Unlike in Bollywood, matters between the sheets are seldom a hush-hush affair in Hollywood. Consequently, it’s easier to come across shocking details of dalliances between film actors from the West. And with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s decade-long wedding coming to an abrupt end amid speculations that both of them cheated — hitlist points out some celebrities who have a ‘meandering’ character thanks to their much-publicised past…
Kristen Stewart, Age: 24
Lowdown: Her unceremonious break-up with Robert Pattinson is well-known but what’s not are her philandering ways with ex-boyfriend Michael Angarano, whom she was seeing even while dating RPatz. Later, her ‘phase’ with co-star Taylor Lautner didn’t go down too well with her fans either.
Ashton Kutcher, Age: 36
Lowdown: Currently engaged to Mila Kunis and expecting a child, his breakup with Demi Moore highlighted altogether different shades. Reports of his unfaithfulness to Demi even irked her ex-hubby Bruce Willis.
Charlie Sheen, Age: 48
Lowdown: The Hollywood actor has been married and divorced thrice. He was criticised for his ceaseless rendezvous with models and porn stars while he was still married. However, his I-don’t-care halo won him many fans.
Kate Bosworth, Age: 28
Lowdown: When Kate Bosworth announced her split with actor Alex Skarsgard three years ago, it didn’t come as a surprise with some sources blaming the demise of the relationship on the British star’s wandering eye.
Claire Danes, Age: 35
Lowdown: This multiple Emmy-winning actress cheated on Ben Lee with co-star Billy Crudup. Billy left Marie Louise Parker to be with Claire but she apparently cheated on Billy with another co-star of hers, Hugh Dancy. Ahem.
Jude Law, Age: 41
Lowdown: Very few actors have been candid the way Jude has! So much so he even admitted to repeatedly cheating on ex-wife Sadie Frost (with whom he has three kids) as well as on ex-girlfriend Sienna Miller.
Ethan Hawke, Age: 43
Lowdown: Ethan was married to Uma Thurman for six years — during which they had two kids, Maya and Roan — before divorcing in 2004. He later married their nanny Ryan Shawhughes in 2008.
Eddie Murphy, Age: 53
Lowdown: Once the highest-paid Hollywood actor, Eddie is also popular for his quote: “There’s no such thing as a faithful man!” True to his words, he contributed to his legend of infidelity by solicitation.
Angelina Jolie, Age: 38
Lowdown: Jennifer Aniston’s fans would gladly call A-Jolie a home-breaker but it’s difficult to label her a cheater given the ‘complicated’ relationships she has been part of. Be it her tryst with Billy Bob Thornton or her ongoing love story with Brad Pitt. Nonetheless, in both the cases, she left behind an aggrieved woman. Tough luck, maybe.
Usher, Age: 35
Lowdown: Beginning with singer Rozonda Thomas back in 2003, who claimed he cheated on her, Usher has constantly been under the cloud of doubts when it came to fidelity. His only marriage till date, to stylist Tameka Foster, ended on an acrimonious note and he’s currently seeing his manager-girlfriend Grace Miguel. Commitment remains an issue for him!
Mel Gibson, Age: 58
Lowdown: This actor-filmmaker ruined a seemingly perfect family, and how! Gibson apparently cheated on his now estranged wife Robyn with at least three different mistresses from different countries.
Josh Hartnett, Age: 35
Lowdown: You wouldn’t think of cheating on Scarlett Johansson, now would you? Well, you would if you were Josh. The American actor was caught fooling around with an unidentified woman on the sets.
Josh Duhamel, Age: 41
Lowdown: In 2009, a high-profile stripper claimed that Josh had several ‘encounters’ with her. He didn’t deny the allegations. At that time, he was married to Fergie (of Black Eyed Peas fame) and interestingly enough, he still is.
Some of the ‘senior citizens’ in Hollywood self-admittedly had a colourful past too
He is unparalleled not only in the acting department. His reputation as a womaniser is a stuff of legend, too.
She confessed that she ‘screwed up several times’ while staying married before calling them ‘mistakes’.
He ended up ruining his 25-year-old marriage with Maria thanks to his notorious ‘reputation’ with women.
He cheated on his wife Tea Leoni for years before he finally entered a rehab clinic for sex addiction.
The buzz was that Dennis Quaid’s straying led to the collapse of his decade-long marriage with Meg Ryan.
Reel and reality
Some popular cinema with protagonists who were blatant serial cheaters
F1 champion James Hunt, charismatically portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, beds women — no matter what.
After a point, it’s difficult to understand whether Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Joe is seeking love or lust or anything in between.
Anna Karenina (2012)
You understand Keira Knightley is an unscrupulous wife but Jude Law as a timid husband makes you ponder why he is so.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Javier Bardem’s Juan is the classic case of modern day Casanova. And that’s before stepping into a ménage à trois.
Days of Being Wild (1990)
In this Wong Kar Wai beauty, Leslie Cheung doesn’t tire of breaking hearts because his mother abandoned him.