When it comes to our favourite celebrities, the allure of scandalous affairs and clandestine relationships has consistently captivated the public’s attention. In this exploration of the most famous mistresses of our time, we delve into the lives of some of the few women who defied societal norms and entered into relationships that rocked the world. From the glittering heights of fame to the shadowy depths of infamy, these women have left an indelible mark on history, challenging our perceptions of love, loyalty, and the price of living in the public eye.
In 2010, the model-wanna be revealed in a tell-all interview with Singapore’s Lianhe Wanhao that she’d had sex with famous Singaporean director and producer Jack Neo. “He sent me home one night and we ended up having sex in his car. He’s very careful and said we could not leave a single hair in his car and that the seats had to be adjusted to the original positions,” she said.
The young and dashing ex Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer resigned after details of his intimate affair with Laura Ong, a former constituency director at the Pasir Ris West Constituency Office, emerged. Some of his lovey-dovey SMSes to her read: “Hello darling, I love you loads. More than I sometimes show. Sorry, love.” He purportedly bought her a Dior handbag. Michael went back to his wife and civilian wife and Laura is said to have since changed her name.
The Spanish-born model sold her affair with famous ex-football star David Beckham for a “six-figure sum” in 2004. She was David’s PA then and alleged that they had a four-month fling after he move to Real Madrid. Beckham denies this. Rebecca is now married to a doctor in Norway and has two young boys. She regrets the way the story was revealed and said: “I think I regret the impact on everybody. I think I could have gone about it in a kinder way.”
Photos of Rachel entering golfer Tiger Woods’ hotel room in Australia surfaced in 2010. Two days after their affair came to light, Tiger’s then wife, Elin Nordegren allegedly clubbed her cheating spouse in the face, screaming divorce. Erin received $135 million in divorce settlement.
“I want to be reincarnated as your tampon,” Prince Charles once said to Camilla Parker Bowles on the phone. The late Princess Diana recorded that she’d discovered Charles and Camilla were still romantically involved while she was on her honeymoon. She found several gold chain bracelets and cufflinks belonging to Charles with Camillia and his initials entwined together. The Prince later admitted he had committed adultery after his marriage to Diana had broken down.
Monica stated that she had sexual encounters with former US President Bill Clinton on nine occasions from November 1995 to March 1997. To prove it, Monica produced a blue Gap dress which bore the semen stain, occurred while she was giving Bill an oral sex. Later, FBI confirmed that Bill was the source of the semen on the dress, and a grand jury held him in contempt of court and fined him $122,000 for saying he “never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky”.
The country singer was still married to Dean Sheremet when she met Eddie Cibrian, who was married to actress Brandi Glanville whom he has two kids with, in 2009. The duo carried out an illicit affair before divorcing their spouses to marry each other in April 2011.
People are speculating that Rachel is having a relationship with Jay Z, since Beyonce released her latest album Lemonade over the weekend. In it, the music videos traces a story of infidelity and reconciliation. Rachel has since made her Instagram account private and cancelled her talk at a seminar in New York City due to “a personal emergency”.
In July 2012, photos showing Kristen and her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders kissing and embracing surfaced in the news. Rupert’s wife, model Liberty Ross, with whom he has two children, swiftly divorced him. And Kristen went on to split from British actor Robert Pattinson.
Brad Pitt had famously admitted to falling in love with Angelina Jolie on the set of their 2004 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith, while he was still married to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. A smug Angelina maintains her integrity and once condescendingly offered to meet Jennifer to hash things out and resolve their feud. “That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work (set of Mr and Mrs Smith) every day? That was really uncool,” was all Jennifer has to say.
Mary Louise Parker was seven months’ pregnant when her boyfriend of seven years, Eat Pray Love star Billy Crudup, left her for actress Claire Danes. “I was just in love with him and needed to explore that and I was 24… I didn’t quite know what those consequences would be,” she says. Claire eventually married English actor Hugh Dancy and they have a son named Cyrus.
This article was first published in Singapore Women’s Weekly.