Celeb Cheating Rumors That Ended Up Being True

When it comes to Hollywood relationships, there will always be cheating rumors. It seems like every time a star romances another actor onscreen, the two are inevitably linked in the press off-screen.

While there's plenty of infidelity gossip that's probably not true, there are times when there's more to the story — sometimes a lot more. The following celeb scuttlebutt evolved from mere innuendo into true-blue romance — often with a side of scandal.

Spilling the 'Lemonade'

Music stars Jay-Z and Beyoncé were dogged by cheating rumors for years. The prolific rapper was allegedly linked to everyone from singers Rihanna and Rita Ora to fashion designer Rachel Roy, but no one knew whether there was any truth behind the talk. 

The tabloids went into overdrive when, according to Cosmopolitan, Beyoncé's younger sister, Solange Knowles, reportedly attacked Jay-Z in an elevator following the 2014 Met Gala. That brawl was allegedly prompted by Jay-Z's rumored relationship with Roy. Beyoncé herself upped the ante in 2016 when she dropped her album Lemonade, which clearly features several songs about infidelity.

Jay-Z, married to Beyoncé since 2008 and the father of her three children, later stunned the world by outright admitting to being unfaithful in a 2017 interview with The New York Times. "The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself," he said.

Secret rendezvous

Throughout Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's 11-year marriage, rumors that Ben was unfaithful flourished. When the couple publicly split in 2015, he reportedly moved on quickly with the family's ex-nanny – too quickly, according to some sources.

At the time of this writing, Affleck is dating Saturday Night Live Producer Lindsay Shookus (pictured above,) but sources told People that their romance is anything but new. Multiple sources claimed they began their love affair while married to other people. "They were having secret rendezvous every time he came in to New York City and other places, too," an insider told the magazine. "Both of them were cheating on their spouses so they were very careful about it. Jen and [Shookus'] husband both found out about it around the same time..."

Is that 'Alan' on the phone?

Cheating rumors about Ramona Singer's husband, Mario Singer, were so commonplace that they almost became a running joke on The Real Housewives of New York, but the defensive wife always shot them down, even when a fortune teller told her in Season 4 that there was another woman in her husband's life.

Unfortunately, Singer was forced to read the writing on the wall when she eventually uncovered her husband's affair. In her 2015 book, Life on the Ramona Coaster, she recalled the moment he confessed. As she tells it, he was on a mysterious phone call with a person he referred to as "Alan." Ramona confronted him. "I stood up and I looked at him. 'Mario, that wasn't a different Alan on the phone, was it? You were talking to a girl just now, weren't you?'" she wrote. 

His response, according to Ramona: "Yes, I was. Do you want to know what else I do with her besides talk?"

Slimy politics

In 2007, rumors surfaced that former North Carolina Democratic Senator John Edwards had been cheating on Elizabeth Edwards, his cancer-stricken wife of more than 30 years and the mother of his four children. In an even more scandalous twist, news broke that a campaign staffer named Rielle Hunter may be pregnant with the senator's child. Instead of confessing, John reportedly tried to get another staffer to claim to be the baby's father, reported ABC News, all while simultaneously boasting about his love and admiration for his wife on the campaign trail. 

In August 2008, Sen. Edwards confessed that he had cheated with Hunter, but he denied being the father of her baby girl. In January 2010, he finally told the whole story and admitted he was the baby's father. 

John and Elizabeth (pictured above) separated; she died of cancer less than a year later. After his wife's death, Hunter claimed the pair continued their relationship for a number of years.

His 'dumbest moment'

Rumors swirled for months that comedian Kevin Hart had been unfaithful to his second wife, model Eniko Parrish (pictured above.) The Central Intelligence star initially laughed off the gossip, but he didn't find it so funny when an unnamed person attempted to extort from him over an alleged cheating video.

Hart posted an emotional, apologetic video to Instagram in September 2017, saying, "I made a bad error in judgement and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that I know that I'm going to hurt the people closest to me, who've I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids."

However, according to People, he didn't fully confess until December of 2017, saying, "I'm guilty, regardless of how it happened and what was involved, the s**t that I can't talk about, I'm guilty. I'm wrong." He added, "It's beyond irresponsible. There's no way around it. That's Kevin Hart in his dumbest moment."

In the midst of the cheating drama, Parrish gave birth to their first child together, Enzo, in November 2017.

This wasn't Hart's first cheating scandal. According to People, he left his ex-wife, Torrei Hart, for Parrish. The ladies reportedly faced off in a social media spat after Parrish posted a lovey-dovey message on Instagram about their "8 years together" — her math meant she would have been with Kevin while he was still with Torrei. Ouch.

What goes around...

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott kicked off their relationship in 2005 by co-starring in a Lifetime movie and cheating on their then-spouses — Charlie Shanian and Mary Jo Eustace, respectively. 

The infidelity was later confirmed by Spelling when she told Entertainment Tonight that she and McDermott got it on "the first night we met." They divorced their significant others and married one another in 2006.

Fast forward seven years and four children, and the shoe was suddenly on the other foot when Spelling caught McDermott cheating on her while filming a TV show in Toronto in 2013. The couple profiled the aftermath of the affair in their Lifetime reality show, True Tori. At the time of this writing, they are still together and even welcomed a fifth child in March 2017.

'Our species is not monogamous'

Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke (pictured above) had been married for seven years and had two small children when they split in 2004, amidst rumors that Hawke had cheated.

According to People, when Oprah Winfrey asked Thurman about infidelity rumors in 2005, the Pulp Fiction star responded, "There was some stuff like that at the end. We were having a difficult time, and you know how the axe comes down and how people behave and how people express their unhappiness."

In 2013, Hawke shared his personal views on relationships, telling Mr.Porter.com, "People have such a childish view of monogamy and fidelity. 'He's cheated so he's bad, she's cheated so she's bad,' as opposed to a recognition that our species is not monogamous." In his opinion, "Sexual fidelity can't be the whole thing you hang your relationship on."

In 2008, Hawke married his children's former nanny, Ryan Shawhughes, who was pregnant at the time. He claims that while they first met when he and Thurman hired her to care for their children, their relationship had nothing to do with his split from Thurman.

No regrets

When LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian (pictured above) arrived on set for their Lifetime Movie, Northern Lights, both were in long-term marriages.

Cibrian had two young sons with wife Brandi Glanville when he was photographed canoodling with Rimes at a Laguna Beach restaurant in 2009. He vehemently denied he was having an affair at the time, telling Access Hollywood the story was "fabricated," but both Rimes and Cibrian went on to divorce their spouses, and by 2011, they were married to each other.

The pair has since come clean about its dirty beginnings. According to People, Rimes said in 2010 that she has no regrets about cheating: "You had two couples whose marriages didn't work who really stumbled upon each other and fell in love." Cibrian agreed: "The truth is that we're human beings. We make mistakes and we learn from them, but we're human. We fell in love."

And baby makes four?

One way to confirm cheating rumors? Get pregnant by someone other than your husband. 

Morena Baccarin denied cheating on her then-husband, Austin Chick, with her Gotham co-star, Ben McKenzie (pictured above,) but according to divorce papers filed in 2015, Chick claimed that he was still sharing a bed with Baccarin when she conceived McKenzie's baby, reported TMZ.

Baccarin gave birth to McKenzie's daughter, Frances, in March 2016 — two weeks before her divorce from Chick was finalized. She married McKenzie in June 2017.

How did Baccarin feel about all this drama? Apparently, not bad at all. She told People that working with McKenzie was wonderful. "Ben's the sweetest," she said. "It's very nice to work with your significant other, especially when you're pregnant because you know you'll get some extra TLC and get taken care of."

The split heard 'round the world

When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith, speculation brewed about a potential hookup between the two A-list stars, who were reportedly showing plenty of chemistry as an onscreen husband and wife playing undercover assassins. The only problem with all that cinematic heat? Pitt was married to Friends star Jennifer Aniston at the time. 

In January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced the end of their fairy tale union, and by April of that year, Pitt was jet-setting around the world with Jolie. He even accompanied her to Ethiopia to adopt daughter Zahara in July of that year. Their notorious film debuted in June 2005, which must have been salt on the wound for the former Mrs. Pitt.

In October 2005, Pitt's highly publicized divorce from Aniston was finalized, and just three months later, he and Jolie announced they were expecting a baby together, welcoming daughter Shiloh in May 2006.