Nothing in this world is permanent except change and in the case of Hollywood, changes include marriages and divorce. We’re more surprised if a marriage actually lasts than when it doesn’t. No longer are there avowals of “til death do us part.” These days, it’s “til divorce do us part.” So Hollywood couples are smartening up. They draw up prenuptial agreements to protect their respective assets, just in case the marriage goes down the drain. So much for romantic happily ever afters.
These couples however, decided to skip the prenup and take the plunge, never mind the risks of divorce and the subsequent splitting of assets. Unfortunately, they should have drawn one up because most of these couples are no longer together.
Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold
With a net worth much higher than her fiance’s, comedienne Roseanne Barr’s lawyer strongly advised her to get a prenup prior to marrying fellow comedian Tom Arnold. She was so incensed at the suggestion, that she actually fired the hapless lawyer. It turned out, she should have listened to him. The couple divorced four years later and Arnold walked away from the marriage $50 million richer.
The-Dream and Christina Milian
Music producer Terius “The-Dream” Nash started dating “Dip It Low” singer Christina Milian in 2009 and by September of that year, they were married. Too bad the couple’s lavish wedding went to waste because just three months after the ceremony, the couple separated—even before their child was born. Their divorce was finalized in 2011 and as alimony, Milian received $4 million and an additional $5,000 a month in child support.
Kelsey and Camille Grammer
Theirs was one of the most bitter divorce battles in Hollywood. Before she became a household name in the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Camille Grammer was merely the wife of Kelsey Grammer, once the highest paid actor on television. But while Camille was basking in her newfound fame as a reality star, her husband was having an affair with a British flight attendant. The divorce proceedings turned into a media circus as the ex-couple fought over custody of their children, three homes, and $60 million in assets. Needless to say, the divorce was finalized and 15 days later, Kelsey Grammer married his mistress.
Russell Brand and Katy Perry
It was a bit of a whirlwind romance for British comedian Russell Brand and pop singer Katy Perry. They met in 2009 and got married in a lavish Hindu ceremony in 2010. They then announced that their marriage was over 14 short months later. By law, Brand was entitled to half of Perry’s $20 million net worth, as she was the higher earner between the two. It’s a good thing he graciously chose not to take his ex-wife’s earnings and even gave her the $6.5 million home that the couple purchased together.
Ryan Philippe and Reese Witherspoon
They lit up the screen together in Cruel Intentions and it wasn’t that big a surprise to the public when they found out that Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon were engaged in real life. But after five years of marriage that gave them two beautiful children, the pair split in 2005. At the time, Witherspoon was earning double of what her husband was getting, raking in $20 million for each of her movies. It’s not clear if Philippe cashed in on half of her earnings, which he was entitled to by law. The divorce settlement was never made public.
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson made waves when she said she was still a virgin and was saving herself for her future husband, who happened to be Nick Lachey. They were young and reckless and not surprisingly, the marriage ended after three years. Between the two of them, Simpson had the higher earnings, but she refused to give half of it away, as sanctioned by law, to her ex-husband. In the end, the couple reached a compromise, with Simpson giving Lachey more than her initial offer of $1.5 million, but much less than half of her $36 million.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Paul McCartney was devastated when he lost his wife of 29 years to cancer. But love flourished again for the Beatles frontman when he met and married Heather Mills. Despite everyone telling him to get a prenup, he refused to have one. He most likely regretted his decision when the marriage ended five years later and Mills walked away with $36 million, plus $70,000 a month in child support.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
They were Hollywood’s golden couple, having married in 2000 in what everyone hoped would be a lasting marriage. Perhaps they were hoping the same thing, because Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston didn’t bother to draw up a prenup when they tied the knot. But given that both actors are worth over $100 million, they didn’t feel the need to fight over money matters and they divorced amicably in 2005.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
After giving birth to a son, Madonna married British director Guy Ritchie in 2000, but surprisingly, the normally astute pop icon didn’t sign a prenup. When the couple split eight years later, Madonna saw her $500 million fortune depleted. She gave Ritchie almost $100 million after the divorce.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia Di Rossi
After a high-profile relationship with Anne Heche that eventually ended, TV host Ellen DeGeneres was able to find happiness again, this time with actress Portia Di Rossi. The couple married in 2008, sans prenup, because DeGeneres felt it was unromantic and it defeated the purpose of marriage. The couple is currently going strong.
Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore
Mel Gibson’s marriage to Robyn Moore seemed to be the stuff that real relationships were made of. But after 26 years and seven children, Moore separated from Gibson, apparently after Gibson’s arrest for drunk driving. The divorce was finalized amicably five years later, with Moore receiving one of the highest divorce settlements in Hollywood history and walking away from her marriage with $400 million.
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
Firmly believing that his love for Kim Basinger was everlasting, Alec Baldwin didn’t pay heed to his advisers when he married the actress without a prenup in 1991. But nine years later, the couple found themselves in an ugly divorce battle. The settlement was never made public and the couple continued to be pressed with legal issues as they battled it out for custody over their daughter.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
For a time, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom seemed to be beating the odds, dating, getting engaged, and getting married at the blink of an eye. They seemed obliviously happy whenever they were featured in the reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. But when real life settled in, the couple realized they failed to sign a prenup. So their lawyers set to work on making them a post-nup. The couple separated in 2013 and Kardashian promptly filed for divorce. If the post-nup is honored, she will walk away with $500,000 for every year that they were married, $25,000 in general support, their conjugal mansion, $5,000 per month for shopping, and $1,000 for beauty and well-being care. The last that was reported, though, was that she’s not seeking for spousal support from Odom.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher
Given their very large age gap, Demi Moore should have known better than to forego a prenup for her marriage to Ashton Kutcher. When they divorced after six years, Moore was still worth more than Kutcher. But once she heard of Kutcher’s relationship with Mila Kunis, she went on bitter ex-wife mode and demanded a payout from Kutcher. After two years of trying to settle, the couple finally compromised and reached a satisfactory agreement.
Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi and Jionni LaValle
She gained fame in the reality TV show, Jersey Shore, and thanks to that and some other business ventures, Snooki is somewhat of a millionaire. And that’s exactly why she was advised to get a prenup when she recently wed Jionni LaValle, who may have his own assets, but nothing compared to Snooki’s. But being the romantic that she is, she ignored the legal advice and pushed through with the marriage without a prenup. Here’s hoping this one lasts!