It was recently announced that Bradley Cooper’s latest girlfriend, Victoria’s Secret model Irina Shayk, gave birth to their first child. When the news broke, everyone gasped because she trapped him good! Cooper is a notorious playboy, and bounces from girl to girl with little time in between. He has a love ‘em and leave ‘em mentality that goes all the way back to his five month marriage to Jennifer Esposito. But he has always managed to get away with no strings attached… until now. Many are saying that Shayk did the unthinkable – she got the superstar to be hers forever by having his baby. It’s a gold digger’s dream come true, and is also every man’s worst nightmare.
Meanwhile, rumors are swirling that Prince Harry has knocked up his latest lady, American actress Meghan Markle. This got us to thinking about what other Hollywood royalties got screwed over. As you will see, many seemingly untouchable stars have been trapped by their significant others sinking their claws into them. And it’s not just male celebrities who are preyed on. Some of Hollywood’s most beautiful women have been trapped by men. And as this list will show you, there are many, many ways that stars can be trapped. From pregnancies to no pre-nups, from secrets to physical intimacy, from money to manipulations, stars get trapped all the time.
In a get rich quick, celebrity-obsessed, instant gratification society, there are plenty of players who want a slice of what stars have. And these people will happily use every trick in the book to ensure that they “get theirs” for as long as possible. One would think that celebrities would be immune to such machinations, but they’re only human. They get sloppy with their birth control, they eschew advice from friends, family and attorneys, and many are just plain stupid.
15 Simon Cowell - Does Pregnant Mean Married?
As a judge for American Idol and The X-Factor, Simon Cowell has always been notoriously blunt and said controversial comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their singing abilities. So when he famously made headlines back in 2013 reporting that he and socialite Lauren Silverman were expecting a baby, the world was stunned. Could Cowell be charming enough to lure the younger N.Y.C princess? More interestingly was that Silverman was still married to Cowell’s good friend Andrew Silverman at the time.
Cowell was happily single up until then and we find it suspicious that Silverman got pregnant and shortly thereafter got Cowell to settle down at the age of 54. Just because you get a woman pregnant does it mean you have to get married to her? We think that Cowell’s reported net worth of £325 Million had something to do about it. Ultimately, the union succeeded and the pair are now raising little Eric Cowell (who looks just like his dad, by the way) together. All's well that ends well.
14 Hugh Grant - A Fleeting Affair
Hugh Grant is the ultimate serial monogamist, but managed to avoid the parent trap for most of his 56 years. The actor then went on a baby spree, fathering four children with two different girlfriends in 4 years. Go big or go home right?
In September 2011, Grant had a daughter, Tabitha, with Tinglan Hong, a receptionist at a Chinese restaurant in London. His daughter's Chinese name is Xiao Xi, meaning "happy surprise". Grant and Hong had a "fleeting affair", according to his publicist. Then, in September 2012, Grant had a second child, John Mungo Grant, with Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein. He subsequently reunited with Hong, with whom he had his third child, Felix Grant, in 2013. Grant and Eberstein then had a second child, Grant's fourth, in December 2015.
It might have taken him a while to get there, but turns out Grant is seriously enjoying fatherhood, telling Us Magazine in February 2015 that his kids had made him much nicer.
13 Warren Beatty - Til Death Do Us Part
Amongst millennials Warren Beatty is only known as an aging actor. Yet in his prime he was quite the womanizer. At one point or another everyone who was anyone got added to his hunting list – and we mean everyone. His conquests include, but are not limited to Stephanie Seymour, Madonna, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Mary Tyler Moore, Janice Dickenson and Goldie Hawn. His buffet of conquest was also sprinkled with a ballerina, a princess, an heiress, Barbara Streisand, and supposedly Fran Drescher. It’s even been rumored that Beatty slept with more than 12,000 women. But only one got him hook line and sinker, Annette Bening.
The two met while filming Bugsy in 1990. People who romanticize their relationship will say that Bening was a talented actress and a beautiful human being who was the only woman that had what it took to truly understand Beatty and therefore capture his heart. Cynics will argue that Bening was shrewd and trapped him when he was at his most vulnerable. By 1990 Beatty’s looks were fading and good roles were hard for to come by. Bening did what any cunning starlet would do: she slept with him right away and got pregnant out of wedlock. The two eventually married and wound up having three more children together. Some say it was meant to be, while others think that the only reason Bening got Beatty “‘til death do they part” is because she became his baby mama.
12 Adam Levine - Doing 'Yoga' Together
Few people saw it coming when Adam Levine tied the knot with Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. After all he’s a major musician with a successful TV career and can get any woman he wants. Levine is also a notorious womanizer and many wondered why he would settle down and become a one woman man at the height of his career. Unlike Warren Beatty he didn’t have a declining career to steer him into monogamy, in fact he’s probably never been so busy in his life.
So what could the reason be? Some think that Prinsloo knew that the way to a man’s heart isn’t through his stomach. No surprise there. Apparently the two are really into yoga, and use it to enhance their experience in the bedroom. Levine has been practicing for years, and some say that Prinsloo is the only woman that has been able to keep up with him.
11 Natalie Portman - Reversing Roles
It’s no surprise when a male star knocks up their girlfriend out of the blue. For some reason the girlfriends of the rich and famous always forget to take the pill. So it’s a surprising switch to see a female celebrity get trapped by a man with a baby – yet that’s exactly what happened to Natalie Portman. She met her baby daddy Benjamin Millepied on the set of Black Swan. She was the star and he was a dance choreographer. After a short romance Portman announced, to everyone’s surprise, that she was pregnant with Millepied’s child and that they were engaged. Many thought that Millepied trapped Portman: there’s nothing like having a baby with a celebrity to cement one’s status. Because, even if the relationship fails, baby mamas and baby daddies generally get perks for years on end. They get houses, cushy jobs and generous child support.
While no one bats an eye at a male star’s illegitimate children, the public is not so accommodating with women. So it was no surprise when Portman made good on her word and married Millepied. The couple is currently expecting their second child, so maybe it was meant to be.
10 Katie Holmes - Trapped With A Baby And A Religion
Katie Holmes’ relationship with Tom Cruise smelled like a trap since day one (quite frankly we should have known something was up when he was jumping on Oprah’s couch). He was hunting for wife number three, to perk up his image, and he saw Holmes as an easy target. Holmes was a naïve starlet whose only claim to fame was starring on Dawson’s Creek. She had a crush on Cruise since she was a young girl living in the Midwest, so she did not put up much of a fight.
Cruise pulled all the stops, knocked her up and married her in quick succession. Only in the coming years did Holmes realize what being married to Cruise meant. The worst part seemed to be how Cruise used Scientology to control her. He tried to indoctrinate her into the Scientology belief system, had her spied on by parishioners, and supposedly forced her to partake in audits (the religion’s euphemism for interrogations).
9 Ryan Phillippe - A Master Plan?
Ryan Phillippe was caught by a fling he had in the summer of 2010. Her name was Alexis Knapp, an aspiring actress, and the ‘’relationship’’ barely lasted through the summer. The couple broke it off that September only for Knapp to discover, much to her surprise I’m sure, that she was pregnant. The media reported that Phillippe was none too thrilled about the matter and there were rumors that he wanted a paternity test done. To his credit, he was present for the birth and pays child support. But, with everyone watching him, could he have done otherwise? The media would have a field day if his ex put the baby up for adoption or if she claimed that she was coerced into an abortion. So Phillippe has simply joined the long list of male stars with illegitimate children, such as David Spade, Hugh Grant, and Jude Law.
Meanwhile, fans of Phillippe’s ex-wife, Reese Witherspoon, think the whole thing is poetic justice. They believe Phillippe got Witherspoon pregnant on purpose while filming Cruel Intentions in order to make sure she’d never leave him.
8 Brad Pitt - It's In Stone Now
Brad Pitt is not the most popular man in Hollywood right now. He’s still recovering from his divorce from Angelina Jolie and her allegations of child abuse. And some are still holding a grudge against him for leaving Jennifer Aniston for Jolie back in 2005. But the fact is that Jolie did not leave him much of a choice in the matter.
Jolie came on to Pitt at a low point in his marriage when things with him and Aniston had gone stale, and she took advantage of him on the movie set while he was away from home and playing Jolie’s love interest on camera. She cemented their affair when she had Pitt adopt her children and she further armored their bond by having biological children with him. And then just for good measure, she married him. The guy didn’t stand a chance. Pitt couldn’t exactly divorce her because then he would relive all the bad press he experienced when she left Aniston. But this breakup would be exponentially worse because he would have been leaving Jolie with a small army of children.
7 Scarlett Johansson - Playing House
Scarlett Johansson is a hard woman to capture. Even the uber sexy Ryan Reynolds couldn’t keep her interest for long. But once she got pregnant by boyfriend Romain Dauriac, she had no way out. The baby meant that she had to at least make an effort to play nice with a man – if not for the sake of her daughter, then for the sake of her career. As with Natalie Portman, when women in Hollywood get pregnant they can’t exactly take the morning after pill without risking someone finding out about it, the world would know in an instant.
Thus Johansson was forced to play house with Dauriac and the couple married shortly after the birth of their child. There is no doubt that Dauriac signed a pre-nup but we’re also sure that whatever chump change he’ll get in the divorce won’t be anything to scoff at. And being linked to Johansson certainly won’t hurt his career in advertising either. Big stars tend to take care of their exes, like J. Lo with first husband Ojani Noa, Madonna with baby daddy Carlos Leone, and Charlie Sheen with second wife Denise Richards.
6 Paul McCartney - Will Go Down In History
Heather Mills will go down as the most impressive gold digger in history. You have to give the girl credit because Sir Paul McCartney fell for her BS hook, line and sinker.
The former model and activist won McCartney over with her charms despite warnings from his friends about her. It’s not hard to understand how a beautiful young woman can make a fool out of an old man but she managed to marry him without even signing a prenup. She then sealed the deal with McCartney by having a baby with him despite his advanced age. She always got a lot of bad press, but it was tempered by the fact that people had a soft spot for her because she is an amputee and had been homeless at one point in time. She could be a very sympathetic figure.
Basically, Mills trapped McCartney six ways to Sunday. The marriage was a disaster, and was marred by bitter fights and tensions with McCartney’s daughter, fashion designer Stella. By the end of it both parties were quoted as having said that they were just glad it was over. Obviously Mills was a little more pleased, as she walked away with tens of millions of dollars.
5 Rob Kardashian - Jack Pot
Rob Kardashian is perhaps the lesser-known Kardashian, especially since his self-imposed exile from Hollywood and the constant cameras that envelope his sisters. So everyone was shocked when he began dating model Blac Chyna in January 2016 and just a mere three months later announced their engagement.
But the news just kept on coming…by May 2016 it was reported that the couple were expecting their first child together and in November their daughter, Dream Renée Kardashian, was born. Just a mere month after the arrival of their daughter did they announce their split. This was quite a year for Kardashian who was used to being outside of the limelight (well as outside as any Kardashian can be).
But his fans were not that surprised, after all Chyna already had a son with none other than Tyga, Kylie Jenner’s then rapper boyfriend. So although the two clearly met through mutual friends, seems to us that Chyna was just looking for her next meal ticket. Making sure to associate yourself to the Kardashians for life is one way of ensuring both your career and bank account.
4 Bradley Cooper - Master Mind
Bradley Cooper has made “womanizer” into a professional career and is known to make women blush with his flirtatious personality. Although, to his credit he’s always been a one-woman kind of man, so his motto is usually love’em and leave’em. Come on –his first marriage only lasted 5 months.
But Irina Shayk has not only been able to capture his attention but also keep it since 2015. No one can refute the Victoria’s Secret model’s beauty, but many wondered what else was keeping B.Coop attached to her. Then to everyone’s shock, Shayk announced that she was expecting their first child in early spring 2017. Not surprisingly, Cooper’s people declined to comment and all-in-all kept hush hush about the pregnancy (we don’t even know when the baby was born exactly). Seems to us that Cooper is only staying for the sake of his child. There’s nothing like sharing a child to ensure that you stay in the long run.
3 Jeremy Renner - DNA Is Binding
A couple years ago, we were all surprised when we found out that Jeremy Renner had knocked up his ex-girlfriend Sonni Pacheco, since the two had been separated for a while. And instead of cutting her a check, putting her on a bus and sending her far, far away; he put her up in the mansion he lives in with his roommate. I know, it’s like the most bizarre episode of The New Normal ever.
Renner and Pacheco were married for less than a year, and it seems this “surprise” baby came just at the right time for the Canadian model. At the end of the very long and ugly custody battle, Renner was mandated to pay 16K a month in child support. Although he didn’t need to pay alimony to his now ex-wife, we’re certain Pacheco won’t be slumming it anywhere anytime soon. Jeremy and Sonni are now Super Glued to each other for life, because a baby with his DNA and her DNA now exists.
2 Kelly Preston - Doube Edged Sword
Kelly Preston might not be a super famous starlet in Hollywood anymore, but she is better known for playing in movies such as Twins and Jerry Maguire in the 90’s. Today, you would most likely recognize her as Mrs. John Travolta. The two have been together for years and had three children together, defying the odds in Hollywood, a town infamous for salacious divorce.
Critics of the couple however, believe that in reality Travolta trapped Preston into a loveless marriage. Many believe the scandalous rumors that Travolta is über gay, and that he only used Preston as a pawn to cement his all-American image and further his career. Fans of Preston’s on the other hand, think that she can’t get out of the marriage because then she’d lose access to her children. Fame might have many perks, but it can also be a double edged sword.
1 Beyonce And Jay-Z - Trapped Each Other?
Beyonce and Jay-Z are perhaps the most relevant power couple today. Brangelina is no more, Posh and Becks have seen better days and word on the street is that Kim and Kanye will be headed to divorce court soon. But, one thing we know for sure, there’s trouble in paradise between those too.
Many fans of Beyonce suspect Jay-Z cheated on her in the past. Fans of Jay-Z think Beyonce only used him to give her credibility in the music world. It’s really a chicken and the egg thing, which is why it seems like they essentially trapped each other. With them, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and if they split there’s no guarantee that the magic will continue to happen.
As they say: for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.
Sources: Romper.com, Usmagazine.com, Dlisted.com, Tmz.com