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Boyfriend or Bodyguard? Heidi Klum, Scarlett Johansson & More (PHOTOS)

Heidi Klum now sees a ‘completely different side’ of her bodyguard. See more protectors who’ve cozied up.

Newly single Heidi Klum says she’s recently gotten to know a “completely different side” of her bodyguard of four years, Martin Kirsten. From Britney Spears and her lawsuit-filing protector to Rihanna and her guy with the strong shoulders, see more stars who have faced the question: boyfriend or bodyguard?

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Heidi Klum

On Wednesday’s episode of Katie Couric’s new talk show, recently single Heidi Klum admitted to having set her sights on a new beau. “[Martin]’s a great man and recently we just got to know each other from a completely different side,” she said of her bodyguard of four years, Martin Kirsten. She continued, “I trust him with my children’s life.” While she might be happy with the arrangement, ex-partner Seal, it appears, is not. In a now infamous video, Seal says he wished Klum had “waited until we separated before deciding to fornicate with the help.”


Scarlett Johansson

When photos surfaced of Scarlett Johansson sunbathing off the coast of Italy with a buff man by her side, viewers wondered if the man could be a new beau. Photos showed a bikini-clad Johansson and Speedo-clad mystery man tanning together in close proximity, and even showering together. But it turns out she has not dumped current boyfriend/advertising executive Nate Naylor for a bulky man in swim trunks—reps confirmed the man of muscle is Scarlett’s bodyguard.

James Devaney

Kate Gosselin

Mother of eight Kate Gosselin has been in the tabloids recently for getting cozy with Steve Neild, her married bodyguard. Although she’s been vehemently denying any rumors the two are involved over Twitter, a reporter who attended the Red Cross 12th Annual Red Ball in March along with the reality TV star says otherwise. “[Steve and Kate] were definitely together, at one point he had his arm around her, and there was no crowd near them.”

Britney Spears

While the former queen of pop’s ex-bodyguard wasn’t actually her boyfriend, the lawsuit he filed against Ms. Spears certainly made it seem like she wanted him to be. Fernando Flores worked as Spears’s bodyguard from February to July 2010, and filed a lawsuit against the singer in September of the same year, alleging she flashed him and invited him into her bedroom when she was naked. Under oath, he also described several instances when she tried to seduce him. “Even working as a police officer, I dealt with people that were homeless, but I never dealt with someone of that nature, to that caliber,” he recalled. 

Charles Sykes

Lady Gaga

Looking like Prince Charming saving his princess from a fire-breathing dragon, Lady Gaga’s bodyguard saved her from an afternoon of painful high-heels. Gaga decided to rock her signature slit high-heel shoes for a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz, but the painfully high shoes gave her bodyguard the opportune moment to play leading man.


This year’s Coachella festival in southern California brought out the music fans, tie-dyed ensembles, and hipster couples. During a concert Rihanna was attending, the singer hoisted herself up on this man’s shoulders. Although the pair looked like a loving couple enjoying a live concert together, the hunky man is just her bodyguard. But not only is the man putting in overtime as her personal chair, he allegedly may have ... or may have not ... been letting her do what might have been drugs off of his bald head. Regardless, we hope he got paid time and a half. 

Marc Piasecki

Kristen Stewart

K Stew’s bodyguard is so good-looking, he even has his own Facebook fan page. Appropriately entitled, “Kristen Stewart’s Hot Body Guard,” the page is dedicated to the man who protects the vampire star from hordes of screaming Twi-hards. Although Stewart is linked to longtime boyfriend and costar Robert Pattinson, we doubt she minds being constantly followed and doted on by a “HBG.”

Todd Williamson

Justin Bieber

Tween heartthrob Justin Bieber has been seen getting cozy with his bodyguard, Kenny Hamilton. Perhaps it’s just a bromance, but we can’t help but swoon at this photo of the pair hugging it out at an event. Oh wait, we almost didn’t notice the fan with excessively long arms reaching for Bieber on the other side of Hamilton. Alas, this body guard was just doing his job.