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Why Do Moms Cheat With Married Dads?

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Jesse James' alleged mistress is a mom of two. One of Tiger Woods' mistresses was also a single mom. What gives?

Michelle McGee, Cori Rist

momlogic's Julie: When I heard that Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, Jesse James' alleged mistress, was a mom of two, it made me wonder ... why do moms cheat with married men?

I thought the same when I heard about Cori Rist, the single mom who cheated with Tiger Woods. WHY would a MOTHER sleep with a married man who has kids? Surely a mother would know the kind of havoc this would wreak on a family. Do they really not care?

It's a given that the men are just as much to blame as the women -- I am not saying they're not. Tiger and Jesse will certainly not win any "Dad of the Year" awards, that's for sure. But, as a mother, it's just hard for me to understand how a mom could sleep with a married father and not think of the harm this could do to his kids -- and hers.

Rist, who has a 7-year-old son, said she decided to end her affair with Tiger when she saw a picture of Woods, his wife, Elin, and their daughter, Sam.

Rist said that Tiger told her that his marriage was on the rocks. McGee claims that Jesse James said his marriage with Sandra Bullock was a "sham." The women were reportedly both lied to ... I get it. But, again, there are kids involved here. Shouldn't you have tried a little harder to fact-check before you jumped in bed with a married father? Why just take him at his word when there was so much at stake?

Both mistresses could have lost their own kids over their affairs. Cori Rist's ex filed for full custody after her affair with Tiger Woods came to light, but he lost his custody bid in December. Michelle McGee's ex filed for full custody of their 5-year-old son, Avery, over the weekend ... the outcome of that battle is yet to be determined.

As a mother, how can you play a part in destroying this many families? Because you don't only destroy the man's family -- you destroy your own, too.

Do you just forget the consequences and do it anyway? But how can you, as a mother, just throw caution to the wind when there is so much to lose?

I heard that Michelle McGee was paid $30,000 to make her story public. Was it really worth $30,000 (maybe $20,000 after taxes) to break up Jesse James' family and her own? Or was she just after the fame? If so, I guess she got it. But at what cost?

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Black Iris March 23, 2010, 4:39 AM

Some of these women seem to be fairly messed up people. Michelle McGee, for example, is involved in a messy custody fight and her husband accuses her of untreated mental illness. So maybe that is part of the reason.
To her credit, Rist seems to be one of the few mistresses who broke it off because she cared about Tiger’s family. So maybe being a mom made her understand a little more, even if she did it in the first place.

Leeza March 23, 2010, 5:59 AM

Any woman that knowingly gets involved with a married man regardless of what lies he tells her about his marriage being in ruins, etc. Needs to take a close and honest look at themselves.”Moral Inventory”. These women confuse male lust for love,seduction for commitment,sex for making love, charisma for character.These women have low to no self esteem.Instead of wasting their hearts on cheaters, they would greatly benefit from working hard on bettering themselves with spirituality,values, higher standards, etc. Once (if ever) these women learn to value and respect themselves, they will not need to look for love in all the wrong places.

LindsayDianne March 23, 2010, 7:51 AM

If parents stopped dragging each other through the mud… Cheating parents wouldn’t have a huge emotional impact on children because… they shouldn’t know about their parents sex lives anyway.
It’s very interesting.
These people shouldn’t not cheat with married men because they’re mothers… They just shouldn’t at all.

Lisa R. March 23, 2010, 8:03 AM

You make an excellent point, LindsayDianne: Children shouldn’t know about their parents’ sex lives. But they do in the case of celebrities because everything a celeb does seems to be fair game. For some reason, people—the MEDIA—think we want to know. We don’t. I don’t. I don’t give a sh*t about Jesse James or Tiger Woods. They are just a*holes who don’t appreciate what they have & cheat because they can. As for the women… Don’t even get me started on a woman who would have sex with a man JUST BECAUSE he is a celebrity. Who does that? No self-respecting woman wants a man she doesn’t know just because he’s famous in some way. The woman who slept with Jesse James did so THE FIRST NIGHT THEY MET. There was no love there. She’s a tramp; he’s a tramp; neither one has a moral compass. And then she sold her story publicly for money. Which actually makes her worse. Low self-esteem, my eye! These women are whores & gold-diggers & worse. And the fact that this sort of things still goes on in 2010 is amazing to me. I don’t know how they sleep at night. No one is perfect, but this…this is reprehensible!

Black Iris March 23, 2010, 8:22 AM

Even if you’re not a celebrity, if you cheat, you can’t expect to keep it a secret from your children. They might find out on their own. If your marriage falls apart, they’ll have to know why.

Aprilcot26 March 23, 2010, 8:34 AM

Easy. Because these women are trash.

michelle March 23, 2010, 8:35 AM

Why would you expect mothers to somehow have better judgment than childless women, or men (childless or not)? Just because they’re mothers? Obviously these women have a lot of issues to do what they did, and those issues are probably the same issues the childless mistresses have. Having children was not going to magically make these women smart or sane or empathetic.

Charlene March 23, 2010, 12:26 PM

What difference does it make if the woman has children? If you are going to sleep with someone, you are not thinking about whose life you are ruining. You are thinking about SEX. The cheater and his/her partner are only thinking about scratching that itch—nothing more!!!

TerribleJob March 24, 2010, 8:25 AM

This is the worst type of blogging. Tiger has admitted to infidelity, feel free to comment on him. To say Jesse James has had an affair is irresponsible. You’re missing the word allegedly. And if Bombshell received $1 million — would that be enough money in your eyes to destroy two families? Why even say she got $30,000 ($20,000 after taxes!) when you don’t know what she received. In the end I’m sure you’d agree that no money is enough.

mercaties March 24, 2010, 8:48 PM

I’m hapily (well most of the time) married. But even if I was single, I couldn’t imagine sleeping with a married man. NO WAY IN HELL!

belle550 March 28, 2010, 3:17 PM

I agree with a lot of the comments- bottom line these women all knew these men were married- how can you sleep with with a married man with children AND you have children yourself- it’s sick. These women are just trash. I really, really hope Joslyn James just shuts up too- i am sick of her- she is a porn star. who cares what she thinks.

whosoeverwill March 29, 2010, 2:56 PM

why do women cheat with married men…for the same reason they cheat with single men…lust…their minds are on the wrong…the thought comes and they follow their thought…do you know you can get rid of a thought if you really want to…no one taught us how to get rid of those same old thoughts that keep coming back…so I was thinking…if I loved every man I slept with…married and single…where are they today…was it love or was it lust…had to be lust…the moment was right so I thought…just to have sex….you know just like a one night affair…lust on top of lust…women jump into bed with anybody to get an orgasium…driven by sexual lust…love aint got nothing to do with it…

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