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15 Celebrity Marriages That Ended in Divorce in Less Than a Year

Sometimes matrimonial bliss lasts under 365 days in the glare of the public eye.

It's a commonly-cited statistic that half of all marriages supposedly end in divorce (though some place the rate as closer to 45 percent). Trying to navigate what may already be a precarious union under the harsh glare of the public spotlight can be an occupational hazard for celebrities that might accelerate this process, as it probably did for these super-quick Hollywood marriages. We've rounded up some of the quickest A-list unions in Hollywood history.

1.  Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen — 11 Months

After meeting Fred via Elisabeth's former Mad Men co-star Jon Hamm after he went on Saturday Night Live, the two were married in October 2009, separated by the following June and started divorce proceedings in September 2010. Elisabeth later told New York that the marriage was "extremely traumatic and awful and horrible" and agreed with Fred's assessment of himself as a "terrible husband" in an interview with Howard Stern. "I’m glad that I’m not there," she said. "I’m glad that it didn’t happen when I was 50. I’m glad I didn’t have kids. And I got that out of the way. Hopefully. Like, that’s probably not going to happen again.”

2.  Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Nicky Hilton, Jr. — 9 Months

 

 

 

Lovely Liz was infamously married seven times, beginning with Paris and Nicky Hilton's hard-gambling and drinking great-uncle Nicky in May 1950, when she was only 18-years-old. She filed for divorce after eight months, citing mental cruelty. She would be married again (to English film actor Michael Wilding) by 1952.

3.  Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper — 6 Months

 

 

Married by Christmas and divorced before the following summer, Jennifer filed to end her marriage to Bradley in 2007. "It was just something that happened," Bradley told Howard Stern in 2011. "The good thing is, we both realized it...Sometimes you just realize it." Stern couldn't get much more out of him: "It just wasn't right. It's interesting...things happen!"

She was less diplomatic, calling him a "master manipulator" in a 2014 book.

4.  Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray — 6 Months

 

After rumors that he slept with Paris Hilton, Sophia separated from Chad Michael after five months in 2005. Her motion to annul the marriage was denied and a divorce was granted in December 2006. It wasn't the best of splits, but working together made her have to deal with it sooner rather than later. "At the end of the day we're grownups, and I actually think what's interesting about it is that when people split in a way that's unpleasant, they usually just go on quite literally hating each other—or the person in my situation hates the other person, whatever—but when you have to work with somebody for another half a decade, you kind of have to deal with it," she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live in 2014. "Because for me, at the end of the day, my job is my priority. And so I think at the end of it, it really let me just let go of it." 

5.  Drew Barrymore and Tom Green — 5 months

Almost five and a half months into their 2001 marriage, Canadian comedian Tom filed for divorce from Drew, citing irreconcilable differences and saying in a statement, “Drew is a wonderful woman. I love her very much. I wish our marriage could have worked out. I wish her much happiness.” He later called their brief union a "whirlwind of a time."

6.  Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney — 128 Days

The actress got her marriage to the country star annulled after four months. People thought Kenny might be gay when Renée said the reason was fraud, but she later said that was just legal language.  “It made me sad that somehow people were using that as a way to be cruel and calling someone gay as a pejorative, which has fateful consequences," she told The Advocate in 2016. "Of course, there’s the bigger-picture problem of why anyone had to make up a story at all.”

7.  Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock — 5 months

Four months also proved to be the breaking point for another actress-musician union. Pamela filed in 2006 and cited irreconcilable differences, posting a sad message to her website: "11/27/2006 Divorce — Yes, it’s true. Unfortunately impossible.” Kid later made public that the couple had a miscarriage, which continued to be a point of contention after their divorce, when he accused her of lying about it.

8.  Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage — 4 months

Seven years after ending her marriage to King of Pop Michael Jackson, Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie made actor Nic her third husband. He would be the one to file after three and a half months, citing irreconcilable differences; she countered with a withering public statement that said, “I’m sad about this, but we shouldn’t have been married in the first place.” The divorce proceeding lasted 18 months, which was longer than the marraige.

9.  Aaliyah and R. Kelly — 3 Months

The secret 1994 marriage between late star Aaliyah, who was 15, and her musical producer and collaborator R. Kelly (then 27) was reportedly annulled after three months under pressure from her family. She never spoke about it publicly. 

10.  Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries — 72 Days

A lavish wedding special on E! made it seem like the reality star's marriage to her basketball hunk might last forever, but Kim filed 72 days after they said, "I do."

"At the time I just thought, 'Holy s***, I'm 30-years-old. I better get this together. I better get married," she admitted on WWHL in May. "I think a lot of girls do go through that, where they freak out thinking they're getting old and they have to figure it out and all their friends are having kids. So, it was more of that situation. But I knew [during the] honeymoon it wasn't going to work out."

11.  Ali Landry and Mario Lopez — 18 Days

Mario was not saved by wedding bells after allegations of infedelity during his bachelor party weekend surfaced after they got married. Ali filed for an annulment just over two weeks after they wed in 2004. He boldly admitted that he never loved her in his 2014 memoir Just Between Us: "I had never addressed certain relationships, especially the truth and the handling of what happened in my first marriage. I got inebriated and a little too friendly with a young lady. When it was time to return home, lightning hit me with the truth: I wasn't in love. But I walked down the aisle [anyway]."

12.  Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman — 9 Days

What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas, according to Carmen. She totally regrets her nine-day marriage to basketball star Dennis, who she met and wed right after her mother died of a brain tumor in 1998. "Our relationship was very passionate," she told US Weekly in 2014. "When it was good, it was amazing," she said. "And when it was bad, it was the worst." (Despite filing papers for annulment nine days after their wedding, the two didn't officially split until the following year.)

13.  Cher and Gregg Allman — 9 Days

It also took singer Cher nine days to file for divorce from her late musician husband in 1975, but they remained on and off together, had their son Elijah Blue and didn't actually divorce until 1978.

14.  Michelle Phillips and Dennis Hopper — 8 Days

The Mamas and the Papas singer and actor made it just over a week before splitting in November 1970. Michelle, who has been married five times, hasn't offered many public details about her short union to Dennis but did tell Vanity Fair in 2007 that the relationship was "excruciating." On the eighth day, “my father dragged me into his attorney’s office and said, ‘Men like that never change. File for divorce now. It’ll be embarrassing for a few weeks, then it will be over.’ It was embarrassing for more than a few weeks. Everybody had the same question: ‘A divorce after eight days? What kind of tart are you?’ ”

15.  Britney Spears and Jason Alexander — 55 Hours

 

The quickest celebrity marriage on record still goes to Britney, who married her childhood friend Jason during a Las Vegas bender in 2004 and ended it 55 hours later. Her next marriage to Kevin Federline produced two children but also ended in divorce. "It wasn't really a booty call," Jason told ABC News in 2012. "It was just, you know, a friend asking a friend to come on a trip." He did admit that they were "friends with benefits" who were using "party favors" and oops, they did it.

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