Sophia Bush Sets Things Straight About Her 5-Month Marriage to Chad Michael Murray

"I refuse to let that relationship define me."

Updated 01/12/17

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With major celebrity breakups like the recent Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt shocker, or Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's controversial divorce, the truth of the matter is: Hollywood splits are really nothing new. Which is why when One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush called off her marriage from Chad Michael Murray in 2005, we thought, "Meh, whatever." But apparently for some, their 5-month-long marriage is STILL a topic of interest.

If you're not a OTH fan, we'll fill you in on the basics. Basically, Bush and CMM fell in love while taping the CW channel hit, got engaged, and almost a year later tied the knot in April 2005 when she was just 22 and he was 23.

But, when Bush realized things just weren't working out, she filed an annulment a mere five months after their "I dos" had taken place. And that's not all — The exes had to continue working together on OTH for THREE.MORE.YEARS. Ouch.

<p>Chad Michael Murray and fiancee Sophia Bush</p><br><br>
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So honestly, we don't blame Bush, who now is the star on Chicago PD, for wanting to put that painful part of her life in the past. We mean, what 20-something doesn't make mistakes? Since her relationship with Murray ended, she's been pretty private about the marriage that unfolded 11 years ago with her One Tree Hill co-star.

In 2014 though, she finally opened up about the relationship on Watch What Happens Live by saying, "We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place." As an actress who wants to be taken seriously, and to be remembered by what she does onscreen versus offscreen in her personal life, Bush is once again opening up about the marriage and divorce that have since been "defining her" in an essay written for Cosmopolitan.

"In my 20s," she writes, "when I was starting out my career as an actor, I wasn't looking for a relationship, but one found me and became serious, even though I hadn't planned to settle down until my 30s. But when the person you're with asks you to marry him, you think: This must be happening because it's supposed to."

She continues saying, "But I refuse to let that one relationship define me, which is why I've done my best to avoid discussing it for 10 years. The reality is that, yes, it was a massive event in my life. And the trauma of it was amplified by how public it became, which was incredibly foreign and bizarre to a girl who'd been just another college kid 24 months before her life blew up... I came to appreciate that relationships often serve a specific purpose at a certain point in time, for myriad reasons. Some are meant to heal you, some are meant to teach you how to build yourself up, and some are meant to show you how to trust your own intuition."

You go, girl. Now let's leave this story where it belongs — In the past!

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