Top Celebrities-Caught-Cheating Scandals

By Stacy Jenel Smith

June 30, 2015 11 min read

Have you noticed that the gossip mill has been full of celebrities-caught-cheating stories of late, of varying degrees of veracity? There's Patrick Schwarzenegger's purportedly cheating on Miley Cyrus and vice versa. Chris Martin's perhaps cheating on Jennifer Lawrence. Kourtney Kardashian baby daddy Scott Disick's flaunting his cheating ways — again — with an oh-so-public Tinder date. On We tv's "Marriage Boot Camp," we may finally learn the details of former NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett's purported dalliance with a transgender model. (He supposedly cheated on wife Kendra Wilkinson while she was pregnant with their baby girl.)

In the social media swirl, the filial failings of the famed seem to be everywhere. Even while we wonder why we ever paid any attention to the likes of Scott Disick in the first place, we find it hard to look away, much like the metaphorical train wreck. Will any of these last much longer than a 24-hour news cycle, or will they be forgotten as fast as a Snapchat pic?

There are cheating stories so outrageous they remain in the public consciousness. Here are 10 of the unforgettables:

BLIND-SIDED: Mere days after beloved American sweetheart Sandra Bullock won her Oscar for "The Blind Side" in 2010, then-husband Jesse James' extramarital dalliance with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee came to public light, including her claims of 11 months of sex with James while Bullock was none the wiser. We learned that she was a fetish model who had done girl-on-girl and Nazi photo spreads and taught her child the Nazi salute.

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS: Remember when no couple was hotter than the "Twilight" franchise's own Edward and Bella, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart? They kept their off-camera relationship secret for quite a while. Then, in 2012, she cheated on him with director Rupert Sanders, and there were paparazzi pix to prove it. When untold hundreds of thousands of women would gladly have switched places with her and stayed true, she couldn't pull it off.

NANNY TELLS ALL: "He felt so lovely. We kissed and kissed for what seemed like ages. I was thinking, 'I cannot believe this. Jude Law is snogging me!'" That's a breathless Daisy Wright, remembering in her diary what was going through her mind the memorable night her status changed from nanny of Jude Law's children to playmate of the actor himself. After a night of passion, they awoke to find one of Jude's children by the bed, crying, "Daddy, daddy! I had a bad dream." Law's nightmare was just beginning. When his ex-wife, Sadie Frost, heard from said child about his nanny shenanigans, she fired Daisy. Daisy then took her story to Fleet Street. Steamy details of her sexcapades with Law emerged, including her description of a tryst atop a pool table. London, not to mention the rest of the world, snickered. Mind you, Law was engaged to Sienna Miller at the time. They split. But what goes around comes around — and around, in the case of Jude Law and Sienna Miller, apparently. In 2008, it was Miller's affair with married father of four Balthazar Getty that got the headlines, along with paparazzi pix of the actress topless with Getty. Last year, during the News Corp. phone hacking trial in London, Law opened up about a 2005 love triangle including Miller, Daniel Craig and him. It just never stops with some people.

RUNAWAY BRIDE: In 1991, "Flatliners" leading man and leading lady Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts planned a suitably Hollywood wedding for June. It would be a studio soundstage shebang, and a swarm of stars and other power players would be on hand. Except ... suddenly news broke that the wedding had been called off, and snap, Julia turned up at a hotel in Ireland with none other than Jason Patric — Kiefer's friend! It was subsequently revealed that Julia had discovered Kiefer had been having a side relationship — with a stripper named Amanda Rice. The situation was lose-lose all around, except for the gossip media, which had a field day all summer long. Roberts landed in the hospital with the flu — for five days. She finished "Hook" on strained terms with Steven Spielberg, and the crew nicknamed her "Tinkerhell." In recent years, Sutherland has said he holds no grudge against Roberts: "I commend Julia for seeing how young and silly we were ... even as painful and as difficult as it was." However, he still has no use for Patric. Roberts, of course, starred in another Hollywood cheating scandal a decade later, when she hooked up with married cameraman Danny Moder, who split with his wife to be with Roberts. She and Moder wed in 2002, and they have three children.

WOODY AND SOON-YI: The public disgust quotient was high when news broke that 56-year-old auteur filmmaker Woody Allen was having an affair with 21-year-old Soon-Yi Previn — his de facto stepdaughter, seeing as he'd been in a relationship with her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, for 12 years. Poor Mia had discovered the truth in a shocking way, when she came across nude photos of Soon-Yi that Woody had taken. Court battles over custody of Woody and Mia's adopted son and daughter and their biological son followed — with Mia accusing Woody of inappropriate behavior with the 7-year-old daughter. "I hope you get so humiliated you commit suicide," wrote their adopted son, Moses, in a letter to Woody that was read in court. Although his popularity plummeted, Woody has since said that Mia's discovery of the pictures set in motion a positive turn in his life. "The heart wants what it wants," he explained of his relationship with Soon-Yi. He married her in 1997, and they have two adopted daughters.

THE MUG SHOTS SEEN 'ROUND THE WORLD: Hugh Grant was thrust into international stardom in 1994 with the release of "Four Weddings and a Funeral." He and his longtime lady, the gorgeous Elizabeth Hurley, became known as a chic and witty celebrity couple. Then, in 1995, he achieved a different kind of public attention, picked up in an LA Vice Division sting operation along with a Hollywood hooker, who called herself Divine Brown. Their mug shots showed up everywhere, and the jokes flew. Days later, Grant turned the tide of public sentiment in his favor in a matter of minutes, when he surprisingly decided to keep a "Tonight Show" date to promote his next movie — and sat there looking like an abashed schoolboy when Jay Leno hit him with "What the hell were you thinking?!" Grant told Leno, "I think you know in life, pretty much, what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it." He exuded a combination of possible contrition and naughty charm and provided a template for effective celebrity apologies thenceforth. He paid a $1,180 fine and did an AIDS education program, but the embarrassing scandal left him relatively unscathed. He made up with Hurley, and their relationship lasted till 2000.

AMERICA'S SWEETHEART STUMBLES: Meg Ryan's fall from adored cinema sweetheart was swift and complete when her affair with Aussie bad boy Russell Crowe became public knowledge. The two hooked up while they were making 2000's "Proof of Life" — despite the fact that she had her nice little family waiting for her at home: husband Dennis Quaid and their 8-year-old son, Jack. Openly traveling with Crowe, the girl from "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally" inspired disappointment and downright anger in former fans. The Crowe-Ryan affair lasted only months. She and Quaid divorced in 2001 after a nine-year marriage. In 2008, Ryan finally told InStyle that she wasn't the first to cheat in that marriage: "Dennis was not faithful to me for a very long time, and that was very painful." But by then, her years as a Hollywood box-office attraction had become fading memories.

HALLE BERRY'S HUBBY THE SEX ADDICT: Sandra Bullock may feel a sad sort of sisterhood with Halle Berry. While Halle was in the Oscar season spotlight prior to her "Monster's Ball" win in 2002, her then-husband, Eric Benet, was cheating on her. For a while there, it had seemed Halle had gotten it right with her hunky R&B star mate. She'd grown close to his daughter, and their relationship had flourished. But there had been troubles for a long time, it turned out. The revelation of Benet's affair with singer Julia Riley led to his checking himself in to Arizona's The Meadows for sex addiction rehab. A barrage of headlines followed: Is sex addiction real? Is it a ploy of Eric's to get back into Halle's good graces? How prevalent is sex addiction? In 2003, the couple split for good. In 2008, when David Duchovny checked himself in to rehab for a sex addiction (but not because of any affairs, his publicist insisted!), Benet told New York magazine he wished Duchovny good luck with that but he, Eric, wasn't really a sex addict. So then, how did he account for his behavior? "Stupid-ass mistakes," said Benet. Yeah, they don't have rehab for that yet.

SPEAKING OF STUPID-ASS MISTAKES: How is it that the state of California ever elected Arnold Schwarzenegger governor? Yes, I'm talking about the notoriously womanizing, mean-prank-pulling movie star who gets into this scandal roundup via his relationship with the family maid behind wife Maria Shriver's back. The existence of the son, Joseph, he had with said maid was a secret from Maria and the world for 16 years.

MATERIAL GIRL SPORTS YANKEE SLUGGER: The nasty Madonna/Guy Ritchie divorce included all the gossip about her relationship with New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez — whose wife reportedly left him because of the Material Man-taker, as well. Time magazine put it this way in July 2008: "The relationship that appears to have helped unravel the six-year Rodriguez marriage involves no mere Vegas stripper or D-list country star. This couple is fighting about the only woman on earth who can top A-Rod in both net worth and push-ups — Madonna." There were photos of Madge and A-Rod together, reports of their traveling to Mexico. But for all the attention and damage their relationship created, it was called an affair of the heart and spirit rather than infidelity. Hmm.

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