Shockingly, it is estimated that roughly 30 to 60% of all married individuals in the United States will engage in infidelity at some point during their marriage. As high as this alarming figure is, I suspect it rises dramatically when it comes to unfaithful celebrities. The extravagant lifestyle of A-listers offers unbridled access to all kinds of explicit temptations that even Mother Teresa would struggle to say no to.
What's perhaps most surprising is the fact that those famous few, who remain under the constant scrutiny of the ever vigilant public eye, believe they can get away with their secret sexual subterfuge! Unfortunately for them, these naughty stars all got caught with their 'hand' in the 'cookie jar,' resulting in some of the most outrageous cheating scandals in recent years...
Cheated on: Maria Shriver
Cheated with: Patricia Baena and Brigitte Nielsen
The former governor of California found himself sprawled across the tabloids in 2011 when it was revealed that he had fathered an illegitimate son born 14 years prior; the result of an ongoing affair with the family's long serving housekeeper Patricia 'Patty' Baena (pictured below).
But that wasn't even the full extent of the Terminator's secret sex life. In his autobiography, Schwarzenegger revealed he cheated on his then girlfriend and now ex-wife Maria Shriver with actress Brigitte Nielsen.
He just couldn't keep his hands to himself!
Cheated on: Robert Pattinson
Cheated with: Rupert Sanders
The Twilight duo's off screen romance came to a unglamorous end after K-Stew was spotted fondling Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Sanders was almost twice her age, and paid for his mistake after being swiftly divorced by his wife.
Cheated on: Elin Nordegren
Cheated with: More than a dozen women!
In 2010 the world class golfer became the subject of a media frenzy in one of the biggest public outings of infidelity I've ever seen. Following the release of a suspect voicemail message allegedly left by Tiger for a mistress, Woods came clean about his sexual transgressions.
More than a dozen women came forward claiming they had slept with the prolific swinger, who said:
I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled.
I find it hard to summon sympathy.
Cheated on: Regina Lasko
Cheated with: Stephanie Birkitt and Holly Hester
In 2009 the late night talk show host was forced to admit that he had sex with several of his female employees after being blackmailed with the incriminating information in a ploy to extort $2 million from him.
Rather than paying up Letterman went public. Watch him admitting to the affairs on national television below:
Honesty is the best policy, but here's some better advice: don't do it in the first place!
Cheated on: Elizabeth Hurley and Anna Eberstein
Cheated with: Divine Brown and Tinglan Hong
You'd think the smooth talking British charmer could practically get away with murder with that seductive smile and cheeky grin. Murder maybe, infidelity no.
In 1995 Grant was arrested in Hollywood for engaging in oral intercourse with prostitute Divine Brown, earning him a hefty fine and prompting a relentless media frenzy. Rather embarrassingly, the actor was dating British model Elizabeth Hurley at the time. Just in case you've forgotten what Liz Hurley looked like when he traded her in, take a look at this:
I guess I'll never quite understand the inner workings of the celebrity mind.
Watch Hugh Grant stammer and bumble his way through this brutally honest interview with Jay Leno, in which he tries - quite admirably - to explain himself plainly:
However, Hugh didn't stop there, fathering an illigetimate daughter with Tinglan Hong, a receptionist at a Chinese restaurant in London.
In a borderline comic turn of events, Hong and Anna Eberstein, the mothers of his children, live within walking distance of each other, both parenting Hugh's children. How does he get away with it?!