We countdown the five quickest ever celebrity divorces.
5 – Cher and Gregg Allman
The ‘Believe’ singer and fashion icon married The Allman Brothers Band’s singer and songwriter in 1975. They separated nine days after the ceremony, allegedly because Gregg, who was addicted to heroin and alcohol, wasn’t keen on the celebrity lifestyle.
You would think that a quick divorce is part and parcel of living the celebrity lifestyle but you would be wrong. Celebrities cannot get a divorce any quicker than members of the public. The fact is divorce takes four to six months regardless of how much money you have. In some cases divorce can take even longer if the couple struggle to agree on their financial settlement.
It took four years for Cher and Gregg’s divorce to come after Cher first filed for divorce as they reconciled for a while.
4 – Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds
The Lost in Translation actress started dating the Deadpool star in 2007, soon after they tied the knot on September 27, 2008. It wasn’t long before Ryan filed for divorce from the two-time Esquire “Sexiest Woman Alive” in December 2010. Their divorce took six and a half months to complete and was finalised on July 1, 2011.
3 – Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil
The Back to Black singer wed her on-off boyfriend Blake on 18 May, 2007, in a ceremony in Miami Beach, Florida. Looking back, it is perhaps not surprising their marriage, described by Amy as ‘based on drugs’ makes the list of quickest celebrity divorces. Upon Blake’s release from prison in February 2009 he applied for divorce. The divorce was granted on 16 July 2009 and made final on 28 August 2009.
2 – Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd
This Hollywood couple lasted less than a year. J.Lo filed for divorce in July 2002. It took until January 2003 for the divorce to be finalised, proving that even one of the world’s most successful businesswomen cannot get a ‘quickie divorce’.
1 – Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock
Pamela beats herself to the top spot with the quickest ever celebrity divorce!
Faster than her re-marriage to film producer Rick Salomon, which came to an end on April 29, 2015 after she filed for divorce in February, this rocky relationship lasted just four months.
The Baywatch beauty was married to the rap-rock turned country singer in July 2006, Kid Rock then applied for divorce on November 27, 2006.
Not Listed - Britney Spears and Jason Alexander
The Princess of Pop’s infamous Vegas marriage lasted just 55-hours. So why are childhood sweethearts Britney and Jason not top of our list of the quickest celebrity divorces?
The couple managed to get their drunken decision to get hitched annulled. This was on the basis that they didn’t know what they were doing.
Technically, annulments are different to divorces because they declare the marriage ‘void’ or ‘voidable’. If you get an annulment it means that your marriage was invalid from the beginning, or put simply, your wedding didn’t count.
Depending on the jurisdiction of where the wedding took place, a marriage can be annulled for a number of different reasons, including:
• Religious reasons
• Being closely related
• Being under age
You might also be interested to read our blog on Celebrities Who Should Have Signed a Pre-Nup.
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