Typically, when a couple gets married, they're told to keep an eye out for the so-called "seven-year itch," when they've fully settled into their marriage and might start feeling a little restless. For some, however, the honeymoon stage comes to an abrupt halt well before they've hit the seven-year mark—like, closer to the 72-day mark.
While these whirlwind marriages and rapid-fire divorces undoubtedly occur in regular, everyday couples, they seem to afflict Hollywood lovebirds at a disproportionate rate. In fact, there might be even more celebrity couples who have gotten divorced within a year of tying the knot—see: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, Britney Spears and Jason Alexander, and, most recently, Nicolas Cage and Erika Koike—than those who have survived the seven-year itch.
Revisit all the blink-and-you'll-miss-'em love stories of Hollywood couples who were married for less than 365 days, from Britney's 55-hour nuptials to Jennifer Lopez's matching pair of months-long marriages.
Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: 55 hours
In the early hours of January 3, 2004, the childhood friends said "I do" in Las Vegas's infamous A Little White Wedding Chapel, both clad in blue jeans, and Brit in a trucker hat. A mere 55 hours later, once the pop princess's team had found out about the impulsive marriage, they had the wedding annulled, claiming Spears "lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage." Spears herself referred to the incident as "me being silly, being rebellious," then went on to marry Kevin Federline the following October (before filing for divorce a little over two years later).
Nicolas Cage and Erika Koike: 4 days
Before most of the world even knew Cage was even dating the makeup artist, they had gotten married and almost immediately split up. Four days after tying the knot with Koike in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas (are you sensing a theme?) in March 2019, and mere hours after being spotted having a very public argument with her, Cage filed for an annulment.
Tracey Edmonds and Eddie Murphy: 14 days
On New Year's Day 2008, Edmonds and Murphy wed in a romantic sunset ceremony on a private island in French Polynesia. Exactly two weeks later, they announced their split. However, since they'd held off on getting their marriage license in the U.S.—hosting only what they called a "symbolic ceremony"—instead of formally filing for a divorce, Edmonds and Murphy simply had to call off their plans for the stateside legal ceremony.
Mario Lopez and Ali Landry: 18 days
After dating for six years, Lopez and Landry wed in a romantic ceremony in Mexico in April 2004, only to file for divorce just over two weeks later. Years later, Lopez finally confirmed the rumors that the breakup came about because he'd cheated on Landry during his bachelor party. "I got inebriated and a little too friendly with a young lady," he wrote in his 2014 memoir. "When it was time to return home, lightning hit me with the truth: I wasn't in love. But I walked down the aisle [anyway]. Ali was hurt and angry, rightfully so."
Jeremy Thomas and Drew Barrymore: 39 days
In March 1994, when Barrymore was only 19, she said "I do" to the then-31-year-old bar owner during a night of partying, after just six weeks of dating. "Everything about us is like fate," Barrymore told People of her impromptu nuptials. Fatefully enough, a little over a month later, they officially split up.
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian: 72 days
It was the almost-immediate divorce announcement heard 'round the world. Exactly 72 days after broadcasting their lavish August 2011 wedding to the millions of viewers of Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, Kim K filed for divorce from her NBA star beau, citing irreconcilable differences. "The one thing that really bothers me is whenever people say that my marriage was fake," Humphries later wrote in a March 2019 essay. "There's definitely a lot about that world that is not entirely real. But our actual relationship was 100 percent real."
Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley: 107 days
Another of Cage's four marriages makes the cut: He and Elvis's only child tied the knot in August 2002, then promptly filed for divorce the following November. Their divorce wasn't officially finalized until May 2004, meaning their divorce proceedings lasted several times longer than their actual marriage.
Amelia Warner and Colin Farrell: 121 days
In July 2001, Farrell and Warner married in a (non-legally binding) ceremony in Tahiti. In what turned out to be a stroke of luck, they never legally sealed the deal, making their split four months later all the more simple. "Too fast, too young," Farrell later said of his short-lived marriage to Warner, who has now been married to Jamie Dornan for almost six years.
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock: 122 days
Despite the on-again, off-again status of their mid-aughts relationship, the Baywatch star and country singer went ahead and got married on a yacht in July 2006. Their marriage lasted for about four months, before Anderson filed for divorce in November of that year. In 2018, she revealed that she hadn't spoken to Kid Rock since their breakup.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito: 122 days
Before Cooper's star had really been born, he married the NCIS star in a low-key ceremony in the South of France in December 2006. On May 1, 2007, Esposito filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences; in a statement of his own, Cooper's rep noted the the two actors had been separated for "quite a while." In 2011, Cooper opened up about the rapid-fire breakup, saying, "It was just something that happened...The good thing is, we both realized it."
Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger: 128 days
Four months after their heavily publicized May 2005 beachside wedding, the country singer and his actress wife filed for an annulment, citing "fraud"—causing Zellweger to release a subsequent statement clarifying that the legalese was "not a reflection of Kenny's character."
Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman: 129 days
In November 1998, the actress and NBA star went on a late-night bender and ended up exchanging vows at—where else?—one of Las Vegas's fast-moving wedding chapels. Though they came close to filing for an annulment within just nine days, Electra and Rodman reconciled and made it through the New Year...before officially filing for divorce in March 1999. "It happened so fast," Electra later said of the whirlwind wedding, which she called "the worst." "It was so spontaneous, and I remember [thinking] right after, 'Oh god, what did we do?'"
Tom Green and Drew Barrymore: 163 days
Not long after her first quickie wedding, Barrymore took the plunge yet again. This time around, in July 2001, she and the comedian eloped after a year-long engagement. But in December 2001, they called it quits. "Drew is a wonderful woman. I love her very much. I wish our marriage could have worked out. I wish her much happiness," Green said in a statement at the time.
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray: 163 days
Fans of One Tree Hill were over the moon when costars Bush and Murray began dating, and even more elated when they tied the knot in April 2005, exchanging handwritten vows in front of 200 guests in Santa Monica. Their excitement was short lived, however, since the pair separated that September. Bush didn't speak about her marriage until years later, saying in 2014, "We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place."
Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham: 193 days
In October 2017, the actor and Four Seasons artistic director were married in a Palm Springs ceremony officiated by Kris Jenner (what can't she do?) and was attended by stars like Sofia Vergara and Chelsea Clinton. Half a year later, in May 2018, they each filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Though they appeared to have reconciled in subsequent months, by December, they were moving forward once again with the legal split.
Tom D'agostino and Luann de Lesseps: 216 days
Though she ignored the warnings of her fellow Real Housewives of New York about D'agostino's cheating habit before her wedding, after seven months as husband and wife, Countess Luann called it quits. She announced in August 2017 that they were splitting up, and later told Andy Cohen that the final straw came when "Tom went out and he called up an old girlfriend and they met up with a group of people. And I didn't know about it—I found out about it the next day in the press," she said. "I was like, 'I can't do this anymore."
Cris Judd and Jennifer Lopez: 218 days
After one rapid-fire divorce and one highly publicized relationship with Diddy (then going by Puffy), Lopez was ready to settle down once again, and did so by tying the knot with Judd, her former backup dancer, in September 2001. But rushing into domestic bliss—after only a month-long engagement—didn't seem to bode well for the pair, who amicably separated in the summer of 2002.
Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly: 309 days
Quickly after Carrey and his first wife, Melissa Womer, filed for divorce in 1993, the comedian went public with his relationship with his Dumb & Dumber costar Holly. In September 1996, they tied the knot in a low-key, mountain-top ceremony, then whisked a few friends away for a group honeymoon. Less than a year later, however, in July 1997, they filed for divorce, as Holly began not-so-secretly dating another of her costars, Edward Burns; Carrey soon moved on with Renee Zellweger.
Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen: 312 days
In what seemed like a match made in prestige TV heaven, Moss and Armisen married in October 2009, only to break up in September 2010, just a few weeks shy of their first anniversary. Several years later, Moss said of the marriage, "Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young." She added: "It was extremely traumatic and awful and horrible."
Ojani Noa and Jennifer Lopez: 313 days
Before A-Rod, before Marc Anthony, and before Cris Judd, there was Ojani Noa, a waiter-turned-restaurateur who proposed to J.Lo with a $100,000 diamond ring. They married in February 1997, but quietly split up in January 1998, just before reaching their one-year anniversary. For more than a decade afterwards, Lopez and Noa repeatedly returned to court and to the tabloids, as Noa threatened to release intimate videos from their honeymoon and lashed out at his (thriving) ex-wife.
Corey Bohan and Audrina Patridge: 319 days
Though fans of The Hills breathed a sigh of relief when Patridge and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Justin Bobby Brescia called it quits, her next relationship wasn't any less tumultuous. Patridge married Bohan, an Australian BMX biker, in November 2016, not long after they welcomed daughter Kirra Max together. In September 2017, however, the reality star not only filed for divorce, but also for a temporary restraining order against Bohan, citing an alleged domestic violence incident. Patridge has since been granted full custody of their daughter, and the divorce was officially finalized in late 2018.