Hollywood’s most popular couples aren’t necessarily shining examples of the most perfect relationships out there. In fact, a lot of these celebrity couples are said to indulge in dalliances outside of their actual relationship. Read on to find out with stars practice polyamory and see whether or not it has worked out for them!
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Brad and Angelina have long been looked at as Hollywood’s golden couple since first getting together back in 2005. Angelina told a German magazine “I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship,” she said. “It’s worse to leave your partner and talk badly about him afterwards. Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together. We make sure that we never restrict each other.”
Sexual freedom was not enough to keep these two together as they ultimately parted ways in 2016. On a flight, Brad got inebriated and got physical with their son Maddox. Brad was subsequently investigated by the Department of Family and Child Protective Services. Angelina immediately filed for divorce after the incident and the family is said to be in therapy. You never know what might be taking place behind closed doors!
Tilda Swinton/John Byrne/Sandro Kopp
The ethereal and amazing actress Tilda Swinton is said to be engaged in a polyamorous relationship with two different men. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “We are all a family, what you must also know is that we are all very happy.” Tilda has two children with John Byrne but is also in a relationship with Sandro Kopp, a famous painter.
They often all live together in the family home in Scotland. John also has a girlfriend, and rumors say that she too is in a polyamorous relationship that is not just based on having shared children. John was once spotted meeting Tilda and Sandro at the airport and greeted them both warmly. Both John and Tilda have denied that the rumors are anything more than just speculation, though. It is interesting that they all choose to cohabitate. Well, maybe it’s just a European thing!
Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were married for eight years, and said to have engaged in bringing third parties into the bedroom. Rumors abound that Demi Moore is actually bi-sexual, although she has never spoken about it in public. A source told Star magazine: “Demi is attracted to women just as much as men, so she didn’t always get all she needed from Ashton. Everyone in Hollywood knows about their arrangement, but they’ve managed to keep it a secret from the general public.”
The source also said, “She was cool with Ashton having flirtatious relationships too. Somehow they made it work all these years.” Obviously, this didn’t go so well for their marriage after it was publicly revealed that Ashton strayed from the union. They divorced, and Ashton has since moved on, he married and had two young children, a girl and a boy, with his That 70’s Show co-star Mila Kunis.
Ethan Hawke and Ryan Shawhughes
Ethan Hawke famously cheated on his wife, the superb Uma Thurman, with their children’s nanny. Well, he went on to marry the nanny, Ryan Shawhughes, and they now have children of their own. This arrangement is allegedly a bit different than his previous marriage, however. The two are said to share an open relationship, which makes it work.
Ethan told the publication, Mr. Porter, “People have such a childish view of monogamy and fidelity. He’s cheated so he’s bad, she’s cheated so she’s bad’, as opposed to a recognition that our species is not monogamous. My relationship with my present wife is thrilling to me and I’m committed to it. But neither she nor I know what shape the future will come in … Sexual fidelity can’t be the whole thing you hang your relationship on. If you really love somebody you want them to grow, but you don’t get to define how that happens. They do.” So, there it is! It doesn’t sound like he wants to try the monogamous thing again.
Larry King and Shawn King
Legendary newsman Larry King and his seventh wife Shawn King have reportedly both seen people outside of the marriage. Even as recently as 2016, his wife was reported to be having an affair with a much younger man.
One of Larry’s ex-wives, Julie King, apparently still keeps in touch with Larry. She said, “Larry told me they both knew that each of them had others in their lives…I never asked him and he never told me who his ‘other’ was, but he knew Shawn was having an affair with the baseball coach. She practically flaunted it.” She also said that “They will divorce, and Larry will marry again. Larry is addicted to marriage.” Well, there you have it! Sometimes it seems jealousy becomes too much even for those who agreed to an open marriage.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are said to have an open marriage and they have been relatively open about this arrangement. Jada told US Magazine, “Do we believe loving someone means owning them? Do we believe that ownership is the reason someone should ‘behave’?”
Rumors have also swirled around for many years that Will and Jada are actually both gay and their relationship with one another is simply a “bearding” one. There was even one particularly heinous blind item in the NY Post that many attributed to Will, stating that he had been very violent with his gay lover and had to pay hush money. Well, whether all the rumors have any depth to them or not, Will and Jada seem to be in their relationship for the long haul.
Newt Gingrich and Marianne Gingrich
Newt Gingrich asked his second wife Marianne for an open marriage after telling her about his affair with the woman who would later become his third wife. Marianne in a conversation with ABC said it went down like this, “I said to him, ‘Newt, we’ve been married a long time,’ and he said, ‘Yes, but you want me all to yourself. Callista doesn’t care what I do. He was asking to have an open marriage and I refused.”
She also said that directly after he gave her the news about his affair he went on to give a speech in Washington, Marianne told the Washington Post, “How could he ask me for a divorce on Monday and within 48 hours give a speech on family values and talk about how people treat people?” Wow, cold as ice, Newt!
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Rumors have long floated around Hollywood about this couple. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are said to be in an open relationship, or at least half-open. Megan is said to be the one that is allowed to venture out of the marriage. A source told the New York Daily News that “They’ve agreed to an open relationship where Megan can see other men but Brian can’t date anyone else.”
She even now admits that she was lying during interviews, such as when she told GQ magazine that she was once in a love with a female Russian stripper. There have also been stories about Brian being very controlling about both her life and career. Megan has been with Brian since she was eighteen years old and she filed for divorce in 2016. However, they soon reconciled and she gave birth to their third son together.
Rachel Ray and John Cusimano
Super famous TV check Rachel Ray and her husband John Cusimano are said to have an open relationship. While they have never discussed this publicly, other than for Rachel to “deny” the rumors by saying their family is hurt by them. John has been spotted many times taking other women out, even sometimes in the presence of mutual friends.
Even more telling, is that he has often been spotted at Checkmate which is a swingers club in New York. According to National Enquirer, a source said that John is often there in the company of other people who are not his wife, saying, “After a bit of socializing at the buffet and the bar, John would always make his way to the back room. And every time he was observed in the coed locker room, he never took a shower alone.”
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin and Jessica are said to have had an open arrangement at the beginning of their relationship. Justin had recently gotten out of a long-term relationship with actress Cameron Diaz and did not want anything serious. However, Jessica and Justin clearly developed over time as it now seems the two are in a monogamous relationship.
Before getting married, however, a source in Hollywood has said that “Justin was very clear with Jessica that he didn’t want to be in a serious relationship with her anymore where he wasn’t able to date other people. Jessica took the news very hard, but once she calmed down and they started talking again, he convinced her to stay friends who hook up, without all the pressure of a relationship.”
Shirley MacLaine and Steve Parker
Here’s one from the old Hollywood files. Acting icon Shirley MacLaine and her ex-husband producer Steve Parker were in an open relationship. Shirley even detailed this in a radio interview with Entertainment Weekly. Shirley and Steve were married for 28 years, and she calls him the love of her life.
Shirley said “I guess you would say ‘practiced an open marriage’ in 1954, which was another lifetime. No one understood it, we did. He lived in Japan basically, I lived in America working, and this and that. We’d meet up, always great friends, traveled sometimes together. I think that’s the basis for a long-lasting marriage, if you really want to do such a thing. I would say better to stay friends and we don’t have enough time to talk about the sexuality of all. I was very open about all of that and so was he.”
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
Former married couple Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were together since they were middle school-aged love birds, which is pretty insane when you think about it. During an interview with Howard Stern, Robin implied that he and Paula had an open marriage.
In 2014, Star magazine came out with a report that Thicke and his wife had a special arrangement. DailyMail relayed Star’s report that “Paula and Robin had been carrying on a consensual ménage-a-trois with a massage therapist for two years.” Apparently, however, the arrangement didn’t last long as Paula caught Robin and the masseuse having an affair behind her back! She should have seen that coming.
Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean
Country legend Dolly Parton and her non-famous husband Carl have been married since 1966. Which is like three hundred years in show business time. When asked about their open marriage Dolly reportedly said, “I don’t want to know it, if he’s cheating on me. If I’m cheating on him, he wouldn’t want to know it. And if we do, if that’s what’s making it work, then that’s fine too.”
Allegedly her famous song Jolene is about a woman who worked at a bank that her husband would frequent. Dolly has also often been rumored to have been engaged in a long-term lesbian affair with her assistant Judy Ogle. Well, whatever the case may be, Dolly and Carl’s marriage has certainly withstood the test of time!
Pink and Carey Hart
Supposedly the rocking pop star Pink and her extreme sports husband Carey Hart were once engaged in an open relationship with the rule “don’t ask, don’t tell”. However, this one did not end so well. In 2007, Carey began spending too much time with one blonde lady in particular, to the point where he even brought her to public events.
Pink has told Glamour magazine, “Long-term relationships are an everyday choice. It’s harder to be in a marriage than it is to bounce from one relationship to the next. We’re good because we communicate and we’ve grown up together, not because we don’t fight.”
Hugh Hefner and Every Lady He’s Been With
Famed playboy Hugh Hefner is arguably the most famous polyamorous man in Hollywood today. He has always been in relationships with multiple women at the same time, with a few exceptions of his multiple marriages (but even then he probably ventured out). He even had a famed reality show with his three girlfriends called The Girls Next Door.
But when one girlfriend is fortunate enough to make it to the level of Mrs. Hefner, Steven Watts, author of Hugh’s biography Mr. Playboy, says that he holds his girlfriends to a double standard. “They are expected to be faithful to him, while he gets to do whatever he likes,” as summarized by slate.com.
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow
The formerly married Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were said to have shared an open relationship before finally “consciously uncoupling.” The phrase consciously uncoupling now made famous is really just a nicer of way of saying divorcing. Whatever the case may be, both seem to have happily continued on with their lives and they seem to get together great with their children.
Sources told People, “If Chris was playing around, Gwyneth didn’t care. She’s never been jealous or territorial. Her philosophy is, ‘We’re both adults. We can make our own choices.'” Paltrow has also told Refinery29, “I think that if the idea of being committed to someone is important to you, you begin to value certain parts of your social life over another. No couple is the same, and as such, every couple takes on different challenges. I would like to think that I would be forgiving and/or forgiven, but I can’t give an honest answer as I haven’t really experienced that.”
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson
Now-divorced couple Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson were rumored to be polyamorous, however, this also what allegedly led to the undoing of their marriage. According to Kate’s estranged father Bill Hudson, Kate allegedly wanted to continue venturing outside the marriage which ultimately led to their demise. Bill told DailyMail that Kate, like her mother Goldie Hawn, is likely to prefer an open relationship because of how she saw her parents growing up: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Goldie always thought the grass was greener on the other side of the fence and that’s why she cheated on me throughout our marriage.”
Bill went on to say, “The tragedy for Kate is that she never saw her parents work hard at sustaining their marriage. Goldie wanted instant gratification and I fear Kate is like that too. It’s not her fault – she doesn’t know any better.” Kate and Chris had one son together. Kate later had a relationship with famous musician and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and the two also had a son together. The two have since parted ways and Kate has continued to have relationships with other famous people in Hollywood, including the much younger pop star Nick Jonas.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
While in the public eye Beyoncé and Jay Z certainly present an ideal and perfect marriage. However, it has long been reported that Jay Z cheats regularly on Beyoncé and she turns a blind eye. This was alleged after the much-discussed elevator fight between Jay Z and Solange, during which Solange physically attacked Jay.
This was reportedly over Jay wanting to go see another woman. Beyoncé was also in the elevator but stood quietly while the altercation took place. Then in 2016, Beyoncé released her very well-received album “Lemonade” which indicated maybe she didn’t turn a blind eye to the situation after all, as it certainly seemed the songs indicate that some kind of cheating had taken place in the relationship. A source told HollywoodLife.com, “The problem is Jay Z is a player, it’s not in his nature to be a one woman man… Guys like him are usually with women that will let them get away with whatever they want, but he picked a very strong woman and she’s not going to just turn a blind eye to the fact that he’s been messing around.”
Charlie Sheen & Goddesses
When has Charlie Sheen ever been committed to one woman? Anyone? No? We didn’t think so. When Charlie went through his “tiger blood/Adonis DNA” era back in 2011, he was also flaunting young women around town whom he referred to as his goddesses.
Two of the women, in particular, were porn star Bree Olson and marijuana model Natalie Kenly, who both lived with Sheen in his Los Angeles mansion. Sheen has been quoted as saying that Olson and Kenly “completed ‘the three parts of my heart,'” according to an ABC interview with Bree Olson, who said of the living situation: “I don’t know how to put it. It was like you could cut the air with a knife sometimes. I felt like I couldn’t show Charlie the affection and love that I wanted to show him, because of how she would react.”
Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani
Gavin and Gwen were rumored to have an open relationship; however, it was much more likely that it was just Gavin cheating on Gwen. Halfway through their marriage, it was revealed that Gavin had an adult daughter, model Daisy Lowe, from Pearl Lowe — also a former model.
In 2010, Courtney Love revealed on The Howard Stern Show that she supposedly had an affair with Rossdale while he was with Gwen. Stern asked her, “You were [getting intimate] with [Rossdale] while he was with Gwen Stefani?” To with Love replied, “Yes. She does know.” Rumors swirled again when Gavin and Gwen split in 2015 which was allegedly due to his affair with the nanny of their three sons. Either way, Gwen seems to have happily found love again with country musician and The Voice star Blake Shelton.