It’s hard to keep a celebrity marriage together. Even a simple dating relationship is easily strained what with paparazzi and busybody media around every corner, micro-analyzing every move you and your partner make. While most of our favorite stars tend to get in and out of marriages as rapidly as limousines, there are some who try to spice things up in order to keep the flame going. Yep, we’re talking about open marriages. While an open relationship between a boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t all that uncommon anymore, having the same kind of agreement with your husband or wife can be a tricky thing.
These 14 famous couples have tried the open marriage arrangement. Some have been successful. Others …
14) Mo’Nique & Sidney Hicks
Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique has known her husband Sidney Hicks since she was 14 years old, so there’s a strong trust between the two of them. On several occasions, the Baltimore native, who gave birth to twin sons Jonathan and David in 2005, has told the public that an open marriage has strengthened their relationship.
13) Larry King & Shawn King
Peabody Award-winning host Larry King has been married seven times, and his marriage to Shawn has been the longest in his life. The one thing that kept both of them together was their desire to have extramarital relationships. After rumors of Larry having an affair with Shawn’s sister surfaced, the pair filed for divorce in 2010, but they dropped it months later.
12) Dolly Parton & Carl Thomas Dean
In May 2016, Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean celebrated their 50 year anniversary as husband and wife, and their secret has been their honesty to each other. In a 2007 interview, Parton stated, “If we cheat, we don’t know it, so if we do cheat, it’s very good for both us.”
11) Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow were together for 10 years, but in 2016, they finalized their divorce. The cause for the split was their open marriage, which they tried out because of their hectic schedules. This led to their relationship falling apart, which Gwyneth infamously labeled as “consciously uncoupling.”
10) Hugh Hefner & Crystal Harris
As the founder of Playboy and a resident of the Playboy Mansion, Hugh Hefner finds himself surrounded by women around the clock. Before they were even married, Hefner dated his wife Crystal Harris along with identical twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon. While dating the three ladies, he was still married to Playboy Playmate Kimberley Conrad. Four women simultaneously was too much for Hefner, who broke up with the twins and divorced his wife in 2010. Two years later, he married Harris. It’s safe to say that even though he’s married again, Hefner still has relationships on the side.