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These days, celebrity scandals are a dime a dozen. There are the cheating and sex scandals, the substance abuse scandals, and of course the paternity scandals. Dwyane Wade may be the most recent celeb to be outed for fathering a secret love child, but he certainly isn’t alone. Here are 15 other celebs who’ve fathered love children.
Just one week after Wade’s engagement to Gabrielle Union, explosive details emerged about him fathering a son with another woman (while he and Gabby were on a break). Although we can’t help but give this situation a little side eye, both Dwayne and Gabrielle have been standing firm in defense of their relationship — and his other one on the side.
Being a celebrity means you trade your privacy for fame and fortune, so you’d think stars would be more careful when they’re out cheating on their partners. You just never know when there could be an overly eager and stealthy paparazzi lurking in the bushes — as these famous cheaters found out the hard way.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson met on the set of the popular Twilight movie back in 2008. Although they didn’t come out as a couple publicly, their relationship was no secret. Fans of the franchise were just as heartbroken as Pattinson when Us Weekly published photos of Stewart and much older director of Snow White and the Huntsmen Rupert Sanders making out like the plane was going down. Stewart and Pattinson tried to move past her transgressions but they eventually split up. Sanders’ ten-year marriage to wife and model Liberty Ross was also a casualty of their extramarital affair. Ross filed for divorce at the top of this year and is seeking spousal support.
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If the name Rielle Hunter sounds familiar, it’s probably because last year, the woman was everywhere in an attempt to promote her book, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me. In it, she discussed her infamous affair with John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina. Hunter and Edwards had a baby together that he tried to deny, but DNA tests proved that the baby girl was his. The fallout was incredible. His wife, Elizabeth Edwards (who was in remission of cancer at the time the affair came out), divorced him, and his political career ended in the ugliest manner.
And while Edwards’ family tried to heal, Hunter decided to speak openly for attention about the affair, including posing half-dressed in GQ. And if that wasn’t enough, after the death of Elizabeth Edwards to cancer, as her children were mourning, Hunter came out with her book, and in it, called the late woman everything from a “witch on wheels” to a “crazy” woman who drove John away. John Edwards’ daughter Cate spoke about her disappointment with such statements in an interview around the time the book came out. “I thought it was a poor choice, I guess, is all I can say.”
Fast forward to yesterday and it seems that Hunter is really sorry for her behavior during that whole scandal. She wrote an open letter on the Huffington Post called, I, Rielle Hunter, Apologize, where she comes clean about everything and says that she’s sorry to all of the people she hurt when she engaged in a relationship with John Edwards. She now realizes she was being selfish:
I behaved badly. That may seem obvious to you but it’s taken me a long time to admit that, even to myself. For years I was so viciously attacked by the media and the world that I felt like a victim. I now realize that the attacks are actually beside the point. The point is: I behaved badly.
I am very sorry for my wrong, selfish behavior. Back in 2006, I did not think about the scope of my actions, how my falling in love with John Edwards, and acting on that love, could hurt so many people. I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John’s family. I hurt people that knew Elizabeth. I hurt people who didn’t know Elizabeth but loved her from afar… I was selfish. I fell in love with John Edwards and wanted to be with him and that desire trumped everything else.
And then instead of apologizing when I should have, I went on to hurt more people by writing a book. I truly did not realize at that time how damaged I was and because of that, when I wrote my book I made more mistakes, ones I feel horrible about.
Hunter also opened up about being a “product of infidelity,” and how her parents cheating had an influence on her:
Both of my parents cheated on each other, and as a kid it damaged me. I then grew up, fell in love with a married man, and caused even more damage. I believe history often repeats itself if you do not take responsibility and change it. Infidelity is wrong…I am sincerely sorry for my bad behavior, and for hurting anyone. If I hurt you, I am sorry. It was not my intention, I was thoughtless and selfish, and I am sorry.”
I think it’s good that Hunter is owning up to her mistakes, but there’s still something odd about it since she’s promoting a “new” book about the situation called In Hindsight, What Really Happened: The Revised Edition: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me. If she’s really sorry, I think it would help if she, from here on out, stopped talking publicly about the situation and backed away from the spotlight.
Check out the full apology over at The Huffington Post and let us know what you think.
Politicians take an oath to serve the country with integrity when they are sworn in, but most don’t seem to feel that same obligation when it comes to their spouses. Despite being held to a higher standard than everyone else, these 15 public servants put it all on the line — including their jobs — when they got caught with their pants down cheating on their wives.
On his quest from the Terminator to the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was called a womanizer on the campaign. His wife, Maria Shriver, vouched for her husband and assured voters the former Austrian bodybuilder was not the man the media and his opponents painted him to be. But a few months after leaving office, it was reported that Shriver moved out of their California home and less than a week later, the public found out why: Schwarzenegger fathered a child with the maid, Mildred, during their 25-year marriage. Suspecting that her husband was the father of the boy, Shriver confronted the maid who confirmed her suspicions. Although the couple officially separated, they have reportedly attended marital counseling. Schwarzenegger has publicly admitted he would like to reunite with Shriver.
You know when Chris Rock says, men are only as faithful as their options. (Maybe Chris Rock was speaking from experience since he ended up cheating on his wife.) Well, these men not only cheated they had to admit their infidelity to their wives, the nation and in some very high profile cases, (looking at you, Bill), the world.
“We Are Family” is the anthem that Sister Sledge made popular. Blood is blood but kin born outside the mother’s womb aren’t being recognized as they should nowadays. A distinction of separate but equal has taken over, where mothers are keeping their children from having a close relationship with siblings born outside of relationships, or who came into the picture from a parent’s new relationship. The practice may spare the adults hurt feelings, but it’s the children who suffer when they’re not allowed to have a meaningful relationship with their brothers and sisters.
In an ideal world, families would be raised under one roof with two loving parents to help guide and nurture their children into adulthood. Alas, idealism isn’t reality, and sometimes people make less than positive choices that bring children into the world. No one’s life is as perfect as they try to make it out on Facebook. It’s hard raising a family. It’s even harder when a child is born outside of a couple’s relationship. Two high profile examples of that can be seen by former Senator John Edwards and producer Swizz Beatz. They both had children outside of their failed marriages.
Swizz was married to his now ex-wife Mashonda, with whom he had a son with, when he fathered a little girl outside of their relationship by the name of Nicole. He had the child with a singer from the U.K. Mashonda found it in her heart to accept the little one, and even went as far as to wish her mother a Happy Mother’s Day. Whether or not it was sincere or covered in a layer of shade, we don’t know, but she’s made the effort and Swizz has stepped up as a father. When he tweets about his kids, Nicole’s can be seen with her brothers (as Mashonda’s son Kasseem can be seen with Alicia Keys’s son, Egypt), and she often gets her own shout outs and love.
For John Edwards, his lovechild, Frances Quinn, wasn’t immediately a priority. When she came into the picture, he went on national television and denied paternity because he wanted to save his reputation. He finally acknowledged the little girl publicly a few months back when he was acquitted from his corruption charges and referred to her as “precious,” and a lot more: “My precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you could ever imagine, and I am so close to, and am so, so grateful for, so grateful for Quinn.”
His affectionate sentiment got under the skin of many. And while some people have their emotions invested in hating Rielle Hunter, his mistress and the mother of Quinn, that’s no reason to transfer that hostility onto their daughter, or to be upset when her father shows love for her. However, during Rielle’s recent book tour for her tell-all, she admitted that her mistakes have affected Quinn since she has no relationship with her older siblings.
Another example, but with a happy ending, is Sean Combs. Diddy and the mothers of his children have avoided that painful dynamic after letting time pass, realizing that family is family. The producer and mogul had his daughter, Chance, while in a serious relationship with on-again, off-again love, Kim Porter. Of course, soon after Chance was born (five months later), his twins were brought into the world and the little girl no longer was a secret. Porter was said to be devastated, and for a long while, didn’t want her daughters, D’Lila and Jessie around or acquainted with Chance. However, times have changed, and hearts have softened. Diddy recently tweeted a picture of all three little girls hanging out together, and all seems well and good. The adults finally got out of their feelings and put the kids first, because we all know that shunning a child does not change DNA, or past mistakes.
It takes a big person to rise above hardened feelings, but when you’re a parent, it’s what you need to do. No one should have to be 15 and introduced to three grown men who are strangers at first glance, but in reality, are brothers never spoken of or brought around. That’s what happened to me. I still remember the feelings I had and what I did when I met my big brothers for the first time: I just hugged them. I saved the questions for later and just embraced each of them, just glad I got to meet them, even if much time had passed. We don’t have a super-glue bond, but at least there is one. My eldest brother even thought of me a few weeks ago and sent me a story about Kindle helping struggling authors get ahead. It was a small gesture, but he thought of me and that’s what family is about.
Sometimes, tough pills need to be swallowed for the greater good. For the good of the children and the good of the parent as well. There’s no need to keep siblings separated, or blame a child for the indiscretions of their parent. They didn’t ask to come into the world, but since they’re here, why not let them bond with their family?Stephanie Guerilus is a multimedia journalist and author. Follow her @qsteph.
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It’s so easy for things to go out of style and for others to be in denial about it. In the entertainment business, what’s hot one minute can go out of style with the quickness the next. And while most viewers or consumers might express that they’re tired of seeing something, as long as it makes somebody a few dollars, it’s sure to be around for a while–whether you like it or not. But it never hurts to b***h about it, right? That’s what I’m here for…
People With Little to No Talent on My TV
And they’re making mad money! Call me jealous (I am…just a bit) about it all, but with all the talented people I see on the trains alone in NYC trying to get some attention and a few dollars, it makes me somewhat irritated that folks who can’t hold a note, act for s**t, or do something other than act a fool in Louboutins on reality TV are making all the money and taking all the jobs. Who needs to be talented when you can writhe around on the floor butt naked in an unimaginative music video while singing/yelling/yodeling and go platinum because of it? Right?
Before I got married, my husband had a gaggle of friends that looked like the United Colors of Benetton, sans the black girl, until me. The group was equal parts young men and women, who would go on trips to someone’s parent’s condo and party at the beach all weekend, hang out at a bar, or get together at one another’s apartments to watch The X Files, complete with popcorn and beer. Absolutely no ‘hooking up’ occurred whatsoever, unless folks were firmly coupled up. Plus, all of the couples eventually got married. Most of them graduated from the University of Michigan, so I’ll henceforth call them the Michigan Crew.
With the knowledge of my husbands Michigan Crew, it was always okay for me that he had friends who were women. There were even a couple of girls in the crew whom I knew crushed on him, but for The Hubster (then just The Boyfriend), a friend is a friend, and a girlfriend is a girlfriend. He never blurred those lines.
There’s one good thing about the spotlight: philanderers pay dearly for their actions. In the week following the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair with his housekeeper and fathered a child outside of his marriage, the Justice Department is preparing to indict former senator John Edwards on charges that he misused campaign funds in 2008 to cover up his affair with his now girlfriend Rielle Hunter and with whom he fathered a daughter.
He allegedly used campaign donations to pay for Hunter’s living expenses. At the time, his wife Elizabeth Edwards was being treated for cancer and eventually died in 2010.
It’s not certain whether this case is a slam dunk against Edwards since experts contend that campaign funding laws are vague; however, considering that this case represents an opportunity to send a clear and strong message about misusing campaign funds, Edwards has much to worry about.
Elizabeth Edwards left her estranged husband John Edwards a big bag of nothing in her will. In fact, she didn’t even bother to mention her cheating, baby-making husband in the document. Elizabeth died of cancer in December of 2010. Reports say she signed her will just days before her death.
John–a former senator, vice presidential and presidential candidate–cheated on his wife with a campaign worker and produced a child. The husband and wife legally separated in January of 2010.
Find out who is mentioned in Elizabeth’s will by clicking here!
If you knew you were dying and you were married to some no good rotten man, would you suck it up and stay with him in your last days or would you leave as fast as you could?