Happyish Endings

Tiger may not stay single for long: His main mistress, Rachel Uchitel, reportedly wants him back. From Angie and Brad to Prince Charles and Camilla, a look at some of history's enduring affairs.

Rachel Uchitel and Tiger Woods

Though Rachel Uchitel was one face of American tragedy during the aftermath of 9/11, when pictures of her holding a photo of her dead fiancé were plastered all over the news, nearly a decade later, as a VIP nightclub manager, she received a far less sympathetic portrayal in publications across the country. In late 2009, The National Enquirer broke the story of an alleged affair between Uchitel and professional golfer Tiger Woods at the Australian Masters. Soon thereafter, a media circus followed as more rumored mistresses came forward and this week, Woods and wife Elin Nordegren finalized their divorce. But in her mind, Uchitel allegedly believes she is the No. 1 woman in the fallen athlete's life. According to a source close to Uchitel, via TMZ, the other woman said, "I'd give up everything to be with him again." Time will tell if the two can turn a seemingly career-ruining affair into a lifelong relationship.

Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur

When South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford reportedly told his staff he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail in June 2009 and then disappeared for six days, his wife, Jenny, the public, and numerous state politicians began to worry. But concern soon turned to ridicule when he was spotted at the airport arriving from Argentina. Several hours later, Sanford held a press conference and admitted he'd engaged in an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman, later revealed to be reporter Maria Belen Chapur. He said he had met her "a little over eight years ago, very innocently," but that the relationship crossed the line about a year prior to his admission. The governor's wife and their children left him, and despite pressure to resign, Sanford stayed in office. Despite the trouble his affair caused, however, he and Chapur did reunite in Florida this past May, the Associated Press reported via Politics Daily. According to the source, Sanford "spent several days with Maria Belen Chapur to see if they could restart their relationship."

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Newt Gingrich and Callista Bisek

The love life of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been rich with scandal. He married his former high school geometry teacher, but eventually his eyes wandered. According to his first wife, via Esquire, Gingrich discussed the terms of their divorce while she was recovering from uterine cancer-related surgery in the hospital. Gingrich went on to marry his second wife (and first mistress) months after the divorce was finalized in 1981. But slightly more than a decade later, he allegedly began an affair with Callista Bisek, 23 years his junior. In 2000, Gingrich divorced his second wife and quickly married Bisek. Recently, the politician even allegedly converted to Catholicism for his third wife. "There were times when I was praying and when I felt I was doing things that were wrong," Gingrich acknowledged in a 2007 interview via MSNBC. "But I was still doing them."


Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

When the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma allegedly advised Prince Charles, "In a case like yours, the man should sow his wild oats and have as many affairs as he can before settling down," the young royal was all ears. Despite marrying the late Princess Diana in 1981, Charles continued an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he'd met in 1970. In 1993, when the British tabloids unearthed an audiotape of the adulterers talking dirty on the phone, the prince matter-of-factly confessed the affair to a television reporter. Within 18 months, Diana confessed to adultery as well. After their divorce, she was killed in a car crash, and Charles went on to marry Camilla. "They are clearly very much in love," Winston Churchill, grandson of the wartime prime minister, told Sky News via Fox News. "It must be the end of a series of nightmare years for Camilla...They are entitled to have their own happiness the same as everyone else."

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Though they are now Hollywood's golden couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did not always wear the glowing halos that now hover over them and their ever growing brood, now holding steady at six. The two A-list actors met in 2004, while filming the action flick Mr. & Mrs. Smith. With Pitt was still married to Friends star Jennifer Aniston when the cameras began rolling, the media immediately cast Jolie as the man-eater who ruined their marriage. Jolie revealed the truth in a 2008 interview with The New York Times. "Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love," she said of her children one day seeing Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Pitt's divorce from Aniston was finalized in October 2005, and just three months later, Jolie confirmed their relationship for the first time in public, announcing to People magazine that she was pregnant with Pitt's child. Three more children and a plethora of tabloid covers later, the union of Brangelina is still one of the biggest modern-day celebrity scandals.

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Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva

The illicit relationship between hotheaded actor Mel Gibson and aspiring Russian pop star Oksana Grigorieva began almost as badly as it ended. In 2006, after 26 years of marriage to dental nurse Robyn, with whom he had seven children, Gibson and his wife separated, according to divorce papers filed three years later. That divorce filing in April 2009 followed the March release of photos appearing to show Gibson on a beach embracing another woman. Shortly thereafter, the public learned that woman was Grigorieva, an artist on Gibson's record label. The two later had a daughter, as well as a lot of media attention this spring and summer, amid claims of domestic violence and some now notorious phone calls. All is not well that does not begin well or end well.

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Donald Trump and Marla Maples

After 15 years of marriage, infamous comb-over mogul Donald Trump divorced his wife and mother of his three children, Ivana, in 1992. And like most things in The Donald's life, the separation was not without scandal, which came in the form of Marla Maples. "We knew we had this connection, but it wasn't appropriate timing," Maples told New York magazine later of their earliest meetings, which began in 1985. "So we'd spend a lot of time on the telephone with each other without ever being out together in public. By '88, I knew I truly loved this guy." Though she claimed Donald and Ivana had planned to end their marriage, this was allegedly not the case. After the two did split, Maples escaped to avoid attention. Eventually, however, love won out. "What was a really private and nice relationship was judged and made to be something ugly," she told the magazine. In 1993, Trump wed Maples, and the two had a child. But six years into their marriage, the two divorced under the pressure of the spotlight. "If we could have somehow stayed away from the public and the press, it might have been different," she said, "but every private issue seemed to be played out on the front page."

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Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, and Barbara Minty

Befitting his anti-hero persona, Steve McQueen was behind many a romantic scuffle. Although his co-star in the 1972 action adventure film The Getaway, Ali MacGraw, was married to legendary movie producer Robert Evans at the time, the two could not help themselves. "It was very, very passionate, and dramatic, and hurtful, and ecstatic," MacGraw told Vanity Fair earlier this year. "It was pretty much a wipeout for both of us." A year after their movie premiered, the two married. But in 1977, McQueen allegedly became smitten with model Barbara Minty, whom he saw in a Club Med ad, and wanted to audition her for his new movie. She flew to Los Angeles and they had lunch. According to Minty, though she remained speechless during their initial encounter, she knew "right away" that she would marry the married man. "There was an instant attraction: he had something that just meshed," she told The Times of London. "I've never had that before… The rest is history." MacGraw and McQueen divorced in 1978 and two years later, he married Minty. But one of the late actor's closest friends told Vanity Fair: "He did love Barbara, but…Steve loved Ali MacGraw more than he loved anyone else in his entire life. Until the day he died he was madly in love with her." The love triangle continues post-mortem.