They can either make or break the person in question – think Kim Kardashian and then Screech from Saved By The Bell.
But regardless of what they do for the celeb they usually cause quite the storm.
Whenever a new one hits the web everyone goes mad trying to keep up with the rumours: Is that really her? Is that really him? Who’s that in the background? Who released it and why? What’s that on her…? Oh, EUGH.
And so it goes on.
Today it was revealed Jennifer Lopez may be caught up in her very own $ex tape scandal.
Yes as in J-Lo. The singer’s intimate videos – recorded by first husband Ojani Noa – have been the subject of a complicated legal battle for six years, and now her ex-hubby’s business partner is planning to unveil the film telling the tale of their doomed marriage. You can read more about it here.
Oh dear. While this is of course not in the public domain there are a number which are and here’s our round-up to the top ten.
Tulisa Contostavlos and Justin Edwards
The former X Factor judge and NDubz singer released a clip admitting she starred in the video that was sensationally leaked onto the internet.
She said she was “devastated” and “heartbroken” by the whole thing and accused the video’s co-star and her ex-boyfriend, Justin Edwards (aka DJ Ultra), of selling the tape without her knowledge.
We reckon she emerged from the affair with her dignity very much intact. Read the full story hereand watch her YouTube confession below.
Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon
The most successful celebrity $ex tape ever, 1 Night In Paris proved that recording yourself rolling around naked with someone is a surefire way to make yourself insanely rich and famous.
Paris and her then boyfriend Rick Salomon filmed themselves getting frisky in 2004 and the world went crazy for the video.
Previously a little known socialite and heiress, the tape kick-started Paris’ career as a reality telly star, singer (?), model and sometime fashion designer. She’s now some kind of serious DJ, believe it or not.
Kim Kardashian and Ray J
The 39-minute video of Kim and her then-boyfriend Ray J getting up to all kinds of naughtiness in 2007 catapulted the relatively unknown reality star into megastardom when it was leaked onto the internet.
It also directly earned her about £3million after she struck a deal with the rights holders.
Now she’s become one of the most talked about celebrities in the world and upgraded her rapper beau status by marrying Kanye West.
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
Pam’s homemade $ex vid was with her then-husband Tommy Lee was filmed during their honeymoon in 1995.
The tape was stolen from their house and put onto the internet and went viral.
It was one of the very first celebrity $ex tapes to be leaked in this way.
Pam sued the video distribution company and eventually entered into a confidential settlement with them.
The tape’s now only available via subscriptions to certain sites.
Katie Price and Dane Bowers
Before Kieran Hayler, before Danny Cipriani, before Leandro Penna, before Alex Reid, yes, even before Peter Andre, there was Dane Bowers.
A lot of Dane Bowers as it happens. His and Katie’s $ex tape was nicked from the flat they shared in 1999 and put on the Internet for everyone to, uh, enjoy.
Verne Troyer and Ranae Shrider
Mini Me attempted to sue his ex-girlfriend, Ranae Shrider, for releasing their 50 minute $ex tape onto the internet in 2008.
Talking about her $ex life with Verne, Ranae said, “He wasn’t short of $exy skills and tried his hardest to make up in technique what he lacked in size.”
Abi Titmuss and John Leslie
Fromer nurse Abi filmed herself getting kinky with her ex-fella John Leslie and an unidentified woman in 2000.
The 16 minute tape was released in 2005 and instantly secured her a place on the cover of every lads’ mag across the country.
Colin Farrell and Nicole Narain
We’d be a bit disappointed if Colin had never made a $ex tape as he seems the right sort. But he has, so, um, we’re not.
He was though and ended up suing his 2003 co-star, Playboy model Nicole Narain, accusing her of releasing it to make money.
They ended up settling out of court. Colin told Jonathan Ross on his talk show in 2005, “At the end of the deposition the man in charge said, ‘I hope you’ve learned your lesson, Mr Farrell,’ and I said, ‘Absolutely, next time I’ll take the tape with me.’”
Farrah Abraham and James Deen
Another $ex tape has been released, starring reality queen Farrah Abraham.
Farrah, 22, was said to be devastated that footage filmed years ago has been repackaged into a new film Farrah 2: Backdoor & More.
She originally starred alongside James Deen in the porn film Backdoor Teen Mom.
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