Celebrities Who Married Their Mistresses
Hollywood has a really bad reputation for being a place where true love doesn't exist, and, honestly, most of that reputation is well deserved! There are entire industries devoted to keeping track of who's dating who this week and all the juicy details of messy celebrity splits. It's pretty obvious that Hollywood is not the place you want to settle down and start a family!
While some famous couples have managed to make it work for decades or more, those aren't the celebrity couples we're interested in today. Instead, we're taking a look at the messier and slimier side of romance among the rich and famous. The origins of these relationships are definitely not something these couples are going to regale their kids with some day!
Today, we're taking a look at celebrities who married their mistresses and famous couples who were already in relationships when they got together. These relationships may not have started under the most noble of circumstances, but you'd be surprised at how many cheating couples are still together after decades or more! And you might be surprised at just who in Hollywood has been "the other woman" at some point or another!
Let's get started!
For people of a certain age, Michelle Williams will always be best known for her portrayal of Jen on Dawson's Creek. However, she's done just fine for herself in the world of acting since the 1990s with numerous other hits—but when it comes to love? Things are a little messier for Williams in this area of life.
In addition to being attached to Heath Ledger for a time, Williams tied the knot with Phil Elverum in 2018. Things didn't work out for the couple, and they announced their split in early 2019. The only problem? Williams became involved with director Thomas Kail in late 2018 before she had actually split from Elverum! Despite this, Williams and Kail have been together ever since.
These days, musician Bruce Springsteen and his wife (and fellow musician) Patti Scialfa seem like a pretty normal married couple—they've been together for more than 30 years, after all! However, the origins of this relationship are a bit messier than some fans of The Boss might realize!
In the late '80s, Springsteen married Julianne Phillips, but there was only one problem—according to his memoir, after tying the knot, Springsteen realized he was actually in love with his bandmate, Scialfa. Despite divorcing Phillips in 1989, Springsteen began his relationship with Scialfa before his divorce was finalized.
A professional athlete with a messy romantic life? Color us utterly surprised. Former NBA star Dewayne Wade married his high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches, in 2002, but there was trouble on the horizon for the couple. The two would eventually get divorced in 2010, and he would start dating actress Gabrielle Union. There was only one problem—the dates didn't add up!
Wade began his relationship with Union in 2008, a full two years before his divorce. The proceedings were incredibly messy, and Funches even attempted to sue Union for breaking up her marriage, although that lawsuit eventually fell through. However, Wade and Union have been together ever since, and they have one child together.
Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani might look like a cute celebrity couple, but the origins of their relationship are incredibly scummy, and we're honestly a little perplexed as to how they trust one another to be faithful. This wasn't just an issue of having a mistress—both of them were still in relationships when they got together!
Before getting together with Shelton, Stefani was married to singer Gavin Rossdale, and Shelton was married to fellow country musician Miranda Lambert. That all changed in 2015 when Stefani and Shelton were judges on The Voice, where they developed a romantic relationship...all before actually divorcing the people they were married to!
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Actor Brad Pitt and his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston made such a great celebrity couple that people even gave them one of those obnoxious portmanteau couple's names—"Bennifer." However, there was trouble in paradise for the famous couple once Pitt met Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
While Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie didn't go public with their relationship until his divorce from Aniston was finalized, most people assume that things started getting hot and heavy before the two had split, considering the two announcements came so close together. While Pitt and Jolie made it work for several years, they announced their own split in 2016.
Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith
Actors meeting and falling in love while filming a movie is a tale as old as Hollywood itself. Unfortunately, in a lot of these instances, the lovebirds are already "happily" married. And that's exactly what happened when Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith met on the set of Two Much in 1995.
At the time, Griffith was married to actor Don Johnson while Banderas was married to Ana Leza. We're sure it's not a coincidence that both couples just happened to divorce in 1996! Griffith and Banderas would stay married for more than 20 years before splitting up in 2016.
Once again, we have another Hollywood couple who fell in love while attached to other people. At the time they met, Rebecca Romijn was married to John Stamos, while Jerry O'Connell was dating Giuliana Rancic. Despite the fact that they got together a year before Romijn's divorce was finalized, they insist there was no funny business.
According to O'Connell there were no "shenanigans" despite the way things looked. He told People magazine, "Obviously, she was married, and I know shenanigans go on, but no shenanigans happened. But we clicked. Day one, we clicked." Regardless of how their relationship started, this couple has managed to make things last over the years.
While Jennifer Lopez may have had a very public romantic life, she hasn't had the most luck in the love department. Back in the 2000s, it seemed like she had found the one in fellow musician Marc Anthony, but looking back on it, we're not entirely sure why we thought this couple would work, considering they were plagued by infidelity.
While Lopez herself was not attached to anyone at the time, Anthony was still married to Dayanara Torres when they allegedly began seeing each other, and it really didn't help things that the couple got married almost immediately after Anthony got divorced. Their own relationship would come to an end in 2014.
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Of all the people in Hollywood, we would have never expected that Claire Danes would end up as "the other woman", but that's exactly what happened in 2003 when she met Billy Crudup on the set of Stage Beauty. While not married at the time, Crudup was already in a relationship with actress Mary-Louise Parker since 1996. But that's not the worst part!
What made this infidelity truly shocking and highly publicized was the fact that Parker was pregnant with Crudup's child at the time he left her for Danes. We can't imagine the relationship ended up being worth all that trouble, as Danes and Crudup had split up by 2006.
The relationship between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline was just an absolute mess for everyone involved—particularly for the woman he was dating at the time they got together! Federline was a backup dancer for Spears in the early 2000s, and the two had an immediate connection and began a relationship quickly.
There was only one problem with this whirlwind romance—Federline was already engaged to a woman with whom he had two children! That didn't seem to phase Federline and Spears, as they eventually married. However, their own relationship got ugly quickly when they divorced and fought over their kids in 2007.
It's kind of unbelievable that infidelity can lead to a happy, lasting marriage, but it happens more often than you might realize in Hollywood! One example of a strong relationship with questionable origins is between fellow musicians Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys. They began officially dating in 2010, but you know that there's more to the story than this!
While the couple didn't make their relationship official until Beats' divorce from his first wife, Mashonda Tifrere, insiders claim that the new couple was together long before this divorce became official. Regardless of the circumstances, Beats and Keys have been together ever since and have several children together.
LeAnne Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
Musician LeAnne Rimes and actor Eddie Cibrian may have been married to other people at the time they met, but that didn't stop them from pursuing a relationship. The couple first met in 2009 while filming a Lifetime movie (how appropriate), but Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville, while Rimes was married to Dean Sheremet.
But that all changed very quickly! Within less than a year, both original couples were divorced, and Rimes and Cibrian were married. They attempted an ill-fated reality show about their new relationship, but that was mercifully canceled after one season. Regardless, the two have been married since 2011.
You might not recognize the name Jessica Sklar, but you probably are familiar with Jerry Seinfeld's long-time wife, who took his name when they married in 1999. While all that may sound perfectly normal, the way they got together was anything but! The two first met at a sports club and quickly fell in love, but there was a problem—Jessica was already married.
And when we say "already married," we're talking fresh-off-her-honeymoon married. She tied the knot with Eric Nederlander in 1998, and, unsurprisingly, their relationship didn't last a year. By the end of 1999, she was married to Seinfeld, and the rest is history. Who would have thought that America's funnyman was also the other woman?
Julia Roberts & Danny Moder
Is this a real case of infidelity? You'll have to be the judge of that, but, like all these other relationships, the circumstances seem mighty suspicious! In 2000, actress Julia Roberts was filming The Mexican when she met cameraman Danny Moder. The two had immediate chemistry, but, at the time, Yoder was married, and Roberts was in a serious relationship.
While they eventually ended their other relationships to marry in 2002, Roberts insists that everything was above board, telling Oprah, "He sorted his whole thing out, separate and apart from me. And I sorted my life out, separate and apart from him. I think that's the only reason we were able to ultimately fall in love with each other and be together."
Tom Brady may not have actually done anything wrong when he began dating model Gisele Bundchen, but the timing of this relationship (and the end of his other) seems highly suspicious. Before getting into a relationship with Bundchen, Brady was dating actress Bridget Moynahan, and she was actually pregnant with his child when he left her for Bundchen.
While there's no public evidence that he actually cheated on Moynahan, it's definitely a scummy move to ditch your woman for someone else when she's pregnant with your child! Brady and Bundchen would eventually get married in 2009, but the couple ended up calling it quits with a divorce in 2022.