On May 9, 2011, news broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were separating after 25 years of marriage. A week later, it was revealed that Schwarzenegger fathered a “love child” with a household staff member 10 years earlier. According to reports, not only did Schwarzenegger know he had a secret child, he has financially supported the child over the years. The following is a list of other celebrities who have fathered children outside of their marriages, and the events that led to the “outing” of their secret children.
Apparently another women was just ‘bootylicious’ enough for Mathew Knowles. In 2010, Beyonce’s dad was accused of fathering a child while married to Beyonce’s mother Tina. The child’s mother, Alexsandra Wright sued for establishment of paternity and child support. After DNA tests established that Knowles was indeed the baby’s father, he now is obligated to pay over $8,000 in child support each month. Considering the sizeable amount, I guess we know Mathew makes pretty good money managing his oh-so-famous daughter.
Senator John Edwards
Senator and former presidential candidate John Edwards shocked people across the nation when it was revealed that he not only had an adulterous affair while his wife was fighting breast cancer, but that he got his mistress pregnant. Rielle Hunter gave birth to John Edwards’ daughter, Frances Quinn, in 2008. After many denials, he finally stepped up to the plate and admitted Quinn was his daughter in 2010. His wife filed for a legal separation and unfortunately lost her battle with cancer and passed away later that year.
It’s hard to keep Evander Holyfield’s story straight! Some reports say he has nine children with six different women, other reports say he has 11 kids. We know for sure that his ex, Janice, filed for divorce in 1999 after she found out Holyfield had two kids outside their marriage. So add Evander to the list of celebrity philanderers.
We all know Liv Tyler for her movie roles, especially as an elf princess in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. But did you know that for the first nine years of her life, she thought another man to be her father? When Liv was born, her mother (who was a model and Playboy Playmate) Bebe Buell claimed her long term boyfriend was Liv’s dad. Yep, Steven was ‘the other man’. Buell lied about the paternity because she felt Steven was too hooked on drugs to be a good dad. When Liv turned nine years old, she met Steven and his daughter Mia and noticed she and Mia looked a lot alike. After confronting her mother with this information, her mom revealed the truth. Liv changed her last name to Tyler in 1991 and has been close to her bio-dad ever since.
Do you remember the Bee Gees? They’re a group known for hits from the 1970s such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep is Your Love”. If you can remember that far back, you may recall Robin Gibb, you know, the not-so-hot Bee Gee. Robin Gibb had a fling with his live-in housekeeper, Claire Yang, who subsequently gave birth to a baby girl. I call it a fling instead of an affair because Gibb had an “arrangement” with his wife Dwina (a former Druid priestess), allowing his to be with other women. Dwina was okay with the eight year relationship between Robin and the housekeeper for the most part, but a love child proved to be too much and Dwina threw the live in housekeeper out of their home.
Gavin Rossdale is known for being a rock singer and the husband of Gwen Stefani. Way back in his pre-Gwen days, Rossdale hooked up with his friend, Pearl Lowe, while she had a boyfriend. When she got pregnant, she thought the baby to be her boyfriend’s and asked Gavin to be the godfather to baby Daisy. When Daisy was about 14 years old, lingering doubts about the true paternity led Rossdale and Lowe to have a DNA test done, and it was determined that he was indeed Daisy’s daddy.
In Z-list celebrity news, it was reported in 2008 that Michael Lohan (Lindsay Lohan’s dad) had an illegitimate child. Michael revealed in interviews that year that he had a relationship outside his marriage that resulted in a pregnancy, but has since been wishy-washy on the topic.
One time, shame on Eric Clapton. Two times, shame on Eric Clapton. Clapton was married to Pattie Boyd when he conceived a daughter, Ruth, in 1985. Clapton kept his illegitimate daughter a secret from his wife and the world while he paid child support to Ruth’s mother.
Fast forward to 1986, Clapton has another child outside his marriage, this time with an Italian model named Lory Del Santo. The final straw, Boyd divorced Clapton in 1989.
Conor died in a tragic accident in 1991, wherein he fell from a window from the 53rd floor of a New York apartment. It was after his death that Clapton publicly revealed he was Ruth’s father.
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