20 Celebrity Marriages so Brief It’s Like They Never Happened
by Mackensie Graham
For better or worse, for richer or poorer, for less than a year, apparently. The brides and grooms in these short celebrity marriages had barely left the altar before the divorce papers were drawn up. Yikes! Whether it was a luxe fairy-tale wedding or a quick stop in Vegas, these “I dos” were quickly followed by “I don’ts.”
Britney Spears and Jason Alexander, 2 Days
Pop princess Britney Spears married her childhood friend, Jason Alexander, at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Vegas at approximately 5 a.m. on January 3, 2004. Spears sported very casual wedding attire: a crop top, ripped jeans, and white baseball cap. The couple was drunk on love (and perhaps other substances) and spent their wedding night in Sin City. Just 55 hours later, Spears (and her encouraging manager) filed for an annulment. She said she “lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage.”
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman, 9 Days
Carmen Electra ran “Baywatch“–style right into the arms of basketball star Dennis Rodman in an early morning Vegas wedding at Little Chapel of the Flowers. The nuptials reportedly came after a night of partying. After the hangovers wore off, the pair filed for an annulment nine days later, making it one of the shortest celebrity marriages ever.
Tracey Edmonds and Eddie Murphy, 2 Weeks
Producer Tracey Edmonds and comedian Eddie Murphy were married in a ceremony on a private Bora Bora island on New Year’s Day in 2008. However, all couldn’t have been right in paradise. The couple, who had been dating since the fall of 2006, chose not to officially legalize the union upon returning to the United States.
Ali Landry and Mario Lopez, 18 Days
Mario Lopez may have starred in “Saved by the Bell,” but he couldn’t save his 2004 marriage to model/actress Ali Landry. After the marriage, Lopez fessed up to being unfaithful to his then-fiancée during his bachelor party weekend in Mexico. The couple had dated for six whole years before their wedding, making this one of the saddest and shortest celebrity marriages.
Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas, 32 Days
Drew Barrymore may win this shortest celebrity marriages list, making it more than once. Her first husband was Jeremy Thomas, but Barrymore had called off two previous engagements. They married in Thomas’s L.A. bar, The Room, in the early morning hours on March 20, 1994, when Barrymore was only 19 years old. A minister/psychic performed the ceremony along with her bulldog Jimmy. Barrymore called the impulsive marriage off just over a month later.
Sunshine Tutt and Chris Kattan, 59 Days
In June 2008, Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Kattan married model Sunshine Tutt in Yosemite Valley, California. They separated in August, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The couple did have a prenup agreement, but a renegotiation cost Kattan six figures.
Tara Reid and Zack Kehayov, 2 Months
American Pie actress Tara Reid married Bulgarian financier Zack Kehayov in August 2011; they had a casual wedding in Santorini, Greece. The affair was even documented in tweets. But in October, Reid claimed the two “were never really married” because they didn’t legalize the marriage in the United States.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, 72 Days
What would a list be without a Kardashian in the mix? Reality show queen Kim Kardashian wed NBA player Kris Humphries in a lavish affair. The wedding was a media extravaganza, making the Kardashian franchise about $17.9 million. The ceremony was captured for the memory books in a two-day E! special called “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding.” Of course, not all was newlywed bliss; Kardashian filed for divorce 72 days after saying “I do.” All for cameras and cash? You decide.
Aaliyah and R. Kelly, 90 Days
Teen music sensation Aaliyah—who died tragically in 2001—left behind a lasting legacy of ’90s hits, but the R&B/pop singer’s marriage to R. Kelly was much more short-lived. R. Kelly first served as her mentor, lead songwriter, and producer on her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, but he became her husband on August 31, 1994. The marriage certificate listed Aaliyah as 18, when she was only 15 at the time; the marriage was quickly annulled by her parents.
Nicky Hilton and Todd Meister, 3 Months
On August 15, 2004, at 2:30 a.m. (the perfect time to get married, right?), Nicky Hilton tied the knot with businessman Todd Meister in Vegas. Witnesses included Hilton’s sister Paris and friend Nicole Richie. Their long-distance relationship—he worked in NYC and she out of L.A.—took a toll on the wedded couple, and they divorced just a few days shy of their three-month anniversary.
Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage, 107 Days
In 2002, actor Nicolas Cage married The King’s daughter in an extravagant Hawaiian affair. The relationship fizzled quickly, marking a third divorce for Presley. Her second marriage—to Michael Jackson—came less than a month after her first divorce and fell apart in under two years.
Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper, 4 Months
Both in show business, Bradley Cooper proposed to Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito in October 2006. The couple married in December and were divorced four months later. The breakup was apparently mutual, although Esposito went on to describe Cooper as “a master manipulator” in her book Jennifer’s Way.
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, 122 Days
If their wedding attire was any indicator of how serious this couple was about their marriage, no one should have been surprised by Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock’s short relationship. The couple married on a yacht in St. Tropez in July 2006. Anderson rocked a white string bikini while Rock wore a plain white tee and baseball cap. By Thanksgiving, the newlyweds filed for divorce.
Drew Barrymore and Tom Green, 5 Months
Here she is again! Barrymore married former MTV talk-show host Tom Green in July 2001, but Green filed for divorce just five months later. Who can blame them, though, with such a rough start to their marriage? Green was battling testicular cancer at the time, and a fire damaged Barrymore’s home. Years later on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” Green offered up goodwill toward his ex. “I haven’t talked to her in many, many years,” he said. “I’m glad she’s doing great. I’m really happy that she’s doing good.”
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray, 5 Months
“One Tree Hill” costars Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray were married in April 2005. Only five months later, Bush called for an annulment, citing “fraud” as the reason for divorce. Murray supposedly cheated on his wife with the one and only Paris Hilton.
Donna Peele and Charlie Sheen, 5 Months
Before Charlie Sheen was talking tiger’s blood, the actor wed model Donna Peele in September 1995 after only six weeks of dating. The couple moved almost as fast into the union as they did out of it. After it was revealed that Sheen was (reportedly) a client of an escort agency, the marriage faltered before hitting the halfiversary mark.
Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney, 225 Days
In 2005 the popular country singer and Academy Award–winning actress got married to Kenny Chesney in a barefoot beach ceremony on the island of St. John. Renee Zellweger annulled the marriage less than a year later. In a joint statement, the couple stated that the reason was “miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start.”
Fred Armisen and Elisabeth Moss, 8 Months
“Portlandia” actor and comedian Fred Armisen married “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss in October 2009, but the pair split up eight months later, filing for divorce in 2010. Armisen confessed to Howard Stern in an interview that he was a “terrible husband.”
Lauren Holly and Jim Carrey, 9 Months
Actress Lauren Holly and funnyman Jim Carrey got together during the filming of Dumb and Dumber, before Carrey popped the question in the summer. The pair sealed the deal in a laid-back mountain ceremony on September 23, 1996. But the former costars couldn’t act their way into a successful marriage, and Holly filed for divorce in July 1997.
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd, 9 Months
Cris Judd, a dancer and choreographer, was first hired to direct Jennifer Lopez’s “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” music video before he was cast as the groom in the couple’s September 21, 2001, wedding. Nine months later, in June 2002, the couple divorced; Judd has said in previous interviews that Lopez’s demanding work schedule didn’t leave much time to grow the relationship.