Cheaters Who Win

Mark Sanford, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Other Men Who Married the Other Woman

The former South Carolina governor is engaged to his mistress. A rundown of other men who married the other woman.

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Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur

In one of the more bizarre scandals in American history, when South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went missing in June 2009, his staff claimed he was “hiking the Appalachian trail.” It turned out that Sanford’s explanation was just an elaborate euphemism for “visiting my mistress in Argentina.”  When the runaway governor finally confessed his whereabouts, he admitted, "I've been unfaithful to my wife" and described the woman, Maria Belen Chapur, as his “soulmate.” Now, more than two years after divorcing his wife of 20 years, Sanford is engaged to Belen. “I’m both happy and excited for what that means,” Sanford told CNN. “I have long expressed my feelings for her; she’s a wonderful person.”

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Pretending to be Mr. and Mrs. Smith onscreen was apparently so appealing to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that they decided to try it out in real life. There was just one problem: Pitt was already married to Jennifer Aniston.  So months before the film was released, Pitt and Aniston separated, and in October 2005, the couple divorced—by which time Brangelina went public. By January 2006, Jolie finally acknowledged their relationship when she revealed she was pregnant with their first child.  In April, after six years together, Pitt and Jolie made it official and got engaged. And four months later, Aniston announced that she had accepted her longtime boyfriend Justin Theroux’s proposal. There are no plans for a double wedding.

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Newt Gingrich and Callista Bisek

At the same time Newt Gingrich was calling for Bill Clinton to be impeached for his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the former Speaker of the House was having an extramarital affair of his own. But as he explained in 2011, it was his love for America that made him do it: "There's no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Gingrich said. His wife, Jackie, later claimed that Gingrich asked her to have an “open marriage” but she declined. (Jackie Gingrich also claimed her own relationship with Newt began while he was still married to his first wife.) In 2000, four months after Gingrich divorced Jackie, he married his third wife, Callista.

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Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

“There were three of us in this marriage,” Princess Diana famously said of her relationship to Prince Charles. The third wheel, of course, was Camilla Parker Bowles, whom Charles had met 10 years before marrying Diana. (“My great-grandmother was your great-great-grandfather's mistress, so how about it?” she reportedly said to the prince.) In 1994, two years after divorcing Diana, Charles admitted he had been unfaithful when “it became clear that the marriage had irretrievably broken down.” Then in 1999, two years after Diana’s death, Charles went public with his relationship with Parker Bowles, and six years later they were married.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

In an interview with Esquire, Tom Hanks described the connection he felt with Rita Wilson while filming Volunteers in 1985. "Rita and I just looked at each other and—kaboing—that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn't be denied.” He then added, “I did happen to be married at the time. And there's nothing to celebrate about that.” Two years after the movie came out, Hanks divorced his first wife and married Wilson in 1988. The couple, who will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary next year, has two sons, including rapper Chet Hanks.

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Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes

Was LeAnn Rimes the other woman in Eddie Cibrian’s marriage or was he the other man in hers? Either way, the couple ended their respective marriages in 2009 and were married last year. “I did one of the most selfish things that I possibly could do, in hurting someone else," Rimes said to People about the affair. “I take responsibility for everything I've done. I hate that people got hurt. But I don't regret the outcome."

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Tiki Barber and Traci Lynn Johnson

After retiring from the New York Giants in 2007, Tiki Barber began a new career on the Today show, where some even believed he could be the next Matt Lauer. That all came to an end in 2010, when the 35-year-old Barber left his wife of 11 years—who was eight-months pregnant at the time—for 23-year-old Tracy Lynn Johnson. Though Barber claimed he only began the relationship after separating, NBC canceled his contract. He did, however, get the girl. Barber and Johnson were married this summer—and so far so good. As Johnson tweeted earlier this month: “Love when @tikibarber leaves me 4 a min at a bar & girls come up and talk about how cute he is ‪#luckywife !!”

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono

It was John Lennon who taught the world that “all you need is love”—he just didn’t say how much you need. After marrying his first wife, Cynthia, in 1962, Lennon began an affair with Yoko Ono in the late 60s. In 1968, while Cynthia was on a holiday in Greece, Ono visited Lennon at his estate and the two recorded the album Two Virgins in one night. “It was midnight when we started Two Virgins, and it was dawn when we finished, and then we made love at dawn,” Lennon recalled. “It was very beautiful.” Though perhaps not for Cynthia, who walked in on the pair sitting on the floor in bathrobes, staring at one another. Lennon ended the marriage that year and wed Ono in 1969. The two remained together until his death in 1980.


Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

The onscreen chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall revealed everything. In 1943, while filming To Have and Have Not, the 43-year-old Bogie—who was in an unhappy third marriage—fell madly in love with his 19-year-old costar. Bogart soon divorced and he married Bacall (with whom he made three more movies) in 1946. The couple had two sons and remained together until his death in 1957. In 2005, Bacall talked to Larry King about their relationship: “Losing Bogie was horrible, obviously. Because he was young. And because he gave me my life. I wouldn't have had a—I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't met him. I would have had a completely different kind of life. He changed me, he gave me everything. And he was an extraordinary man.”

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Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

According to many historians, Anne Boleyn famously refused to be Henry VIII’s mistress, but one of her ladies-in-waiting didn’t believe in waiting. Jane Seymour began an affair with the king while he was still married to Boleyn, and apparently her beheading didn’t deter Seymour from saying “I do” 11 days later. Within 18 months, however, Seymour died during childbirth. She was the only one of Henry’s six wives to receive a proper queen’s funeral and in a rare act of romance, he is also buried next to her.