So, So, So Scandalous - Adultery and Celebrity Divorces

Celebrity divorces that cited “adultery” as grounds for divorce

Adultery = messy.

People’s feelings have been hurt, and your marriage has been destroyed. However, if you choose to cite your spouse’s adultery as the ground for divorce, you must be prepared to produce evidence. This usually means instructing a private detective to spy on the cheater and their co-conspirator to obtain evidence that implies they spent the night together. Unless of course the other party provides a sworn statement admitting to the adultery, but we all know how these conversations go… ever heard the 00’s hit Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me?

There have been many celebrities who may have cited adultery as the reason for their divorce. And we all love a bit of celeb gossip. Let’s take a look at who’s been victim to their spouse’s wandering eye.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Brad and Jennifer’s divorce was announced in January 2005, after they had been married for five years and viewed as Hollywood’s sweethearts. The exact reason for their divorce has never been confirmed by either party, but it is widely speculated that Brad had cheated on Jennifer with his “Mr & Mrs Smith” co-star, Angelina Jolie. However, both Brad and Angelina have denied that their relationship began while he was still married to Jennifer. Other reasons that have been cited include differences in lifestyle and priorities, as well as the pressures of fame and the demands of their careers.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Four months after his divorce from Jennifer, Brad was spotted on holiday with Angelina Jolie. The pair stayed together for 12 years and raised a whopping six children together. However, in 2016, just two years after officially tying the knot, Angelina filed for divorce from Brad citing irreconcilable differences as the reason. There were reports that Brad had cheated on her with co-star Marion Cotillard. As Rachel Green’s Dad would say…“Once a cheater, always a cheater.”

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

You have to have been living under a rock if you missed this one. Golfer Tiger Woods’ marriage to Elin Nordegren ended in 2010 after it was revealed that he had multiple extramarital affairs. In the months following the revelation, more than a dozen women claimed to media outlets to have had affairs with Woods. Woods took a leave from his professional golf career and dropped to number 58 in the world rankings. No wonder, given how busy he must have been sorting all that out. He has however since made a comeback.

Jude Law and Sienna Miller

“There should be a law against having hot nannies.” – “There is, the Jude Law.” Sex and the City said it best. Actors Jude Law and Sienna Miller’s relationship ended in 2005 after he admitted to having an affair with his children’s nanny.

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

Sandra Bullock filed for divorce from television personality Jesse James in 2010 after five years of marriage. They had just adopted a newborn baby when it was revealed that Jesse had cheated on Sandra with multiple women. James then checked into a rehabilitation centre. In December 2022, Jesse James faced new allegations of cheating by his current wife Bonnie Rotten just six months after their wedding day – and while she was pregnant with his baby.

To conclude, adultery may be hard to prove in the non-celeb world given that most of us don’t get papped coming out of our paramour’s house. It’s worth remembering that it’s both quicker and easier to go down other routes to get divorced. Even if you want to cite adultery as your own personal – and very specific – punishment.


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