20 Celebrity Couples You Won't Believe Were Once Married
While many celebrity couples have stood the test of time, even more have failed to end in a "happily ever after." And plenty of these failed marriages are kept quiet, or simply forgotten. Remember Angelina Jolie's first husband or Jennifer Garner's former spouses? Here are 20 celebrity duos you won't believe or never knew were once married.
1. Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Esposito
The Hangover star Bradley Cooper was married to Crash actress Jennifer Esposito for a very brief period. They exchanged vows in late 2006 and divorced just four months later. "It was just something that happened," Bradley told Howard Stern in 2011. "The good thing is, we both realized it."
2. Jennifer Garner & Scott Foley
Before Ben Affleck, Alias star Jennifer Garner had been married to Scandal hunk Scott Foley. They met on the set of Felicity in 1998, tied the knot in 2000, and called it quits in 2003. "We didn't have a shot," Jennifer later told Allure. "He's a really good guy, and we just imploded."
3. Julia Roberts & Lyle Lovett
Back in 1993, Hollywood A-list star Julia Roberts married country singer Lyle Lovett in a surprising wedding. "I feel liberated in a way," Julia later told Premiere magazine. "I feel like this really pleasant calm has descended upon my life." However, the calm didn't last long, and the couple divorced in 1995.
4. Tom Cruise & Mimi Rogers
Before Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman, action star Tom Cruise was married to Lost in Space actress Mimi Rogers. They tied the knot secretly in 1987 and called it quits after 33 months together. Reportedly, it was Mimi who introduced Tom to Scientology.
5. Richard Gere & Cindy Crawford
Famous actor Richard Gere and supermodel Cindy Crawford were married between 1991 and 1995. Cindy opened up about their failed marriage in 2014: "I think part of the problem in our relationship was that we were a lot of other things, but I don't know if we were ever friends - like peers - because I was young and he was Richard Gere."
6. Angelina Jolie & Jonny Lee Miller
Before her well-documented relationship with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie was married to Billy Bob Thornton from 2000 to 2003, and before that, to Jonny Lee Miller from 1996 to 1999. Jolie and Jonny wed with his name written in her own blood on her back. She told the New York Times that year, "You're about to marry him. You can sacrifice a little to make it really special."
7. Nicolas Cage & Lisa Marie Presley
Shortly after his divorce from actress Patricia Arquette, Nicolas Cage married Lisa Marie, a former wife of Michael Jackson and the only daughter of Elvis Presley. They held a lavish ceremony in Hawaii in August 2002, but Nicolas filed for divorce only three months later. Lisa stated, "I'm sad about this, but we shouldn't have been married in the first place."
8. Jennifer Lopez & Ojani Noa
Before getting hot and heavy with A-Rod, J. Lo was married to singer-songwriter Marc Anthony, and before that, to actor-choreographer Cris Judd. But her first husband was Ojani Noa, a Cuban actor and model. They wed in 1997 and ended their marriage less than a year later.
9. Drew Barrymore & Tom Green
Actress Drew Barrymore wed comedian Tom Green in July 2001, but Tom filed for divorce just five months later. "I don't really tend to talk about it that much comfortably [or] publicly," Tom said on Oprah: Where Are They Now? later. "All of that was part of that sort of crazy, whirlwind of a time."
10. Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes
The relationship between Titanic star Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes is much like a Hollywood movie. Winslet married Mendes in 2003, and they had a son together. After he directed her in the 2008 film Revolutionary Road about a couple's relationship starting to decline, the real-life couple's marriage also took a turn for the worse and finally ended in 2010.
11. Madonna & Sean Penn
The Queen of Pop and the Oscar-winning actor were married between 1985 and 1989. The duo starred in the 1986 comedy Shanghai Surprise together, and Madonna dedicated her third album, True Blue, to Sean Penn. Nearly 30 years after their divorce, both Madonna and Sean admitted that they were still in love with each other.
12. Ryan Reynolds & Scarlett Johansson
The Deadpool superhero and The Avengers superheroine wed in 2008 in a quiet ceremony and ended their marriage two years later. Reynolds went on to marry his Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively, and Johansson is now engaged to Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost.
13. Uma Thurman & Gary Oldman
Despite a 12-year age gap, the Kill Bill badass married the Darkest Hour star in 1990. However, their May-December romance didn't last long, and the couple split in 1992. Uma Thuman went on to marry actor Ethan Hawke in 1998, but they divorced in 2005. Gary Oldman is currently on wife number five, Gisele Schmidt.
14. Helen Hunt & Hank Azaria
The Twister star Helen Hunt tied the knot with the controversial Simpsons voice actor Hank Azaria in 1999. But just 17 months later, the duo called it quits. "Getting over someone is a grieving process," Hank told Elle in 2012. "You mourn the loss of the relationship, and that's only expedited by 'out of sight, out of mind.'”
15. Mario Lopez & Ali Landry
The Saved By The Bell star wed model and actress Ali "Doritos Girl" Landry in 2014, but they ended their relationship only two weeks later. In 2011, Mario admitted to having cheated on Ali just days before their wedding. "At that point," Mario explained to Howard Stern, "I was not ready to settle down. I wasn't man enough to know how to go about handling it."
16. Chad Michael Murray & Sophia Bush
The One Tree Hill costars exchanged vows in a Santa Monica ceremony in April 2005, but they split after only five months of marriage. Sophia Bush wrote in a 2017 essay that "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."
17. Kid Rock & Pamela Anderson
Baywatch babe Pam married singer-songwriter Kid Rock on a party yacht in St. Tropez in July 2006, just after Borat's release. But only one year later in November 2007, Pamela filed for divorce. The actress later said that she hasn't spoken to Kid Rock since their separation.
18. Janet Jackson & René Elizondo Jr.
Janet Jackson and songwriter/director René Elizondo Jr. tied the knot in 1991. The duo had kept their marriage secret until they annulled their union with a messy public divorce battle. René sued Janet for $10 million, claiming that their marriage was manipulative and that she had gotten him to sign an unfair prenup, and he finally won the case.
19. Brooke Shields & Andre Agassi
The supermodel and the tennis legend got hitched in 1997 and "suddenly split" in 1999. Two years after their divorce, Brooke Shields married television writer Chris Henchy, while Andre Agassi wed fellow tennis player Steffi Graf.
20. Carmen Electra & Dennis Rodman
The Baywatch actress and the NBA star eloped in 1998. Dennis tried to call off the union just nine days after their wedding, but they stuck it out for several more months and finally divorced in 1999. Carmen later said on Oprah's Where Are They Now?: "Our relationship was very passionate. When it was good, it was amazing, and when it was bad, it was the worst."