In any workplace situation, there’s always going to be the possibility of romance, especially in this day and age where people tend to spend more time at work than they do in their own homes. When your job is assisting the rich and famous with the day-to-day running of their complex lives, the likelihood of your professional relationship getting too intimate is even greater.
Christine Ouzounian – Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s Nanny
There are always two sides to every story and that’s certainly the case in this situation. While Affleck has remained adamant that his relationship with nanny Christine started only during his separation from former wife, Jennifer Garner, Christine begs to differ. According to sources close to Christine, she and Ben were intimately involved long before his marriage collapsed, while both Affleck and Garner have maintained that she had nothing to do with their break up. Garner insists that “She [Christine] had nothing to do with our decision to divorce.
Mindy Mann – Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani’s Nanny
There’s little that can be said by anyone to deny that Gavin Rossdale’s relationship with nanny Mindy Mann got a little out of hand. Nude photographs and sexy messages gave the No Doubt singer no reason to doubt her husband’s infidelity. While Rossdale has never verified the rumors that he was dating Mann for three years before he and Stefani broke up, he has been seen having lunch with her just a couple of years ago, indicating that the two have remained close despite all the drama.
Ryan Shawhuges – Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman’s Nanny
While most of us think being married Uma Thurman would be a dream, this clearly wasn’t the case for Ethan Hawke. Although Thurman has remained brave in the face of adversity, saying, “I should take full responsibility for the failure of my own marriage”, many believe Hawke’s relationship with his second wife and former nanny, Ryan Shawhuges, caused the celebrity couple’s separation. While it hasn’t been easy for anyone involved, Hawkes and Shawhuges are still together, having married some eight years ago, and have two daughters together.
Stephanie Santoro – Jon and Kate Gosselin’s Nanny
When babysitter Stephanie Santoro stayed over at the Gosselin’s house, it wasn’t to keep an eye on the children but to spend time with Jon. The pair met at a local bar where Santoro worked as a waitress. Although the Gosselin’s had already filed for divorce by that point, it didn’t make the relationship any easier for Kate to accept. According to the mother of eight, “It only really upsets me when the people he’s choosing to bring to the house and let, ahem, stay overnight effect our kids”.
Jessica Gibson – Rob Lowe and Sheryl Berkoff’s Nanny
Not all Nannygate scandals end in divorce and not all nannies come out with their reputations intact. Allegations were hurled in all directions during the court case between Rob Lowe and his nanny Jessica Gibson. According to Gibson, Lowe made sexual advances towards her, while he claimed she was lying and attempting to blackmail him. Gibson failed to prove her allegations and the fact that she had never spoken of the abuse during her seven years of employment with the couple made the claims sound more than a little false.
Melissa Santiago – The-Dream’s Personal Assistant
When your husband’s personal assistant is also one of his closest friends, a little insecurity is inevitable. Once photographs revealed Terius Nash, better known as singer-songwriter The Dream, frolicking in the waves with his assistant, Melissa Santiago, there was nowhere for Milian to go but the divorce court. Both The Dream and Milian claim to have been suicidal over the demise of their marriage but, as The Dream said at the time, “This too shall pass! And everything will be fine!” Keep clicking for more Nannygate scandals.
Mildred Baena – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s Nanny
Some affairs between employers and their nannies carry on for years before being exposed, and Mildred Baena continued working for Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, for years after giving birth to Schwarzenegger’s love child. It was only when her son’s resemblance to the Terminator star became too obvious to ignore that Baena finally told her son the truth. Although the revelation led to his separation from Shriver, to whom he’d been married for 25 years, it took several more years before the couple filed for divorce.
Stephanie Birkitt – David Letterman’s Assistant
did the dirty with. Stephanie Birkitt was an assistant on the Late Show and subsequently became his personal attorney… and lover. Unfortunately, the couple’s indiscretion caused all sorts of repercussions after Joe Halderman, was found guilty of attempting to extort $2 million from Letterman when he found out about his extra-marital activities. According to a former colleague of Letterman’s “… it’s very appealing to be with the boss. He’s funny, he’s charming, he’s rich…”.
Daisy Wright – Jude Law and Sienna Miller’s Nanny
One of the most highly publicized Nannygate scandals exploded in 2005 when Daisy Wright spilled the beans about her affair with employer Jude Law. There was no love as the scandal hit the headlines, with Miller warning, “Daisy better live in fear”. Although Wright regretted revealing all to the media, she also felt she had been hard done by, saying, “I thought that Jude and I had a friendship. But once the rumors began that we’d been having an affair, he … terminated my employment with him”.
Michelle Pugh – Ozzy Osbourne’s Hairstylist
While Ozzy’s marriage to Sharon has always been rocky, it never looked more in danger than when his alleged affair with his hairdresser was revealed in 2016. While Ozzy almost immediately reconciled with Sharon, Pugh maintains that she’s still heartbroken having lost the man who, she claims, “gave me the greatest love of my life”. While Ozzy sought treatment for sex addiction, Pugh was mourning the loss of one of her closest friends, even though a spokesperson for Ozzy stated that she had “their sexual relationship out of context”.
Kimberly Driscoll – Joe Piscopo and Nancy Jones’s Nanny
While some Nannygate scandals end in tears, other have happy endings, at least for some of the people involved. Despite the age gap between the actor and his second wife, Kimberley Driscoll, the couple enjoyed a decade of married life together. It seems Piscopo has a thing for the ladies in his employ as his marriage to Driscoll was rumored to have ended after he had an affair with Jessica Nasoff who was working as his personal assistant at the time.
Elyse Tirrell – Bobby Flay’s Assistant
Even after a marriage is ended, some rumors just won’t stop. When actress Stephanie March, better known as Alexandra Cabot in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, discovered her husband was having affair she didn’t hesitate and simply walked out on him. Food Network star Bobby Flay was believed to have been dating his assistant, Elyse Tirrell, for three years before his marriage collapsed. According to a friend of March’s, the actress was devastated, saying, “I can’t believe the last 10 years of my life have been a lie”.
Rebecca Loos – David Beckham’s Assistant
Assistant to David Beckham, Rebecca Loos knew she was risking her job when she allegedly got involved with the celebrity soccer player back in 2003. While the power couple have denied Loos’s claims, she remains adamant that she and David “just connected”. She says that on their first night together, “It was like magnets, pretty amazing”. Although David has continued to deny the affair, it’s not the only time rumors have erupted that he may be playing the field behind his wife Victoria’s back.
Lorraine Gilles – Stephen Belafonte and Mel B’s Au Pair
One of the most explosive Nannygate scandals to have erupted over the years was the purported threesomes that nanny Lorraine Gilles claims took place between herself and her employers, Stephen Belafonte and former Spice Girl, Mel B. In a lengthy dossier, Gilles claims she and Melanie “had sex sporadically” over the course of her seven-year employment. Mel B struck back saying Gilles had been pregnant with Belafonte’s child but had it aborted. The trio eventually settled out of court, but Mel B and Belafonte’s marriage collapsed under the pressure.
Alyssa Logan – Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s Nanny
It’s quite rare for someone who’s been fired to get involved with the person who made them unemployed but that’s exactly what happened in this instance. Alyssa Logan was working for Tarek and Christina El Moussa just months before the couple split and, as soon as he was single, she and Tarek embarked on a romantic relationship together. Although it didn’t last long, Tarek has confirmed they were together, saying, “I was going through a tough time, and she’s amazing”. Tarek and Christina continue to work together despite their separation.
Marsha Garces – Robin Williams and Valerie Velardi’s Nanny
Williams met his second wife, Marsha Garces, while she was working as a nanny for his first child, Zachary. At the time, the comedian was married to Valerie Velardi, who he’d been with 1978. The couple divorced a decade later and, shortly afterward, he married Garces. Williams and Garces enjoyed a long and happy marriage together until Williams’ battle with alcohol addiction became too much for the relationship to bear. Williams and Garces divorced in 2010, after which he tied the knot with his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider.
Monica Lewinsky – Bill Clinton’s Intern
The affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was probably the most publicized in history. While it happened over 20 years ago, it was such a sensation, few have forgotten it, least of all those involved. Bill Clinton was later impeached after lying under oath while Monica Lewinsky became one of the most hated people in America. According to Lewinsky, “Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one”. Clinton didn’t fare much better and said, “I left the White House $16 million in debt”.
Martin Kirsten – Heidi Klum’s Bodyguard
While it usually seems to be the man who oversteps the mark with the hired help, in this instance, it was the wife who strayed. Singer Seal and his wife Heidi Klum seemed to have a perfect marriage, but it wasn’t quite as simple as that. Although the couple were already experiencing problems when Heidi’s relationship with her bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, went from professional to personal, Seal was furious saying, “I would have thought Heidi would have … waited until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help”.
Marie-Ann Thiébaud – Shania Twain’s Assistant
This situation is rather unusual in that, rather than one half of the couple being unfaithful to the other, they effectively did a spouse swap. Initially, it was Shania Twain’s assistant and best friend who caught the roaming eye of Twain’s husband Robert Lange. Not long after, however, Twain got together with Thiébaud’s ex-husband Frederic. Lange never married Thiébaud, although their affair did develop into a full-blown relationship. Twain may have moved on, but she’s not yet ready to forgive, saying, “I will never be okay with what they did.”
Claire Houseman – Mick Jagger and Jerri Hall’s Nanny
Although it seems unlikely that the sexy Rolling Stones frontman would’ve chosen the homely nanny, Claire Houseman, over his ex-model wife, Jerri Hall, Houseman insists that’s what happened. Houseman’s as aware as anyone else that she his usual choice of woman, saying, “I have no idea why Mick made his play for me, but I think he was just used to getting his way with any woman”. To this day, Houseman doesn’t know if Jerri knew of their relationship, claiming, “I never knew whether Jerry suspected what had happened…”.