a liaison began between the two of them. Perhaps the worst part was how public it all became, as Wright went to the papers and sold her story, not bothering to spare details in order to spare Miller’s feelings.
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