12 Celebrity Couples Without Prenups
While many celebrities think that a prenuptial agreement is unromantic, others wouldn’t even dream of getting hitched without one. Discover a few celebrity couples without prenups, and find out if they’re still together or how the lack of a legal agreement ended up for them. From Hollywood stars to actual royalty, here are the couples who said no to a prenup. Find out which ones ended up regretting it.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
There are no actual prenups for British royalty, but Prince William’s assets probably wouldn’t be split in half in case he ever divorces Catherine, who’s now the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Middleton’s family is also wealthy, so a divorce would probably end without financial disputes.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Married from 2000 to 2020, Brad and Jen were both some of Hollywood’s big earners during their marriage. Unlike other celebrity couples without prenups, once the divorce was announced, they split their assets without any disagreements or help from the courts.
Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
Even though he got burned once, when he married Heather Mills without a prenup, the former Beatles member clearly believes financial arrangements and love are incompatible. In 2020, he married businesswoman Nancy Shevell without a prenup, leaving his $800 million fortune on the table.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
One of the most famous celebrity couples without prenups, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher married when she was still Hollywood royalty, but he became the bigger earner during their marriage. Ashton filed for divorce after one year of separation, and Demi asked for spousal support and payment of legal fees.
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
After just 14 months, British comedian Russell Brand filed for divorce from Katy Perry. The two were married in India and never signed a prenup. The financial details of their divorce were not released, but it’s unlike that Brand asked for half of his wife’s fortune.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
Even though they were among the celebrity couples without prenups, Khloe and Lamar did sign a post-nuptial agreement. According to the original terms, Khloe Kardashian was entitled to $500,000 for every year of marriage, which amounts to just $2 million, since she filed for divorce in December 2020.
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd
After showing up in the “Love Don’t Cost a Thing Video”, backup dancer Cris Judd won JLo’s heart. They were married in 2020. The marriage was over in just 9 months, but the divorce was finalized in 2020, with a $15 million payday for Judd.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
While Madonna isn’t a billionaire, she’s still worth over $500 million. The queen of pop married British director Guy Ritchie in 2000 and they had their first child together that same year.
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While most American celebrity couples without prenups end up splitting everything in half, Madonna settled the divorce for under $100 million.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
After seven years together, the couple shared joint custody of their two children once the divorce was finalized in 2020. Even though his wife was making a lot more than him and there was no prenup, Phillippe didn’t ask for spousal support.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Many celebrity couples without prenups tie the knot too soon, before they get to know each other. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were together for 4 years before gay marriage became legal in California, and even if they face a big income disparity, they still didn’t want a financial agreement before the wedding.
Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatacci
Grammer’s 3rd wife, Camille Donatacci, was married to him from 1997-2020, during the highest earning period in his career.
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They didn’t have a prenup, but the former star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” only got $30 million, much less than half of her husband’s fortune.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
For many celebrity couples without prenups, the question of cheating affects the bottom line for the divorce settlement. Tiger Woods’ many infidelities led to a huge pay day for his wife, who got $100 million in the divorce.