Celebrities who got married without prenup

Did they think it was a true love or it was just a bad business decision? With divorce rate being very high in Hollywood, it is a bit surprising that stars who make millions of dollars a year decide to get married without prenuptial agreement. Anyway, some celebs didn’t think they needed one.

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe








Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe seemed like a dream couple, but when they got divorced in 2005, the lack of a prenup became a problem for Reese. The actress was pulling in $20 million a movie by that point while Ryan was making around $2.5 million. Under California law, their earnings were split 50/50.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand








In October 2010, Russell Brand said: “I want to make our wedding just about me and her loving each other. We want to get married in front of our friends and family and keep it normal. It ain’t about selling the pictures, it ain’t about doing no prenup.” Under California law, without a prenup, the British comedian stood to walk away with half of Perry’s earnings, which was an estimated $20 million. However, Brand chose to walk away from the marriage with what he came in with and even allowed Perry to keep the $6.5 million home they purchased together while married.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie








It’s kind of shocking that Madonna and Guy Ritchie didn’t have a prenup, considering Madonna’s worth an estimated $500 million. She ended up paying Ritchie between $76 and $92 million in the divorce. Madonna got to keep her New York and Los Angeles homes and most of her fortune in the settlement.

Mel Gibson and Robyn Denise Moore








Mel Gibson and his ex-wife Robyn got divorced after 28 years of marriage, and since there was no prenup, Robyn was eligible for 50 percent of Mel’s estimated $900 million that he earned by the time of their separation. As People reported, Gibson had to pay up $425 million.

Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi








They got married in 2008, and though Ellen is worth around $63 million, it’s been said that she thinks prenups are “unromantic.” They are still married, so Ellen’s fortune is safe for now.

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey

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While many thought it was the perfect pairing, after three years the marriage was over. Simpson had the bigger bank account. Lachey rejected Simpson’s initial $1.5 million offer and eventually a settlement was reached. Although the specific amount was never released, Lachey walked away with “far less” than half of Simpson’s $36 million earnings but “significantly” more than the measly million and a half he turned down.

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills








McCartney obviously doesn’t like prenups. Everyone urged him to get a prenup when he married Heather Mills, but when they got divorced five years in, she made about $35 million. Plus, McCartney has to pay for their daughter’s nanny and education until she’s 18 years old, which costs $70,000 a year. And while his third wife Nancy Shevell offered to sign a prenup, McCartney supposedly refused.

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher








Demi Moore thought she found love the second time around with the younger Ashton Kutcher. The couple got married back in 2005 without signing a prenup. After two years of battling over money, it looks like the two can finally move on. An insider confirms the couple has “finally come to an agreement that was acceptable to all sides.”

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

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Because they had similar sized fortunes they didn’t sign a prenup. They just kept their accounts separate.

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One response to “Celebrities who got married without prenup”

  1. Frank says:

    Yes, I agree, prenups are highly unromantic, but since most of the Hollywood marriages being not lasting, I would think of the fortunate savings, especially when it is a huge sum. I respect Russell Brad for leaving Katty Perry not asking her for her funds. He acted as a true gentleman. Many of the ex-partners seem to take a great advantage of their more prosperous partners. Well, life is life! It can be very unpredictable and very unromantic, sometimes, unfortunately!