16 Celebrity Marriages That Lasted Less Than a Year
These star relationships burned too bright to last long.
It's easy to fall in love with celebrity relationships, especially between two lovable stars. But obviously, some last longer than others. Much longer. There are those Hollywood couples who have been together seemingly forever, like Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, and on the other end of the spectrum, there are the celebrity marriages that were over in the blink of an eye. Keep reading for celebrity marriages that lasted less than a year that you may have forgotten. And for admirers who ended up with their A-list crushes, here are 22 Celebrities Who Married Their Biggest Fans.
Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen
The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss was briefly married to Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen, but their love ultimately wasn't meant to be. The couple was only wed for an eight-month period between 2009 and 2010, and years later, Moss told New York Magazine that it was actually a difficult time for her.
"Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young," she told the outlet in 2014. "It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible. At the same time, it turned out for the best."
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Drew Barrymore and Tom Green
Drew Barrymore married comedian Tom Green in 2001, but six months later, their marriage came to an end. However, it seems like these days, these two are on pretty good terms. He even appeared on her talk show in September of 2020.
Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush
Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush started out as love interests on One Tree Hill, and fell in love offscreen too. The couple tied the knot in April 2005, only to divorce by the end of the year, though they still had to work together. Later, Bush would tell Andy Cohen in an interview that she only married Murray at the age of 21 because her coworkers pressured her into it.
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Eddie Murphy and Tracy Edmonds
In January 2008, Eddie Murphy and producer Tracey Edmonds went their separate ways just two weeks after they got married in Bora Bora. The kicker is that they'd never actually completed the paperwork to be legally married, so at that point, "getting divorced" was mostly just a matter of not going through with a legal ceremony.
Britney Spears and Jason Alexander
Ready for one of the shortest (and most talked about) show business marriages of all time? That honor belongs to Britney Spears and Jason Alexander, the childhood friend she famously wed in Las Vegas in 2004. The couple only stayed married for 55 hours, at which point they got an annulment—something Alexander told ABC News he only did in hopes that they'd still date. Bummer!
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Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo
Though The Chi creator Lena Waithe and wife Alana Mayo's secret wedding came as a happy surprise to fans, their marriage didn't last. They dated for three years before they'd gotten married, but two months into their marriage, they decided to separate, with Mayo filing for divorce in November of 2020.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
The only other super short marriage that may rival the amount of attention that Spears and Alexander got might be the one that belonged to Kim Kardashian and former NBA player Kris Humphries. After broadcasting their massive wedding on E!, Kardashian and Humphries ended things 72 days later, though it wasn't until two years later that their divorce would be final.
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Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney
Are we the only ones who almost forgot about this whirlwind Hollywood romance? Four months after they got married on the beach in May of 2005, actor Renee Zellweger and country star Kenny Chesney called it quits, filing for annulment and citing "fraud" as the reason. Though that sounds pretty scandalous, Zellweger later clarified that it was just a legal term and that fans shouldn't read too much into it.
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd
These days, Jennifer Lopez is gearing up to marry baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, but one of her most memorable relationships was with dancer/choreographer Cris Judd… and sadly, that ended in a marriage that truly wasn't meant to be. In September 2001, they got married after meeting on the set of Lopez's music video for "Love Don't Cost a Thing," and had announced their breakup by June.
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Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria
This early divorce baffled a lot of fans at the time, because these two seemed like such a solid couple. After dating for five years, actors Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria didn't seem to be rushing into anything when they got married in July 1999, but 11 months later, they were already separated, and in December of 2000, Hunt filed for divorce.
Colin Farrell and Amelia Warner
Though she's now married to Jamie Dornan, once upon a time, musician Amelia Warner was actually Colin Farrell's wife. She was 19 when they got married in Bora Bora in 2001, and it only lasted a few months. And much like that of Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds, who also got married in Bora Bora, their wedding also wasn't legally binding.
Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson
After Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson spent four months being husband and wife, it all came to an end. Though there were rumors that they split because the rocker was jealous that Anderson appeared in Borat (no really, that was a real rumor), he later told Howard Stern that they were dealing with money disputes and family drama.
Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham
A wedding officiated by Kris Jenner should be the start to a marriage that lasts forever, but it wasn't so for this couple. After getting married in October 2017 in Palm Springs, Arrow actor Colton Haynes and designer Jeff Leatham announced their breakup in May 2018, citing irreconcilable differences.
Cher and Gregg Allman
Cher and Allman Brothers Band singer Gregg Allman married each other in 1975, but it lasted all of nine days before Cher was filing for divorce, in part due to his substance use issues. Still, they had a son together: Elijah Blue Allman, who went on to become a musician himself.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Fans were heartbroken when Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth ended their engagement in 2013… only to be absolutely elated when they ended up reuniting years later. Quietly, the couple got married in December 2018, but by August of 2019, it was officially and truly over.
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman
Actor and model Carmen Electra and NBA star Dennis Rodman's short-lived relationship began in Las Vegas in 1998, after the couple had been dating for just a few months. It all ended just as quickly, though; Electra filed for divorce in 1999, later telling Oprah Winfrey, "Our relationship was very passionate. When it was good, it was amazing. And when it was bad, it was the worst."