Who Says You Can’t Turn A Side Boo Into A Bride? Celebs Who Married Or Stayed With Their Mistresses
Studies have shown that the chances of an affair turning into a long-lasting relationship are roughly one in 100, but these 15 celebrities have beaten the odds by settling down with their secret lovers. Who’d a thunk it?
Prince Charles first met Camilla Parker Bowles in 1970 at a polo match. Though they dated for a little while, both the Prince of Wales and Bowles went on to marry other people. Prince Charles’s fairytale marriage to Princess Diana was thoroughly publicized. So was their divorce and his extramarital affair with Bowles, who he began secretly seeing again in the 80’s. After his divorce was finalized in 1996, Prince Charles and Bowles kept their relationship out of the limelight, finally tying the knot in 2005.
While his third wife Camille had dreams of becoming a reality television star, Kelsey Grammer had his eyes set on a new woman. The actor began an extramarital affair with flight attendant Kayte Walsh, a woman 25 years his junior. And after his nasty and public divorce with Camille was finalized in 2011, the “Frasier” actor tied the knot with wife number four two weeks later. Kelsey and Walsh welcomed daughter Faith Evangeline last year. Grammer has two children with Camille and two other children with his first wife.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have yet to tie the knot but with the family that they’ve built together, they might as well be married. Pitt and his co-star Jolie made headlines when sparks ignited while filming the 2005 movie Mr. And Mrs. Smith. Pitt, who was married to actress Jennifer Aniston at the time, denied rumors of an affair but did admit to falling in love with Jolie on the set. One month after his divorce was finalized, Pitt was seen on vacation with Jolie and her first son, Maddox. The couple now has six children together and plans to wed soon.
Actor Mel Gibson had one of the longest marriages in Hollywood but after 30 years, he left wife Robyn Moore Gibson and was publicly seen with a new woman. Within a month, Gibson announced Russian beauty Oksana Grigorieva was pregnant with their child. Although they planned to get married, Gibson and Grigorieva split six months after their daughter was born. Gibson soon caused controversy after taped conversations threatening to kill Grigorieva leaked online. Grigorieva filed a restraining order and has called Gibson a deadbeat dad in the media. Gibson’s ex-wife Moore made off with over $400 million in the divorce settlement, making it one of the biggest payouts in Hollywood history.
Actor Ethan Hawke made headlines in 2004 when details of his extramarital affair with the nanny emerged. The Training Day star divorced actress Uma Thurman after six years of marriage and continued his relationship with Ryan Shawhughes. The couple tied the knot in 2008 and now have two children together. Hawke has two other children with Thurman.
Former NFL star Tiki Barber was the poster boy for a career in broadcasting after the NFL but that all came to a screeching halt in 2010. The New York Giants running back retired from professional sports in 2006 and settled into a job as on-air analyst and commentator for MSNBC and NBC soon after. Once word got out that Barber left his wife, who was eight months pregnant with twins, for college intern, Traci Lynn Johnson, NBC quietly let him go by not renewing his contract. Barber and Johnson tied the knot in the summer of 2012.
Before he became famous for uttering the words, “You’re fired,” Donald Trump was famous for leaving his first wife Ivanka Trump for Marla Maples. The real estate tycoon was married to Ivanka for 15 years before he set his sights on the actress and socialite. Trump married Maples a year after his divorce was finalized. Trump remained married to Maples for several years before they split. He has been married to his third wife Melania for eight years. After the divorce, Ivanka became known for her infamous saying, “Don’t get mad. Get everything.”
Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes made headlines when photos of them displaying public affection surfaced. Cibrian and Rimes, both married to other people at the time, were away on location filming the Lifetime Movie Northern Lights and apparently took their roles as on-screen lovers a wee bit too seriously. The pair divorced each of their souses and soon Cibrian and Rimes were free and clear to marry each other in April 2011. Cibrian’s ex-wife, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Glanville, has publicly shown her disdain for their relationship on numerous occasions.
Love was in the air for Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott on the set of 2005’s Lifetime movie Mind Over Murder (notice a pattern?). Unfortunately, they were both married to other people at the time. During the three-week shoot, Spelling realized her feelings for McDermott could not be denied. They both ended their marriages and wedded each other a year later. The happy couple now has four children together.
Filmmaker Woody Allen was a twice divorcee in a relationship with Mia Farrow when he fell for another woman. Actress Farrow learned of his affair with her adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn when she found unclothed photos of Previn in Allen’s possession. After their divorce, Allen married his ex-stepdaughter, who was 35 years his junior, in 1997. The couple now has two adoptive daughters together. When asked about the huge age difference between him and his third wife, Allen replied, “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to those things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.”
Crooner Eddie Fisher was married to America’s sweetheart Debbie Reynolds when he began his affair with her best friend Elizabeth Taylor, who was mourning the loss of her husband Mike Todd after he tragically died in a plane crash. Fisher, who was also close friends with Todd, divorced Reynolds and followed his heart down the aisle to marry Taylor. The Cleopatra actress ended up leaving Fisher after five years of marriage to be with fellow actor and the love of her life, Richard Burton.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love with each other while filming the 1963 movie Cleopatra. They didn’t let their marriage to other people deter them from being together. Taylor divorced husband Eddie Fisher and Burton called it quits with wife Sybil. The two tied the knot in 1964 and remained married for ten years before divorcing and remarrying and then divorcing once more. Taylor and Burton’s torrid relationship was recently chronicled in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick starring Lindsay Lohan.
Frank Sinatra always did things his way. After over a decade with his first wife Nancy, Sinatra fell for Ava Gardner when they met on the lot of MGM Studios. Ol’ blue eyes divorced Nancy in 1951 and married the beautiful actress just three days later. Their marriage lasted for several years before Gardner filed for divorce. She admitted that Sinatra was the love of her life but he was a bit too delicate for her taste: “It’s like being with a woman. He’s [Frank] so gentle. It’s as though he thinks I’ll break, as though I’m a piece of Dresden china and he’s gonna hurt me.”
Rocker Bruce Springsteen met his second wife at work while still married to first wife Julianne Phillips. The New Jersey native fell for a member in his E Street band, and after three years of marriage, Springsteen left Phillips for Patti Scialfa. The couple moved in together shortly afterward and has been together ever since. Springsteen and Scialfa have been married since 1991 and have three children together.
Randy Travis’ 19-year marriage to wife Elizabeth “Lib” Hatcher ended in divorce when news of his relationship with his dentist’s wife came to light in 2010. The country singer and actor continued his relationship with Mary Beougher after the divorce was finalized. Although they plan to get married, no word on when Travis will make an honest woman out of Beougher but he has been busy with a couple legal issues. An intoxicated Travis made headlines in August 2012 several times after a few run-ins with the law.