Case of the Ex: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Celebrity Cheating
By Sarah Crow Posted Nov 7th 2010 01:00PM
Although it may be cathartic to open up about those who have hurt us, if done improperly, it can can come off as tacky and mean-spirited. Here are our votes for the celebrities who have done the best and worst jobs at staying civil after their split.
Stars who didn't spill:
Bullock had a particularly messy divorce from husband Jesse James following his alleged infidelity with tattooed troublemaker Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, among others, but the Oscar winner kept her composure and bounced back with incredible grace and a new man in her life - adorable son Louis.
The actor, who divorced wife Reese Witherspoon after 7 years of marriage, kept quiet about the breakup, causing wild speculation about the reasons behind the split. The actor was rumored to have cheated on his wife with actres Abbie Cornish, with whom he starred in the 2008 film 'Stop-Loss.' It wasn't until 2010 that Phillippe publicly addressed his divorce, telling Howard Stern, "Who announces a breakup? I don't understand that! There's no need for that."
The singer/actor/man-about-town has been the alleged victim and perpetrator of cheating scandals throughout his career, Timberlake has kept quiet about the rumors. Despite his diplomatic behavior, Timberlake did seem to direct some of his anger at ex and reported cheater Britney Spears. The video for Timberlake's 2003 song 'Cry Me a River,' featured Timberlake breaking into the house of a Spears look-alike and filming an intimate tryst with another woman. Ever the gentleman, Timberlake told audiences at MTV's TRL, "The video is not about [Spears]. The video is about me."
Stars who blabbed:
The country crooner started a relationship with 'Northern Lights' co-star Eddie CIbrian while both she and Cibrian were still married to their significant others. Rimes discussed her affair with Cibrian in the 2010 issue of PEOPLE, telling the magazine, "I take responsibility for everything I've done. I hate that people got hurt. But I don't regret the outcome." Earlier this month, Shape magazine editor Valerie Latona apologized to readers for putting Rimes on the cover, saying, "Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal... Shape has made a terrible mistake."
'Late Show' funnyman David Letterman beat his detractors to the punch when news of his affairs broke. Letterman, who was the target for an attempted extortion scheme hatched by his former mistress' boyfriend, took to his show to expose his extortionist and apologize to his staff and his wife.
The singer dated TLC singer Chilli from 2001-2004, was plagued with cheating rumors near the end of his relationship with the girl-group star, particularly after his extremely personal album, 'Confessions,' hit airwaves. After the relationship had ended, both Chilli and Usher discussed his infidelity in an interview with VH1, but despite their breakup, the pair addressed the issue with civility. Usher, now a father of two, has grown from the experience, telling PopEater, "The love I have had in the past has shown me a lot and I have learned a lot."
So what do you think? Is it better to keep quiet, or do stars have a responsibility to share this info with fans?
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