One of the worst things that can happen in a relationship is to have your significant other cheat on you. It is a game changer, a marriage ender, and a complete betrayal. When an affair comes to light, the person who has been cheated on may be raked with self-doubt from “Am I not pretty enough?” to “Am I not good enough?” — and these self-doubts are particularly shocking when they come from celebrities.
Celebrities who are known for their gorgeous looks from Halle Berry to Jennifer Aniston to those who are incredibly talented from Emma Thompson to Uma Thurman have experienced this. And really, who would EVER cheat on America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock? These celebrities seem to have it all; fame, fortune, and fabulous lives. But even with all their advantages, they too can fall victim to a broken heart. But you know what? They may have been betrayed and had their personal lives be fodder for tabloids around the world, but they are survivors. They move on, remarry, and find true happiness leaving the exes in the dust.
Check out these twenty stars who have been cheated on right here:
Emma Thompson 1 of 20
Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh seemed like a perfect couple; they were attractive, incredibly talented, and both oh so British. The two wed in 1989 but their marriage ended in 1995 with claims that their work schedules had gotten in the way. At the time, however, the tabloids had reported that their split was due to Branagh's affair with co-star Helena Bonham Carter.
Years and years later, Thompson has forgiven the woman who broke up her marriage, saying it's "blood under the bridge. [...] You can't hold on to anything like that. I just think ... pfft. It's pointless. I haven't got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago." She stated that Bonham and her are a bit alike, both "being slightly mad and a bit fashion-challenged," adding, "perhaps that's why Ken loved us both. She's a wonderful woman, Helena."
And Thompson found love again. She met and married Greg Wise and the two have two children, a daughter Gaia and an adopted son Tindyebwa Agab, a former Rwandan child solider.
Maria Shriver 2 of 20
Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger always seemed like an odd couple, but the two kept their unusual marriage going for 25 years until word leaked that Schwarzenegger has been unfaithful and had fathered a child with the family's housekeeper.
Shriver has kept mum about the "painful and heartbreaking time," but Arnold did release a statement saying: "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children, and my family. I am truly sorry."
The two have divorced and have not reconciled, but Maria continues her philanthropy and to help those in need.
Brandi Glanville 3 of 20
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was once happily married to actor Eddie Cibrian and the two had two children together. But that all ended when Eddie had an affair with country star LeAnn Rimes. Brandi did not take the news well. According to an interview with Glamour magazine, the first thing she did was go and slash the tires on his motorcycle. And things just got worse.
Eddie and Brandi got divorced, and Eddie married LeAnn. Since then, Brandi and LeAnn have been at war. "'Marriages break up all the time," Brandi said. "People have affairs. Happens every day. It matters how you handle yourself after and if you're actually remorseful. I've never found LeAnn to be remorseful. I found her to be like, 'Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah, I got your family.'" But after Brandi released her book, Drinking and Tweeting, she vowed to stop talking about LeAnn and Eddie. Sounds like she is ready to move on. She is dating but has not had another serious relationship.
Kathie Lee Gifford 4 of 20
Back in 1997, Kathie Lee Gifford's husband Frank Gifford had a two month affair with a flight attendant named Suzen Johnson. The news was made public, but the two weathered the storm and stayed together.
Jennifer Aniston 5 of 20
When Jennifer Aniston was married to Brad Pitt, Brad took a role in the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a decision that changed both of their lives. It was on that set where Brad met, and fell in love, with Angelina Jolie.
Although the couple does not say their marriage broke up because of Angie, it's hard not to put the pieces together. Especially after Angelina Jolie did an interview saying that that was when she fell for Brad. After Aniston read the Angie interview she said, "There was stuff printed there that was definitely from a time when I was unaware that it was happening," adding, "I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss. That stuff about how she couldn't wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool."
Aniston and Pitt's divorce was "amicable" and now Aniston is engaged to Justin Theroux.
Sandra Bullock 6 of 20
All our heart's hurt for Sandra Bullock when it was revealed, VERY publicly, that her husband Jesse James had cheated on her. The couple were an odd match for sure, but their marriage had lasted five years. But she moved on gracefully and is in a very good place now.
"We're all where we're supposed to be," Bullock says in the October issue of Vogue when asked about the devastating breakup. "I am exactly where I want to be now. You can't go backward. I'm not going backward. I'm grateful that I'm here, blessed to have what I have. Nobody can be prepared for anything." Sandra seems happier now more than ever.
Robert Pattinson 7 of 20
To the total bewilderment of teen girls everywhere, Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on her on-screen and off-screen love Robert Pattinson. Yes, Belle stepped out on Edward! The two will forever be linked due to the Twilight movies, but the damage has been done and the two are very done.
Eva Longoria 8 of 20
Actress Eva Longoria was devastated when it was revealed that her husband Tony Parker was cheating on her. After the breakup, she was filled with self doubt but got over it saying:
"I just think, 'Wow, okay, that's the life you want to live.' It wasn't about who he chose. I mean, I had moments [where I wondered], 'Am I not sexy enough? Am I not pretty enough? Am I not smart enough?' But in so many of those questions, I immediately stopped and said, 'No, don't start doing that.' Because you can get stuck in that cycle and you can carry on to other things."But she got out of that cycle and has VERY much moved on.
Kim Kardashian 9 of 20
Kim Karadashian shares much of her life with the world, but has kept mum on the rumors that Reggie Bush had cheated on her and that was the reason that the reality TV star and the football star broke up. But she got over that heartbreak pretty quick, meeting, marrying then divorcing Kris Humphries and then hooking up with her current man (and baby daddy) Kanye West. She recovers quite well doesn't she?
Christie Brinkley 10 of 20
The divorce between Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook goes down as one of the worst in celebrity history. The two are very, very bitter. And for good reason. Cook cheated on her with an 18-year-old assistant. "I was seeking a connection I could not find in my own marriage," Cook said in rationalizing his cheating. "I think the emotional aspect of our lives had changed. I think we were both feeling more like we were living with a brother and sister than a life partner."
Christie felt "humiliated and stupid" after finding out about the affair. "To come across that was beyond devastating. It was beyond your wildest nightmare one could ever imagine," said Brinkley. But she recovered, moved on, and is in a good place (and looks fantastic to boot!).
Reese Witherspoon 11 of 20
How could someone cheat on Reese Witherspoon? She's so sweet, beautiful, and seems so darn nice. But after seven years of marriage and having two kids together, the two broke up, reportedly due to Ryan Phillippe having an affair with his co-star Abbie Cornish.
Reese and Ryan went on to co-parent nicely, and Reese found happiness again when she married Jim Toth and had their own child.
Sienna Miller 12 of 20
Remember when Sienna Miller and Jude Law were a couple? They seemed so perfect for each other, that is until Jude Law went and ruined it all. Jude Law had an affair with the nanny who watched over his children.
"I am deeply ashamed and upset that I've hurt Sienna and the people most close to us," he said in a statement. "I want to publicly apologize to Sienna and our respective families for the pain that I have caused."
Sienna moved on and is now a proud mom to her first child.
Halle Berry 13 of 20
How could someone cheat on Halle Berry? But yes, someone did. Her ex-husband Eric Benet. After finding out that he had gotten together with an old girlfriend, Halle tried to make the marriage work, but the damage was done. The two divorced. She moved on, partnering with Gabriel Aubry (and having a child with him), and now she is married to Olivier Martinez (and they just welcomed their first child).
Uma Thurman 14 of 20
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke were quite the power couple, but then Hawke had an affair with their nanny. Uma took the break-up very hard, saying the split was "excruciating" and her self-esteem was "pretty mangled."
"You can move on, and you can be lucky and you can seize the moment and you can take one step after another," Thurman said. "You bear two children with somebody — that's not a small thing — and then you can hardly talk to them."
Both Thurman and Hawke moved on. Hawke ended up marrying the nanny, and Thurman had a baby with her boyfriend Arpad Busson.
Dennis Quaid 15 of 20
Meg Ryan made quite a mistake when she cheated on the one and only Dennis Quaid. Who would cheat on DENNIS QUAID! After nine years of marriage, Meg Ryan had an affair with costar Russell Crowe. But after the two divorced, Meg claims that she wasn't the only one who cheated.
Elizabeth Hurley 16 of 20
Elizabeth Hurley was completely blindsided when her fiance Hugh Grant was very publicly busted. Grant was caught with a prostitute and arrested! Yes, a very extreme case of being found out. This goes down as one of the most famous celebrity cheating scandals of all time.
Dita Von Teese 17 of 20
Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson were a very odd couple, but you couldn't help but hope they would be happy together. But their marriage ended when Dita Von Teese claimed that Manson had an affair with actress Evan Rachel Wood. Wood and Manson were a couple for quite a while but they eventually broke up.
Dita Von Teese continues to glam it up around the globe but has not remarried.
Mia Farrow 18 of 20
For Mia Farrow, it wasn't just shocking that Woody Allen cheated on her, but it was with WHOM he cheated on her with.
Woody Allen shocked the world, and Mia, when he started to have a romantic relationship with Mia's daughter Soon-Yi Previn. Woody Allen went on to marry Soon-Yi and Mia Farrow is still, rightfully, bitter.
Mary Louise Parker 19 of 20
Mary Louise Parker had been with actor Billy Crudup for eight years and was carrying his baby. Then when she was 7 months pregnant, Crudup had an affair and left her for Claire Danes! But karma came knocking for Billy. While he was with Claire Danes, she had an affair with Hugh Dancy who she is still with and had a baby with.
Anjelica Huston 20 of 20
Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson were together from 1973 to 1989, a long time, especially in Hollywood. But their relationship came to an end when Anjelica found out that not only had Jack had an affair but that he had gotten Rebecca Broussard pregnant.
But time heals all wounds. Anjelica and Jack are now on good terms.
"Jack is someone I've adored in my life and will continue to love forever," the actress told The Saturday Evening Post. "I don't take him lightly. As it happens, we had a really lovely conversation on the phone yesterday — a conversation that started off a little bumpy and wound up just completely wonderful."
"That's a real relationship," added Huston. "Real relationships have continuity, and Jack and I have a deep abiding love and affection for each other. I'm proud that we've gotten through some very tough times together."
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