Whenever any couple ties the knot they hope that the marriage lasts forever. However, relationships are just like people, they evolve. As couples settle into a relationship, romance can start to fade and people can start to see the reality of their situation. According to the CDC, the divorce rate is 3.2 per 1,000 people. That number has fallen 18% over the last decade which might seem like good news, but in actuality, fewer people are getting married. In the 1960s 72% of people got married in the United States. Today that number is just 50%. Only half of the people in the U.S. are getting married. Just sit with that fact for a second. Although marriage is trending down, people are getting hitched every day and about the same number are getting divorced. When you look at celebrities, it’s a whole different ballgame. Chalk it up to being in the spotlight or grueling schedules, celebrities seem to divorce more than the rest of us. We can’t imagine what pressure having a relationship scrutinized puts on a marriage, but we can see the proof that it’s not great by the number of celebrities who have been divorced multiple times. We did some research and found a surprising list of celebrities who have been divorced over three times.
25. Angelina Jolie
After actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split in 2016, it became Angelina’s third divorce. Angelina was first married to actor Johnny Lee Miller, whom she met on a film set. Angelina then married Billy Bob Thorton. None of her marriages have lasted for longer than three years. Honestly, who could blame her? She’s got so much talent and power why waste all of that on just one man?
24. Drew Barrymore
Actor and living legend Drew Barrymore married her first husband, Jeremy Thomas, in 1994. After that, she tied the knot with comedian Tom Green and before they celebrated their first anniversary, the couple split. More recently, Drew married Will Kopelman in 2012. That ended in divorce in 2016.
23. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has also divorced three times. First with Cuban actor Ojani Noa, then with backup-dancer Cris Judd, and finally Marc Anthony. We know the fourth time’s a charm! She’s engaged to Andrew Rodriguez and they’re not rushing anything after they announced their engagement in March of 2019.
22. Tom Cruise
Actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise first got married in 1987 to Mimi Rogers. He tried again with actor Nicole Kidman, who famously had a difficult time divorcing him. The last time Tom was married was to actor Katie Holmes and they ended up divorcing in 2006.
21. Halle Berry
Academy Award-winning actor Halle Berry has also been married and divorced three times. She first married baseball player David Justice in 1993. She married Eric Benét in 2001 and that marriage ended in 2005. Her last marriage was to Olivier Martinez and the couple split in 2016.
20. Jane Fonda
Actor Jane Fonda first married Roger Vadim in 1965 and the marriage lasted nearly a decade until it ended in 1973. Next, she married Tom Hayden the same year of her first divorce. That marriage lasted until 1990. That was a good run! Finally, Jane tried again with billionaire Ted Turner. Their marriage lasted a decade before they divorced in 2001. She’s been happily single ever since.
19. Demi Moore
Demi Moore married singer Freddy Moore in 1980 when she was only 17 years old (just a baby). The two were together for five years before they divorced. Demi went on to marry Bruce Willis in 1987 and they share three children together. That marriage fell apart and the couple split in 2000. Shortly after her divorce from Bruce, Demi started dating Ashton Kutcher and they were an item for five years before getting married in 2005. The couple was married for seven years and they eventually split in 2013.
18. Pamela Anderson
Model and actor, Pamela Anderson has also been married three times. We’re not ones to judge, but we’re not the biggest fans of any of her previous husbands. They include Tommy Lee, Kid Rock, and lastly Rick Salomon. Her marriage with Rick was hot and cold and they split up a few times before finally calling it quits in 2015.
17. Nicolas Cage
So far, the celebrities on this list have had three divorces. Allow Nicolas Cage to welcome you to the Four-Or-More Club. Nicolas has been married four times. First, he married Patricia Arquette in 1995. Next, he and Lisa Marie Presley wed in 2002. Then, he married Alica Kim in 2004. His fourth marriage coincidentally only lasted four days. He married Erika Koike in 2019 and four short days later, the couple filed for divorce.
16. Melanie Griffith
Actor Melanie Griffith got married for the first time when she was 18-years-old to Don Johnson. The couple divorced after six months and then Melanie married Steven Bauer. She left Steven in 1989 and then remarried Don the same year. She got the seven-year-each (does that even count?) and divorced Don again. She married Antonio Banderas in 1996 and their marriage lasted until 2015.
15. Liza Minelli
Icon Liza Minelli took the lyrics, “Life is a Cabaret” to heart. She’s been married four times over four decades. She was first married to Peter Allen, then Jack Haley Jr., followed by Mark Gero, and finally David Gest in 2002. David and Liza turned some heads together when they were together and it was wild!
14. Christie Brinkley
Model Christie Brinkley has been married a total of four times. Notably, her second husband was musician Billy Joel. Before Billy, there was artist Jean-Francois Allaux. After was Richard Taubman and then, Peter Cook.
13. Geena Davis
Go Geena, Go Geena! Geena Davis is truly in a League of Her Own. She’s been married four times, including once to Jeff Goldblum. Her other husbands include Richard Emmolo, Renny Harlin, and finally Reza Jarrahy (that last one’s sort of up for debate). Geena Davis is a legend and we hope she’s very happy these days.
12. Marc Anthony
Sensational musician Marc Anthony has also been married four times. Of course, we all know about the time he married Jennifer Lopez. But, JLo was not the only one he needed to know. He also married and divorced Maria Von Ritchie Lopez, Dayanara Torres, and Shannon De Lima.
11. Sean Bean
Actor Sean Bean has been married and divorced four times in total. He married his school sweetheart Debra James in 1981. After they divorced, he married Melanie Hill and that marriage ended in 1997. Next, he tried again with Abigail Cruttenden the same year as his previous divorce. That marriage lasted three years. He took eight years away from married life before tying the knot again with Georgina Sutcliffe. That marriage lasted two years before ending in divorce. Sean took another seven years away from the whole marriage thing before he met Ashley Moore. They married in 2017 and are still currently married.
10. Joan Collins
British actor Joan Collins crossed the pond to play her legendary character, Alexis Colby, in Dynasty. Joan has also had four divorces over the years. She first married Maxwell Reed in 1952, when she was 19. Then, Anthony Newley in 1963. Followed by Ron Kass in 1972 and then, Peter Holm in 1985. The marriage to Peter lasted a couple of years before it ended in divorce in 1987. She didn’t get married again until 2002 when she married Percy Gibson who is 32 years her junior. Apparently marrying someone 32 years younger than you is the trick! They’re happily married to this day and even renewed their vows in 2009.
9. Martin Scorsese
Director Martin Scorsese met his first wife while studying at NYU. He married Laraine Marie Brennan in 1965. That marriage ended in 1971 and he remarried writer Julia Cameron the same year. The second marriage was short-lived and only lasted a year. He followed by marrying iconic actor Isabella Rossellini in 1979. Unfortunately, that marriage also ended in divorce. He then went on to marry Barbara De Fina, who was a movie producer he’d worked with. That marriage also ended in divorce in 1991. His fifth marriage to Helen Morris in 1999 is still going strong 21 years later!
8. Gary Oldman
Actor Gary Oldman seems like a nightmare to be married to. He’s been divorced four times, including marriages to some of the most beloved actresses in the world. Leslie Manville, Uma Thurman, Donya Fiorentino, and Alexandra Edenborough have all been married to old Gary. He’s been married to his fifth and current wife, Gisele Schmidt since 2017. We hope it’s going great!
7. Rue McClanahan
Everyone’s favorite dirty Golden Girl, Rose, was played by actor Rue McClanahan. Rue is part of, what we’ll affectionately call the “five-hive.” She divorced five men and because she was an absolutely legendary queen, we know it wasn’t on Rue. Of all of her marriages, the one that lasted the longest was to actor Peter DeMaio for seven years.
6. Billy Bob Thorton
Strange man, filmmaker, and actor Billy Bob Thorton is also part of the five-hive. In addition to being married to the very first celeb on the list, Angelina Jolie, Billy has also been married to and divorced: Melissa Lee Gatlin, Toni Lawrence, Cynda Williams, and Pietra Dawn Cherniak. He is currently married to his sixth wife, Connie Angland. And they’ve been married since 2014. While we haven’t seen them wearing vials of each others’ blood, we have high hopes for this couple.
5. Danielle Steel
Romance novelist Danielle Steel has written over 179 books. Although she’s remained unmarried since 2002, she managed to make it into the five-hive before she took a break. She first married French-American banker Claude-Eric Lazard when she was just 18 in the early 1970s. They were divorced by 1974. She was also married to Danny Zugelder, Bill Toth, John Traina, and Tom Perkins.
4. Larry King
Grouchy old man and TV host Larry King got married for the first time in 1951 to his high school girlfriend Freda Miller at the age of 18. The marriage was later annulled. Between 1961 and 1983 he married and divorced five women, including Playboy bunny Alene Akins, whom he married and divorced twice. After all of that, he married singer Shawn Southwick in 1997. The couple came close to divorce in 2010 but decided against it. They’re still married to this day. In case you lost count, Larry has been divorced a total of six times.
3. Zsa Zsa Gabor
Glamorous Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hollywood and eventually TV mainstay from the 1950s through the 1990s. She famously said, “I am a perfect housekeeper: every time I divorce I keep the house.” In total, Zsa Zsa married and divorced seven times.
2. Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney’s movie career spans over 80 years and in that time and he appeared in his first film in 1927. Over the years, he managed to get married and divorced a few times as well. Mickey divorced seven times, a feat which once led the actor to joke that his standard marriage contract reads, “To whom it may concern.” His final marriage was to Jan Chamberlin with whom he shared over thirty years until his death in 2014.
1. Elizabeth Taylor
Legendary actor, Elizabeth Taylor had a storied career with a multitude of professional achievements. Although her work should speak for itself, she became more commonly known for the highly publicized ups and downs of her personal life. In total, Elizabeth was divorced seven times. When asked about her many marriages, she joked, “I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too – for being married so many times.” Her final marriage ended in 1996 and she never remarried.
Can you imagine being married to seven different people? We’re not here to judge, it just seems exhausting. Celebrities because of their very visible personal lives often fall victim to their marriages playing out in the public eye. Is it the price of fame? Perhaps. However, we know how hard it can be to make a marriage work. And sometimes, no matter how hard you want it, a relationship ultimately doesn’t work out. We’re proud of the celebs on this list who never felt defeated and instead tried again and again and again and again. We hope we have that much love to give.
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