The Josh Duhamel cheating scandal explained

In 2017, Fergie and Josh Duhamel called it quits after dating for more than 10 years. And only Fergie knows how to make a breakup look “glamorous,” because while the couple looked like the perfect couple, the Black Eyed Peas singer later hinted that behind the scenes there was more going on in their relationship than meets the eye went.

Fergie and Duhamel first sparked romance rumors in 2004. The two met after the Black Eyed Peas starred in an episode of the TV show Las Vegas, which starred Duhamel as Danny McCoy, per E! News. From there, the two fell head over heels in love and got engaged three years later, in December 2007. It was then that Duhamel proposed with a diamond ring engraved with “J heart S.” Fergie gushed over the glamour, saying the ring was too big but “I feel like the luckiest, luckiest girl in the world.”

The two then married in 2009 before welcoming a son in 2013. From then on, the two lived happily ever after until the couple broke up eight years later. While the two have claimed there was no bad blood during the split and rumors have circulated regarding Duhamel’s infidelity during the couple’s marriage, many fans are still wondering if Duhamel’s possible infidelity led to their divorce.

Josh Duhamel reportedly cheated on Fergie early in their marriage

Less than nine months into their marriage, rumors began circulating that Josh Duhamel had cheated on his wife, Fergie.

Back then, an exotic dancer named Nicole Forrester revealed she had been intimate with Duhamel. The dancer claimed it happened while Duhamel was in Atlanta visiting the club where she worked, per People. While Forrester claimed to have been dating Duhamel — and took a lie detector test to prove it — both Duhamel and Fergie denied the allegations. “This is not the first and will not be the last time that a stripper has paid a large sum of money to sell a fake story about a celebrity,” Duhamel officials said at the time. “This story is absolutely ridiculous.”

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Shortly after Duhamel’s denials, Forrester spoke again. While the dancer didn’t retract her allegation, she did apologize for the pain it caused Duhamel and his family. “I thought, ‘Nobody’s going to find out. It won’t hurt anyone. I’m sorry I didn’t think about it the way I’m thinking about it now,” Forrester told Extra (via People). At the time, Fergie stood up for her husband and his rejection, but years later, the star revealed how the rumors really impacted their marriage.

Fergie revealed the cheating scandal has been difficult on her marriage

Amid the cheating scandal, Josh Duhamel went on to state that the rumors were false. At the time, Fergie stood by her husband and said little about the allegations. In public, the two maintained a united front, although years later Fergie revealed that dealing with the allegations wasn’t as easy as it looked.

In a one-on-one with Oprah Winfrey, Fergie revealed “it was difficult” when reports of Duhamel’s infidelity hit the headlines. In fact, the couple went to therapy to solve their problems. However, Fergie revealed that working through this difficult time together has only made the couple’s relationship stronger. “Our love today is definitely a deeper love. We’re definitely stronger today because of everything that’s been difficult for us,” Fergie said (via Us Weekly). “We deal with it, we communicate, the most important thing is to communicate.” Duhamel echoed those thoughts, telling Oprah at the time that the bond he and Fergie had was unbreakable — especially after everything they’d been through regarding the allegations. “I’m actually glad that all of this happened because we wouldn’t be as strong as we are now,” Duhamel said in an OWN. “We wouldn’t be as happy as we are now.”

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While the two have now quit, they both remain each other’s biggest cheerleaders. After Duhamel announced his engagement in 2022, Fergie was quick to comment, “Congratulations!!” on the photo and wish them all the best.