Elizabeth Edwards: Elizabeth and John Edwards had one of the sweetest love stories in politics—law-school sweethearts, their marriage survived the death of a beloved son and a run for president. They celebrated their anniversary every year with dinner at Wendy's, and she still wore the $11 ring he bought her in 1977, even after he became a wealthy personal-injury lawyer. So when news broke that John had not only cheated on his cancer-stricken wife but fathered a child with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter and then attempted to buy her off, we're not sure who was angrier, Elizabeth or every woman who'd swooned to her idyllic (pre-cancer) story. If there is such a thing as karma, John will be reborn as an intestinal parasite. Why Powerful Men Cheat
Jerry Hall: Mick Jagger is a dog. An iconic rock hero dog, but still a dog. Which is why no one should have been surprised when, despite being in a fifteen-year relationship with Jerry Hall that had produced four children, Mick knocked up a Brazilian model and then swindled Jerry out of half his fortune by successfully claiming that their Bali wedding was not legal. Jerry went on to star in the VH1 reality series Kept, on which she looked for a boytoy, while Mick kept on collecting knickers and breaking hearts. You have to admire his tenacity, but we'd rather have a cocktail with her.
Princess Diana: She may not have been innocent in the fidelity game either, but when the late Princess of Wales said in a 1995 television interview, "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," Diana won the hearts of her entire country all over again. In the same interview she confessed to a fling with her riding instructor, but Charles's longtime affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles (herself also married at the time, and now his second wife) cast him as the villain in that particular story. Diana's popularity never flagged, even after her tragic 1997 death.
Jackie Kennedy: The former First Lady endured not only her husband's pretty blatant affairs, but his horrific assassination and subsequent canonization by the entire country. That has to sting, especially when you might be a little conflicted about just how good a guy he was. JFK's alleged extramarital lovers were legion, including Angie Dickinson and Marilyn Monroe; although Jackie almost certainly knew of her husband's unfaithfulness, her stoic dignity earned her the devotion of the American people for decades after his death. My Boyfriend Cheated On Me With Hookers
Guy Ritchie: We have always kind of liked Guy Ritchie, even when he put Madonna in that godawful remake of Swept Away. He seemed to be a kind of grounding presence; when she would start rambling in her bizarre British accent and having delusions that she was some sort of royalty, his salt-of-the-earthiness would usually bring her back down to make pretty decent albums, like 2000's Music. But then she started trying to out-Angelina Angelina, adopting a horde of kids who already had parents, and running around with progressively younger men: first Alex Rodriguez, now Jesus Luz. Guy threw in the towel, immersing himself in work on Sherlock Holmes and earning himself a new wingman in Robert Downey Jr. Hell. Fury. Scorned Husband?
Photo via Bauer-Griffin.