It can’t be denied that these days cheating and affairs happen quite regularly in relationships and marriages. This is difficult for the average couple, but being famous makes it all worse, as the whole world seems to know what is happening, in what should be between you and your partner. These individuals get hounded by the paparazzi and cannot seem to escape the media scrutiny for however long it takes the scandal to play out.
Oftentimes, the person who gets the blunt end of this media coverage and public backlash is the third party involved. The person who got involved with the married man or woman; this individual is often branded with titles like “homewrecker” and many blame them for ending the marriage in question. Of course, it takes two to tango, which is something people should keep in mind. Let’s have a look at some of the celebrities accused of putting an end to marriages in Hollywood.
15 Leanne Rimes
Leanne Rimes first broke onto the music scene when she was only 13 years old with the release of Blue. It’s clear the star has had a terrific career since this point, but nonetheless, in recent years, the singer has definitely received some backlash due to her personal relationships. Rimes married her backup dancer Dean Sheremet in 2002 and the pair seemed to be living in marital bliss up until 2009 when news broke that the singer had been having an affair with Eddie Cibrian. It was revealed that the pair had met on the set of the TV film Northern Lights. At the time Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville and the couple had two children. Rimes clearly can’t take sole responsibility for this one as Cibrian was just as responsible for what occurred. In 2010 Rimes spoke out publicly about the affair by stating: “I take responsibility for everything I've done. I hate that people got hurt, but I don't regret the outcome.” Later that year Rimes and Cibrian announced their engagement; they wed in 2011.
14 Gabrielle Union
Actress Gabrielle Union has appeared in a string of movies throughout the 90s and 2000s. Some of these include She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Brothers, Think Like a Man, Cradle to the Grave and Cadillac Records. Although the actress can be credited for her acting career, many still believe that the star may have been responsible for splitting up a marriage. In 2009, Union began dating NBA player Dwayne Wade, however, many were quick to point out that Wade was still married to the mother of his two children, Siovaughn. Although both Union and Wade claim that the relationship between them only began after Wade’s marriage was well and truly dead, many have their doubts. Siovaughn herself is adamant the two had an affair and even tried to sue Union for splitting up her happy home. Wade and Union continued dating up until 2013, when they briefly split; during this time Wade became pregnant with her first child, fathered by a lifelong friend. Shortly after this Wade and Union reconciled and got married.
13 Tori Spelling
In July 2004 Tori Spelling married writer Charlie Shanian. Nevertheless, just one year later, in July 2005, while filming the Lifetime TV-movie Mind Over Murder, Spelling met actor Dean McDermott. The pair are said to have begun their affair the very night they met. At the time, McDermott was married to actress Mary Jo Eustace, who left McDermott after she learned of his infidelity. That October, Shanian applied for a divorce citing irreconcilable differences with Spelling. The divorce was finalized in May 2006 and less than a month later Spelling and McDermott were married. Four years later in 2010 the pair opted to renew their vows. The couple have five children. In 2015 Eustace claimed that it was possible her ex-husband and Spelling faked their affair, she stated: “It just seemed like it was not true,” she said. “It was just pretty hilarious, because apparently, what I heard was that the press was so bad for her, she had to leave Toronto and go to Paris and start a life all over again. Which made no sense to me. And you know those mistresses, when they come out of the woodwork, they get a vodka deal or something happens. They leverage it.”
12 Kim Kardashian
Although Kim Kardashian cannot be accused of splitting up a marriage, many claim she is responsible for the break-up of model Amber Rose, and her now-husband Kanye West, back in 2010. Since her split with West, Rose has launched numerous attacks on Kardashian, including calling her a “homewrecker." Rose claimed that West and Kardashian had been carrying on a secret affair behind her back. Along with this, Rose hit another nerve as she stated that West would never be faithful after he tied the knot with the reality star. Rose said: “He can’t be faithful, and it’s not just with one person. He’s just unfaithful with a lot of different women. I got to the point where I thought, my heart can’t take it anymore. I don’t deserve this. I don’t care when people say that I owe him my life because I’m famous now. I don’t owe him nothing.” The model claimed that Kardashian also made numerous advances on West including sending him nude pictures. We’ll never know for sure if Kimye had an affair, but it’s clear Rose certainly seems to think this is the case.
11 Amber Heard
Amber Heard made headlines all over the world in 2012 when she moved in with actor Johnny Depp. The pair originally met when Johnny was still very much married to Vanessa Paradis. Although it’s claimed nothing happened between Heard and Depp until he was separated from his wife of 14 years, many find this hard to believe, seeing as the pair had known each other for quite a while. However, no one can say for certain that any infidelity took place. Heard and Depp went on to get married in 2015. Nonetheless, the following year the couple had a very public break-up with Heard even issuing a restraining order against Depp. It is said the reason for the split is that Depp was becoming increasingly paranoid that Heard was cheating on him with another woman.
10 Evan Rachel Wood
Actress Evan Rachel Wood was just 18 years old when she was first introduced to a 35-year old Marilyn Manson. Manson was married to Dita von Teese at the time but this didn’t prevent him and Wood from embarking on an infamous affair. It wasn’t long until von Teese was filing for divorce. Following this, Manson and Wood continued an on-off again relationship that lasted for four years. In recent years, Wood has opened up about her whirlwind romance with Manson, whom she was engaged to at one stage. She said: “I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgments,” she said. “And I was craving danger and excitement. I looked at my mother one day and said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself.'” Wood, who now stars in the hit TV show Westworld, added that although her relationship with Manson didn’t work out, she doesn’t regret it because it thought her a lot about herself.
9 Sienna Miller
British actress Sienna Miller created a lot of problems for herself back in 2008 when she fell for Balthazar Getty, a married father of four. At the time, the affair received huge media coverage and Miller even went on to sue two British tabloids over images they published of her and Getty. Speaking about the affair in recent times, Miller said: “I think if you put a camera in anyone's life and document it daily for six years, from the age of 21 to 27, there are going to be things that aren't always pretty," she declared, "Those are the rebellious years, the years of self-discovery.” Following the affair, Getty promptly returned to his wife and children. The following year Miller reunited with her ex-Jude Law; the pair stayed together up until 2011. Later that year the actress began dating actor Tom Sturridge, whom she was in a relationship with up until 2015. The pair have one daughter, Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge.
8 Claire Danes
The next case on our list takes us back to 2003, to Claire Danes’ highly publicized affair with Billy Crudup. When Danes got involved with Crudup, he wasn’t technically married, but he was in a long-term relationship with Mary-Louise Parker, who was seven months pregnant with his child. Needless to say, the affair left both Danes and Crudup looking very bad to the public. Danes has since admitted that at the time the public’s outrage really scared her. The star also explained her reasons for getting involved with Crudup: “I was just in love with him. And needed to explore that and I was 24… I didn't quite know what those consequences would be.” Since this point in time Dane’s has been able to redeem her reputation and currently stars in the hit TV show Homeland.
7 Russell Crowe
Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid were close to making it to the 10-year milestone in their marriage until Russell Crowe came into the picture. Many believed Ryan and Quaid were going to be one of Hollywood’s romantic success stories, and go the distance were so many other famous couples had failed. Alas, this was not to be as after meeting Russell Crowe on the set of 2000’s Proof of Life, Ryan instantly fell for the star. One month after pictures emerged of the pair looking cozy on set, Quaid filed for divorce. In 2001 the divorce was finalized, and although Russell and Ryan continued to date for a few months, the romance died soon after. Ryan has stated that she is not the only one to blame for the end of her marriage and accused her ex-husband of being unfaithful in the past also.
6 Ben Affleck
Next up on our list is Ben Affleck, who many believe began seeing Jennifer Lopez while she was still married to her second husband Chris Judd. Lopez began dating Judd, her backup dancer, in 2000 and from 2001-2002 the pair were married, However, shortly after announcing their divorce in 2002, it was almost no time at all until J-Lo was spotted out and about with Affleck. Many were suspicious of how quick the couple got together and accused Affleck of splitting up the marriage. Affleck and Lopez went on to receive huge attention in the media due to their relationship and were soon branded “Bennifer.” By the end of 2002 they were engaged, however, the pair split in 2004. Following the break up, Lopez began dating Marc Anthony who she wed later that year. Unfortunately, Lopez filed for divorce in 2012. Affleck went on to date actress Jennifer Garner, the pair were married for 10 years, but announced in 2015 that they were separating.
5 Alicia Keyes
Alicia Keyes may have an angelic voice but many claim she is no angel when it comes to her relationship with hip hop producer Swizz Beatz. The reason for this, is that when Keys and Beatz got together he was still very much married to his now ex-wife, Mashonda. Keyes, who up until this point had always contained a squeaky clean public image, claims that Beatz and Mashonda’s relationship was completely over at the point they began seeing each other. Nevertheless, Mashonda completely disregards Keyes’ comments; she admitted that although she and her husband had been going through a rough patch, they were working on fixing it. She believes if it hadn’t been for Keyes they would have succeeded in doing so. In 2010, Keyes and Beatz announced that they were engaged and expecting their first child. The pair married later that year and in 2014 their second son was born.
Next up on our list is Madonna, who got herself into a very tricky situation in 2008 when it was alleged that she had been carrying on an affair with New York Yankee, Alex Rodriguez. This alleged affair was wrong on two accounts as not only was A-Rod married to Cynthia Scurtis at the time, but Madonna herself was married to Guy Richie. It wasn’t long before Scurtis filed for a divorce, citing: “emotional abandonment, marital misconduct, and extramarital affairs.” Many believe this was in relation to Madonna and possibly other women. In response to these claims Madonna denied them all, telling the media that she and A-Rod were merely friends and that anything else was a fabrication of the truth. The singer’s rep also stated: “Madonna and Alex have the same manager, Guy Oseary. They have met. They know each other and Madonna took her kids to a Yankees game last week. There’s really not anything to comment on beyond that.”
3 Kristen Stewart
Actress Kristen Stewart faced worldwide humiliation back in 2012 when photos emerged of her caught up in a scandalous affair with a married man. The man in question was Rupert Sanders who was directing Snow White, a movie Stewart was starring in at the time. To add further fuel to the fire, Sanders wife Liberty Ross was actually playing Stewart’s mother in the movie. The affair received huge media attention as at the time of the affair Stewart was in a relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. While Stewart and Pattinson embarked on a failed attempt to save their relationship, Ross wasted no time in filing for divorce from her cheating husband. After her divorce was finalized in 2014, Ross said: “The most valuable thing I can share is the importance of living in truth. Sometimes, facing those truths can actually be your worst fear. Trusting your gut is always the best thing - no matter what people around you insist you should be doing or saying or thinking. Only you know and once you live in truth your heart is completely free.”
2 Angelina Jolie
Next up on our list is probably one of the most infamous case in the entire world. That’s right, we’re talking about the Jolie-Pitt-Aniston love triangle. One thing we do know is that for five years Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt had been happily married, but everything changed in 2005, when Pitt was filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith opposite Jolie. Soon enough Pitt and Aniston announced their divorce. Many claimed Jolie was responsible for the split and that she and Pitt had fallen in love on the set of their film. The actress strongly dismissed these allegations, stating: “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn't be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.” Jolie and Pitt refused to comment on the nature of their relationship up until 2006 when it was announced Jolie was pregnant with the couple’s first child. The pair remained a couple for many years to come, eventually tying the knot in 2014, however, it was announced last year that Brangelina were getting a divorce.
1 Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor (left) was married an incredible seven times; however, she did not win the hearts of all her husband’s fairly and squarely. We’re talking about Taylor’s fourth husband, Eddie Fisher (middle), who she stole from Debbie Reynolds. In 1958, Taylor and Reynolds (right) had a great friendship up until Reynolds' husband left her for Taylor. This, was one of the biggest scandals Hollywood had ever seen and still remains one of its most notorious. It’s claimed that Taylor began her affair with Fisher sometime after the death of her own husband, Mick Todd, in a tragic plane crash. Many were surprised when Taylor left her most valuable jewels to Reynolds after she passed away in 2011. Nonetheless, Reynolds explained in her autobiography that she and her friend had reconciled more than anyone really knew. Reynolds explained how she used to go and visit Taylor in her home throughout the 2000s, when her health was deteriorating. She explained that the pair would watch movies and talk over pumpkin pie.
Sources: StyleBlazer, DailyMail, Wikipedia