Celebrities are constantly surrounded by people. Almost every day they encounter their managers, assistants, make-up and wardrobe consultants, bodyguards, trainers, and backup dancers. It must be exhausting to be surrounded by so many people all the time, but at the same time, it means that there are more chances to fall for somebody.
Of course, technically it’s bad form to fall for your employee – it just doesn’t look very professional. However, if you like someone, how can you resist them? If anything, obstacles such as employee-employer relationship make the whole thing even more alluring and exciting.
However, most celebrities don’t even care about the whole employee-employer thing. If they like someone, they will usually go public with it, unless they are married. That is why you see so many female celebrities openly talking about their relationships with their backup dancers. Backup dancers seem to be a popular choice for romantic partnerships among celebrities. It must be their suave moves and their fit bodies that attract celebs to them.
15 Ariana Grande And Her Backup Dancer Ricky Alvarez
Ariana Grande is just one of the many celebrities who fell for her backup dancer. What is it about dancers that make celebrities lose their minds? Is it their suave moves and their fit bodies? Grande and her backup dancer, Ricky Alvarez, started dating in 2015. Grande has said, “We’re happy. I’m a very happy girl. I have a healthy life right now, and I think that’s all anyone cares to know. The end.”
However, their romance did not last, and in 2016 Grande and Alvarez split up. However, according to sources, their breakup was amicable. “She broke up with him. He didn’t cheat or anything, they just found it difficult to make it work. They are still friends though.”
14 Mel B And Her Backup Dancer Jimmy Gulzar
The Spice Girls singer, Mel B, was on tour when she became attracted to her backup dancer, Jimmy Gulzar. It turned out that the pair had not only physical chemistry, but a genuine connection and they ended up marrying one another in 1998.
However, their happy marriage was not so happy after all. The singer has even said in an interview: “There’s been many a time when I thought ‘Nope, this is it, I’m giving up.’ I am gonna take this bunch of pills and goodbye people, because this is too heavy.” The pair got divorced in 2000. Moral of the story? It's probably not a good idea to marry your staff.
13 Heidi Klum And Her Bodyguard Martin Kristen
When Heidi Klum and Seal split up, the world was shocked. But even more shocking than their separation was Seal’s confession that Klum had an affair with her bodyguard before they split up. Seal also said, “Whilst I didn’t expect anything better from him, I would have thought that Heidi would have shown a little more class and at least waited until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help.”
When Klum was first asked whether her relationship with her bodyguard was a proper relationship, she answered, “I don’t even know if I can call it that. I don’t know.” However, Klum and her bodyguard, Martin Kristen, went on to date for 18 months before they eventually split up.
12 David Letterman
TV host David Letterman was in the middle of a huge scandal in 2009 when it came to light that he was having affairs with his female staff members. Letterman confessed to sleeping with staff members on air: “I have had sex with women who work for me.”
Of course, Letterman would have never revealed this in normal circumstances. In fact, he only confessed to his affairs because CBS News Producer Robert “Joe” Halderman tried to blackmail him after he discovered a diary which proved Letterman’s affair with his assistant, Stephanie Birkitt (pictured above).
After the incident, other staff of the Late Show came forward, saying that Letterman had a secret bedroom in the studio which was dubbed ‘the bunker’.
11 Ashley Tisdale And Her Dancer Jared Murillo
Ashley Tisdale first met the dancer Jared Murillo on the set of High School Musical. The pair worked together on all three films and fell for each other. That’s not surprising considering that they are both incredibly good looking.
Murillo went on to appear in Tisdale’s music videos, including “He Said, She Said”. Murillo and Tisdale dated for two years before they split up. Murillo’s dad said, “Jared is very, very happy, and is very pleased with what’s going on with his work. I think for him it’s a good time now to move forward. His background has always been performing on the road, so he’s very comfortable. It’s like his home. It is home.”
10 Future And His Wardrobe Assistant Tyrina Lee
A few years ago, Future’s fiancée Ciara broke off their engagement after it came to light that the rapper was getting too cozy with his wardrobe consultant Tyrina Lee. Future and Ciara had been engaged for almost a year.
Apparently, Ciara found out about Future’s infidelity from multiple sources, and the affair turned out to be more than a 'one-night thing'. Ciara was reportedly heartbroken. She has previously said about Future: “Our label put us together. I went into the studio strictly to work, but he was very calm and sweet, a gentleman... I knew right away that he was different. Now he’s my best friend in the world, my partner.”
9 Mariah Carey And Her Backup Dancer Bryan Tanaka
After Mariah Carey split up with her fiancée James Pecker, she wasted no time in before starting to date again. Carey’s new love interest? The 33 year old backup dancer and choreographer, Bryan Tanaka. In fact, some say that Tanaka was the reason Carey and Pecker split up in the first place. Pecker was supposedly jealous of how close Carey was to Tanaka, and even confronted him after the dancer showed up to the singer’s show despite not being able to dance due to an injury. Carey also gave Tanaka a lap dance to make him feel better about the injury!
Tanaka has said about Carey: “Something connected with us back in the day and there was just a mutual admiration. She saw something in me that I actually didn’t recognize at first, from that it was over. It was set in history that we were gonna be connected some way, somehow.” Carey and Tanaka’s romance did not last, however.
8 Lady Gaga And Her Agent Christian Carino
Lady Gaga was recently spotted kissing her agent, Christian Carino. Carino is a Hollywood agent and represents celebs such as Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. He also represents Lady Gaga. Carino is 48 years old and he belongs to the CAA (Creative Artists Agency).
The couple was first spotted together in January 2017 and have since been seen together on numerous occasions. Lady Gaga is not the first famous woman that Carino has dated. Carino has previously dated The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan. We will see how long this new relationship will last. Our guess is – not very long.
7 The Dream And His Assistant Melissa Santiago
Back in 2010, the world was shocked when pictures of The Dream playing with his assistant, Melissa Santiago, were leaked. The pictures showed The Dream and Santiago cuddling in the sea. It certainly did not look like their relationship was professional.
It then came to light that the Dream had split up wife Christina Milian last year, but kept the divorce secret because of their daughter. “The couple reached this decision in late 2009, but decided to keep the news private in efforts to protect their baby daughter, Violet.” Obviously, The Dream’s relationship with his assistant did not last.
6 Jennifer Lopez And Two Of Her Backup Dancers
Jennifer Lopez is unable to resist the charms of backup dancers, too. In fact, Lopez has gotten together not just with one, but two backup dancers! The singer first fell for her backup dancer, Cris Judd, in 2001. The pair fell for each other during the filming of her music video “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”.
Lopez and Judd got married that same year. However, their marriage did not work out and the pair separated in 2003. Judd said, “You know it’s very tough. Your privacy is breached. You’re no longer a normal person.”
In 2011, Lopez fell for another dancer named Beau “Casper” Smart (pictured above). He appeared in her music video “Dance Again”, but their relationship did not last either.
5 Christina Aguilera And Her Backup Dancer Jorge Santos
Christina Aguilera is another celebrity who fell for her backup dancer. His name is Jorge Santos and Aguilera was very serious about their relationship. You can spot Santos in Aguilera’s music video “Dirrty.”
Santos and Aguilera dated for a couple of years and, according to Santos, their relationship got so serious that Aguilera even brought up marriage. However, Santos was not up for that. He said, “She brought up marriage. For me, I was 18 and definitely not ready.”
Plus, according to Santos, Aguilera wanted the dancer to focus on her and forget his career. “I was ready to keep dancing, and I think she wanted me to just be there for her, on her path.”
4 Geri Halliwell And Her Backup Dancer Ivan "Flipz" Velez
What is it about backup dancers that make them so irresistible? Geri Halliwell is yet another celebrity who couldn’t keep her hands of her backup dancer, Ivan “Flipz” Velez. Halliwell and Velez first met when the former was shooting a cover of "It’s Raining Men".
Later, Velez was hired as a backup dancer for Spice Girls and went to concerts with them. It must have been during one of these concerts that Halliwell and Velez got close. Halliwell’s friend said, “Towards the end of the tour, it began to heat up and turn into something more. She found she missed him after the tour ended in February, so she flew out to Los Angeles to be with him." Their relationship did not last very long – the pair split up in 2008.
3 LeAnn Rimes And Her Backup Dancer Dean Sheremet
Just like many other celebs before her, the country singer LeAnn Rimes also fell for her backup dancer, Dean Sheremet. In fact, she fell for him so hard that she married him in 2002. LeAnn Rimes probably did not want to be married to a dancer, so she promoted Sheremet to a manager.
However, in 2010, the couple got divorced and it came to light that the singer was having an affair with Eddie Cibrian, who co-starred with her in the 2009 film Northern Lights. Cibrian and Rimes ended up marrying each other and leaving Sheremet really bitter.
Sheremet has said, “This is childish and I recognize that now, but I never thought I got the credit I deserved for the work I did.”
2 Robin Gibb And His Housekeeper Claire Yang
The Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb was married when he had an affair with his housekeeper, Claire Yang. Yang was almost half his age. The affair supposedly began in 2001, and in 2008 the couple had a daughter named Snow.
Robin Gibb and his wife, Dwina Murphy Gibb, had an open marriage. They had flings with their friends and Dwina had supposedly given Robin's affair with the housekeeper her blessing.
However, when Claire became pregnant with Gibb's child, Dwina asked her to leave their home. Robin died in 2012 and it is said that Dwina banned the former housekeeper from her husband’s funeral.
1 Madonna And Her Dancer Brahim Zaibat
Madonna is another celeb who is not against having affairs with her staff. In 2010, she began dating her dancer, Brahim Zaibat, who is 30 years younger than her. Their relationship began after Zaibat performed at the launch of Madonna’s daughter’s Lourdes Macy’s clothing line.
Madonna was clearly smitten with Zaibat and as a result employed him as her dancer. He was Madonna’s backup dancer during her MDNA world tour in 2012.
However, their relationship did not last. A source said, “It ran its course. They were dancing and working together all the time and then they barely saw each other.”
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