These humiliated spouses came out looking like good guys after their significant others strayed.
With the news that Dean Sheremet, LeAnn Rimes's cuckolded husband, is sharing woes with the estranged wife of LeAnn's boyfreind Eddie Cibrian, Brandi Glanville, we thought we'd take a look at a few other famous spouses who came out on top after their honeys cheated.
After all, there has to be a bright side of getting cheated on, other than free rein to slash your ex’s tires and complimentary drinks from sympathetic friends.
1. Justin Timberlake
Remember when Britney Spears was America's Virginal Princess? Yeah, that was awhile ago (younger readers: It was in a magical time called the '90s!). She and Justin were a match made in Mickey Mouse Club heaven, until Britney allegedly dallied with her tour choreographer, Wade Robson.
Scorned Justin wrote "Cry Me a River" and shot a music video with a unfaithful Britney lookalike, began wearing fetching little hats, and was never photographed barefoot in a public restroom. Point: Justin.
2. Kate Gosselin
The mom of eight's on-show nagging always struck us as obnoxious, until we found out what an insufferable man-child that poor woman was yoked to all those years. Jon's flings with family friend Hailey Glassman and Star reporter Kate Major, as well as antics like cavorting on Christian Audiger's yacht and poolside in Vegas while his wife was home with their eight kids, only served to illustrate what a fashion victim douchebag he is.
Her hairstyle is pretty harmless in comparison, no?
3. Shania Twain
Seriously, who cheats on Shania Twain?! She's a goddess. And she's from the back woods of Canada, so we're pretty sure girlfriend knows her way around various weapons.
But her husband of fourteen years, producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, allegedly had an affair with one of Shania's best friends, the family's assistant, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. "She was devastated," a friend of Shania's told People. "This isn't just about her—it's her career, her life, her child, someone she thought was a close friend: Everything gets pulled out from underneath her."
Shania has been out of the spotlight, recording her next album and raising her eight-year-old son, but we're confident she'll rebound from this.
4. Robin Wright Penn
The erstwhile Princess Buttercup deserves a medal, or perhaps some sort of battlefield promotion, for staying married to Sean Penn as long as she has (thirteen years and counting, if they reconcile again). The couple filed for divorce last month for the third time in as many years; their relationship, which produced two children, has been dogged by rumors that Sean has had flings with Jewel, Kate Moss, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller.
And at this year's Oscars, when he won his second Best Actor trophy for Milk, Sean neglected to thank Robin for, you know, not dumping his ass. That must take super-human patience, but it appears even Robin's supply has run out.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Guy Ritchie
We have always kind of liked Guy Ritchie, even when he put Madonna in that god-awful 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 Downy Jr.