There’s a reason why Hollywood marriages are celebrated for passing anniversary milestones that us regular folk take for granted – these marriages have a very nasty habit of ending in some super messy divorces, some don’t even make it past the ‘honeymoon’ stage.
Though the following list of Hollywood divorcees all have one thing in common – they married young, some going on to remarry, and remarry again, taking the motto ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’.
10. Angelina Jolie – Divorced at 23
Angelina Jolie has had as many partners as she’s had personality changes! Before there was Billy Bob Thorton and baby daddy, Brad Pitt, Jolie was married to English actor Jonny Lee Miller. In 1996 at the age of 20, Angie and Jonny tied the knot. She apparently wrote his name in her blood on the inside of her wedding ensemble – rubber pants and a white t-shirt. Sadly, even bodily fluids could not keep them together. The marriage was short-lived, lasting only 18 months – they separated in 1997 and divorced in 1999. Despite the failed union, the exes are still friends – in 2011 Jonny and his current wife attended the premiere of Angelina’s film, In the Land of Blood and Honey.
9. Jane Levy – Divorced at 23
Starring as moody teenager, Tessa Altman in the hit ABC sitcom Suburgatory, it came as quite a shock in 2013 when word hit the street that the 23-year-old actress had filed for divorce – we didn’t even know she was married! Turns out Levy had married Portuguese actor, Jaime Freitas in a secret ceremony back in 2011. The divorce wasn’t finalized for another two years, the couple actually separated in October of 2011- just seven months after saying ‘I do.’
8. Drew Barrymore – Divorced at 19
Bet you didn’t know that ET darling, Drew Barrymore has been engaged or married a total of five times in her life? And she’s not even 40-years-old! In 1994, at the age of 19, Barrymore married her first husband, 31-year-old bartender Jeremy Thomas. The couple dated for only six weeks before tying the knot at the groom’s Los Angeles bar, The Room. If things couldn’t get stranger, the ceremony was ordained by a clairvoyant minister. The newlyweds enjoyed three months of marital bliss before calling it quits. Drew has been married to art consultant Will Kopelman since 2011. They have one baby together, a daughter named Olive, and are expecting another baby – a girl, any day now.
7. Jamie-Lynn Sigler – Divorced at 24
When Sopranos princess, Jamie-Lynn Sigler married her manager, AJ Discalla in 2003, the 22-year-old surprised not only her mob of fans but her castmates as well. Discalla, who was was 10 years her senior, swept Sigler off her feet and after two years of dating, they were married in a lavish outdoor ceremony in front of hundreds of guests. According to the rumour mill, reasons for the split two year later in 2005, included alcohol and gambling addictions although this was denied by both camps. Sigler now 32, has yet to remarry. In 2013, she gave birth to her first child with her fiancé, baseball player Cutter Dykstra.
6. Uma Thurman – Divorced at 22
According to Phil Joanou, the film’s director, when 19-year-old Uma Thurman met 31-year-old Gary Oldman on the set of the 1990 crime film, State of Grace the chemistry was so intense he graciously step aside.” (Joanou had been dating Thurman up until that point). At the time of their hookup, Oldman was married to actress Lesley Manville. Rumour has it the Dracula actor left Manville (and their 3-month-old son) to marry Thurman. Uma and Gary divorced in 1992. The Kill Bill star was later quoted as saying, “Teenage weddings are amongst the things that don’t count.”
5. Solange Knowles – Divorced at 19
At the age of 19, most teens are busy deciding what they want to do when they grow up. Solange Knowles‘ life would take a different path. At 17, Beyonce‘s baby sister tied the knot with her high school sweetheart, Daniel Julez and eight months later she gave birth to their son. Unfortunately, baby couldn’t keep the marriage together. The couple split in 2006 after two years of marriage. Now, 27, the singer credits her maturity to the adult decisions she had to make at such a young age. In a recent issue of Harpers Bazaar, she says, “Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27.”
4. Jessica Simpson – Divorced at 25
Their lavish wedding ceremony and first years of marriage were chronicled for the world to see on the reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, so it came as no surprise when in 2005, after three years of marriage, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey decided to pull the plug on the show, and their marriage. As for reasons behind the split, Simpson had apparently grown tired of Nick’s hard-partying ways and Lachey, was left feeling ‘blindsided’ by Jessica’s request for a divorce. Whatever the case, both have moved on – Nick is now married to model and actress Vanessa Minnillo. The couple welcomed their son Camden into the world in 2012. Jessica has two children – Maxwell, 22-months and Ace, 9-months with fiancé, former footballer, Eric Johnson. The couple plan on wedding later this year.
3. Britney Spears – Divorced at 24
Teen drama hit an ultimate high when news broke back in 2002 that Britney Spears and long time love Justin Timberlake had broken up. Would we ever get over it? Well, Britney certainly did. In 2004 the Toxic singer married dancer Kevin Federline whom she had met just five months earlier. One year later in September 2005, Britney gave birth to the couple’s first son, Sean Preston and in September of 2006, the couple welcomed their second son, Jayden James. Things seemed to be going swimmingly for the pair but appearances can be deceiving. Just two short months after giving birth to Jayden, in November 2006, Britney filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. Although the news of the split was a shock to most, no one was more shocked than the groom himself. The day Spears called it quits, Kevin was in Toronto filming a piece for MuchMusic to promote his album. Footage shows the exact moment he receives the text message from Britney informing him that she has filed for divorce. Federline takes off his microphone, disappears for 30 minutes and returns visibly agitated. And ladies and gentleman, divorce by text message was born.
2. Avril Lavigne – Divorced at 25
The most surprising thing about the 2006 marriage of punk princess Avril Lavigne to Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley was that it lasted as long as it did. It’s not just that they were young – Avril, 21 and Deryck, 26, but they were just so… immature. In an interview with Q Magazine shortly after their nuptials, the Complicated singer confided, “I got married last year simply because I was lucky enough to find the right guy. Did I tame him? Hey, we were both party animals, so we’ve tamed each other.” The couple announced their split four year later in 2010 amongst reports that Lavigne unceremoniously tossed Whibley out of their $9.5 million Bel Air estate and that Deryck was “crushed” by the betrayal. In 2013, a more mature Lavigne married fellow Canadian rockstar, Nickleback vocalist, Chad Kroeger. And her choice of wedding dress? Black of course.
1. Kim Kardashian – Divorced at 24
Whether you love her or love to hate her, back in 2011, 8.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Kim Kardashian marry the ‘love of her life’ basketball player Kris Humphries in a reported $10 million affair that aired in a two-part, four-hour special on E! And when she filed for divorce just 72 days later, was anyone really shocked? But did you also know that the reality star tied the knot eleven years earlier when she was just 19? In 2000, Kim K became Kim T when she married twenty-nine-year-old music producer Damon Thomas. They split four years later in 2004 in a super messy divorce – leaked court papers reveal that Kim claimed the music mogul was physically and verbally abusive during their marriage. Thomas fired back in an interview with In Touch magazine alleging that Kim was a “fame-whore” who cheated on him with “multiple guys”and had a number of plastic surgery procedures including liposuction and a boob job.
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