Although infidelity can happen in any relationship, there’s one big difference when it comes to affairs in Hollywood — everyone hears about them. Although let’s be honest, so much of the rumored infidelity that makes headlines is so speculative that it’s hard to tell what really happened and what is just part of the rumor mill. But every now and then, a celebrity does something novel: They fess up.
It’s easy to understand why some stars may not volunteer a public admission of guilt. There’s a stigma surrounding infidelity that can be difficult to shake. It’s the same for the rest of us, right? And, true, being unfaithful to someone you love is a terrible thing to do. But (and this is important) it doesn’t necessarily mean that the person who was unfaithful is a terrible person.
In fact, there’s a lot to be said for someone who comes clean about their misgivings, takes responsibility and does what they can to work through their issues. While they clearly had issues with honesty in their past behavior, admitting they cheated is actually a step in the right direction.
Granted, some celebrities are probably put up to confessing by their PR people. For others, though — Jay-Z springs to mind — fessing up feels like a sign of genuine remorse and change. So, in the spirit of giving these stars the benefit of the doubt, let’s take a look at some Hollywood A-listers who admitted to stepping out on their significant others.
A version of this story was originally published May 2020.