Hollywood’s love-rat pack

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They’ve got perfect stubble, bags of charm – and tabloid appeal. Alice-Azania Jarvis sizes up the serial seducers

What do the following women have in common? Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan and Scarlett Johansson. Clue: it’s not their stylist. Or their dress size. Or even their choice of handbag.

It’s their choice in men. All of these women have shared a partner with at least one of the others, sometimes more. And who are the lucky chaps squiring these beautiful women? Chances are you’ve never heard of them, seen their films or listened to their music.

While once upon a time Hollywood’s leading men could be found surrounded by a gaggle of bejewelled beauties who were the decorative love-interest for rising stars, we now have the opposite. LA’s most powerful, talented and gorgeous leading ladies are being trailed by a coterie of blokes whose job is to wine, dine, and walk the red carpet. The only difference now is, instead of relishing their no-strings relationships, the women fall head over heels, announce engagements, and wind up heart-broken hearted when the rotter dumps them in favour of his next Oscar-nominated conquest. So why are these guys so successful in “love”?

They have almost nothing to recommend them: little fame, even less talent, sparse credibility. Yet they’re sending the celebrity blogs, mags and rags wild. Meet the Love-Rat Pack...

Adam Levine

Age: 30

Profession: Front man of MOR rockers Maroon 5

Currently dating: Rebecca Ginos, a former cocktail waitress

Previous ‘loves’: Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman, Maria Sharapova, Kirstin Dunst. Also rumoured to have developed a “close friendship” with good girl Leona Lewis; given that she lives with her boyfriend, this seems unlikely. Has previously owned up to a “car fetish”, which could explain his enduring bachelor status

What the gossips say: “Teeny-bopper lust object” – ‘Gawker’

Typical chat-up line: Levine once told ‘Seventeen’ magazine he tries to “Say or do something out of the ordinary,” to impress girls. Then again, he also said: “If you like a girl, you suggest dinner. If you just want to sleep with her, you say you want a drink.” Charming

Love rat rating: 7/10 Caution advised

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John Mayer

Age: 31

Profession: Musician

Currently dating: Who knows? At the time of going to press, anyone but on-off amour Jennifer Aniston. That said, anything can happen in a Hollywood minute.

Previous ‘loves’: Jennifer Love Hewitt – about whom he wrote his hit ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’ – Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston. His nickname is ‘Mayer the player’

What the gossips say: “We definitely would NOT want this man to be our boyfriend. Jen, love – you can do better.” – ‘Heat’

Typical chat-up line: Possibly a line from one of his songs: “I'll never let your head hit the bed/ Without my hand behind it”

Love rat rating: 10/10 Toxic

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Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez

Age: 33

Profession: Professional baseball player for the New York Yankees

Currently dating: Kate Hudson was spotted cheering him on

Previous ‘loves’: Married Cynthia Scurtis, a psychology graduate, in 2002 but five years later was caught at a Toronto strip club with dancer Joslyn Noel Morse. Last year he separated from his wife and was linked with Madonna, though both denied any romance

What the gossips say: “Madonna has A-Rod so well trained, she probably had a chip installed in his brain to control him remotely” – Perez Hilton

Typical chat-up line: “Wanna come to a game?”

Love rat rating: 9/10 Marriage and strippers don’t mix

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Balthazar Getty

Age: 34

Profession: Actor. Don’t worry. Nothing you’ll have seen

Currently dating: Watch this space

Previous ‘loves’: Drew Barrymore, Milla Jovovich, Rosetta Millington (whom he married in 2000). Last year, he was famously pictured kissing a topless Sienna Miller in Italy, shortly after separating from his wife, with whom he has four children

What the gossips say: “How could he do that to his wife AND the kids?” – ‘Perez Hilton’

Typical chat-up line: “Want to meet my parents?” (Getty claimed to have rushed home at six in the morning to celebrate with his mother after losing his virginity)

Love rat rating: 5/10 Substantial

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Paul Sculfor

Age: 37

Profession: Builder-turned-model

Currently dating: Single. For now

Previous ‘loves’: The Essex lad has had serious affairs with both Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz

What the gossips say: “Man, what is it with John Mayer and this guy having the same taste - and success? We sort of hate you, Paul Sculfor” – Hollywood Gossip

Typical chat-up line: “Ever been to Essex?” However, Sculfor tends to be seen not heard; apparently he charmed Cameron |with a trip to his home county.

Love rat rating: 6/10 Mid-range, but building...

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Jared Leto

Age: 37

Profession: Actor-turned-musician

Currently dating: He’s free!

Previous ‘loves’: Although he once enjoyed mega-heart throb |status – he dated Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johansson amongst others - Leto’s lustiness evaporated as he shifted into a not-terribly-successful music career

What the gossips say: “There's nothing wrong with a little innocent flirting — or is there? Jared Leto certainly doesn’t seem to think so” - ‘OK’

Typical chat-up line: One of his lyrics, perhaps? “Try to let go of the truth/The battles of your youth/'Cause this is just a game”

Love rat rating: 7/10 Past his prime

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