Everyone loves a good celebrity gossip story, especially when it involves a cheating scandal. But it’s easy to forget that behind those tabloids and tweets are real people who are facing feelings of hurt and betrayal. We hear of celebrity couples who split all the time, some of them because one or both partners strayed.
But sometimes the couple stays together, moving past the infidelity. These public figures chose to stand by their men (or women) and move forward.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Jay-Z and Beyoncé have been together since 2002, forming one of the most iconic power couples of our time. But last year’s “Lemonade” album alluded to some serious infidelity on Jay-Z’s part, something that he eventually admitted to. Both of their latest albums include details disguised as song lyrics, but the two have stayed together.
Next: This big-time basketball star carries a lifelong reminder of his cheating ways.
Magic Johnson and Cookie Johnson
In 1991, Earvin “Magic” Johnson married Cookie … and just 45 days later, he was diagnosed with HIV. He was then faced with the grueling task with not only calling various women he’d slept with, but confessing to Cookie that he’d been unfaithful during their courtship. Cookie not only stood by him, she vowed to help him fight for his health — and she has.
Next: Considering the way this relationship started, her husband’s infidelity wasn’t a huge surprise.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
Tori and Dean were both married to other people when they met, but they soon left their spouses for each other, got married, and had four children. But a few years ago, Spelling got the shock of her life when she learned McDermott had been unfaithful to her. The two worked hard to rebuild their relationship, and now they’re stronger than ever — and they even welcomed a new baby into their lives.
Next: This British celebrity was caught with his pants down.
Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley
Hugh Grant was in a long-term relationship with Elizabeth Hurley in 1995, when he was caught having oral sex with a prostitute in his car. Hurley stayed with him until 2000, when they split amicably after 13 years together. The two remain good friends to this day.
Next: Marriage Boot Camp seemed to help this couple.
Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett
In June 2014, Kendra Wilkinson found out that her husband, Hank Baskett, had an inappropriate encounter with a transgender model. The couple went on Marriage Boot Camp together and now claim that their marriage is stronger than ever.
Next: This affair nearly ended a presidency.
Bill and Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton has learned of multiple affairs on Bill’s part over the course of their marriage, but none was quite as famous as the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which almost cost him the presidency. Hillary stood by Bill through it all, and they remain married to this day.
Next: This late night talk show host beat his blackmailer with the truth.
David Letterman and Regina Lasko
Letterman and Lasko have been married since 2009, but they’ve been together decades longer — he waited 23 years to marry her. Several years ago, Letterman became the victim of extortion, when someone demanded $2 million from him and threatened to reveal that he’d slept with some of his staffers. Letterman beat the blackmailers by admitting the truth on national TV and asking for forgiveness from Lasko, who apparently was able to give it to him (they’re still married).
Next: This rocker was eventually forgiven for his affair with a hair stylist.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy Osborne left his first wife for Sharon in the early 80s, and they’ve been together ever since — but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. While both have admitted to infidelities in the past, Sharon was devastated to learn that Ozzy recently had an affair with a hair stylist. She left him briefly, but the two soon reconciled and seem stronger than ever.
Next: This couple is practically British royalty, despite the cheating rumor.
David and Victoria Beckham
It’s hard to imagine David Beckham cheating on Victoria since the two seem to have such a loving, committed, and passionate relationship (their four children are proof). But in 2004, their personal assistant, Rebecca Loos, claimed she had a brief affair with David. While there was never any concrete evidence, a few photos of Beckham and Loos did surface, and Loos was fired from her job with the family. But David and Victoria stayed together through it all.
Next: This basketball star’s slip cost him millions.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
In 2003, Kobe Bryant was accused of rape by an employee of a hotel where he was staying. While he denied the rape charge, he did admit to consensual sex, much to the dismay of his young wife, Vanessa. Kobe bought Vanessa a $4 million apology ring, and although she did file for divorce in 2011, it was eventually called off. Kobe and Vanessa are still married and have two children.
Next: This rapper doesn’t even deny cheating on his wife many times.
Snoop Dogg and Shante Broadus
Snoop and Shante tied the knot more than 20 years ago, but that didn’t stop Snoop from having numerous affairs. He has admitted to his indiscretions and seems to have stopped them, and although the couple filed for divorce in 2004, it was called off and they have stayed married.
Next: There has never been proof that this famous husband strayed, but the rumors are strong.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
This dynamic duo has been married since 1997, an eternity in Hollywood. But there have been multiple reports of Broderick’s infidelities, including a 25-year-old blond and a “stunning redhead.” Still, Sarah Jessica has stood by her man.
Next: After the scandal surfaced, these young stars didn’t last long.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
There was no denying that Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director — there was photographic evidence. She tearfully apologized, and Pattinson forgave her. The two stayed together until shortly after the last Twilight movie was released.
Next: Why do celebrities cheat so much?
Celebrities and cheating
If you feel as if celebrities tend to cheat more than “average” couples, you’re not alone. Celebs have a “high mate value” due to their social status, finances, and better-than-average looks. The abundance of temptation and time spent away from their partners due to work projects can contribute to the frequency of the infidelities. Perhaps the rest of us are better off not being famous.
Next: And finally … does it really matter?
Why do we care?
There’s no doubt about it: As a society, we are fixated on celebrities. But don’t worry, this obsession might actually be good for us. According to Frank McAndrew, PhD, celebs may be the only “friends” we have in common with new acquaintances, thus providing a common interest and topic of conversations between people who otherwise might not have much to say. Keeping up with the Kardashians (and other celebs, politicians, and athletes) makes us more socially adept during our daily interactions.
So read about these celebrity cheating scandals guilt-free, knowing that you’re simply trying to improve your social skills.
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