As Will and Kate approach their first anniversary—Cheers!—we take a look back at some big name couples who couldn’t make it to the one year mark. . . and some who couldn’t even make it one week.
Chicago Bulls wild man Dennis Rodman, who wore a wedding dress to the book signing of his 1996 autobiography, actually walked down the aisle two years later in a 7 a.m. Las Vegas ceremony with Baywatch star Carmen Electra. They claimed the love was real, but filed for an annulment only nine days later.
Of their brief marriage, Cher told her biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli in Cher: A Biography, “He was so high [during our honeymoon] he didn’t even understand me.”
The pair had a non-binding ceremony in Bora Bora with promises to follow it up with a big, legal, wedding back home. The second wedding never happened. They issued a statement explaining, “After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forego having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further. While the recent symbolic union in Bora Bora was representative of our deep love, friendship and respect that we have for one another on a spiritual level, we have decided to remain friends.”
The pair dated for almost six years, but annulled the marriage after only two weeks when Landry discovered that Lopez had been cheating throughout their courtship.
Wild child Barrymore, then 19, married bartended Thomas after only six weeks. For continuity, perhaps, they divorced six weeks later.
In one of the least romantic weddings of all time, the couple married during a 90-minute break between two Las Vegas magic shows where Anderson was appearing. The pair split 60 days later: a record for both of them, even shorter than Anderson’s marriage to Kid Rock and Solomon’s seven months with Shannen Doherty.
The affected “K” spelling of Kris fit perfectly with the alliterative Kardashian clan, he gave her a 20.5 carat diamond, they televised every second of their courtship and marriage on E!, collected almost 18 million in TV and photo rights…what could go wrong? The skeptical public was validated when Kim announced her decision to split from her NBA beau barely two months later.
There are more than a few skeletons in R. Kelly’s closet, and one of them is his under-the-table marriage to the late singer Aalyah. The two met while producing her first album, “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number,” and fittingly, Aalyah’s parents stepped in to annul the marriage because it was completely illegal. She was only 15 at the time.
Our first pair to make it into the triple digits, Presley and Cage met at Johnny Ramone’s birthday party in 2000, and were on-again, off-again until they married in grand style in Hawaii. Their eventual divorce was the third for Presley: her notorious second marriage to Michael Jackson came just 20 days after her first divorce.
Leave it to Pammy to make this list twice. Anderson and the Kid tied the knot in rock star style: a boozy St. Tropez ceremony wearing a white string bikini and a white tee and baseball hat. While they might not have had enough in common to make the love last, they did seem to be on the same page about when to file for divorce: they submitted their paperwork only 53 minutes apart.
Before hitting it big with The Hangover, Cooper tried the married life on for size with actress Esposito. They split after four months, but it was surprisingly drama-free. “It was just something that happened,” Cooper explained to Howard Stern in 2011. “The good thing is, we both realized it…sometimes you just realize it.”At the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. (January 2012)
The One Tree Hill co-stars married after dating for almost two years, but Bush filed for an annulment quickly thereafter. Before things were finalized, Murray began dating a former One Tree Hill extra, and to add another level of awkwardness on set: Bush and Murray had to return to the show and play lovers.
It was almost crazy enough to work. The two weathered some major storms together: his fight with testicular cancer, a fire in their Hollywood Hills home, but the much-hyped yearlong engagement outlasted the marriage itself.
Just another step in Lopez’s episodic romantic life: she became engaged to choreographer Judd only three months after ending her messy three-year relationship with Sean “Puffy” Combs (as he called himself then). Judd and Lopez filed for divorce after just a few months, but before things were finalized, Lopez accepted a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring from future-ex Ben Affleck.