I thought about going into politics but I could never cheat on my wife.
Many women are attracted by men in powerful positions. Many men in powerful positions like to take advantage of those opportunities. We know about the exploits of Presidents Kennedy and Clinton, but we also know that there are many we don’t know about.
Senators, corporate executives, professional athletes, movie and television stars, etc. There are so many affairs that are hushed up with money and promotions. Others are very public and people become famous without any talent.
Steve Garvey, who had the image of Mr. America when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, decided to go into politics. Bad move. Suddenly, news stories broke out about him fathering babies from different women. Dan Marino allegedly fathered a child from an affair quite a few years ago.
It’s not my place to judge any of these people. We all do things that we later regret. The difference is that if I do something wrong, there will be no paparazzi at my front door.
Hollywood stars are notorious for having affairs. Leading men and women who have love scenes, working for months at a time away from home makes for the perfect storm. They can get away with nothing. Too many reporters, rumor mongers and even TV shows that are dedicated solely for entertainment love interests.
It’s expected behavior for Hollywood stars. So much so, that we marvel at famous couples who stay together. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Alan Alda and his wife, who is not famous and… I’m sure there are more,but we don’t hear about them because fidelity doesn’t sell.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was no surprise. His womanizing is legendary, yet it was big news because it was a high profile marriage. Everyone was shocked when Bruce Willis divorced Demi Moore (this was before she adopted Ashton Kutcher). Willis defended himself by proclaiming that men are not wired for monogamy.
One thing is for certain. Affairs cause pain, even in Hollywood. The innocent spouse is impacted, along with children from the marriage. Remember how devastated Sandra Bullock was when Jesse James cheated on her? How about Brad & Jenn?
High profile relationships must certainly be difficult. Even when there’s nothing going on, the couple will still wind up in the rumor mill. I guess it’s to be expected, which is horrible. I wish the expectations were different, but the divorce rate is more than 50%, so high profile or not, there’s a lot of hanky panky going on.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m running late for my marriage class with Tiger Woods.
See you tomorrow.
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