Meg Ryan unceremoniously lost her “America’s Sweetheart” crown after she ditched her husband of many years, Dennis Quaid, for her Proof of Life co-star, Russell Crowe, around 2000. Since then, Ryan’s spent much of her time out of the spotlight, appearing only in a handful of movies over the last 15 years (many of them awful). Ryan has since alleged that Quaid cheated on her multiple times during their marriage. Sure — but that still doesn’t excuse The Women.
Talk about a hard fall. After dominating the charts for the entire summer of 2012 with his hit single, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke’s career essentially died overnight after his high school sweetheart, Paula Patton, left him amid rumors that he had been unfaithful. Thicke tried to win back Patton by releasing the sappy, critically maligned album, Paula, in 2014, which didn’t go over well with either Patton or his fanbase. Case in point: The album sold just 530 copies (yes, 530 copies) in its debut week in the U.K. Ouch.
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In the early 2000s, Jesse James became a household name thanks to the many shows and documentaries he starred in and produced for the Discovery Channel. His profile was raised that much higher when he married the unlikeliest of wives, actress Sandra Bullock. America fell in love with Bullock and James, especially as she thanked him in speech after speech on her way to an Oscar win for The Blind Side. Of course, that love affair was quickly ripped to shreds after it was revealed James had been cheating on Bullock with many, many women. Even worse: He was photographed with one woman wearing bizarre Nazi memorabilia and recreating Adolph Hitler’s infamous salute. From that point on: James’ career was pretty much over.