Celebrity life can look like a walk in the park, all glamorous movie premieres and expensive watches. For the most part, it’s a pretty sweet deal. Who wouldn’t want to get paid obscene amounts of money for just being who they are? However, things aren’t always as good as they seem. When you’re trying to maintain a relationship in the public eye, things can go from fun to terrible quicker than you can say ‘Smile for the camera!’
Even us common folk know how difficult it can be to keep a relationship going when there is outside pressure on it. Can you imagine having the entire world watching your every move? Sometimes, one thing leads to another and celebrities do the unthinkable – cheat on their partners. In this business we call a show, nothing stays secret for very long, and the tabloids always find out. Grovelling public apologies are issued, declarations of love are thrown around – or the divorce lawyers are called and the Malibu mansion goes on the market.
We love a good scandal, especially involving our favorite stars... it definitely helps when they’re painfully good looking. I’ve trawled through the divorce files and did some PI work to uncover 15 of Hollywood’s Hottest Cheaters. Let’s take a look.
15 Katherine McPhee
Brunette beauty Katharine McPhee came to prominence as the runner up on the 2006 stint of American Idol. McPhee has had reasonable success with her career, branching out into acting too. In October 2013, the would-be starlet was caught in a compromising situation with Michael Morris, the director of the movie Smash, which she was working on. At the time, McPhee was believed to have still been married herself, to actor Nick Cokas. Although her team insisted they had been separated for at least a year prior to the incident, that didn’t stop the rumor mill from going wild. Mud sticks, and McPhee was officially branded a cheat.
14 Kristen Stewart
In possibly one of the most public cheating scandals of all time, a 22-year-old Kristen Stewart was caught red-handed when a pap photographed her and her married Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders kissing. Not only was Sanders married, but Stewart was in a serious (and very public) relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. Complete chaos ensued, and Kristen issued a public apology to Rob that was a little odd, saying ‘I love him, I love him.’ Although it looked like the pair managed to get past it for a short while, it didn’t last long and by the start of 2014, Pattinson confirmed that it was all over.
13 LeAnn Rimes
Being a squeaky-clean country-pop songstress was never quite LeAnn Rimes’ bag, and it was made even more apparent when she embarked on an affair with her Northern Lights co-star Eddie Cibrian. Both parties were married, Cibrian to Real Housewives of Beverley Hills star Brandi Glanville, and Rimes to dancer Dean Sheremet. In 2008, pictures surfaced of the two making out – possibly the final push to them both divorcing their spouses. It wasn’t just a tryst for the pair though, and they sealed the deal by wedding each other in 2011. She clearly couldn’t live without him… what a couple of scoundrels.
12 Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan was Hollywood’s favorite leading lady, forever playing the role of a lovable chaotic sweetheart in some rom-com or another. So, when news of her affair with her Proof of Life co-star Russell Crowe broke, audiences worldwide were devastated. Meg was married to fellow actor Dennis Quaid at the time, and had been for almost a decade. Rather than continue with her solid relationship, Ryan gave into temptation with the Gladiator star and subsequently a year later, Ryan and Quaid were headed for divorce court. It just goes to show that you think you know someone… but you never really do. Sniff sniff.
11 Sienna Miller
British actress and blonde bombshell Sienna Miller, is no stranger to a love triangle. In 2005 Sienna reportedly had an affair with James Bond actor Daniel Craig. At the time, Miller was married to heartthrob Jude Law, who did his own share of cheating too. Unfortunately for Miller, her affair was highly publicized thanks to leaked voicemails she had left on Craig’s machine. At the time, she didn’t talk about the scandal, but discussed it during a court interview. She said, "I always end my phone calls to Daniel saying ‘I love you.’" It was the definition of a messy affair and damaged the actress' credibility beyond repair.
10 Lucy Mecklenburgh
British reality TV star Lucy Mecklenburgh may not be Hollywood royalty, but she’s definitely hot enough to be on this list. During Lucy’s time on the extremely popular The Only Way is Essex, she was at the centre of a cheating scandal of her own making. While she was in a relationship with fellow cast-mate Mario Falcone, Lucy spent a lot of time denying that she had played away with ex-lover Mark Wright. In true reality TV fashion, it all came to light after weeks of denial. It didn’t take long for the brunette stunner to worm her way back into her boyfriend’s graces though, and all was forgiven.
9 Tori Spelling
Original Beverly Hills, 90210 actress, Tori Spelling was married to actor Charlie Shanian in 2004. It didn’t take long for that to end badly, when she embarked on an affair with another actor, Dean McDermott. It wasn’t something that Spelling tried to keep under wraps and she has since spoken very openly about how the entire thing came about and how she broke the news to Charlie. Spelling and McDermott tied the knot in 2006, and have five children together. But you know what they say – once a cheater, always a cheater. McDermott had an affair with Emily Goodhand in 2013, but the two still remain married.
Madonna was married to director Guy Ritchie for eight years before the pair called it quits. The catalyst? A supposed affair between the Queen of pop and New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. While neither parties confirmed nor denied the allegations, Rodriguez separated from his wife Cynthia, three months prior to the split of Ritchie and Madonna. The pair claimed that they were just friends, but Cynthia came forward sometime later to say that she had found a letter from her then-husband to the singer, calling her 'his true soulmate.' Sounds a little fishy to me, what do you think?
7 Jennifer Lopez
Jenny from the Block has certainly been around the block a few times - and good for her (to an extent). The Hollywood rumor mill has been churning constantly when it comes to J-Lo's relationships. While nothing has ever been confirmed, the father of her second husband, Cris Judd, went to the press after the short-lived marriage ended, claiming that she had cheated on his son with her co-star, Ben Affleck. It was never proven, but it didn't take long after the marriage was over for her to begin her relationship with the Pearl Harbor actor. If that wasn't enough, it was also speculated that she was cheating on Marc Anthony with Casper Smart... and vice versa.
6 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is a name that continually pops up on Hottest Female lists everywhere. For as long as she's been a mainstream name, Jolie has been under the microscope for her fast and passionate romances. She married actor Jonny Lee Miller in 1996 after meeting him on the set of one of her first films. At the time, Jolie had been in an open relationship with model Jenny Shimizu for several years. In an interview, she stated "I would have probably married Jenny if I hadn't married my husband. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her." The marriage to Miller lasted a hot minute, and after one more failed marriage to Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie set her sights on married man, Brad Pitt. Although the two vehemently denied that anything happened while Pitt was still married, Jolie is widely regarded as the reason Pitt divorced America's Sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston.
5 Heidi Klum
While Seal thought he had bagged himself a 'kiss from a rose' it turned out that supermodel Heidi Klum was just a bag of thorns. Despite being married for 7 years, the relationship disintegrated in 2012, when the press got hold of rumors that Klum was having an affair with her bodyguard, Martin Kristen. Although the Germany's Next Top Model host denied any wrongdoing, she did go on to be in a relationship with her former staff member for two years immediately following her divorce. Seal and Klum have 4 children together who they continue to co-parent, while Klum is now dating independent art coordinator Vito Schnabel.
4 Jessica Simpson
Star of MTV's Newlyweds, pop sensation Jessica Simpson wasn't as good and wholesome as she might have had you thinking. If you've ever seen the show, it was quite apparent that her marriage to fellow popstar Nick Lachey was never going to work. Not only did they bicker all the time, but this was a young couple under constant scrutiny. The marriage ended in divorce, but not before cheating rumors could rear their ugly heads. Supposedly Jessica began seeing Maroon 5's Adam Levine. When the flaxen-haired singer was seen leaving Levine's hotel room wearing his t-shirt in early 2006, it was all the confirmation the media needed. Lachey and Simpson were divorced soon after.
3 Britney Spears
When Britney Spears first appeared, she openly told interviewers that she was a virgin - and the media loved her girl-next-door schtick. So, when she got together with none other than Justin Timberlake, pop fans worldwide rejoiced. They dated for three years, seemingly the embodiment of young, hot Hollywood bliss. When their relationship ended without warning in 2002, it became apparent that Spears had actually cheated on the N'Sync member. Timberlake released Cry Me a River, based on his experience being burned by someone he deemed his 'sun'. Just to twist the knife a little more, he hired someone that looked a lot like Britney to play the cheating girlfriend in the music video.
2 Elizabeth Taylor
If there's one thing you probably don't want to be remembered for, it's your inability to stick to one man. Unfortunately for movie icon Elizabeth Taylor, it's her affairs that often overshadow her film legacy. Taylor married an incredible 8 times in her life (twice to Richard Burton). It was her public relationship with Burton that remains the stuff of Hollywood legend. The pair met when they were both married to other people and they wasted no time before embarking on a scandalous relationship. It took a while, but they eventually left their partners and got married themselves... then divorced... then married... then divorced again. You can't say that her life was boring, at least.
1 Anne Heche
If you're in a relationship with a beloved star, you have to tread very carefully. If you do anything to hurt them, then it's likely that your popularity (and career) could take a turn for the worse. Unfortunately, Volcano actress Anne Heche, learned the hard way, when she cheated on her partner of three years Ellen DeGeneres, with actor Coleman Laffoon. Clearly not satisfied with that, Heche traded in her husband for her Men in Trees co-star James Tupper. While the actress certainly doesn't lack beauty or talent, she upset the showbiz world enough for her career to never recover, or reach the potential it once had. Isn't karma a b***h?