Money and power can lead one to do some crazy things. Some people like to buy tons of expensive stuff and go way over the top. Some people like to party hard, and some people decide to go the more traditional route and get serious with a partner or get married.
But sometimes the allure of the famous and powerful life is too strong to resist, and they give in to those primal urges. Unfortunately for them, it’s much harder to get away with an affair as a celebrity. Being constantly hounded by media and paparazzi with cameras always pointed at you has to make it pretty hard to get away with it. Yet, they have been getting away with it (at least for a while) since what seems like the beginning of time. It always does seem to make its way out in the open though, but yet it continues happening, so it must be worth it in its own way.
Whether you agree with the actions of celebrity non-monogamists or not, you have to admit it’s still shocking when they are exposed. So, have a look at a list of twelve of the most prominent cheating scandals in the last few decades.
12 Ashton Kutcher
11 Tony Parker
10 Kristen Stewart
Finally, a woman on the list. Men aren’t the only ones who cheat, you know. Stewart cheated on Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson while she was on the set of Snow White and the Huntsman. What’s worse is she cheated with the director of the movie, 41-year-old married Rupert Sanders. This created all sorts of strange musings on the internet about daddy issues and the like. In any case, she apparently regretted the brief fling, offering a public apology to Pattinson, in which she said over and over, “I love him. I love him.” This was devastating to Twilight fans since Pattinson and Stewart had been silent about their relationship for several years before going public, and this news broke shortly thereafter.
9 Hugh Grant
Although a bit of an old story, this one’s a classic. Grant started dating fellow actress Elizabeth Hurley in 1987, after meeting on the set of Remando Al Viento. Then, it came out in 1995 that Grant had been soliciting prostitutes. He was even arrested. Surprisingly, she stood by his side and backed him through this scandal. She must have been truly blinded by love. However, she finally came to her senses 5 years later in the year 2000. After 13 years together, they finally separated. The separation was fairly quiet, but surely it must have been over his infidelity.
8 Mario Lopez
7 Billy Crudup
Actor Billy Crudup was together with Weeds actress Mary Louise Parker, for almost seven years before suddenly leaving her while she was seven months pregnant. Did he find out the baby wasn’t his? Nope, he fell in love with his co-star Claire Danes while shooting the movie Stage Beauty. That’s right, he’s deserving of his spot on this list for leaving his pregnant wife who was in the third trimester. And it was their first child. He got some kind of karmic justice though, in that his relationship with Claire Danes also fell apart after three years. He must regret this at this point.
6 LeAnn Rimes
Singer LeAnn Rimes has quite the history of infidelity. She also sometimes even serves as a home wrecker in the situation. Her affair with married man and co-star from her Lifetime movie Eddie Cibrian, eventually broke up his marriage. Oh yeah, and she was married to Dean Sheremet at the time as well. After all of these rumors were confirmed, she posted to her website confirming her divorce. She wrote, “After much thoughtful mutual consideration, Dean and I have agreed to move forward with dissolving our marriage. This decision was amicable and we remain committed and caring friends with great admiration for one another.”
5 Jesse James
4 Arnold Schwarzenegger
This one was recently publicized like crazy, so it’s one you’re probably familiar with. It might be more of a surprise because it’s Arnold, but it might also be because of his time as the governator of California. Regardless, when news came out of his divorce with Maria Shriver in 2011, the world was shocked. It turned out he cheated on his wife of 25 years with their maid. Worse than that, they had a kid together that he kept from her. Perhaps even weirder was that the maid was pregnant at the same time as Shriver and continued to work for them during her pregnancy.
3 David Letterman
Beloved former late night host David Letterman, was caught in quite the scandal when it was revealed in 2009 that he had sex with several of his underlings throughout the years. Wrapped up in all of this was a $2 million blackmail plot that forced Dave to go public with the details of everything, revealing all of the details on an episode of his show, though he still stated: "But at the time, I was largely ignorant as to what, really, I had done." He also claimed that he was incredibly surprised that CBS never fired him over this. He felt they absolutely had the right to.
2 Tiger Woods
1 Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton was the guy before Bush in the Oval Office. Before he even took office though, there had been allegations of affairs with Gennifer flowers and Paula Jones. So perhaps it shouldn’t have been too surprising when White House intern Monica Lewinsky, came out and admitted to an affair, threatening his impeachment from office and his marriage as well. All in all, Clinton was not punished for his misdeeds, as Congress decided not to remove him from office, and his wife stood by him through it all. She still stands by him, but many people suspect there’s no love in that relationship anymore.