Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
In 2004, rumours surfaced that co-stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were doing more than just acting on the set of the action flick Mr & Mrs Smith. Pitt, who was married to Hollywood actor Jennifer Aniston at the time, would go on to deny the affair allegations, as did Jolie, but tabloid reports continued nonetheless. In March 2005, Aniston filed for divorce from Pitt. Still, Jolie raised eyebrows again in October 2008, when she told The New York Times that she looks forward to the day her six children with Pitt can watch Mr & Mrs Smith. “Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love,” Jolie said.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Actor Humphrey Bogart was 44 and married to Mayo Methot when he met and fell for 19-year-old Lauren Bacall weeks into shooting 1944’s To Have And Have Not. Within months, Bogart divorced Methot and married Bacall in May 1945. The pair remained married until Bogart’s death, from esophageal cancer, in 1957.
Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe
In July 2000, actors Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid announced they were separating amid allegations of an affair between Ryan and her Proof of Life co-star Russell Crowe. A month before the filing, Ryan and Crowe were reportedly seen cuddling, hugging, kissing on set. Quaid and Ryan’s divorce was finalised in 2001. Meanwhile, the actor’s relationship with Crowe reportedly fizzled out after a few months.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, also known as “Bennifer”, met on the set of box-office bomb Gigli in early 2002, while Lopez was married to her second husband, Cris Judd. Three days before Lopez filed to divorce Judd in July 2002, People reported that the actor was already introducing Affleck as her new boyfriend to friends. Though the couple became engaged in November 2002, in the end, Bennifer couldn’t stand the test of time; by January 2004, the relationship was over for good.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2012.
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