With the news that Dean Sheremet, LeAnn Rimes's cuckolded husband, is sharing woes with the estranged wife of LeAnn's boyfriend 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.
John Edwards is moving the mother of his love-child into his upscale, waterfront North Carolina neighborhood and will help raise their baby, says the National Enquirer in yet another exclusive report on the disgraced former Presidential candidate. Although lacking proof, sources close to other-woman Rielle Hunter say they believe Edwards is paying for her move.
The National Enquirer is reporting that secret DNA tests confirm that John Edwards is indeed the father of former campaign worker Rielle Hunters' 18-month-old daughter Frances. What's more, it seems like the disgraced presidential candidate may be under investigation for misuse of campaign funds, allegedly funneled to his baby's mamma and the pretend father of the child, former campaign worker and sex tape videographer Andrew Young, as hush money.
Coming from a divorced family, I have spent my life questioning the idea of a life-long commitment. Most of the adults I know have been divorced at least once, and of the couples who are still married, most of them (along with their kids) appear miserable. And so, while I would love to find a companion whose company I will enjoy "'til death do us part," I've learned from observation that this just might not be a realistic goal. And is it so horrible to think that maybe we weren't supposed to spend our entire lives with one person? Is traditional marriage the best—or only—way? Caitlin Flanagan, author of the Time article "Is There Hope for the American Marriage?" thinks so. But I just don't agree with the lady who claims that there is "no other single force causing as much measurable hardship and human misery in this country as the collapse of marriage."
Remember the rumors about John Edwards' love child with mistress Rielle Hunter? Those reports were quashed when Edwards' former aide Andrew Young said that the baby was actually his. Well, turns out Young lied—Edwards is the actual father, according to Young, but the aide agreed to take the fall and even move in with Hunter because he so believed in John Edwards. And it gets better (or worse, depending on your perspective…): there's a John Edwards sex tape floating around somewhere!
You've seen Elizabeth Edwards on Oprah and on the Today show talking about her new book, Resilience. She's opened up about nearly every aspect of her husband, John Edwards' affair. But for her candidness, Edwards requests that the name of the other woman not be spoken.
Much has been written in the media this week about men cheating on their wives. We have the tale of two Jo(h)ns: John Edwards, whose scorned wife, Elizabeth Edwards, appeared on Oprah yesterday to promote her new book, Resilence, in which she addresses her husband's much publicized affair, and Jon Gosselin, costar of the hit TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, whose rumored affair has become tabloid fodder. The former is a tale as old as journalism itself: a man in power cheats on a wife who, from the outside, seemed a supporting and loving spouse undeserving of her husband's unfaithfulness. The latter is another familiar tale: a man under an enormous amount of pressure is regularly and publicly emasculated and treated like dirt by his wife and seemingly seeks solace with another woman. In both cases, the men are vilified—but is it possible that maybe, just maybe, at least one of the women had it coming?
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Why is it that we so often hear about high profile men cheating, but we rarely hear about women doing so? Perhaps it's because societal structure combined with differing motivations for infidelity mean it's simply easier for men to cheat. In an MSN.com/iVillage survey of 70,000 people, taken last year, female respondents were twice as likely to use an affair to get out of a relationship. They also cheated to find a better emotional connection or to be with someone who made them feel sexy and desirable. Men, on the other hand, said they cheat for sex--more sex, better sex, variety of sex. Sex, sex, sex.
We've seen enough married political figures with upstanding reputations, adorable kids, and kick-ass wives—maybe even especially those— cheat. The thing we've yet to uncover, though, is why. We get the human nature, sex thing. A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted in March of this year — right after the Eliot Spitzer scandal broke — found that 54 percent of Americans know someone with an unfaithful spouse. We're no math whizzes, but it seems to reason that unless each of the 1,025 people polled was referring to the same couple, that means half of all relationships in the U.S. suffer from infidelity—and people talk about it. But, with so much at stake and so many falling before them, how can men in the public eye cheat on their wives—and expect to get away with it?
So, John Edwards has admitted to having an extra-marital affair. Now what? It looks like he probably won't get an invite to the Democratic National Convention but is there any other fallout? Is this even a real story other than we won't have a handsome boy millionaire as the next VP?