Hollywood affairs have been around since the dawn of… well, Hollywood. We all like to think that when two actors/actresses get together, it will be for forever. Sadly enough, we’re living in a dream world if we ever truly believe “happily ever after” exists in that world. Some of the most famous Hollywood couples actually started as affairs or secret rendezvous – just ask Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. When the two had an affair while filming Cleopatra, Taylor was married to Eddie Fisher while Burton was with Sybil Williams. Photographers caught them in between takes cozying up to each other in some very “more than friends” like positions. That was the start of a very memorable Hollywood romance. Here are 15 other couples who have been caught in compromising positions with people who were NOT their partners at the time.
Katy Perry just can’t seem to win when it comes to her love life. She had thought she finally found love with her new beau at the time, actor Orlando Bloom, but, alas, she only had her heart brutally shattered thanks to Selena Gomez not being able to keep her hands to herself. That’s right. The wandering eye of the ever-present paparazzi caught Justin Bieber’s former flame cozying up to the Lord of the Rings actor while on a trip to Las Vegas a couple years back. However, this wasn’t the first time that Gomez and Bloom were caught getting a little too close for comfort. Onlookers said that the two were very “touchy feely” when they were spotted together on the strip. Perry didn’t seem too hurt though later on because, well, she looks like Katy Perry.
Even though they were one of the most famously mismatched May-December romances in Hollywood history, some of us were actually rooting for That 70’s Show alumni Ashton Kutcher and actress Demi Moore to stay together. They had the ultimate friendship along with a seemingly heated romance. Heck, even Bruce Willis, Demi’s ex-husband and the father of her children, seemed to adore Kutcher and would even hang out with the couple on a regular basis. But a few years into their marriage, rumors started floating around that Kutcher was cheating. Demi attempted to ignore the whispers, but when hardcore evidence surfaced of Ashton in a car with a mystery girl, Demi couldn’t ignore the talk any longer. The two divorced and Hollywood was a tad darker after they did, even though Ashton eventually got with former co-star Mila Kunis and the pair have a couple of gorgeous children together.
All of Hollywood and teenage ding-bats seemed to cheer when they discovered that vampire co-stars Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame announced that they were an actual couple in real life – a hot and heavy couple at that. Okay, so they seemed to have SOME chemistry in that crap-fest of a franchise, but their own personal paradise didn’t last very long. While on set shooting Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen had an affair with her very married director Rupert Sanders that was caught by the paparazzi. Both had expressed that the affair was a massive mistake and a momentary lapse in judgment on both ends. Stewart ended up breaking Pattinson’s heart and Sanders ended up getting a divorce from his wife. But all’s well that ends well – Stewart has been in a loving relationship with model Stella Maxwell since 2016, so there’s that.
At the time of their intense affair, actress Meg Ryan was married to Dennis Quaid while the human equivalent of toddler temper-tantrum Russell Crowe had been split from his longtime girlfriend Danielle Spencer. The two had met on the set of their movie Proof of Life and their on-screen chemistry turned into an all-out affair to remember back in 2000. The affair ended Ryan and Quaid’s marriage and everyone started making Crowe out to be a homewrecker while sneering and throwing judgmental glances at Ryan herself. Years later, Ryan blamed her own affair on Quaid, claiming that he was cheating on her throughout their entire marriage. “Dennis was not faithful to me for a very long time, and that was very painful,” she said. “I found out more about that after I was divorced.” Quaid wouldn’t take that lying down, however, and was baffled by his ex-wife’s words against him.
One would assume that no man in their right mind on the face of the planet would ever cheat on a Playboy Playmate of the month. But, alas, apparently actor David Boreanaz wasn’t in his right mind when he decided to cheat on wife Jamie Bergman with one of Tiger Woods’ many mistresses. Thing is, NO ONE, knew of the former Angel star’s affair with nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel until the superstar golfer's affairs went massively public. All of a sudden, Boreanaz’s life was turned upside down and pictures started surfacing of him with Uchitel after Woods went public with the many women in his life. The affair would have probably continued to go on if Woods’ wife hadn’t gone after him with a golf club while in their driveway that one fateful day.
Trust us, no one wants to get caught making a Lifetime movie let alone get caught cheating on your spouse WHILE making a Lifetime movie. That’s just plain sad all the way around the block. Alas, this seems to be the case with actors and co-stars LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian who happened to fall in love while shooting the made-for-crappy-TV movie Northern Lights back in 2009. While falling in love seems all cute, their spouses don’t really agree. Rimes was married to Dean Sheremet at the time while Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville when the paparazzi caught Rimes and Cibrian sucking face on security footage at a restaurant. The two ended up leaving their significant others for each other and got married a couple years ago. However, the war still rages between Rimes and Glanville, especially over Twitter where Glanville constantly shoots daggers at Rimes every chance she can.
Sometimes two people who are super famous can be so boring in a relationship that we actually forget they were even together. Let’s take Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck for instance: back in the early 2000s, “Bennifer” was all the hype. They starred in a horribly (and also very forgettable film) called Gigli, where a mobster played by Affleck falls in love with a woman he hires to help him during a kidnapping called Ricki (J-Lo). The movie was a flop, but Affleck and Lopez became a couple. However! Lopez was actually with dancer Cris Judd at that time (yes, the one she only married for, like, 40 some odd days). She had started having a fling with Affleck BEFORE she was parted from Cris. As we know, the flame between Affleck and Lopez had been smoldered by their box office busts together.
It’s rare these days when people marry their childhood/ high school sweethearts. Some of us think it’s horribly cliché just mainly because it doesn’t happen very often outside of a 1940’s romantic movie. But that’s just what happened with Jason Aldean and his wife – they married right after high school… and then Aldean went and got with everything by having an affair with former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr back in 2012. The country singer was caught by photographers kissing Kerr at a Hollywood bar while he was still married to Jessica Ussery, who was at home taking care of their two children. The two ended up divorcing as a cause of the affair a short year later. For years following the incident, Aldean was blackballed by the country music community for the affair itself.
Years ago, Katherine McPhee of American Idol fame was on the rise when she starred in the hit (yet short) NBC drama Smash, a show that revolved around a couple of Broadway starlets… well, on the rise. At the time, McPhee was married to her manager Nick Cokas and the two were apparently happy. That is until she was caught by the paparazzi locking lips with her Smash director Michael Morris in the middle of a parking lot. After the pictures were released, McPhee soon parted from her husband. “I don’t have any regrets,” McPhee said years later to Ocean Drive magazine. “All of the choices I made I learned from in a really deep way.” Seems like she learned in an “Oops, I got caught by a bunch of meddling photographers” sort of way, to me.
Once upon a time, actor Ryan Phillippe was one half of one of Hollywood most adorable, beautiful couples. He met his other half, powerhouse woman Reese Witherspoon, on the set of Cruel Intentions back in the late 1990s. The couple was married for eight years before Phillippe was caught having an affair with actress Abby Cornish while they were vacationing on a beach. The affair broke the two apart, but apparently, they’re still close to each other because of their two children. “I think more of the problem was age,” Phillippe told Larry King during an interview. “I think it can create issues with two people in this industry because there’s so much noise that goes along with it.” It’s actually refreshing to hear that the two are still close despite the affair.
Absolutely nothing is less surprising in this world than when we hear that a politician has had an affair. Gasp! Shock face! Spit-take! Back in 2008, a photo surfaced of political golden boy John Edwards with his mistress Rielle Hunter while his wife Elizabeth was at home cancer-stricken. It was the National Enquirer that blew the top off the story when they released the photo of Edwards holding, what everyone claimed, was his illegitimate son he had with Rielle, a son named Hunter. There were even rumors that the couple did “one of those” sort of tapes, but it had since been destroyed. Edwards would go on to admitting to the extramarital affair to the public shortly after the photo was published. Yup, it goes to show you can never really trust a political figure, now can ya?
Back in 1995, British actor Hugh Grant was together with one of the world’s hottest models, Elizabeth Hurley. Yet, one fateful night while in Los Angeles, Grant decided to pick up a night worker named Divine Brown and the two were arrested while they did the deed in his car. “Last night I did something completely insane,” he said in a public statement following his arrest. “I have hurt people I love and embarrassed people I work with. For both things, I am more sorry than I can ever possibly say.” The press went after Brown though, paying her $100,000 bucks for her story. Everyone went all in on the actor for cheating, but it didn’t really seem to hurt his box office reputation. He went on to make some of his best work following the incident. And oddly enough, Hurley was supportive about it and stuck around for a while.
He was part of some of the funniest brothers on the face of the planet. Comedian Marlon Wayans was living in bliss with his girlfriend of 12-years after being a box office hit with his movie White Chicks and all those Scary Movie flicks. However, when he was photographed on a boat enjoying the company of a young woman, photographers were quick to note that the girl WASN’T his steady girlfriend. While on the boat, Marlon looked extremely cozy with the brunette beauty as they were photographed hanging all over each other and making out. Wayans has two children with partner Angelica Zackary and while the two were always private about their relationship, people were quick to notice that Wayans appeared to be in the middle of an affair with someone who wasn’t her.
Sienna Miller seemed to be caught in the middle of a bunch of Hollywood affair nonsense – most notably when she was cheated ON by then-partner Jude Law (who was canoodling with the nanny back when they were a couple). However, when she reportedly got together with Balthazar Getty, SHE turned into the “other” woman. Getty had been together with his wife Rosetta Millington for 12-years before he engaged in a very public affair with the actress in 2008. The press discovered them together on a yacht in Italy making out and blew the story wide open by publishing the photos. Getty then revealed that he was estranged from his wife at the time he was hooking up with Miller and actually ended up going back to her after the romance between him and the actress fizzled out.
Poor Christina Milian – judging by her looks and personality along with her talent, you’d think that NO man in their right mind would ever cheat on her. But, alas, her R&B singer/songwriter husband, Terius “The-Dream” Nash didn’t think the same way. Nash was caught making out with his personal assistant while on a beach in the Caribbean. After the photos were published, Milian took to Twitter to air out her frustration instead of confronting her husband first. “WHATEVER YOU THINK… BELIEVE IT,” she cryptically wrote after seeing the photos. And yes, those are all caps too. Shortly after she sent out the ominous tweet, the two ended up splitting up. Rumors had spread about of Nash’s infidelities before the pic was released, but Milian stuck up for her husband and remained by his side. Well, perhaps she shouldn’t have in the long run.