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Divorce Rate For Celebrities Is Two Thirds Higher Than For Other Couples

Celebrities have shorter marriages than non-celebs - with divorce rate for famous newlyweds two thirds higher than for other couples, a study has revealed. The research carried out by the Marriage Foundation comes following analysis of 484 famous faces whose ceremonies featured in glossy magazines between the period of 2001 to 2010. According to The Sun, it found that in the first 16 years just over fifty percent of the marriages ended in separation, in contrast to three in ten for the non-famous.

New York City based divorce attorney, Jacqueline Newman, is the author of "The New Rules Of Divorce: 12 Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness."

"It makes a lot of sense why celebrity marriages do not often go the distance. Imagine living your life on a nanny-cam? Marriage is tough enough - but add into the equation the fact that every squabble over getting the organic milk vs. the regular milk is fodder for paparazzi," Jacqueline says.

We know of a number of celebrities who have gotten divorced more times than anyone could expect. One of this examples is Larry King, with 8 divorces in his pocket.

"Celebrity marriages typically involve a lot of travel and a lot of pressure on always looking camera ready. Sometimes, a couple wants to roll out of bed on Sunday and go out for bagels (assuming the celebrity couple can afford the carbs, because staying fit is another celebrity pressure).  But couples who live in the public eye cannot do that.  You also add in disagreements about how you want to raise your children – do they stay off the camera (like Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard who do not permit their children's faces to be shown) or the Kardashians who tweets about every poopy diaper?" Mentions Jacqueline.

Elisabeth Taylor matched the number of Larry King with 8 divorces. But do you want to know more?

Richard Pryor: 7

Gary Oldman: 5

James Cameron: 5

Billy Bob Thorton: 6

Sean Bean: 5

Martin Scorcese: 5

Pamela Anderson: 4

And the list goes on.

 "If the celebrity is a musician or actor, you also can often deal with a lot of travel and hectic schedules – it is not a 9-5 job. And then of course, there is the temptation of others. What makes someone a famous celebrity is his/her fans. And some fans know no boundaries and when someone throws themselves at the feet of a celebrity, some celebrities have a hard time saying "No".  And then of course, when someone does not say "No", it ends up on Page Six of the New York Post, so not only does the celebrity spouse need to deal with the infidelity but also the court of public opinion.  It takes a strong couple to overcome that.

Finally, the other challenge for many celebrity couples is that the two people are not always just marrying each other. They are not just marrying into each other's families. Celebrity couples are also usually marrying the person's agents, accountants, business managers and the whole entourage. It makes the bed that much more crowded.

I give great credit to non-celebrity couples who make marriages work. To celebrity couples who can make it, I tip my hat," says Newman.

About Jacqueline Newman

Jacqueline Newman ( ), is the managing partner at the matrimonial law firm Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP in Manhattan. Jacqueline's practice consists of litigation, collaborative law and mediation. She specializes in complex high net worth matrimonial cases and also in negotiating prenuptial agreements. The author of The New Rules of Divorce, Newman has appeared as an expert commentator on various television and radio shows and has been quoted as an expert in numerous publications, including Fox's Business, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The New York Times, Woman's Day, Glamour, the New York Post,, Crain's New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider,, USA Today, Yahoo Parenting, Woman's Day, and The Huffington Post. 

THE NEW RULES OF DIVORCE: 12 Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness



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