Celebrity relationships are often portrayed as fine and dandy by those who are in it, giving the world an unrealistic, optimal view of what marriage or partnerships should look like. And no matter how unrealistic, we continue to buy it — going as far as considering long and “happy” celebrity relationships as real life’s happily ever after. We even sometimes feel envious of their “perfect” relationships and try to recreate them with our significant other. But just like us regular folks, celebrities have their deepest, darkest relationship secrets that they would like to keep forever. Secrets that could not only ruin their careers, but also ultimately destroy their romantic relationship with their current partner.
And when desperate times call for desperate measures, they are also one to resort to some unusual — sometimes absolutely bizarre — practices to keep their relationship strong. We’re not judging them for that. In fact, if it works for them and it makes them happy, then we’re happy. But sometimes, what they choose to do to keep their relationship going is a little bit disturbing to many. Behind the filtered, picture-perfect Instagram photos and social media posts declaring their absolute love for each other lies the eye-opening truth. Some celebrities need a third party to keep the romance alive and passionate. As shocking as this may sound, a number of very famous stars have actually resorted to practicing an open relationship to make things work. Here are some rather surprising Hollywood partnerships that are in fact open relationships.
15 Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' love story is one that's an ultimate dream. The pair starred in That '70s Show back in the 1990s, where they first kissed. It was actually Kunis’ first kiss. But despite working together on the show for such a long time, they didn’t really start dating until 2012. And in 2015 the two finally married, but not before their first daughter was born in 2014.
When Kutcher was married to actress Demi Moore, the pair shared an open relationship, as Moore was reportedly attracted to women, too. It is unclear if Kunis eventually became one of their third parties, but it seems that she may have toned down Kutcher's desire for a third party now that they are older and are parents to a daughter. What many may not know, however, is that the two didn’t actually plan on getting married — they started out as casual hooking up buddies.
14 Beyonce And Jay-Z
There's no denying that Beyonce and Jay-Z are hip-hop royalty, with their relationship beginning 15 years ago. In 2008, the pair married privately and now, they are parents to three children, Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir Carter. But their nine-year marriage isn't without its hurdles. The launch of Beyonce's visual album Lemonade sparked infidelity rumors and Jay-Z confirmed that he did, in fact, cheat on Beyonce. He even admitted that they both believed that making music about it was therapeutic for them. The infidelity most likely sprang from the jealousy of having to share partners with other people, given their habit of letting someone else join their intimate activities. The pair seemed to have patched it up, however, as they've been seen seemingly happy together when they're in public. According to an insider of the couple who helped them work through their issues in therapy, “If it wasn’t for Blue Ivy, they might not be together.”
13 Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt
Another (ex) power couple in the entertainment industry is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who have several children together. Despite being hands-on parents and award-winning actors, the two managed to keep it together until their separation in September 2016. One factor that made the marriage work was an open relationship, which Jolie hinted at to Neue Blatt Magazine in 2011. Back then, the multi-award winning actress admitted that fidelity is not "absolutely essential" for a relationship to work. She added that she and her husband both understood that living together did not equate to being "chained together" and that they made sure they "never restrict each other," implying that both parties probably carried on relationships with other people throughout their seemingly blissful marriage. And it’s unclear whether they’re really back together, but according to a new report, they will set their differences aside to spend Christmas together with their kids.
12 David Beckham And Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham was first known as the "least talented Spice Girl," but she definitely turned tables when she became a fashion icon and married David Beckham. The pair has been married for 18 years now and many wonder what's the secret to their long-lasting marriage. Rumor has it that the secret is polyamory. It's no surprise that women would fall at the feet of the football superstar, whose good looks also makes for an interesting modelling career. The Daily Mail reported that he previously engaged in a an intimate activity with his personal assistant and another unnamed woman. But the infidelity claims don't end there. Another woman came forward to say that Beckham had hooked up with her friend three times, making people wonder if the Beckhams are truly in an open relationship. A few months ago, their former nanny claimed that Beckham had wanted to split, but we really doubt that’s going to happen anytime soon.
11 Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith
Academy Award-nominated actor Will Smith has been married to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith for 20 long years now and has been plagued with every kind of infidelity rumor there is. But in a sea of fake happy couples, the Smiths are definitely one to stand out, as their honestly about their open marriage is truly inspiring. Pinkett Smith admitted during Howard Stern’s SiriusXM program in 2015 that she isn't her husband's "watcher" and that she fully trusts him because he is "a grown man" and "a man of integrity." She added that he has "all the freedom in the world" and that as long as Smith can "look himself in the mirror and be okay," his other relationships will not bother the actress either. “People have to be married in a way that works. As couples, we really do have to see what is best for us,” she said to Lorraine on ITV’s Lorraine.
10 Gwen Stefani And Gavin Rossdale
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's marriage was rock royalty. The pair seemed to be made for each other, first meeting in 1995 and marrying in 2002. Despite sharing three children together, the pair called it quits in 2015 after Rossdale was accused of cheating on Stefani with none other than their nanny, Mindy Mann. The cheating was going on for about three years before the two officially separated, without Stefani's knowledge. It now begs the question, to what extent were the pair in an open marriage? The 51-year-old Rossdale is now reportedly dating 27-year-old model Sophia Thomalla, while Stefani has moved on with another celebrity divorcee and The Voice co-judge, Blake Shelton, who coincidentally is 2017's Sexiest Man Alive, much to the general public's chagrin. Stefani was truly devastated by the breakup, but she admitted that it also gave her inspiration for her latest solo album.
9 Justin Timberlake And Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are probably one of the most private celebrities to ever exist in the era of social media. The pair began dating in 2007 before marrying in 2012. In 2015, they welcomed a son, Silas Randall, and since then have lived a quiet family life away from cameras. But while Hollywood celebrities are often plagued by fidelity rumors and scandals, these two manage to keep their relationship in check. The secret is most likely an open relationship. Biel told ABC News in July 2017 that while the pair believes in loyalty and honesty, they still "like to have fun." Whatever their definition of fun really means is up for debate, but it seems that they've all got it figured out when it comes to their marriage. For their 5th wedding anniversary this year, Timberlake wrote an adorable love letter to Biel. He even shared a video of him singing their “first dance,” which is Leon Russell’s “A Song For You.”
8 Megan Fox And Brian Austin Green
It was and continues to be a rocky road for Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, who have been together for 13 years and share three children together. The pair married in 2010 but Fox filed for divorce just five years later. However, the two reconciled in 2016 and even expected another baby together. Fox admitted to Cosmo in 2014 that "Brian and I have done everything you can do to ruin a relationship" but remain loving towards each other. Green told People that despite them fighting and disagreeing on things, the two still "stick it out." It would not be surprising if one of the issues they fight about is infidelity, given Fox's admission to doing things to ruin her relationship with her husband. "Marriage is hard," Green said during his podcast. "I think when you get to the point like we have where you have kids and you've been married for a while and we've been together for a long time… you just take it day by day."
7 Zac Efron And Vanessa Hudgens
In the mid-2000s, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were the epitome of young love. The pair first met as the lead characters in the pop culture hit High School Musical, and eventually began to date. Their public relationship lasted for five years and endured some serious fighting. In 2015, Hudgens finally opened up about her relationship with Efron, stating that she grew very jealous of Efron's legion of female fans. But given her woman's intuition, could it have been because Efron was cheating? Maybe being in an open relationship wasn’t enough for him? Hudgens admitted to becoming "really mean because I was so fed up." Given Efron's smoldering looks, it comes as no surprise that Hudgens eventually got tired of having to deal with his fans. Hudgens admits that she no longer talks to Efron, and is now dating Austin Butler.
6 Josh Duhamel And Fergie
One of 2017's biggest celebrity breakups was that of Josh Duhamel and Fergie. The pair, who have been living quiet private lives, launched a bombshell when they announced that they were separating after eight years of marriage. But was the separation caused by having an open relationship, or Duhamel cheating again? As you may already know, Duhamel is known to have cheated once — an exotic dancer had once come forward about an affair with him in 2009, shortly after he married Fergie. Now, sources claim that Fergie wanted to focus on her music, but Duhamel wanted them to settle down and have another child. A year of couples therapy later, they decided to part ways. While Fergie admitted that she never wanted the divorce, it may have been issues of infidelity that caused them to finally and permanently call it quits.
5 Pink And Carey Hart
Pink and Carey Hart are one of the realest celebrity couples out there. They've been through their ups and downs and are not afraid to show their scars, whether casually or through their artistry. For starters, Pink was the one who proposed to Hart in 2005 and the pair married in 2006 but separated just two years later. However, they underwent couples counselling, which helped them reconcile in 2010. The pair, which shares two children together, seems to have found the secret to making the marriage work. In an interview with The Guardian, Pink admitted that they sometimes go one year without being intimate, making fans wonder if Pink and Hart are addressing their intimacy needs elsewhere. Pink even said, "Monogamy is work," further inciting speculations about an open marriage. Whatever works, right?
4 Ethan Hawke And Ryan Shawhughes
Ethan Hawke was famously married to actress Uma Thurman for six years up until 2004, but what's even more peculiar is the fact that he had always been open about believing in polyamory. He claimed that he never once cheated on Thurman, but oddly enough, went on to marry their nanny, Ryan Shawhughes in 2008. Hawke and Thurman share two children together, while Hawke and Shawhughes have two more. In 2013, he admitted to MR PORTER that "fidelity can't be the whole thing you hang your relationship on," referring to his current marriage. He explained that truly loving somebody is allowing them to grow, without "defining how that happens." He also affirmed that "our species is not monogamous." The pair is still together to this day.
3 Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow
When Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow shocked the world with news of their separation in 2015, many wondered whether it was Martin's infidelity that caused the split. While Paltrow tagged the separation as "conscious uncoupling," the general public called it a divorce, which was finalized in July 2016. Martin admitted that the divorce was tough on him, admitting that one could either blame one's self or the other party, or choose to work on personal issues. A source told People magazine in 2014 that Martin was the one who openly had relations with other women, while Paltrow maintained that they were both adults who made their own choices. Still, Martin's obvious depression over the split made some fans wonder if Paltrow ever cheated on Martin.
2 LeBron And Savannah James
Acclaimed professional basketball player LeBron James may seem like a one-woman man, but it seems that there's something more to his marriage to Savannah Brinson. Brinson is Lebron's high school sweetheart, to whom he proposed in 2011. The pair married in 2013 and since then have had three children. Given Lebron's status as one of today's most popular and most accomplished NBA stars, it comes as no surprise that he is also plagued with cheating rumors. Talks of an open marriage began when Instagram hunter Heidi V. Hoback received a DM from James saying, "Teach me how to hunt and I'll teach you to play ball. Deal? Lol." Hoback publicized the exchange, in which he also asked about her whereabouts. Real shady, sliding into her DMs like that.
1 Robin Thicke And Paula Patton
Robin Thicke established his creep status in 2013 when he released the explicit "Blurred Lines," in which he gleefully sang about taking advantage of women. At the time, he was still married to actress Paula Patton, with whom he separated in 2014. But the news may not come as a surprise as Thicke was accused of having an affair with a massage therapist, who was also allegedly the third person in their open marriage. Thicke's attorney called it a "blatantly false story," but Star magazine claimed that the three had been in a consensual open relationship for two years before the separation. Patton allegedly found out that Thicke and the masseuse were having their own relationship behind her back, which caused her to end her relationship with Thicke.