10 of the most shocking celebrity cheating scandals
Published 28/04/2016 | 10:37
Since Beyonce Knowles dropped her latest album Lemonade last weekend, the gossip columns have been alight with speculation.
The visual LP alludes to themes of adultery throughout, and many think Beyonce is finally addressing the rumours of her husband Jay Z’s alleged infidelities over the years.
One line in particular in the song Sorry has been taken as something of a blind item. After singing about a husband cheating, Beyonce then sings, “Go call Becky with the good hair” pointedly, and many fans have taken this as a clue to who her husband’s mistress, or even mistresses, might be.
The first target of the fandom that call themselves the ‘Beyhive’ was Rachel Roy, the fashion designer that was said to be involved with Jay Z around 2014. Many said she was the catalyst for Solange Knowles infamous elevator attack on her brother-in-law, and after Beyonce’s album came out on Saturday, Roy posted an image to Instagram with a caption featuring the words “good hair, don’t care”.
She’s since released a statement saying it was meant to be a joke, and that she’s not the person being referred to in the song.
However, since then, fans have begun targeting Rita Ora, a singer originally signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label, but who’s now suing the company to get out of her contract.
Ora has denied that she has any connection to the mogul, but appeared to be taunting the Beyhive by stepping out on Tuesday in an identical Gucci ensemble to one Beyonce wore in her Formation video.
Perhaps we’ll never know what went on in the Carter-Knowles household, but this is by no means the first A-list cheating scandal to hit the headlines…
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
In a now familiar case of apparently romancing the nanny, Gwen and Gavin’s 13-year union ended with accusations of extra-marital activity between Rossdale and the caregiver of their three children.
They’re now going through a divorce, and Gwen is seeing her The Voice co-judge Blake Shelton.
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James
Only days after Sandy took home the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in The Blind Side, her world was rocked when allegations of cheating against her husband Jesse James were splashed all over the tabloids.
Accused of having an affair with a tattooed model, James said in his memoir that he confessed to Bullock in the aftermath. Bullock ended the marriage soon after.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
The Terminator star’s 25-year marriage to Shriver fell apart in 2011 when it was revealed that he had fathered a love child with the housekeeper 17 years previously.
Arnie says the couple tried counselling, but it didn’t work for them, and they eventually split.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
The Batman star and his wife had already announced their separation when news of an affair with the couple’s nanny hit the headlines last year. Apparently taking place after the split, but while the couple were still living and holidaying together, the caregiver Christine Ouznian became something of a tabloid celebrity.
Affleck and Garner have yet to file for divorce but are now living separately.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Brad and Angelina Jolie might be one of the most popular celebrity couples in the world nowadays, but they famously became close on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004 when the actor was still married to Friends star Jennifer.
While they denied an affair, Aniston later said that Angie’s behaviour had been “uncool” in a Vogue interview, but not much else was revealed about the tryst.
She’s now married to screenwriter and actor Justin Theroux.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordgren
The golfer and his Swedish wife had an outwardly perfect marriage, but it all came crashing down when revelations about his numerous affairs leaked in 2010. Woods was accused of having more than a dozen mistresses, and his squeaky clean image was forever tarnished when his wife discovered his cheating and chased him out of the house brandishing a golf club. They are now divorced.
Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid
They were married for 10 years and were Hollywood’s golden couple, but it all came to an end when Ryan started up an affair with her co-star Russell Crowe on the set of the film Proof Of Life.
She’s since said that her husband cheated on her throughout their marriage, something Quaid denies. He has now remarried, while Ryan is single.
Cheryl and Ashley Cole
The pop star and X Factor judge was pitied by fans everywhere when news of her husband’s infidelities leaked in 2008. However, she forgave him and the pair tried again at their marriage until fresh cheating allegations leaked in 2010.
Cheryl divorced the footballer, married club owner Jean-Bernard Versini in 2014 only to split months later, and is now said to be romancing One Direction star Liam Payne
Ronan Keating and Yvonne Connolly
The former Boyzone singer has said there was more to the end of his marriage to model Yvonne than his affair with dancer Francine
Cornell, but the news in 2010 was still shocking to fans of the seemingly squeaky clean father-of-three. They divorced after 17 years, and he’s now married to Storm, an Australian TV producer. Yvonne is in a relationship with partner John Conroy.