Every celebrity knows the meaning of a supportive longterm relationship. Britney Spears, for example, has been in the same relationship since the start of her career and it’s certainly helped her success. Of course, that’s just her relationship with her record label. When it comes to personal relationships, the pop princess has a much patchier record. But she’s not alone! In the world of celebrity, marriages are discarded with the speed usually reserved for fresh produce. If your marriage lasts longer than a bottle of milk, then you’re doing well. There are almost too many speedy divorces and annullments to mention, but here are our personal pick of the Top 10 Shortest Celebrity Marriages. And not one of them made it to that magical 100-day mark….
10. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
Now, here’s a rule about celebrity marriages – the bigger and flashier the ceremony is, the more likely the whole thing is to fall on its rear in a matter of days. So, given that Kim and Kris married in front of the TV cameras, the resulting 72-day marriage wasn’t surprising. Aside from the 2-part TV special, there were a number of other publicity stunts surrounding the wedding, including Kim releasing her own wedding perfume, named “Kim Kardashian Love”. After the marriage fell apart, there were accusations that the wedding itself was just another one of those publicity stunts. Kardashian denied it of course, but the world remains unconvinced….
9. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon
Now, I can’t believe this marriage didn’t stay the course. I mean, look at the body language in the photo above – so natural, spontaneous and believable. And they had so much in common – they’d each had their own sex tape controversy – Pamela’s with her ex-husband Tommy Lee in 1996, Rick’s with former girlfriend Paris Hilton (the ever so charmingly named “One Night in Paris”). Still, their love was not to be as the Baywatch star and the poker player filed for divorce just 60 days after their romantic Vegas marriage (Anderson was starring in a magic show there, and they married in between the 7PM and the 10PM performances). It wasn’t even Salomon’s first short marriage – his 2003 marriage to actress Shannon Doherty was annulled after 7 months but his first marriage – to voice actress Elizabeth Daily – lasting a whopping 5 years! That’s forever in celebrity terms!
8. Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas
Now Drew Barrymore is someone that’s it’s hard to be too snide about. Whatever life throws at her she seems to emerge cheerful enough. So she probably accepted that a disastrous marriage was part of her lot as a rebellious ex child star. The marriage in question was her 1994 union with bartender Jeremy Thomas and she was just 19, 12 years younger than her new husband. It wasn’t destined to last and the couple split just 6 weeks later. Her next marriage, to Tom Green, fared little better, with a divorce after 5 months. She married for the third time last year, so maybe this one will be The One?
7. Axl Rose and Erin Everly
It’s fair to say that Axl Rose has some issues. A difficult childhood left him unable to sustain a normal relationship and his girlfriends lived in fear of his violent rages. In 1990, that girlfriend was Erin Everly, daughter of one of the Everly Brothers, and she was well aware of Rose’s violent tendencies before they were married. Still, she had little choice. In April 1990, Axl threatened to kill himself if she didn’t marry him and so they went to Las Vegas and had a spontaneous wedding there. Just 26 days later, Rose filed for divorce although they later reconciled and the marriage wasn’t finally annulled until the following January. An unhappy marriage, characterized by domestic abuse, and a lucky escape for Everly.
6. Sinead O’Connor and Barry Heddige
Before she started a social media spat with Miley Cyrus, Sinead O’Connor’s chief hobby was splitting up with on-off husband Barry Heddige. The couple first married on December 8th 2011, but announced their split on Boxing Day the same year. A week later it was back on, another week and it was back off, and then it seemed to be back on again. What the current status of the marriage is is anyone’s guess, but the inconsistency of the relationship is never a good sign for long-term bliss. The first thing Sinead wanted to do after getting married was go on a cannabis hunt around Las Vegas – not the ideal post-marriage bonding activity when your new husband is a drugs counselor. An impressively short 18 days between marriage and first split, but they may be on yet another reconciliation at the moment and this could run and run…
5. Mario Lopez and Ali Landry
For many of the relationships on this list, marriage seems to have been the kiss of death rather than the start of eternal bliss. So it was for “Saved by the Bell” star Mario Lopez and actress Ali Landry, who dated for a full 6 years but split up after just 2 weeks of marriage. The issue? Lopez’s cheating behavior at his bachelor party. It’s a trap that many men have fallen into, and in Lopez’s case it led to him losing the former Miss USA. On the Wendy Williams Show, Landry recently opened up about it, saying she heard rumors about his infidelity just before the wedding but was scared to stop it. Then she did what any sensible woman would do, and tapped his phone, heard phone calls from girls and annulled the marriage. Her subsequent marriage to Alejandro Monteverde seems to be much happier and has lasted 7 years so far.
4. Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra
Now, we’re getting into the realms of seriously short marriages – the ones that can be counted in days rather than weeks. Technically, the marriage between the actress and the basketball player lasted for 5 months, but seeing as Rodman tried to get an annullment after 9 days, I think we can say that the true length of the marriage was just over a week. It was another Las Vegas ceremony – at the Little Chapel of the Flowers – and it happened at 7am, when Rodman may well still have been drunk from the night before. Speaking about it later, Electra compared it to getting a cheeseburger in a fast food restaurant and dismissed the decision to marry with “It’s easy to get caught up in a moment.”
3. Dennis Hopper and Michelle Phillips
The “Easy Rider” star and director was never the easiest person to live with, heavy drugs were a part of his day-to-day life, as was cruelly tormenting his co-stars and even attempting to set someone on fire because she looked like Joan of Arc (he was on a lot of drugs at the time). So it’s hardly a surprise that his drunken marriage to Michelle Phillips, of the Mamas and Papas, fell apart after 8 days. He woke up the day after the wedding so high that he didn’t recognize his new wife – not the best start to a marriage.
It seems that Michelle didn’t have the best taste in men at the time. She was married to fellow Mamas and Papas singer John Phillips for 8 years, but they split after she had affairs with both a band mate (Denny Doherty) and Gene Clark of the Byrds. Later, John Phillip’s daughter would claim that he had an incestuous relationship with her. So, a druggie maniac and an abusive father? Good choices of husband Michelle…Hopefully her fifth marriage, which has so far lasted 13 years, is making her happy.
2. Britney Spears and Jason Alexander
One of the most famously brief marriages, this union lasted a mere 55 hours before being dissolved. If you’ve been paying attention so far, you’ll hardly be amazed to learn that the wedding took place in Las Vegas, at the Little White Wedding Chapel. Britney was wearing jeans and baseball cap and apparently the spirit of Vegas just took her over. Once the spirit of Vegas had left again, she didn’t waste much time in getting it annulled – handy, as she got married again later that year. The second marriage was to Kevin Federline and that lasted for 2 years and 2 children before ending in divorce. And all before she was 25!
1. Zsa Zsa Gabor and Felipe DeAlba
But Britney has some way to go before she tops the record of Zsa Zsa Gabor. The actress had 9 husbands and is probably more famous for that feat than for her acting.The briefest of these lasted just a day, and it was to Mexican attorney and actor Felipe DeAlba, in April 1983. The marriage took place on board a ship, with the Captain officiating but there were some technical problems, the most serious being Gabor’s lack of divorce from previous husband Michael O’Hara. This tiny issue caused the marriage to be annulled the next day. 3 years later, she married her 9th and (so far) final husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, a marriage that has lasted 30 years. Obviously she was just waiting for the right man to come along, and that man wasn’t DeAlba!