Francois Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, has some 'splaining to do: The New York Post is reporting that Pinault is the father of supermodel Linda Evangelista's 4-year-old son. Pinault and Hayek have been married since 2009; Evangelista's son Augustin was reportedly conceived during a break in Pinault's relationship with Hayek.
The French businessman isn't the only high-profile case of baby daddy drama, however. The following famous faces have all had to claim a child they hadn't planned.
Earlier this year, actor and former Los Angeles governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped a bomb on wife Maria Shriver, to whom he's been married since 1986, when he told her that he'd fathered a child out of wedlock with a household staff member. The news hit the public six days after the couple announced their separation.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger told the Los Angeles Times. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
Mildred Baena, the housekeeper who fathered Schwarzenegger's love child, told the Daily Mail that it wasn't until her son Joseph was 13 that she began to suspect his paternity. In 2010, Baena says Shriver asked her point-blank whether Schwarzenegger was Joseph Baena's father.
Following the news, the former First Lady of California moved out of the Brentwood mansion she shared with Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger's 17-year-old son Patrick also changed his last name to Shriver on his Twitter account, perhaps voicing silent support for his mother.
Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, who married Gwen Stefani in 2002 after dating her for six years, got a shock in 2004 when Pearl Lowe and her 15-year-old daughter Daisy asked Rossdale to take a paternity test. Rossdale, who was already Daisy's godfather, reluctantly took the test, and its positive results rocked his marriage with the No Doubt singer.
"Yes, it's true, but out of respect to all parties concerned, I've no further comment," said Rossdale after the news broke. E! Online reported that Stefani was "devastated and infuriated," although she never made a public statement about the affair.
Pearl has known the Bush singer since they were both teenagers, and she says that her pregnancy resulted from a brief fling. Daisy Lowe is now a model.
Today, Liv Tyler and father Steven Tyler have a close-knit relationship, but it wasn't always that way. The brunette beauty was born in 1977 as Liv Rundgren; mother Bebe Buell always told her that rocker Todd Rundgren was her father, primarily because Tyler was addicted to drugs during that period. At age 9, Liv noticed that she beared a close resemblance to Mia, the Aerosmith singer's other daughter, and finally learned the truth.
In 1991, the actress officially changed her last name from Rundgren to Tyler, cementing her newfound heritage. In a 2008 interview with The Telegraph, she seemed grounded about the affair's aftermath. "As a child, I didn't understand why that would happen -- how that could happen. Everybody had a different interpretation [of the situation] and how they participated. And you know what -- I'm okay with that. All that matters is whatever kind of relationship I can have with them now." She remains close with both Rundgren and Tyler today.
Melanie Brown, formerly known as Scary Spice of the Spice Girls, gave birth to a daughter in April 2007 and claimed that Eddie Murphy fathered the child. Murphy has denied the claim since Brown's pregnancy, saying, "We're not together anymore. And I don't know whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test." Murphy, who divorced his wife Nicole Mitchell in April 2006, finally took a DNA test on June 11, 2007 and learned definitively that he was the father.
After a couple of tense years, Murphy now spends time with daughter Angel Iris. Most recently, he invited the singer and her family to see the "Shrek Forever After" premiere in Los Angeles.
In June 2008, OK! Magazine broke the story of a 13-year-old love child between Michael Lohan and massage therapist Kristi Kaufmann. The child, whose name is Ashley, was conceived while Michael and Dina Lohan were separated, but when the news broke, Lohan wasn't ready to admit that the child was his. "If the test is found to be negative, she's gonna be sued for libel and defamation," he said.
Kaufmann first contacted Lohan about the child while he was incarcerated in 2005. "Even if the test is positive, I have nothing to say to her because of the way she handled this," he told the New York Post. Mama Lohan shared her frustrations with Hollyscoop at a New York City event, saying, "I just wish people were more honest and would have told my kids before it hit the press and it didn't happen."
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- Pearl Lowe
- Francois Pinault
- First Lady of California
- The New York Post