The Celebrity Nanny & How Eva Amurri Martino Changed The Conversation

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Hollywood is full of rumors: rumored movie roles, rumored rekindled romances, and, worst of all, rumored scandals.

On February 29, we wrote about actress Eva Amurri Martino, whose husband fired their nanny after the nanny texted him a wildly inappropriate message while Martino was out of town.

The message read, "OMG. Girl, did I mention to you how hot and sex my Boss is. I would love to fuck his brains out ha haah. Too bad he seems not to like thick Latin women with lots to hold on to LOL." From there, Martino's husband confronted and fired the nanny, leaving Martino feeling shocked, confused, and betrayed. A woman who had helped raise the couple's kids was sexting Martino's husband. It's hard to read and wrap your head around.
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The whole "nanny steals Hollywood man" tale is a bit of a cliché at this point, but it's not exactly mythological. For every rumor about a "hot" nanny ruining a celebrity marriage, there's an actual star who fell in love with (and ended up with) the children's caretaker.
But Martino titled her blog post about the incident "Nannygate 2.0: Happily Eva After," winking at the fact that her particular story was changing the existing narrative on nannies as marriage ruiners. Sometimes, the wife gets to win, and win big.
Here are the five most well-known "nannygates" that preceded Martino's own.
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Jude Law & Sienna Miller (2005)
Law and Miller were engaged when their nanny went to a tabloid and revealed that she was having an affair with Law. Law publicly apologized for his infidelity in a statement to the British Press Association. Law confirmed the relationship, saying there was "no defense for my actions which I sincerely regret." Miller and Law ended their engagement.
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Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke (2004)
Thurman and Hawke divorced after rumors of an affair between Hawke and the couple's nanny, Ryan Shawhughes. In 2008, Hawke would wind up marrying Shawhughes. The two now live together and have three children.
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Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale (2015)
The musical duo split after Rossdale allegedly had an affair with the couple's nanny. The two released a statement to People, saying: "We remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment," but neither has publicly addressed the alleged infidelity. The two have filed for divorce.
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Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck (2015)
Just weeks after the pair announced they were filing for divorce in the summer of 2015, Us Weekly ran an exclusive stating that Affleck had been dating the couple's nanny. Affleck's publicist promptly denied the allegations. Garner vaguely addressed the nanny in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, saying only that "we had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny."
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Rob Lowe & Sheryl Lowe (2008)
In 2008, the Lowes' nanny attempted to extort and blackmail the couple, according to Rob. His lawyers said that the nanny claimed to be in an intimate relationship with Rob, and that she wished he would divorce his wife, People reported. The nanny then sued the Lowes. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed in 2009 at the request of both sides, with no comments from either.
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