America is full of celebrities. Fans from all over the world come to watch them, listen to what they have to say, and hope and pray for the random opportunity to be around one of the celebrities. We find ourselves caring so deeply about these celebrities’ daily lives that we follow them on social media and discover every hint of what they are doing. Celebrity gossip has made many headlines and continues to be some of the most interesting trending topics found on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram.
It may not happen often, but there is usually one thing that completely changes the outlook these fans have on their favorite celebrities: scandals! With the improvement of technology, celebrities have found that their privacy is almost always up for grabs. So when the public stumbles upon information that suggest that a celebrity has been unfaithful to a spouse, or stars in a sex tape, or both... we react with different levels of disgust, but you better believe everyone has an opinion on it.
These scandals occupy our time extensively for a brief moment, but before we know it, there is another scandal that is brewing just around the corner. This past decade has marked some of the most memorable instances of celebrities being involved in scandals in history. Here are the top 20.
20 Tila Tequila
Tila Tequila was a famous television personality in the early and mid-2000s. She appeared on different reality television shows at the time and even had her own reality television show in which she was searching for love, from both girls and guys. Nowadays being bi-sexual isn’t such a big deal, but when Tila began to make waves on MTV it was an uncommon sight to see. This uncommon occurrence combined with a racy sex tape that got leaked, helped catapult Tequila into the spotlight for a short while. The air in her tires may have fizzled since then but in the mid-2000s this was a big deal.
19 Colin Farrell
The bad boy of Hollywood, Colin Farrell has always been known to take things to the next level. So when a sex tape came out featuring the famous actor, we are not so sure that anyone was surprised. Co-starring in this video was his ex-girlfriend, and past Playboy feature, Nicole Narain. A hot debate sparked between the former couple as Colin sued both her and Internet Commerce Group to ensure that the video remained in private possession. Narain claimed that she never intended to release the video but Colin thought she was attempting to blackmail him and ruin his acting career.
18 Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons is a rock & roll legend. As a member of the infamous KISS brand, Gene Simmons was notorious for discovering entertaining ways to end his evenings. That being said, Gene had settled down with now wife Shannon Tweed, who he has been with for over 30 years. So one can easily understand the confusion that comes about when a sex tape was leaked in 2008. Probably not that big of a deal except for the fact that the video co-stared a female guest who wasn’t Shannon Tweed. Needless to say the King is the still the King.
17 Mackenzie Phillips
Mackenzie Phillips is not necessarily the most famous of celebrities, but her sex scandal is so uniquely weird that it would be impossible to leave her off of this list. Mackenzie may not be all that famous but her father certainly is. John Phillips was a famous musician in the 1960s. If you can’t tell by now, the sex scandal involves both the daughter and the father. Yup. Mackenzie claimed that her father drugged her many times since she was young and forced himself on her. She then stated that she eventually considered it a consensual relationship. Needless to say this is one that won’t soon be forgotten.
16 Hulk Hogan
Hollywood Hulk Hogan is an iconic WWE superstar who could do no wrong in the ring. Fans worldwide easily recognize the superstar even today, despite him not spending much recent time in the ring. In the ring, we have seen Hogan take a beating, but in this instance it was out of the ring that was being impacted. After a sex tape between Hogan and Heather Clem emerged, Clem was thought to have purposefully tempted Hogan into creating the video. After sections of the video were released, a major lawsuit ensued between Hogan, Clem and her husband. Needless to say it seems as though Hulk Hogan has found more entertainment out of the ring than he ever did within it.
15 Rebecca Gayheart/Eric Dane/Kari Ann Peniche
This is certainly a very steamy threesome. In 2009 a video was leaked showing the three lovers in a more than vulnerable affair. Although there were not any sexual acts shown on the video it gave a solid glimpse of some very attractive people, and one can only assume the activities that occurred when the camera was turned away. It definitely seems as though the married couple seemed more than happy to participate with another equally beautiful star, as there was never any controversy between the three. If you are looking for some steamy action, this is certainly one for the record books.
14 David Letterman
When the King of Late Night television makes a move, he does it big. Live on his show David Letterman admitted to being involved with a material affair. David Letterman sex scandal had everything to offer. There were young female staffers, allegations of blackmail, and a terrible divorce. Letterman’s private life would eventually take a multitude of twists and turns. To have such a staple of the entertainment industry have their life so carefully scrutinized really waned on Letterman, who was usually well known for his privacy in the public eye. This undoubtedly shocked the late night television star’s world.
13 LeAnn Rimes/Eddie Cibrian/Brandi Glanville
Talk about a three-way battle. This heavyweight bout between these famous celebrities is certainly one of a kind. Originally, husband and wife Eddie Cibrian and Brandi Glanville were well established together. Then enters LeAnn Rimes, who comes in, puts the moves on, and sweeps Eddie off of his feet. Who would ever have thought that sweet, innocent and sexy LeAnn Rimes would be so cunning? Oh well, all is fair in love and war. The new couple would then go on to star in their own reality television show. Talk about adding salt to the wound!
12 Anthony Weiner
Like many politicians, Anthony Weiner has a very hard time saying no to things. When running for mayor he was caught up in a sex scandal not once but twice. Although Weiner was not known to have actually physically cheated on this spouse, he got caught sexting with women, including sending nude pictures of himself. His complete disregard of morals and his spouse and family over and over again gave way to the nickname of the scandal called Weinergate. You have to be constantly sending some steamy sexting to be given your own political corruption nickname, that is for sure.
11 Nadya “Octomom” Suleman
Although Octomom sounds much more like a terrible name for a comic book superhero, this single mom of eight fraternal newborn babies captured fans' hearts. Star of a reality television show, she became famous after her show showed the world her life as she raised eight babies as a single mother. But then things started to take a distinct turn. Once the fame and fortune began to disappear, Octomom began to become desperate for public attention. Enter Octomom creating an adult film. That is right. The once sought after single mom who many fans looked up to as inspiration dove into adult entertainment.
10 Mimi Faust
The circumstance in which Mimi Faust’s tape was released is what makes this more of a scandal than not. With her then boyfriend Niko, the Love and Hip Hop star created a sex tape. Ok no biggy there. right? It has been done before. But what is ridiculous about this is that she had originally claimed the tape had been stolen and that she was essentially forced into going along with the release of the tape. It was later discovered that in fact it was a full-on production and that Mimi had been lying to her friends, family, and the world all along.
9 Carrie Prejean
Just because you may be capable of winning beauty pageants, does not mean you are immune to scandals! There may not be a more beautiful person to come out with a sex tape than this former beauty queen. So you know it is a big deal with Miss USA is involved. One of the most stunningly beautiful women in the United States, after winning the MISS USA pageant crown, had it all taken away from her. Prejean's sex scandal emerged when a sex tape emerged involving her and her boyfriend at the time. Carrie will forever be remembered as the MISS USA who lost her crown because of a sex tape, though she certainly is very hot.
8 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Soon after serving time as the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was discovered to have fathered another son to his housekeeper of over 20 years while his wife Maria Shriver was pregnant with their youngest child. Upon discovering of his misdeed Maria divorced him almost immediately. She was not known to have said, "I’ll be back." Sorry if you groaned there, I couldn’t help myself. It is bad enough that Arnold committed adultery with his long-time spouse, but to have created a secret son in addition to that is something else, not to mention the fact that the maid stayed employed under the Schwarzenegger household the whole time.
7 Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart is solely responsible for breaking all of the hearts of many Twilight fans. During all of the books and movies, fans fell in love with the on-screen and real-life relationship between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. They were certainly a match made in heaven and the perfect example that every teen girl dreamed of having, until Kristen was discovered having cheated on Robert with her much older director. Upon being discovered, Kristen was very apologetic of her involvement but the damage had already been accomplished and could never be undone. If their love wasn’t real, is any?
6 John Edwards
John Edwards was highly considered to be a leading contender for the Presidency of the United States. He was able to maintain leads and hang with both Hilary Clinton and Barrack Obama during the primary elections. Many held very high hopes for John Edwards, then he was caught in a sex scandal and his political career has since been practically over. Many supporters were almost heartbroken when they discovered John Edwards’ steamy love affair and how it completely contradicted the positive family values that he aimed to represent. Since the affair there has been very limited news about John Edwards, and with good reason.
5 Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods will forever be remembered as one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, that or he will be remembered for how he was discovered for having an affair and how his marriage soon after blew up for the world to see. Who can forget that iconic picture of a broken down Cadillac Escalade crashing into a fire hydrant? The world was shocked that such an assumed nice and respectful golfer such as Tiger Woods would be accused of cheating on his wife. We would later find out that that is exactly what did occur. The result of the affair and eventual divorce seemed to set off the beginning of the downfall for Tiger, as he has never seemed the same since.
4 Farrah Abraham
There is an image that many fans of the iconic MTV’s Teen Mom series have of the mothers, and then there is Farrah. Almost from the very beginning of the show Farrah Abraham has done things very differently than her corresponding cast mates. This includes creating and releasing a sex tape. Why, if she purposefully created it this video, is it a scandal? Due to the fact that so many of the cast, staff, fans and even critics recognize that the intention of the show is not only to demonstrate what the reality is of having a child when you are teen mom, but also to provide examples for teenage girls. Farrah’s involvement with this video completely contradicts this sentiment in every way.
3 Dustin “Screech” Diamond
Screech involved in a sex scandal? How many childhoods were ruined when fans all over discovered that Screech had participated in a sex tape? This was a huge shock to many, but those who knew actor Dustin Diamond (that just screeches adult star name) were well aware that he had become desperate to reclaim his previous level of popularity, fame and fortune. Clearly though this did much more damage to the psyche of Screech’s fans than to improve his popularity. We can all agree that the days of Mr. Diamond having any kind of fame are long past.
2 Kim Kardashian Sex Tape
Although not the first, Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, starring her and Ray J, would skyrocket her fame and fortune more than any other celebrity who has ever been involved in a sex scandal. Less than 4 years after her tape was released to the public, Kim and her family would have their own reality television show. This would ignite the brush fire that has now become the Kardashian clan’s empire that has spread into clothing, film, other television shows, entertainment apps, and many other arenas of business. She, more than any other person, has made a sex tape produce substantial results.
1 Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton, aka the mother of all sex tapes. Paris Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Resort company, was responsible for ushering in the "s tape" era and helped skyrocket her life into the public limelight. There is no doubt that Paris deserves her stop on this list when you consider how her image not only became relevant to the public, but was forever impacted. If you are the founder of such a society-changing entertainment phenomena such as the sex tape, you deserve to be on this list. We can all agree that no matter what Paris Hilton does with the rest of her life, we heard that she even recently started dating again, she will always be remembered for her one special night.