Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods
So much for a clean image. Tiger Woods sparked one of the biggest scandals of all-time. A late-night car crash, an infamous golf swing, and the revelation that Tiger Woods had cheated on his wife of six years (Elin Nordegren) was just the tip of the iceberg. Later, we learned that there was way more than one woman. The Swedish-born former model eventually divorced the golfer in 2010.
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Laura Dern and Billy Bob Thornton
In 1999, Laura Dern was ENGAGED to Billy Bob Thornton (which, WHAT?) when he decided to go off and marry Angelia Jolie — while Dern was out of town (seriously?!). Laura never saw it coming — let alone be given an advanced notice. Laura explains the debacle as such:
“I left our home to work on a movie, and while I was away, my boyfriend got married, and I’ve never heard from him again.”
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Tristan Thompson and Khloé Kardashian
Tristan Thompson, a man who is now the villain of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians franchise, was caught cheating on then PREGNANT Khloé. May I remind you that she was due to give birth to baby True in a matter of DAYS. TMZ released footage of Tristan hooking up with two women at a night club and then other outlets came forward with their own footage, which ended up implying that Tristan cheated with five women.
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Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook married in 1996 and split up a decade later — only after news came out that Peter was having an affair with an 18-year-old. Peter tried to pay the other woman $300,000 to keep quiet, but she ended up testifying in the divorce proceedings. The couple went on to divorce, and publicly warred in the press thereafter.
“I just want peace. And every time I have any joy or any kind of success in anything, he has to try to destroy it.” – Brinkley said on the TODAY show in March 2012
Cook’s response to Page Six:
“[She] does not want peace, she wants attention.”
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David Letterman and Regina Lasko
In October 2009, David Letterman admitted to infidelity on the Late Show — but only after he became the victim of an extortion attempt by a man threatening to reveal that he had sex with several of his female employees. The Late Show host revealed in 2009 that he had sex with women who worked for him on Late Show With David Letterman, including his assistant Stephanie Birkitt, while still married to his wife Regina Lasko. After publicly apologizing to Lasko, the couple is still together.
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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
As first revealed by Us Weekly, LeAnne Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were famously caught cheating on their spouses after shooting the Lifetime movie Northern Lights together in late 2008. The affair ultimately led to Rimes’ divorce from husband Dean Sheremet, and Cibrian ending his marriage to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville. The couple wed in April 2011 and are currently still together.
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Shania Twain and Robert Lange
More than just a love triangle. Shania Twain’s 14-year marriage to music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange came crumbling down when she found out that her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud, and Lange had fallen for each other in 2008. The couple eventually divorced in June 2010. Twain then married Marie-Anne’s ex-husband, Frederic Thiebaud, in 2011.
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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
The nanny strikes again, this time splitting up Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s marriage. Affleck and Garner announced a day after their 10-year wedding anniversary in June 2015 that they were divorcing. Jennifer opened up about the ordeal in an interview with Vanity Fair, saying that they had been “separated for months” before the scandal and that [the nanny] had “nothing to with our decision to divorce.” Hmm…ok.
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Prince Charles famously cheated on Princess Diana with Camilla Parker Bowles throughout their marriage. He allegedly even gave Camilla a personalized bracelet just two weeks before he wed Diana in 1981. Diana has famously said of his adultery:
“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Charles admitted to the affair in 1994, and he and Diana got divorced two years later.
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Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke
After Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke divorced in 2005, Uma told her side of the story to Oprah. At the time, there were rumors (which Ethan denied) that he had had an affair with a 22-year-old model. When Oprah asked if there was betrayal in their marriage, Uma replied:
“There was some stuff like that at the end. We were having a difficult time, and you know how the axe comes down and how people behave and how people express their unhappiness. Our marriage failed.”
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Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
Ashton Kutcher got caught red handed in October 2011, when he had a sexual encounter at the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel with local blonde Sara Leal and her pal in a $2,555-a-night suite — the same day as Kutcher and Demi Moore’s sixth wedding anniversary. “Ashton told them he was separated from Demi,” a source revealed to Us. The couple filed for divorce in December 2012, and Kutcher has since gone on to marry his former That ’70s Show costar Mila Kunis.
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Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
After three years of marriage, Longoria filed for divorce from Parker in 2010. Shortly after filing for divorce, Longoria revealed that she had discovered Parker had been sending hundreds of text messages to other women. It didn’t take long for media outlets to learn that Parker had been having an affair with Erin Barry — the wife of former teammate Brent Barry.
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Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin
Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after it was revealed that he was sending sexually suggestive pictures of himself to a woman from Seattle, Washington. In July 2013, a second scandal began (also rocking his marriage with wife Huma Abedin) when more pictures of himself sexting various women surfaced while he tried running for Mayor of NYC. Weiner allegedly sent the messages under the alias “Carlos Danger.” Weiner remains married to Abedin but divorce proceedings are currently pending.
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Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne
The couple have been married for 36 years, but they almost didn’t make it after articles surfaced that the Black Sabbath musician had an affair with his hairstylist. Months later though, Sharon publicly forgave her husband and proclaimed that the two were working on reconciling their relationship:
“It’s going take a long time to trust, but we’ve been together 36 years, 34 of marriage … I just can’t think of my life without him.”
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Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
In perhaps one of the most notorious love triangles of all-time, actress Debbie Reynolds found out at a dinner party that singer Eddie Fisher — her husband at the time — was having an affair with her good friend Elizabeth Taylor. Debbie later told ET in 1988:
“Everyone was sort of whispering, ‘Does she know?’ … and I wanted to know what they were whispering about.”
Eventually, Debbie found a way to forgive Elizabeth and ultimately blamed Eddie — not the Father of the Bride actress — for destroying their marriage.
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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were teen royalty when they hit Hollywood together in the Twilight Saga, and their chemistry was palpable (if not completely awkward) in interviews and red-carpet appearances. But Kristen later burst the true-love-with-a-vampire-fantasy when she was spotted kissing director Rupert Sanders while filming Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012. Stewart and Pattinson went on to break up in 2013 and Sanders, married to Liberty Ross at the time, also called it quits.
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Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan
When Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid got divorced in 2000, there was speculation that it had to do with Meg’s blossoming relationship with Russell Crowe. However, eight years after the divorce, Meg came forward to reveal that Quaid had been cheating on her. According to Meg:
“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….Russell didn’t break up the marriage.”
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Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley
In 1995, Hugh Grant rocked Hollywood when he got arrested for “lewd conduct” with a sex worker in a public space — this went down, mind you, while he was dating Elizabeth Hurley. The actor pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor lewd conduct charge and was sentenced to two years probation. The couple eventually called it quits in 2000.
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Sienna Miller and Jude Law
Jude Law sent gossip columnists into a frenzy when he admitted to sleeping with his nanny while he was engaged to Sienna Miller in 2005. He released a statement about the affair, saying:
“Following the reports, I just want to say I am deeply ashamed and upset that I’ve hurt Sienna and the people most close to us. I want to publicly apologize to Sienna and our respective families for the pain that I have caused. There is no defense for my actions, which I deeply regret.”
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Jesse James and Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James’ marriage imploded in March 2010 (just after Bullock’s Oscar win) when it was revealed that the motorcycle mogul had cheated on the actress with tattooed stripper Michelle McGee and several other women. After they ended their marriage, he called himself “the most hated man in the world.” Several years later, Jesse seemingly took responsibility for his actions in a conversation with Daily Mail:
“Yeah, I did cheat on my wife. Yeah, I stood up and took accountability for it and apologized. And that’s the end of the story.”
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Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger
It was revealed in May 2011 that the former Republican governor of California conceived a son, named Joseph, with his housekeeper Mildred Baena while still married to Maria Shriver in 1997. Schwarzenegger stated the following in an interview with 60 Minutes in 2012:
“I think it was the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship.”
At the time of the announcement, the child out of wedlock was 14 years old. Shriver filed for divorce on July 1, 2011.
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Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump
The president’s son met singer Aubrey O’Day on the Season 5 set of his father’s reality series, Celebrity Apprentice, in 2011. According to multiple sources, the two carried on an affair from late 2011 until March 2012 until Donald Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, found emails between him and the former Danity Kane band member. The married couple stayed together but announced they were divorcing in March 2018. “After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways,” they said in a joint statement.
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Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton
The affair that ended a presidency. The Lewinsky scandal heard around the world. In 1998, a sexual relationship between President Bill Clinton and his 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, was exposed during Clinton’s first term. Lewinsky claimed to have had sexual encounters with Clinton on nine different occasions from November 1995 to March 1997. Clinton claimed during a White House press conference that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
In 2005, after four years with Aniston — and months of work alongside Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith — Pitt announced he and the Friends actress would split. Though all parties denied Pitt had a sexual relationship with Jolie while still married to Aniston, it’s been speculated that the actor was emotionally unfaithful. The split caused a media frenzy and created a new Hollywood power couple: Brangelina, who officially tied the knot nine years later but went their separate ways in 2016.
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Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Fans are still wondering who “Becky with the good hair” is from the Destiny’s Child singer’s Lemonade album, where she addresses Jay-Z’s past indiscretions in several songs. While we may never know who Beyoncé was referring to, Jay-Z did own up to his two-timing in an interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine. The rapper also told the outlet that their marital strife informed their music making and that both were “using their art almost like a therapy session.”
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