Stars Who Married Their Alleged Mistresses

Not every Hollywood romance plays out like a fairy tale. In fact, many stars' current relationships were the result of affairs that played out in the tabloids. Let's take a look at some stars who married their alleged mistresses.

Jason Aldean

Country singer Jason Aldean's nearly 12-year marriage to wife Jessica Ussery came to a crashing halt after Aldean was photographed kissing another woman at a Hollywood bar in September 2012. A year after filing for divorce, Aldean shocked everyone when he actually struck up a full-blown relationship with that lady, an aspiring singer named Brittany Kerr. The duo made its first public appearance at the CMT Music Awards in June 2014, sparking an online backlash that lives on today. Despite dealing with constant "haters," as Aldean calls them, the couple has endured. They got engaged in September 2014 and said "I do" the following March.

Brad Pitt

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's Hollywood romance turned into the biggest celebrity scandal of the new millennium after Pitt allegedly shacked up with Angelina Jolie while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004. Even after Aniston and Pitt divorced, Pitt and Jolie played coy about their relationship, insisting they did not hook up until after the movie came out.

That all changed in 2008, when Pitt and Jolie admitted to falling in love on set in separate interviews with Rolling Stone and The New York Times, respectively. Despite a whirlwind romance that included multiple children and a whole lot of publicity, Brangelina waited until August 2014 to tie the knot. They did so in a private ceremony at their chateau in France.

Pitt's second marriage blew up just as suddenly as his first. At the time of this writing, divorce proceedings are ongoing.

Bruce Springsteen

Rocker Bruce Springsteen wed actress-model Julianne Phillips in 1985, but a ginger from his native New Jersey—bandmate Patti Scialfa—stole his heart. Springsteen and Scialfa reportedly got hot and heavy during Springsteen's Tunnel of Love Express Tour in the late '80s, causing his marriage to Phillips to fall apart. Despite intense tabloid coverage, Springsteen and Scialfa endured. They married in June 1991—a little over two years after Springsteen's divorce from Phillips was finalized.

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes reportedly began their romance while filming the Lifetime channel original movie Northern Lights in 2009. The only problem: they were both married to other people at the time (Brandi Glanville and Dean Sheremet, respectively). Cibrian and Rimes' first marriages both came to an end after their affair was exposed, launching one of the most bitter scandals we've seen in years. (Think of it as the somewhat trashier version of Aniston vs. Jolie.)

Although the tabloids still rip them a new one every so often, Cibrian and Rimes' romance appears to be doing just fine. They celebrated their six-year wedding anniversary in April 2017. Their relationships with their respective exes, meanwhile, remain as fraught as ever, especially after Glanville and Sheremet became pals and reality TV co-stars.

Randy Travis

According to a 2010 tabloid report by the National Enquirer (Don't laugh. It caught John Edwards!), country superstar Randy Travis' 18-year marriage to his manager, Libby Hatcher, reportedly fell apart after Travis was allegedly caught with his dentist's wife, Mary Beougher (known now as Mary Davis). Whatever happened, one thing remains true: Travis and Davis are very much a couple. They got hitched in 2015, about two years after Travis suffered a tragic and debilitating stroke.

Robin Williams

The late Robin Williams may have made millions of people laugh on the big screen, but his personal life was not so funny. At the end of the '80s, his nine-year marriage to Valerie Velardi reportedly fell apart because he had fallen for his nanny and personal assistant, Marsha Garces. Williams wed Garces in April 1989, but she filed for divorce 19 years later, reportedly due to Williams' alcoholism.

Blake Shelton

In a 2011 interview with Dateline, country singer Miranda Lambert admitted she knew Blake Shelton was married to Kaynette Williams when they first met at CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert in 2005. "I had seen their wedding picture in Country Weekly," she confessed to Hoda Kotb (via Entertainment Weekly).

Shelton also admitted to falling for Lambert at that now infamous concert, telling VH1's Behind the Music (via Entertainment Weekly), "I've never had that kind of experience with anybody. I was a married guy, you know? Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, 'Man, this shouldn't be happening.' Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her, right there on stage."

Whatever the case, the relationship between Lambert and Shelton—who married in May 2011—ultimately fizzled. They filed for divorce in 2015.

Jerry O'Connell

In her 2015 memoir Going Off Script, entertainment news personality Giuliana Rancic alleged that her former boyfriend, actor Jerry O'Connell, cheated on her with both Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls and with model-actress Rebecca Romijn. He and Romijn wed in July 2007.

Rancic writes (via Page Six) that O'Connell's eye wandered toward Romijn at Maxim's 100 Hottest Women party in 2004. "Little did I know he was in the VIP area, talking up Rebecca. As a prelude to feeling up Rebecca." Rancic alleges O'Connell fled to Vegas the following week and stopped returning her calls. She claims he wouldn't even buzz her up when she finally tracked him down at his home. "Nope. Sorry, homegirl," Rancic claimed he said. "Things change, but you take care, OK?"

A few weeks after those quotes were published, O'Connell kind-of-sort-of-but-not-really issued a response on an episode of Watch What Happens Live. "For those of you who don't know, Giuliana Rancic is a personality on another network," he said (via Us Weekly). "And we dated, then we didn't date." He added, "She's a very nice girl. I don't want to say anything negative. She's a very nice girl. We had a very fun time. It was decades ago. I don't believe cell phones were used then. It was like horse and buggy... It was a while ago."

Billy Bob Thornton

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton were reportedly linked to other actors–Timothy Hutton and Laura Dern, respectively–when they met on the set of the 1999 movie Pushing Tin. In fact, in October that year, things seemed especially rock-solid for Thornton and Dern. "I'm now happily involved with someone who's my best friend," Thornton told Men's Journal (via People). "We have a dog and a yard."

Flash forward seven short months: Jolie and Thornton were married. That shock was especially devastating for Dern, who not-so-subtly implied during an interview with Talk magazine (via ABC News) that Thornton cheated on her. "I left our home to work on a movie, and while I was away, my boyfriend got married, and I've never heard from him again," she said. "It's like a sudden death."

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott were both reportedly in broken marriages when they met and got involved with each other on the set of the 2005 TV movie Mind over Murder. An insider told People magazine, "It just happened. No one meant any harm to anyone. You can't help who you fall in love with and who you're right with."

According to People, Spelling's husband of just 15 months, Charlie Shanian, filed for divorce in October 2005. McDermott's wife, Mary Jo Eustace, divorced him in 2006, comparing herself to another woman scorned, Jennifer Aniston.

Spelling and McDermott married in 2006, and while their union has endured cheating scandals, rehab, and financial woes, they've stuck it out. In fact, the couple welcomed its fifth child together in March 2017.