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Divorce in Hollywood: Why Celebrity Marriages Don’t Last

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 10, 2012

ashton-demi break up

Pictured from left-to-right Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

Seal and Heidi Klum, Russell Brand and Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore… and the list goes on and on.

Let’s not forget the 72-day farce of a marriage that was Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

Celebrity marriages keep falling apart… they just don’t work! Why don’t Hollywood marriages last?

“Unfortunately in this town (Hollywood) divorces are a dime a dozen and there are several reasons why,” says Michael Kelly, a divorce attorney in Beverly Hills, California.

“In my experience, having represented many high-stakes celebrity divorces frequent failure to agree on who takes care of the children instead of their career, infidelity and insecurities, divergent career paths, PR-scandals, and unequal income and unequal projects are some of the most common factors of why many celebrity marriages don’t last.”
You’d think that celebrities would be smart enough to be prepared when entering such a commitment. If you ever wonder why these celebrity divorces get so complicated, surprisingly many celebrities don’t sign prenuptial agreements.

“Many make large amounts of money in a short amount of time without an adequate financial plan. Taxes, distribution or sharing of assets, and failure to plan drastically complicate a divorce,” says Kelly.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

“All of these things combined make celebrity divorces much more complicated than the average.”

All the fame, fortune and success don’t seem to enough to hold some of these couples together. I often wonder if it’s due to boredom; sad to say but when you have it all and can buy anything, how spoiled have you become that you are bored with one relationship and wish to find something new?

On the other hand, with Ashton and Demi, Ashton’s infidelity was reason for Demi to divorce. But in Heidi Klum and Seal’s case, the couple reportedly split amicably – why not work harder to keep their marriage together then?

Then you look at those Hollywood marriages that have lasted. There are few that’s for sure but let’s take Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – are they solid?

“The Pitt-Jolie marriage has actors with equal careers, equal assets, shared child rearing tasks, and good planning. These are some of the reasons that their marriage has lasted.”

So perhaps A-listers should date A-listers? If an A-list actor marries a D-list actor, there may be some animosity and jealousy perhaps with respect to career and finances… interesting thought.

“It takes special love, open communication and planning to make a normal marriage work. In celebrity divorces the extreme pressures of career add a very difficult element.”


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