Celebrities seem to be the worst of us; they never stay faithful for too long. As fans, it's hard for us to watch so many celebrity marriages fail due to infidelity- it kind of robs us of the hopes of having a stable relationship ourselves. However, we can take solace in the knowledge that celebrity marriages are practically otherworldly, with all the added obstacles they face.
There are plenty of cases where infidelities occurred and it didn't work out too well for the cheater. Ben Affleck, Jude Law, and Ethan Hawke are just a few of the many celebrities that ruined their marriages by sleeping with the family nanny; some of them are now paying child-support for a baby mama they didn't even want to stick with in the first place. So many times, cheaters end up berated by the media and fans, having their wealth divided, and left alone to rebuild their awful reputations- just look at a cheater like Jesse James.
Some of the celebrities on this list have committed several infidelities, seeming to cruise through relationships as if their lives were a Game of Thrones and they were using each romantic partner until a more advantageous match arose. It's certainly one way to climb the social and financial ladder, but not really the most admirable or noble way to do it. Yet plenty get away with it and somehow come out winning!
So here they are, the dirty rotten scoundrels: 14 Hollywood celebrities that cheated and upgraded to a better partner.
14 Jennifer Lopez - From Cris Judd to Ben Affleck
Back in the days of Jennifer's blossoming music career, she met actor/dancer/director Cris Judd in Spain when he was hired to direct her "Love Don't Cost a Thing" music video. The two hit it off and got married in September of 2001. It was Jennifer's second marriage (the first was to a Cuban waiter, Ojani Noa), and it seemed like she figured it out the second time around. Unfortunately, the couple didn't last very long.
13 Marc Anthony - From Dayanara Torres to Jennifer Lopez
It's hard to say exactly when Jennifer began to stray from Ben Affleck. Perhaps it was when the romantic comedy they made together, Gigli, bombed in theatres. Maybe it had something to do with the weird chemistry he had with Jennifer Garner in Daredevil, not to mention that that movie also stank; or maybe they just generally lost interest in each other. In any case, Jennifer sought comfort in the arms of her longtime friend, singer Marc Anthony, and it certainly paid off for him!
12 Mel Gibson - From Robyn Moore to Oksana Grigorieva
Once upon a time, before Mel Gibson was known as a crazy old anti-Semite and was more commonly known as the original Mad Max, he met Robyn Moore, a dental nurse in southern Australia. They fell in love and were married for 26 years. Then, suddenly, they weren't happy anymore. The two cited "irreconcilable differences" as the cause of the rift in their relationship, however, we all knew the true reason they divorced as photos were leaked of him with Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva before the divorce was even filed. Assuredly, Gibson had managed to trade up from a middle-aged housewife to a young artist.
11 Gwen Stefani - From Gavin Rossdale to Blake Shelton
In 1995, the bands No Doubt, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Bush all went on tour together. While on tour, No Doubt front-runner Gwen Stefani met and fell in love with Bush guitarist Gavin Rossdale. After dating on-and-off for many years, the two married in 2002. The two had three kids together and seemed very happy. Gavin's career slowed, though Gwen kept busy with music and then judging on The Voice. All of a sudden, Gwen demanded a divorce. So what happened?
10 Leann Rimes - From Dean Sheremet to Eddie Cibrian
Country singer/songwriter Leann Rimes met backup dancer Dean Sheremet at the 2001 Country Music Awards. She instantly knew that he was the love of her life and the two got married only a year later. However, the two weren't together forever; their marriage ended only eight years later. What happened?
9 Eddie Cibrian - From Brandi Glanville to Leann Rimes
Oh, did we forget to mention? Eddie Cibrian was married with children when he had his 2009 extramarital affair with Leann Rimes. He'd married model and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Brandi Glanville back in 2001 and the couple had two sons. The family unit seemed secure and safe and happy, until that damn Northern Lights (Lifetime Network ruins everything).
8 Billy Bob Thornton - From Laura Dern to Angelina Jolie
Billy Bob Thornton, an American actor made popular from films like Armageddon, Sling Blade, and Princess Mononoke, had been married four times before he thought he had finally gotten it right with his marriage to American actress Laura Dern, who is popular from her roles in Jurassic Park, Blue Velvet, and The Fault in Our Stars. The two started dating in 1998, but Billy Bob had another surprise in store for him. Only a year later, he became close with Angelina Jolie when they made the movie Pushing Tin. Billy Bob left the girl-next-door type, Laura Dern, for the ultimate babe, Angelina Jolie.
7 Brad Pitt - From Jennifer Aniston to Angelina Jolie
Billy Bob wasn't the only one that realized he could cash in for a better prize in Angelina Jolie. Heartthrob Brad Pitt started dating Friends star Jennifer Aniston back in 1998. They were a hot-ticket item; everyone gushed over seeing the adorable couple in tabloids and on red carpets. They married in 2000, and everyone thought this crazy couple would be the ones that got it right. Well, we were wrong.
6 Madonna - From Guy Ritchie to Alex Rodriguez
Singer/songwriter Madonna met director Guy Ritchie, who was then popular for directing and writing Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, back in 1998. The two had a child together in 2000 and then married the day after their newborn son was christened. Thought they were happily married, they spent most of their time focused on their careers: Madonna went on her Drowned World Tour, and Guy directed some of his most popular films, including Snatch and Swept Away (in which Madonna starred).
5 Meg Ryan - From Dennis Quaid to Russell Crowe
Meg Ryan, most popular from her roles in romantic movies like Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally, married Dennis Quaid, who was then most popular for his roles in Jaws 3-D, The Long Riders, and The Big Easy. They met while filming the movie D.O.A. together and they fell for each other. The two were good for each other; they eased into their relationship, she got him to end his cocaine addiction, and they had a child together. They married in 1991, then divorced in 2001 because of an extramarital affair with Russell Crowe.
4 Billy Crudup - From Mary Louise Parker to Claire Danes
"Who the hell is Billy Crudup?" you may ask. Billy is an American actor best known for his roles in Watchmen (Dr. Manhattan), Almost Famous (Russell Hammond), and Big Fish (Will Bloom). Though he's had a very expansive and successful career, he's rarely featured in tabloids and media.
3 Claire Danes - From Billy Crudup to Hugh Dancy
Yes, that's right: the cheater got cheated on, and it's hard to say he didn't have it coming. While dating Billy Crudup, Danes met Hugh Dancy on the set of Evening in 2006, and the two fell for each other. Yet, Claire didn't feel the need to break up with Billy before starting a relationship with Hugh! They dated in secret while filming the movie in Rhode Island, and only when the movie was done filming and she had to return to Billy did she leave him to date Hugh on a more permanent basis.
2 Millie Mackintosh - From Hugo Taylor to Professor Green
If you're an American reader, you're probably thinking, "wait, who are any of these people?" Millie is heir to the Mackintosh Confectionary fortune, and was a star of the popular UK reality-show Made in Chelsea, which follows the affluent lives of upper class young people in West London (she's kind of the UK's version of Kourtney Kardashian). Hugo Taylor happened to be her costar on the show, as he is co-founder of Taylor-Morris Eyewear and heir to a sizable fortune himself. The two dated whilst on the show, but Millie is used to getting what she wants when she wants it - and she wanted Professor Green.
1 Tori Spelling - From Charlie Shanian to Dean McDermott
Tori Spelling was once an actress, famous for her roles in Beverly Hills, 90210, Trick, and Scary Movie 2, and maintains her fame through reality shows and guest star appearances. Back in 2004, Tori married playwright and actor Charlie Shanian in a lavish, expensive wedding; they then filed for divorce a little over a year later. So what happened? The official report cites "irreconcilable differences," but it's pretty clear what was up since she married Dean McDermott less than a month later in Fiji. Dean, if you don't recognize the name, is best known for his roles in Open Range, Power Play, and, of course, the reality show Tori & Dean: Inn Love. Perhaps shockingly, Dean was married with a son before he began his affair with Tori. He told his wife of the infidelity and she left him, leaving him free to marry Tori. Though it was another small upgrade, from small-time actor to slightly less small-time actor, the two definitely made a great life and career together.
Sources: chicagotribune, nydailynews
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