Posted On: March 20, 2013

Celebrity Divorce Chronicles: Are Celebrities More Likely to Divorce?

Have you ever noticed that in almost every celebrity news blog or entertainment magazine, there is a new story about a celebrity divorce or a custody battle stemming from a celebrity divorce? Many may attribute the plethora of new stories concerning celebrity divorce to the news worthy status of the divorcing couple. However, there may be a more insidious explanation for the numerous stories of celebrity divorce: celebrity marriages are more likely to fail.

According to a report from The Marriage Foundation, a United Kingdom based research institution, celebrity relationships are nearly twice as likely to fail as relationships between non-celebrities. The Marriage Foundation analyzed nearly 600 celebrity marriages in order to reach its dubious conclusion. Read The Marriage Foundation’s report entitled: “Hello? Goodbye! Marriage and Divorce amongst Celebrities” for greater detail. In addition to outlining its methods and findings concerning the celebrity divorce rate, the report also highlights the top five shortest celerity marriages on record. See these marriages listed below, from shortest to longest.

• 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 days

Although one study may not conclusively prove the extent of the celebrity divorce rate, it certainty raises awareness concerning the state of marriage in this country, not just only amongst celebrities. Celebrities tend to be the trend setters in this country, but hopefully they are not the trendsetters in this regard.

By A. Latrese Martin, Associate Attorney, Meriwether & Tharp, LLC