Celebrities are well-accustomed to being in the limelight -- from talk show appearances to magazine photo shoots and everything in between. But no matter how many pictures you've posed for or red carpets you've walked on, no one is prepared for the kind of attention that follows the very public circulation of a very private sex tape.
Click through the slides below to see five divorced celebrities with X-rated home movies that were leaked after their splits. Then remind yourself why sometimes it's awesome not to be famous.
In March 2012, TMZ reported the existence of a Hulk Hogan sex tape that was being <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/03/07/hulk-hogan-sex-tape/">shopped around</a> to various porn studios, though the wrestler claimed it was <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/03/07/hulk-hogan-i-had-no-idea-sex-was-being-filmed/">filmed without his knowledge</a>. In October 2012, Hogan <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/09/hulk-hogan-bubba-the-love-sponge-radio-howard-stern/">admitted to Howard Stern</a> that the woman in the video <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/hulk-hogan-sex-tape-surfaces-online-article-1.1175442">was Heather Clem</a> -- the ex-wife of his <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/juice/content/bubba-love-sponge-owes-wife-1150-month-divorce-not-much-else">best friend and radio talk show host</a>, Bubba the Love Sponge. Hogan <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/09/hulk-hogan-bubba-the-love-sponge-radio-howard-stern/">also revealed to Stern</a> that he was still married to wife, Linda, when the sex tape was filmed. In late September 2012, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/hulk-hogan-sex-tape-leaks-online_n_1940224.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment">Gawker received a copy</a> of the DVD from an anonymous source, which confirmed that such a tape did exist. (Click <a href="http://gawker.com/5948770/even-for-a-minute-watching-hulk-hogan-have-sex-in-a-canopy-bed-is-not-safe-for-work-but-watch-it-anyway">here</a> to read Gawker's editor-in-chief's detailed [read: <strong>NSFW</strong>] account of the sex romp.) <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/05/hulk-hogan-lawsuit-sex-tape-cease-desist/#ixzz28RUMRQV1">According to TMZ</a>, Hogan has threatened to sue the website if the footage isn't taken down. Hogan's wife Linda <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20162212,00.html">filed for divorce</a> from the wrestling superstar back in November 2007, after two children, a <a href="http://www.vh1.com/shows/hogan_knows_best/season_1/series.jhtml">VH1 reality show</a> and 24 years of marriage.
By the time his sex tape with now-ex-wife Pam Anderson was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/pamela_anderson/biography/0,,,00.html">widely released in 1997</a>, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee had already been divorced twice -- first from <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20093727,00.html">model Elaine Bergen in 1984</a> and then again from <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1155753,00.html">actress Heather Locklear in 1993</a>. The infamous sex tape (which has been credited with kickingstarting the <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/photos/image/71688">celebrity internet sex tape trend</a>) was filmed while Lee and Anderson were on their honeymoon in Mexico in 1995, <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/rockstar-romances-2012187/23826">just days</a> after the pair had first met. Anderson and Lee <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-02-27/news/9802270035_1_divorce-filed-pamela-anderson-lee">divorced in 1998</a>. They have <a href="http://blogs.babble.com/famecrawler/2010/07/14/pamela-anderson-tommy-lee-never-spends-time-with-his-kids/">two sons together </a>-- Brandon and Dylan.
In 2006, a tape of Creed frontman Scott Stapp and rocker friend Kid Rock receiving oral sex from <a href="http://gawker.com/155329/welcome-to-the-kid-rock+scott-stapp-sex-tape">several groupies on a tour bus</a> back in 1999 was leaked online. Taking a page from Bill Clinton, <a href="http://www.spin.com/articles/tough-questions-scott-stapp">Stapp later told <em>Spin</em> magazine</a> in 2009: "Well, there's no sex on the sex tape. For it to get characterized that way, I mean, that kind of sucks." Stapp's 16-month marriage to aspiring model Hillaree Burns <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20133966,00.html">ended in divorce</a> in June 1999. The ex-couple has <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20133966,00.html">one child together</a> -- son Jagger.
Kim Kardashian's sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20604870,00.html">catapulted the reality star to fame</a> -- or perhaps notoriety -- back in 2007. Kardashian <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20012494,00.html">sued pornographic film production company Vivid Entertainment</a> for distributing the tape that she and the R&B singer had made during their three-year relationship. Three months later, she dropped the suit in exchange for a <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/item_k4U38GcyWUjEW2TRrBK5zK;jsessionid=7BB5C9F3DB8E807740FE4F8DD1EAFD09">$5 million settlement.</a> By the time the racy video leaked, Kardashian had already been through her first divorce; she <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/05/kim-kardashians-ex-attacks-her-just-wont-go-away">ended her four-year marriage</a> to music producer Damon Thomas in 2004. In October 2011, she <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/272506/it-s-over-kim-kardashian-files-for-divorce-from-kris-humphries-i-have-decided-to-end-my-marriage">ended her second marriage</a> to basketball player Kris Humphries after just 72 days.
U.S. Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding made a <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/biggest-star-sex-tape-scandals-2009218/1891">"Wedding Video" sex tape</a> with her now-ex-husband Jeff Gillooly in the early 90s, in which she donned a <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/biggest-star-sex-tape-scandals-2009218/1891">bride Halloween costume</a>. After a tumultuous and <a href="http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-01-16/news/1994016004_1_figure-skating-tonya-harding-hard-life">allegedly abusive</a> relationship, the couple <a href="http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-01-16/news/1994016004_1_figure-skating-tonya-harding-hard-life">divorced in 1993</a>. The next year, Gillooly lashed out and <a href="http://www.aolnews.com/2010/07/19/tonya-harding-remarries-has-wedding-album-to-prove-it">sold the sex tape to a tabloid magazine</a>, after being accused of being a co-conspirator in the infamous 1994 <a href="http://www.oprah.com/world/Tonya-Hardings-Figure-Skating-Scandal/1">Nancy Kerrigan attacks</a>. <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPcap/1999-10/19/012r-101999-idx.html">Stills from the video</a> appeared in a 1994 issue of <em>Penthouse</em> magazine.
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