The Hollywood herpes tree, created by gossip sites after Derek Jeter’s infection became known, includes plenty of A-list celebrities, but the baseball shortstop isn’t the only source of the infection among big time celebrities.
Discover the celebs who might have herpes that can be traced back to Derek Jeter, and find out which other stars have been infected with the herpes simplex with no relation to the main herpes tree.
Derek Jeter’s Herpes Tree
The five-time World Series champion has dated plenty of Hollywood celebrities, and since the risk of herpes transmission is high even when condoms are involved, all of them might have gotten the infection and spread it around. Here are the main branches of the Hollywood herpes tree that started with Derek Jeter.
While many adults who are infected with the herpes symplex virus have no visible symptoms, other are outed by their prescription medication. After dating Jeter, Jessica Alba became part of the Hollywood herpes tree, and rumors began circulating about her use of Valtrex. Since she got married to Cash Warren in 2008, Alba may not have spread the infection around too much.
The singer is also part of the Hollywood herpes tree. Carey dated Jeter briefly, and has since been rumored to hook up with Eminem. While she’s happily married to Nick Cannon now, she also dated plenty of models and singers before settling down, including Luis Miguel, Eric Benét and Marcus Schenkenberg.
If Scarlett Johansson is also part of the Hollywood herpes tree, since there have been plenty of rumors about her relationship with Jeter in 2004, then the actress might have infected the most A-listers. Johansson’s dating history includes everyone from Jared Leto, Josh Hartnett and Justin Timberlake to Sean Penn and Ryan Reynolds.
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Justin Timberlake is probably the only celebrity on the Hollywood herpes tree who’s had two chances to get the infection. He’s married to Jessica Biel, who was also linked by rumors to Gerard Butler. Since the actress dated Chris Evans before she hooked up with Jeter, at least be know that Captain America is safe from herpes.
Her on again off again relationship with Derek Jeter also puts Vanessa Minnillo on the map of celebrities who might have herpes. She’s been linked to Orlando Bloom and Topher Grace before getting married to Nick Lachey. The Orlando Bloom connection also puts Miranda Kerr among the celebrities who might have contacted the genital infection.
Celebrities with Herpes
Even outside the Hollywood herpes tree, there are plenty of celebrities who have admitted to having the infection, or were simply outed when they filled their prescriptions.
The actress claimed that her father raped her repeatedly as a child and gave her genital herpes. Luckily for Heche, the abuse stopped before her father contracted HIV and died from AIDS. While the actress also claimed at one time that she was Celestia, the half-sister of Jesus Christ, the herpes is definitely real.
After every celebrity gossip blogs made fun of her Valtrex prescription, there’s little doubt left that Paris Hilton is one of the many celebrities with herpes.
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The singer is also rumored to be among the biggest celebrities with herpes, after she was seen buying Zovirax, another type of herpes medication, in her native Kentwood, Louisiana.
Being outed as one of the celebrities with herpes is already embarrassing, whether you’re part of the Hollywood herpes tree or not, but Janet Jackson also had to deal with her chef airing her dirty laundry to the tabloids. Ricardo Macchi claimed that the singer and ex-husband René Elizondo, Jr. used his name to obtain prescription medication, including Zovirax.
While many celebrities manage to hide their symptoms or are simply asymptomatic, Katie Holmes had to deal with unflattering pictures of a herpes outbreak on her lip. There’s no word on Tom Cruise’s status concerning herpes, but despite being married to Holmes for 6 years, he might just be safe.