By now, we're all learning that Hollywood isn't what it's all cracked up to be. The allegations of abuse are now running rampant in mainstream media, and now the film industry is being looked at in a very different light. But was this knowledge really anything new? We've known all along that Hollywood was a place largely without morals or decency. Just look at all the celebrities who are constantly cheating on each other. A new high-profile "power couple" seems to break up almost every single day, and a cheating scandal is almost always the reason behind this. What's with all the celebrities doing these crazy things?
Maybe we can better understand what led up to these cheating scandals by studying the moments that led up to them. The backstory of why the celebrities cheated might give us some clues as to why this behavior is so widespread. And more often than not, these cheating scandals happen on movie sets or through professional acquaintances. In some respects, this makes total sense. The workplace is actually the most common setting for cheating to take place, whether it's at the office, the kitchen of McDonald's, or a multi-million dollar movie set.
Whether or not you think it's acceptable is besides the point. These celebrities have cheated on their partners, sometimes their spouses, and the evidence is clear to see. I guess one good thing about being a celebrity is that you don't have to worry about hiring a private detective... The paparazzi will snap pictures of your partner cheating on you for free!
15 Ben Affleck And J-Lo Flirting On The Set Of Gigli
This picture was taken on the set of Gigli, which by all accounts was a terrible, terrible movie. It's actually considered one of the worst films ever made. But an important moment took place in Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's lives on the set of this film – they fell in love. Or at the very least, they started flirting and eventually hooked up. This photo was taken early on in the filming process, when these two were just beginning to flirt and get to know each other a little better. Of course, Jennifer Lopez was married to Chris Judd at the time, which didn't seem to phase her. And in case you're wondering, Ben Affleck later cheated on J-Lo. So I guess she got a taste of her own medicine. Or maybe everyone in Hollywood just cheats on each other...
Ben Affleck explains what was running through his mind on that film set, saying: "It could have been a bad movie no one cared about. Angelina Jolie had a bad movie that year and no one cared. But it was because I was dating Jennifer Lopez that made it a big f***ing deal. So not only was it just a bad movie but ‘they dated each other.'"
14 Kristen Stewart Inviting Director Into Her Car - While Dating Robert Pattinson
This was the moment before Kristen Stewart made a decision that really changed her whole life. This photo perfectly captures Kristen Stewart holding the door of her car open for her director, Rupert Sanders. Once he was in the car, photographers caught them making out with each other, an act that was made all the more immoral with Kristen's relationship with fellow actor Robert Pattinson. What a mess!
As Kristen Stewart revealed about that time in her life: "I lit my universe on fire and I watched it burn. Speaking very candidly, it was a really traumatic period in my early 20s that kick-started something in me that was a bit more feral. I’m really proud that I am able to move forward and not fall into every mental crater," she admitted. "That’s a new thing for me. Age has made me smarter and calmer." It's clear that people saw her in a very different light after this incident took place.
13 Jessica Simpson Cheating: Before And After
Probably the most damning pictures in this whole article are the ones that focus in on Jessica Simpson's cheating scandal. This one's a bonus because not only do you get a picture of before she cheated on her husband, but you also get an after photo, which many have dubbed one of the most famous "walks of shame" ever. The picture on the left shows how she began her night. The picture on the right shows what she looked like the next morning – exhausted and wearing another man's shirt, which didn't belong to her husband, Nick Lachey. The proud owner of that shirt was in fact Adam Levine, who she cheated with.
Nick Lachey was willing to forgive her, though, admitting: "On the day she filed for divorce, I drove to her parents' house and tried to change her mind. I had done the research and I had the number of the best marriage counsellor in town. I thought we owed it to ourselves to try with a third party. You get to a point where there is so much animosity you can't hear each other. But she didn't want to go,"
12 Britney With Her Choreographer/Boy Toy
This one is probably one of the weirdest cheating stories, although many people swear it's true. Not only that, but some say it's the reason that Justin Timberlake wrote the song "Cry Me A River," as well as the reason he and Britney split. If you can believe the rumors, Britney Spears was not so innocent after all, and she has an ongoing fling with her dance choreographer, Wade Robson. Neither party has come out and revealed any details about this fling, but there are plenty of rumors.
Apparently Justin Timberlake walked into her backstage area to find a love letter written by Wade Robson to Britney. This made him break up with Britney. But this is where it gets crazy. Apparently the two actually met in an LA club, and literally had a dance off with their respective crews. Saturday Night Live actually did a skit based on the rumor. This photo was taken before anyone really knew about these rumors, but you can see that there's chemistry between them.
11 Daniel Craig Pretending To Be Friends With Jude Law While He Was Hooking Up With His Girl
One of the weirdest love triangles in Hollywood history happened between Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, and Jude Law. Daniel Craig hooked up with Sienna Miller, who was Jude Law's fiancée at the time. Predictably, this happened on a movie set, this one being Layer Cake. The weirdest part about all this was that they were all good friends before this happened, and were often seen hanging out together. This photo was taken just a short time before the scandal broke, meaning that Daniel Craig had already hooked up with Sienna or was about to.
Sienna admitted to the affair after a lot of denial, saying: ”Whether or not I was in a relationship with Daniel Craig at the time, it was a very brief encounter. I was really naive, I think. I was a young 21. Not green as grass – I was by no means an innocent – but I had faith in the goodness of everyone. I was very open. And that led me into all sorts of situations that backfired."
10 Heidi Klum Walking Close To Her Secret Bodyguard Bae
Another clear example of cheating was the case of Heidi Klum and her family's bodyguard. This supermodel actually cheated on her husband and the father of her children, Seal, with her own bodyguard. This was while her marriage with him was in a rocky place, but they still weren't actually separated when the alleged affair took place. As you can see by this photo, Heidi Klum was much more comfortable standing next to her towering bodyguard than she was with Seal. This photo was taken right before the scandal came to light.
In an angry tirade, Seal vented: "While 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."
But in her defence, Heidi Klum explained: "He's been with our family for the last four years. He's cared for our entire family, mostly for our four children, helped us tremendously. I trust him with my children's life. He's a great man, you know, and we just got to know each other from a completely different side."
9 Getting Into Character On The Set Of Mr. And Mrs. Smith
Here's another picture of two mega stars getting to know each other pretty well on the set of Mr. And Mr. Smith, yet another example of how a film set can be a prime location for cheating. Brad Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, but she faded into the back of his mind the more time he spent with Angelina Jolie. As you can see, there was some serious chemistry between these two, even before they started hooking up off camera.
Jennifer Aniston talked at length about what she went through during this time: "My marital status has been shamed; my divorce status was shamed; my lack of a mate had been shamed; my n*pples have been shamed. It's like, 'Why are we only looking at women through this particular lens of picking us apart? Why are we listening to it?' I just thought: I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human."
8 Ashton Kutcher Lets His Eyes Wander Before Cheating
Another star who was busted for cheating was Ashton Kutcher. Although he'll never admit it, there were some very strong rumors about him hooking up with a girl called Sara Seal while he was married to Demi Moore. This picture was taken early on in the night while Ashton Kutcher was hanging out with the young girl, and this night allegedly ended with the two hooking up in the Jacuzzi. Sara Seal herself has admitted to hooking up with the star, saying she was "seduced" by him.
But even with all the rumors, Ashton Kutcher refused to admit he cheated, even defending his honor in award acceptance speeches, saying things like: "Character comes out when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you gotta go out and perform tomorrow, with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer."
7 The Moment Before Ryan Phillippe Cheated On Reese Witherspoon
This picture perfectly captures the moment before Ryan Phillippe was pulled towards Abbie Cornish for a long kiss. In the end, this kiss ended his marriage with Reese Witherspoon. The fact that this kiss was captured by cameras probably had a lot to do with why the divorce happened, although Ryan claims the marriage was already on thin ice. This is yet another example of two co-stars taking their relationship beyond professional boundaries.
In an effort to explain himself, Ryan Phillippe said: “I certainly understand the level of interest that comes along with a public marriage, and with being married to someone like Reese, who so many people love with good reason. People want answers. But I think sometimes they wouldn’t be happy with what the answers would be. It was unfair for her to be called the names that she was, because it wasn’t about that,” he says. “I don’t think an outside person can ever cause a divorce. I had difficulties in my relationship, and in my marriage, long before I ever met her.”
6 The Moment Before The Kiss That Ended Katharine McPhee's Marriage
Another star that just couldn't quite resist cheating on a film set was Katharine McPhee. This actress was married to her husband at the time, Nick Kokas, when she started up a romance with the director of Smash, Michael Morris, who ended up giving her a little more than just direction after this photo was taken. There is a series of images that start with this one, and end in a kiss that spelled the end for her marriage.
But the actress claims she wouldn't change a thing, saying: "I don't have any regrets. All of the choices I made I learned from in a really deep way. I have always been fortunate to have strong influences in my life who have forced me to look at my own choices and my own failures. I think we are all on that journey to have more awareness about who we are as a person and to grow and learn. I'm a one-man kind of gal and a kind of true romantic at heart."
5 Anne Heche And James Tupper On Men In Trees - Anne Heche Later Cheated With Him
Another bizarre story of cheating going on during filming was between James Tupper and Anne Heche. These two hooked up while working on the television show Men In Trees, and when this photo was taken they were just beginning to think about cheating on their partners. Anne Heche was actually married at the time, but that's hardly the best part of this story.
Anne Heche used to be in a relationship with none other than Ellen Degeneres. But she cheated on her with Coleman Laffoon, and married him. Then, she cheated on him with James Tupper on the set of Men In Trees, bringing us up to the present day. I know, it's hard to wrap your head around, but this is actually considered relatively normal in Hollywood these days.
In her defence, Anne Heche said: "Where else do you meet people except in your workplace? I’m not a person who goes out to bars."
4 Meg Ryan Getting To Know Russell Crowe On Set - While Married To Dennis Quaid
Another couple of star actors who hooked up on a movie set where Russell Crowe And Meg Ryan. But there was only one problem: Meg Ryan was married to Dennis Quaid. That didn't stop her from getting to know Russell really well, and you can see that the two really hit it off from the moment they started working together. This picture shows what the pair were doing behind the scenes, and it wasn't long after this before they were hooking up and destroying Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid's marriage.
Explaining her actions, Meg Ryan admitted: "It was a great story. But what wasn’t in the story was the reality of my marriage for nine years. Dennis was not faithful to me for a long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that once I was divorced… But Russell didn’t break up the marriage. He was definitely there at the end, but it wasn’t his fault."
3 Tim Burton Seconds Before Kissing Random Woman While Married
Another strange cheating scandal happened to fall upon none other than famed filmmaker and director Tim Burton. This photo was taken just moments after Burton and a mystery blonde woman stepped out of a movie theater together. Moments later, they were seen in a lover's embrace, lost in a very passionate kiss. This was an obvious case of cheating because Tim Burton was married to Helena Bonham Carter at the time this picture was taken. It was never revealed who this person was or why Tim Burton did it, but the official response from the family has been one of denial.
Helena Bonham Carter's official response, as released by her PR representative, was: "This is absolute nonsense, the pictures were taken whilst they were out and the large group includes family, friends and work colleagues." Maybe the photos were just taken at the wrong angle. Maybe we don't know the full story. But whatever the case is, it seems that the family doesn't want us to know the truth.
2 Arnold Schwarzenegger And His Housekeeper - Back When Nobody Knew
On the surface of this picture, everything looks fine and dandy. It's a picture taken with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his housekeeper, and it seems like a happy and innocent occasion. But unbeknownst to everyone at the time, this was a woman who Arnold was about to have a secret relationship with – a relationship that would leave him with a son out of wedlock. He was in fact married to Maria Shriver at the time, and the decision to cheat with his housewife ended in the two getting divorced.
Speaking about the incident much later, Arnold admitted: "I can beat myself up as much as I want — it’s not gonna change the situation. So the key thing is, how do you move forward? How do you have a great relationship with your kids? You can’t go back. If I could, in reality, be Terminator, of course I would go back in time and would say, ‘Arnold … no.’ You know, it’s always easy to be smart in hindsight. That’s not the way it works.”
1 Woody Allen And His Adopted Daughter - Who Would Later Become His Wife
One of the strangest things that ever happened in Hollywood was the case of Woody Allen and his family. He and his wife, Mia Farrow, decided to adopt a child from Korea, who was called Soon-Yi. Eventually Mia found scandalous photos of Soon-Yi that her husband had taken. Disgusted, she left him and got a divorce. This was back in 1992, and 5 years later Soon-Yi and Woody Allen got married. This particular photo is from when Soon-Yi was about 16 years old. Within the next few years, a startling romance would begin to spark between Woody Allen and his own adopted daughter.
Speaking about his daughter, Woody Allen said: "She had a very, very difficult upbringing in Korea: She was an orphan on the streets, living out of trash cans and starving as a 6-year-old. And she was picked up and put in an orphanage. And so I've been able to really make her life better. I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them. She's educated herself and has tons of friends and children and got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has traveled all over with me now. She's very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person. So the contributions I've made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films."