Ethel Merman is a classic Hollywood icon, widely known for starring in musical pictures that highlighted her impressive vocal range. The musical legend married her suitor, actor Ernest Borgnine, in 1964 in the garden of his house. Relationship problems are nothing new and celebrities had a hard time staying together even in the golden age of Hollywood. For Ethel, this was marriage number five and for Ernest number six!
Unfortunately, this marriage didn’t last either. Only 32 days after they tied the knot, the couple petitioned for divorce, leaving Ernest Borgnine divorced six times over. Years later Borgnine jokingly talked about the marriage, “If you blinked, you missed it …”
Don't Be Fooled by Big Rocks
She might still be Jenny from the block, but J-Lo has been around the block more than once. Though her marriage to Cris Judd was quite a quick affair, her first marriage lasted slightly longer. Jennifer married Cuban waiter Ojani Noa in 1997. The marriage lasted for 13 months and fell apart when Jennifer’s career started taking off. But still, a year is a long time in celebrity terms.
Ojani was very unhappy when the marriage ended. He has repeatedly threatened to release an intimate video from the couple’s Cuban honeymoon. That is an awful thing to do, but jealousy and heartbreak can make people act crazy.
Pop Goes Your Marriage!
World-famous pop icon Britney Spears and her non-famous friend, Jason Alexander, were married for an incredible 55 hours! Britney impulsively wed her childhood friend after a few drinks on a night out in Vegas. The marriage was promptly annulled.
The real issue was that the drunken duo hadn’t signed a prenup and Britney was worth millions. Britney refers to the marriage as a “joke that went too far.” Britney recently wed (and subsequently divorced) Sam Asghari, reportedly with an Iron-clad prenup! Unfortunately, Alexander crashed the wedding but was quickly whisked away by security!
Shameless Secret Wedding
Emmy Rossum, of "Shameless" fame, has some wild secrets in her past. She wed music executive Justin Siegel when she was just 22 years old. The pair decided to pretend that they were dating, but keep their marriage a secret to keep it out of the public eye. Despite this tactic, or maybe because of it, the marriage was not built to last.
After tying the knot on February 17, 2008, Justin filed for divorce just nineteen months later, on September 25, 2009, the reason being of course - irreconcilable differences.
A Lavish Affair
Paris Hilton was not the first Hilton to know her way around a scandal. Her grandfather, hotel heir, and Hollywood playboy Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, married movie star legend Elizabeth Taylor when the actress was just 18 years old. MGM paid for the wedding and it was a lavish affair with 600 guests and many of Hollywood’s elite in attendance. The marriage fell apart in less than a year, which included a three-month-long European honeymoon.
In court, a young Liz threw all the blame on Nicky and accused him of being verbally abusive. Later she would say that the marriage had been a mistake and that she was “very naïve.” Taylor did not give up on love and went on to get married seven more times over the years.