Celebrity Couples Who Overcame Cheating Scandals
Cheating happens — up to 25 percent of married men and 11 percent of married women will cheat at some point in their lives, according to Psychology Today. And when it does, there’s no single right or wrong way to handle it. While an affair sends many couples straight to the divorce lawyer, some can work through the issues and come out, perhaps stronger, on the other side. And others move on barely acknowledging what’s happened, at least not in public.
If you’re facing an infidelity issue, perhaps you can turn to these celebrity couples who survived the worst kind of cheating scandals — the ones everyone knows about.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
This one has played out in Billboard-charting singles. We know about “Becky with the good hair” from Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and the aftermath of cheating from Jay-Z’s “4:44” — the album but specifically the apologetic single, named because, as he told IHeartRadio, “I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 a.m., to write this song.”
The lyrics say, “I apologize because at your best you are love and because I fall short of what I say I’m all about.”
Jay-Z on dealing with the aftermath of cheating: “You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself.”
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
Dean McDermott publicly admitted to having an affair in 2014 — and then he and Tori Spelling dealt with the aftermath in the reality show “True Tori.”
Dean McDermott looking back on his affair: “What we went through publicly, I learned a lot, I wouldn’t do it again, and at the end of the day, we’re together, we’re happy and we’re working on our relationship, and we have a beautiful family and a beautiful life.”
Tori Spelling on rekindling their marriage after the birth of their fifth child: “I feel like Beau is really the pillar of the rebirth of our relationship because our relationship had to crumble for it to be rebuilt, and it was really important that we just start it over.”
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have been married for more than 30 years, despite Ozzy admitting to cheating with six different women. He entered therapy for sex addiction in 2016, and the couple has since renewed their vows.
Sharon Osbourne on getting back together: “I forgive. It’s going to take a long time to trust, but we’ve been together 36 years, 34 of marriage. I just can’t think of my life without him.”
Ozzy Osbourne on feeling regret: “I am mortified at what my behavior has done to my family. I thank God that my incredible wife is at my side to support me.”
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Long-time couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick typically sidestep the limelight and keep their private life, well, private. When rumors of Broderick’s affair circled in 2008, their response wasn’t so shocking: no comment.
Sarah Jessica Parker on keeping their relationship private: “So, when our marriage came up in conversation, it wouldn't occur to us that we were obligated to respond to allegations or gossip. You have to be a bit circumspect, but you also have to take up a position, and you have to stick to it.”
Kobe and Vanessa Laine Bryant
In 2003, Kobe Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a hotel worker in Colorado — and admitted to an affair, but not assault. (The case was settled out of court.) Then, in 2011, rumors of dozens of other affairs hit headlines. After Vanessa Laine Bryant filed for divorce that year, the couple reconciled and are still together.
Kobe Bryant, admitting to adultery (but not sexual assault): “I sit here in front of you guys furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making the mistake of adultery. I love my wife with all my heart. She's my backbone."
Vanessa Laine Bryant in a statement after his cheating: "I know that my husband has made a mistake — the mistake of adultery. He and I will have to deal with that within our marriage, and we will do so. He is not a criminal."
David Letterman and Regina Lasko
During a taping of the “The Late Show” in 2009, David Letterman admitted to having an affair with members of his staff — and to being blackmailed for it. (It was later revealed that he was involved with his assistant, Stephanie Birkitt.) Letterman was so distraught by the entire incident that he spiraled into a deep depression, but his marriage to Regina Lasko has remained intact.
David Letterman talking to Jay-Z about having an affair: “A few years ago, I got myself into some trouble, and the situation was my responsibility and my fault. I did something that I had no business doing, and I regret it, and since then, I have tried to acknowledge that mistake and be a better person.”
Victoria and David Beckham
The Beckhams have sustained numerous cheating rumors over the course of their almost 20-year marriage. David Beckham with his assistant, Rebecca Loos. With a model. With the nanny. With a schoolteacher. Why do the rumors never die?
One writer in Refinery29 suggests it’s because we secretly wish for the break-up of the last great A-list couple. “Perhaps this fascination with the state of Victoria and David Beckham's marriage comes from the need to humanize what has previously been a perfect, untouchable entity,” she writes.
David Beckham on one of the cheating scandals reported in 2004: “During the past few months, I have become accustomed to reading more and more ludicrous stories about my private life ... The simple truth is that I am very happily married. I have a wonderful wife and two very special kids. There is nothing any third party can do to change these facts."
David Beckham on what truly keeps the marriage together: “Do we stay together because it is a brand? Of course not. We stay together because we love each other and because we have four amazing children.”
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Right before actor Gabrielle Union and NBA player Dwyane Wade wed in 2014, news broke that he had fathered a “break baby” with another woman.
Dwyane Wade on his love for his soon-to-be-wife: “My life mistakes gave me you, and my life mistakes almost made me lose you, but your love has conquered all, and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you”
Gabrielle Unionon bouncing back after the affair: “I believe in full disclosure. No weird secrets. Let the chips fall where they may."
Camille and Bill Cosby
Long before Bill Cosby became inmate NN7687 at a state prison in Pennsylvania, guilty of sexual assault, rumors about his extramarital affairs plagued his 50-plus-year marriage to Camille Cosby, dating back to at least the 1970s. To date, the Cosbys remain married — although rumors of divorce swirl.
Camille Cosby to Oprah on staying together after being "selfish": “You cleanse yourself of all of that baggage, and you look at each other and determine whether the relationship is worth salvaging, whether you really love each other and want to be together.”
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
Cheating rumors have long plagued Khloe Kardashian and basketball player Tristan Thompson — the most famous of which swirled right before the birth of their daughter, True, in April 2018.
As of February 2019, the couple is still together, but recent reports suggest that they could be done for good. Only time will tell.
Khloe Kardashian on enduring a cheating scandal in the spotlight: “It’s so much harder to deal with it when it’s so public. Everyone is giving you their opinions and their input and their unsolicited advice. Even the nurses and the doctors — everyone kind of like, looking sideways at the whole situation. That’s hard, and it’s humiliating.”
Magic and Cookie Johnson
When Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive, in 1991, the subtext was pretty clear — he had cheated on his wife, Cookie, whom he met as a college freshman. They had married earlier that year, and Cookie was pregnant with their son, E.J., at the time. (Neither Cookie nor E.J. contracted HIV.)
Despite the cheating and the HIV diagnosis, the couple has remained together.
Magic Johnson on telling Cookie he had HIV: “The hardest thing I had to do is drive home and tell her I had HIV.”
Cookie Johnson on finding out about Magic’s HIV status: “I didn't have time to get mad about whatever happened, you know, or start asking questions. [My mind] went to 'He is possibly going to die.’”
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott
Sometimes a cheating scandal is a scandal, and sometimes it’s something more. In December 2018, a YouTube star, Christian Adam G, posted a video meant to expose Travis Scott cheating on Kylie Jenner — except that it was a total hoax.
The couple are parents to a daughter, Stormi, born in February 2018, and, despite rumors, have not (yet) married.
Kylie Jenner on the hoax: "Idk if this is really a social experiment to some people, but you’re messing with real people, real relationships, real family. I’m happy my relationship is strong because this is getting out of hand. The internet scares me sometimes for real.”
Travis Scott on the hoax: “Trolls working hard today … Me and my wifey sturdy. Back to celebrating!!! Only got love for my wife. No time to be wasting. Think again.”
Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie
Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie’s relationship goes back more than 30 years when they first met in 1987, and Louie was working as Harrelson’s assistant. While the two married in 2008 after already having three kids together in 1993, 1996 and 2006, their relationship wasn’t without its ups and downs.
One such instance was Harrelson’s reported foursome in 2002. Unfortunately for the actor, one of the three female participants worked for the paparazzi, and the story quickly broke.
Woody Harrelson on Laura finding out: “Laura — this really gives you a sense of the depth of her compassion — what she said to me after finding out was, ‘That must be really hard for you, to have this shit exposed.’ She just said that. Now that doesn't mean she wasn't upset. How did I apologize? You know, just your standard Texan grovel. But she forgave me, and we're still together.”
Cardi B and Offset
It’s hard to keep track of the cheating rumors that have plagued Cardi B and Offset since they (secretly) married in September 2017. While the two announced they’re splitting in late 2018, their recent appearance at the Grammy Awards together says otherwise.
Cardi B on managing the rumors: “Every single day there’s rumors about me and my dude. And it almost drives me crazy, because I start to believe them.”
Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett
In 2014, when Kendra Wilkinson was eight months pregnant, former football player Hank Baskett had an affair with a transgender model. Their relationship has remained tumultuous ever since.
Hank Baskett admitting his transgressions: “I messed up. I put myself in a bad situation. And everything through me brought pain upon this family.”
Kendra Wilkinson’s response to the scandal: “I don’t say the word ‘cheat.’ I can say he was not loyal to me. I don’t care about the act. I care about how he reacted to it and how I was told by the media what happened. That scarred me.”
David Boreanaz and Jaime Bergman
“Bones” star David Boreanaz married actress Jaime Bergman in 2001. In 2010, with Jaime by his side, he openly admitted to having an affair, after allegedly being extorted for six figures.
(The purported mistress, Rachel Uchitel, was also involved with Tiger Woods during his marriage.)
David Boreanaz coming clean: "I haven't been faithful to my wife. Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities. I was irresponsible.”
Jaime Bergman on the other factors that hurt their marriage: “As much as David should have never gone outside the marriage, there was neglect on my part. It took a crisis; it took infidelity to get us off our asses and work for what we want.”
Snoop Dogg and Shante Broadus
Rapper Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Calvin Broadus) married his highschool sweetheart, Shante, in 1997. They filed for divorce in 2004, after Snoop Dogg’s stint as a pimp, but mended their relationship — and even renewed their vows in 2008.
Though cheating rumors still dog them now — most recently, with Celina Powell, who notoriously faked a pregnancy with rapper Offset, while he was married to Cardi B — the couple remains together.
Snoop Dogg admitting his affairs: "I cheated on her. That's the worst thing you could possibly do — lose somebody's trust who really loves you."
Snoop Dogg on his wife’s commitment to their marriage: “My wife had to take a backseat to this s—. And I love her to this day because she coulda shook out on a n—, but she stayed in my corner. So, when I decided to let it go, she was still there.”
Snoop Dogg on choosing to stay together: “I fell back in love with my wife and kids. A lot of times you get cloudy.This music industry is a mother, man, and it'll take your vision and blur it. But I need my wife and my kids in my life. So, if you hear about divorce, it'll be my wife divorcing me. It won't be me divorcing her."
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish
Comedian Kevin Hart married Eniko Parrish in 2016, after being together for years. In 2017, Hart publicly admitted to having cheated on Parrish when she was eight months pregnant — after being pressured by someone who was trying to extort him with video footage of the incident.
Parrish gave birth to their son, and the couple remain together to this day.
Kevin Hart taking responsibility for cheating: "That's Kevin Hart in his dumbest moment. That's not the finest hour of my life. With that being said, you make your bed, you lay in it."
Kevin Hart on moving beyond the affair: “Our marriage has been put to the test. It’s the most difficult test ever. And, you know, sometimes those tests come from stupidity. But it’s how you handle it and how you decide to move forward from it. I applaud my wife for just displaying a high level of strength that I can’t even explain. I applaud her for being my backbone, my support system and, more importantly, taking my life to the next level."
Josh and Anna Duggar
Reality stars Josh and Anna Duggar recently celebrated 10 years of marriage, despite several shocking scandals, including one in 2015 that rocked their marriage. Josh Duggar’s profile was unearthed during a hack of the infidelity site Ashley Madison.
Josh Duggar on cheating: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet, and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him."
Sienna Miller and Jude Law
Shorty after becoming engaged to Sienna Miller, on Christmas Day, 2004, Jude Law admitted to having an affair with his children’s nanny. (He has three children with his first wife, who he divorced in 2003.) The pair worked on their relationship for another year, split, reunited briefly in 2009, but since 2011, went their separate ways — yet remain friends.
Sienna Miller on having her heart broken: "That was a very pivotal time in my life, and I'm happy saying that. It's a private moment when you get your heart broken for the first time."
Balthazar Getty and Rosetta Millington
Interestingly enough, Sienna Miller, went on to participate in her own affair that almost ruined another marriage. “Brothers and Sisters” star Balthazar Getty and Miller were photographed in 2008 kissing on a hotel balcony in Italy. Needless to say, Getty’s wife of eight years (at the time), fashion designer Rosetta Millington, was not happy about it.
Eventually, Millington forgave him, and the duo, who share four children together, consider it to have made their marriage stronger.
Balthazar Getty on overcoming infidelity: “Without going down, you can’t rise again.”
Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner
In a scandal that rocked politics, all the way up to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, revelations of Anthony Weiner’s sexts with a 15-year-old girl killed his run for mayor of New York City — and eventually landed him in jail.
His wife, Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide, filed for divorce — but the couple currently remains married. It was not Weiner’s first indiscretion: He resigned from Congress in 2011, after a separate sexting scandal.
Anthony Weiner on regret: “I am so deeply sorry for the harm I have done to her, and I live with the sorrow that I will never be able to fix that.”
Huma Abedin on the 2017 scandal: “With Anthony, I have repeatedly found myself in circumstances I never imagined. I am devastated by Anthony’s actions, and I understand he must face their consequences.”
Scottie and Larsa Pippen
In 2016, basketball star Scottie Pippen filed for divorce from his long-time wife, Larsa, a reality TV star, after rumors swirled that she had had an affair with the rapper Future.
The Pippens called off the divorce a year later, but rumors of infidelity cropped up again in the midst of Larsa filing for divorce in November 2018.
Larsa Pippen denying the cheating rumors that precipitated their 2018 divorce: “My soul isn’t built for negativity. I’ll take a beating publicly, [people] saying I cheated when believe me it wasn’t like that. He was nowhere around. I cried oceans after him. I would do anything for him.”
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
In 2012, with “Twilight” mania in full tilt, photos of Kristen Stewart kissing director Rupert Sanders, while she was together with Robert Pattinson, dominated headlines. Stewart and Pattinson remained together until breaking up for good a year or so later.
Kristen Stewart on their on-again, off-again relationship after the affair: "I'm going to just let people watch whatever little movie they think our lives are. Keep 'em guessing, I always say."
Robert Pattinson on the benefit of hindsight: "S— happens, you know? It's just young people … it’s normal! And honestly, who gives a s—?"
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
In 2015, after 10 years of marriage, one of Hollywood’s power couples — Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck — announced they were separating. Although Affleck’s affair with their 28-year-old nanny made headlines, it wasn’t the reason the marriage fell apart. They had apparently been in couple’s therapy for years.
Even after announcing their separation, the duo lived in the same house, taking turns as they co-parented their three children. It wasn’t until April 2017 that they finally filed for divorce and Affleck moved out of their home.
Jennifer Garner on the affair: “Let me just tell you something. We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce.”
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick had three children together before they officially split in 2015, after years of breaking up and getting back together, not just over accusations of Disick’s cheating but also his substance abuse.
Though they have since dated other people, Kardashian and Disick still travel and actively co-parent together.
Scott Disick on being separated: "I don’t think anything is ever simple. I’m not the first person in the world that has gotten separated from their significant other ... We’re just trying to make the best of it and life goes on. Things aren't easy, but things are going very well. I'm just happy that we are able to be on good terms."
Kourtney Kardashian on co-parenting after a break-up: “I feel like I can show a message, too, of like parents can get along and work together and we travel together and, you know, it's like I think it's a good message to show other people. I'm not doing it for that reason, but I think the positive things we are doing, I think is nice, too."
Fergie and Josh Duhamel
Although in the end, they divorced after eight years of marriage, Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s relationship survived a 2009 cheating scandal, in which Duhamel had a one-night stand with a stripper before their wedding.
Fergie on finding forgiveness: "When you go through difficult times, it really makes you stronger as a unit, as a partnership. It does for us anyway. Our love today is a deeper love. Definitely. We’re stronger today because of anything difficult that’s happened with us … We went to therapy. We went to a lot of therapy, and the whole thing just became a positive for us."
Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley
In 1995, when Hugh Grant was arrested for having sex in public with a prostitute, his then-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley stood by him. They broke up years later, but remain very close friends. And Grant’s unique take on marriage and infidelity has persisted just as long.
Hugh Grant on coming clean to Elizabeth Hurley: “You know in life what’s a good thing to do and a bad thing to do. I did a bad thing.”
Hugh Grant on infidelity in other cultures: “I always admire the French and the Italians who are very devoted to their marriages. They take them extremely seriously, but it is understood that there might be other visitors at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. You just never boast about [it]. They never say anything, but that's what keeps marriages together.”