Falling in love happens fast, but for celebrities, it seems to happen even quicker. Celebs, unlike most normal civilians, seemingly like to rush off and get engaged and then married, without dating for a long period. Everyone is different, and in two of these celeb’s situations, the quick-draw marriage lasted for decades, whereas the other current marriages remain to be seen if they’ll last forever. Only three couples on this list who got engaged after a whirlwind romance have been happily married for at least ten years, and four others got divorced, either immediately after the nuptials, or a few years later. Is it better to date for at least a year before getting engaged? Some people find their soul mate and “just know” from the first meeting, but those feelings might wear off when day-to-day relationship issues filter in. In hindsight, some of these couples probably should have spent more time together before they had a destination wedding, followed by a divorce.
10. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Less Than 5 Months
She had previously dated Marc Anthony in the ‘90s but it wasn’t a serious affair. After she and Ben Affleck called off their much publicized wedding in 2003, she reignited her flame with Anthony, who was still married to his first wife. J.Lo and Anthony secretly started dating in January 2004, and on June 5, 2004, they tied the knot at her home in Beverly Hills. It wasn’t until four days before the wedding that the divorce from his wife was finalized. Unlike her other marriages, Lopez’s marriage to Anthony lasted a long time—seven years—before it imploded in 2011. Almost a decade after their wedding day, in June they were deemed officially divorced.
9. Renée Zellweger, 4 Months
After failed romances with Jack White and Jim Carrey, Zellweger tried out her marriage to country singer Kenny Chesney. They met at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief event in January of 2005, and got married four months later. Four months after that, she annulled the marriage. A few years later, Chensey blamed himself for the marriage not working out, saying he wasn’t ready for it. Zellweger moved on to hooking up with Bradley Cooper for a short spell, but that didn’t work out so well, either.
8. Cheryl Cole, 3 Months
The British singer and former member of the girl group Girls Aloud, married Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini this summer. They only dated for three months before they rushed off to the exotic island of Mustique, and exchanged vows in July. The X Factor judge had previously been married to soccer player Ashley Cole, whom she at least dated for almost a year before agreeing to marry him.
7. Kaley Cuoco, 3 Months
Kaley Cuoco’s failed relationships to co-star Johnny Galecki and a brief engagement to Josh Resnik, prepared her for tennis player, Ryan Sweeting. They went on a blind date in L.A. and hit it off so much, he moved in the next day. Three months later, he popped the question in September 2013, and they married New Year’s Eve 2013, during a party they threw.
6. Nicolas Cage, 2 Months
The actor hadn’t had much luck with marriage—he was married to Patricia Arquette for a few years and then briefly to Lisa Marie Presley—until he met sushi waitress, Alice Kim in February of 2004. At the time, she worked at L.A. restaurant Le Privé, and waited on him one night. Two months later they got engaged, and they married on July 30, 2004. So far, this is Cage’s longest marriage, so maybe third time’s a charm.
5. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, 2 Months
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon surprised the world when they married in The Bahamas, after dating for about a month. When he starred in her “Bye Bye” music video, sparks flew between the pair, to the point where he bought her a $2.5 million engagement ring right before the nuptials. That occurred in March of 2008, and the couple married on April 30, 2008. Cannon had a history of jumping the gun: He got engaged and then disengaged with Selita Ebanks, back in 2007. Mimi gave birth to their twins in 2011, but things soon went south and they separated this year.
4. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, 7 Weeks
In one of the most awkward couplings in recent years, Katie Holmes got engaged about eight weeks after meeting Cruise, in April 2005. It was seemingly love at first sight when the future couple met because Cruise wanted her for a role in Mission: Impossible 3. Cruise proposed to her at the Eiffel Tower on June 16, 2005; she was pregnant by October and gave birth to Suri in April 2006. In November of ’06, they finally got hitched. The Scientology marriage lasted until 2012, when Holmes filed for divorce. Before Cruise, Holmes was engaged to American Pie star Chris Klein, but they had at least dated for a few years prior to the engagement.
3. Avril Lavigne, 1 Month
Avril Lavigne didn’t waste any time saying “yes” to Nickelback frontman, Chad Kroeger, one month into their courtship. Kroger produced her 2013 self-titled album and sang on the song “Let Me Go,” but the recording process also produced a marriage. She told Ryan Seacrest, “We started dating and the next day he’s like, ‘You know, I’m going to marry you.’ And I said, ‘I know.’ It was just one of those things we knew.” They got engaged in August 2012 and married a year later in the South of France. It was recently reported that the couple are in the midst of a split, after only being married for a little over a year.
2. James Garner, 14 Days
The recently passed thespian not only knew how to act, but he also knew how to woo a woman. At an Adlai Stevenson for President rally in 1956, Garner met Lois Clarke. He took her out to dinner every night for two weeks, and then they got married (they skipped the engagement step). The union seemed to work for the couple, as they would’ve been celebrating 58 years of marriage, one month after Garner’s death.
1. Andy Garcia, The First Date
The Cuban actor and director met his soon-to-be wife, Marivi Lorido at a nightclub in the ‘70s, and he was so attracted to her that he proposed on the spot. They didn’t get married until 1982, but here’s a case where a quick union has been good: the couple produced four kids, and are still happily married, over 30 years later.
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