Ben Affleck’s Nanny Affair, and 14 Other Celebrity Cheating Scandals
It’s hard to imagine the life of the filthy rich and famous. Most of us can’t even fathom the level of fame and glory that comes with celebrity status. For this reason, perhaps that’s why when they fall from grace (and yes, some fall hard), we’re immediately intrigued.
Here are the celebs that have committed horrible errors in judgment and cheated on their better half with someone you’d never expect.
1. Jude Law
Here’s a scandal you might remember from over a decade ago. Back when Jude Law and Sienna Miller were engaged, Daisy Wright, the caretaker for Law’s children, exposed his cheating ways. People explains Wright went to Britain’s Sunday Mirror and told the publication all about her affair, including that he is “a great lover and knows how to satisfy a woman.”
Law later made a very public confession about the incident. Don’t be too sad for Miller, though — she was involved in a cheating scandal with actor Daniel Craig around the same time.
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2. Mick Jagger
Unfortunately, some stars are known for their cheating ways — and Mick Jagger is one of them. Back when the Rolling Stones frontman was married to Jerry Hall, he allegedly approached caretaker Claire Houseman in the kitchen while Hall was taking a nap. Thestar.com reports Houseman thought of the whole thing as pretty unremarkable, as she said, “The earth didn’t move or anything like that.” And because Jagger was well-known for his infidelity with multiple women, this incident wasn’t very surprising.
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3. Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman seemed like a good match back in the late ’90s, and the pair even have two children together. But when they split in the early 2000s, rumors spread that Hawke cheated on Thurman with the nanny, Ryan Shawhughes. Us Weekly reports Hawke maintains his innocence, though the story doesn’t end there. He went on to marry Shawhughes a few years after splitting with Thurman, leaving us all wondering what really happened.
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4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
You know him for his iconic movie roles, but some remember this star as the one who had a child with his housekeeper. E! News reports back in 1997, the Terminator star impregnated the house helper Mildred Patricia Baena. Shockingly, this was also right around the time Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, was pregnant. Baena’s son with the actor was born just five days after Shriver’s. These details weren’t revealed until years later, though, when the actor finally came forward with the truth.
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5. Ben Affleck
Here’s another nanny rumor that we’re not sure can be truly confirmed or denied. Entertainment Tonight says back in 2015, there were plenty of rumors stating Ben Affleck and his nanny Christine Ouzounian were sleeping together. Of course, at this time Affleck was married to Jennifer Garner, though the couple have since split.
As for the nanny, there were other rumors saying she was after some sort of fame of her own, which may have perpetuated the story of the affair.
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6. Robin Williams
While most of us have fond memories of Robin Williams’ acting days, it wasn’t always smooth sailing through Hollywood for this comedian. Daily Mail Online says back in 1988 there were plenty of rumors that he was cheating on his first wife, Valerie Velardi, with their son’s nanny, Marsha Garces. And Williams really didn’t help his case when he married the nanny shortly after his split from Velardi. Garces and Williams were married for 21 years.
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7. Gavin Rossdale
We’ve been seeing a lot of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, but let’s not forget Gavin Rossdale’s infamous infidelity that crumbled his marriage to Gwen in the first place. The Sun states Mindy Mann, the Australian nanny, took care of the couple’s kids for three years. During that time, a different nanny allegedly found nude photos and texts from Mann on Rossdale’s phone. It was then brought to Gwen’s attention, where the couple’s near-14-year marriage came to a halt.
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8. Bill Clinton
This might be the scandal that tops them all. You remember Bill Clinton’s infamous “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” speech in regards to allegations he was having an affair with his intern, Monica Lewinsky. Though Clinton originally denied the rumors, Lewinsky came forward and spoke the truth. Clinton didn’t face impeachment, but still — she’s now known as one of the most infamous mistresses in history, according to TIME.
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9. Heidi Klum
Seal and Heidi Klum seemed like the perfect couple. But after the two separated and Klum came forward with news she was dating her bodyguard, rumors took off claiming she was cheating on Seal for some time. Glamour reports Klum says she was good friends with the bodyguard, who also helped out with watching the kids and other family duties.
And, in response to the cheating rumors while still married to Seal, Klum states, “Obviously, it’s not true. I’ve never looked at another man while I was with him.”
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10. Rob Lowe
Fans of Rob Lowe probably didn’t see this crazy situation coming. HuffPost reports former nanny to Rob Lowe, Jessica Gibson, claims she experienced sexual harassment by both Lowe and his wife. In a lawsuit against the Lowes, Gibson says the actor exposed himself to her and made several lewd gestures, and she also claimed his wife was almost equally as inappropriate.
Many friends and celebs who knew the Lowe family came to their defense, and the case was eventually dismissed. Still, we wonder what really went on here.
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11. Jon Gosselin
We’ll never forget when the marriage of the Jon and Kate Plus 8 stars publicly crumbled. NY Daily News explains Jon Gosselin was the center of many cheating allegations even after his split from Kate, one of which was with 23-year-old Stephanie Santoro. Santoro was reportedly the babysitter for Gosselin’s kids. Here’s the issue, though — the cheating allegedly took place while Jon was dating another young woman, Hailey Glassman. Santoro says the affair lasted about nine months.
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12. Peter Cook
Many would feel extremely lucky to be Christie Brinkley’s husband — and her ex Peter Cook knows just how bad he made himself look after his cheating scandal. The Daily Mail reports Cook admitted to cheating on Brinkley with a 17-year-old girl working in a shop. Though Cook appeared very sorry at first, he also backpedaled by saying his 10-year marriage lost its spark. He was allegedly “looking for a connection [he] could not find in [his] own marriage.” We suggest at least seeking someone who isn’t a teenager next time.
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13. David Letterman
The seductive assistant strikes again with this scandal. Us Magazine explains David Letterman admitted back in 2009 to cheating on his wife, Regina Lasko, with multiple women while filming Late Show With David Letterman. One of these women he cheated on Lasko with was Stephanie Birkitt, his assistant and a regular on the show.
And that’s not all — things became even worse for Letterman when Birkitt’s partner threatened to write a screenplay about the cheating allegations unless $2 million was paid. Thankfully, Letterman and Lasko have put those rough times behind them and haven’t had a problem since.
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14. Craig Schelske
This husband of famous country singer Sara Evans was the talk of the town about 10 years ago. People explains cheating allegations started when the couple filed for divorce. In the original papers, Evans cited the reason for the split was adultery and irreconcilable differences. She suggested Schelske had an affair with their former nanny, Alison Clinton, though Schelske maintained his innocence. On the flip side, Schelske claimed Evans was actually the one having extramarital affairs, so the truth may never be revealed.
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15. Bobby Flay
Now, for the unlikeliest of them all — Bobby Flay. This Food Network star and chef was at the center of a seriously messy divorce a few years ago when wife Stephanie March claimed Flay cheated on her with several women. One of these women he possibly cheated on her with was Elyse Tirrell, says the Daily Beast, who was Flay’s assistant. There were also questions as to whether he was involved with January Jones, but Flay maintained his innocence.