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Family Law Solicitor Caroline Harvey on the Celebrity Divorce rate

“Celebrities are less happy than the rest of us “ – says top Divorce Judge as he warns of the curse of ‘Hello’ and ‘OK’ Magazines along with similar publications. Sir Paul Coleridge delivered his research from the Marriage Foundation, the charity he launched this year. The study showed that Relationship Breakdown occured in 40% of stars’ marriages within a decade compared to 20% of ordinary couples. The lavish ceremonies entered into by the celebrities have little to do with the reality of lifelong commitment, according to the Judge.The Judge considered that huge expensive fairytale weddings attended by the icons of the day indicates that the fame, publicity and expectation of the public will exacerbate the situation, and will result in difficulty sustaining long term healthy Relationships.

The shortest marriages:

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander - 55 hours
Sinead O’Connor and Barry Herridge - 18 days
Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Thomas - 30 days
Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon - 60 days
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries - 72 daysIts not all bad news………………

Longer ones include:

Kirk Douglas and Anne Buydens - 58 years (!)
Barry and Linda Gibb - 40 years
Tony and Cherie Blair - 30 years

The 40% rate of breakups were worked out from examining 572 prominent celebrity weddings over 10 years. It emerged that over a fifth were over within the first four years, compared to one in twenty of all marriages. Perhaps we are doing better than we thought……………………

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