Finding a partner worth marrying is challenging enough without being famous. These Hollywood stars dedicated their lives to one another at such a young age, we have to wonder if they knew how difficult marriage could be under a global spotlight. You may be familiar with Britney Spear’s famous 55-hour marriage, but did you know Milla Jovovich and Marilyn Monroe both got hitched at 16? Or that Demi Moore’s last name came from the husband she wed before becoming famous? From Macauley Culkin’s divorce at 22 to Olivia Wilde’s secret wedding at 19, you won’t believe these young celeb marriages.
Angelina Wore Leather Pants To Her And Jonny’s Wedding
Long before the days of Brangelina, Angelina Jolie was wed to British actor Jonny Lee Miller. She must have a thing for dating her costars because the two met while filming the 1995 sci-fi movie Hackers. The couple wed the following year when Angelina was just 21-years-old.
Perhaps the biggest indicator of Angelina’s young age was her choice of wedding attire. She walked down the aisle for the first time wearing leather pants and a white tee. After four years of marriage, the couple called it quits.
Drew Barrymore Got Engaged At 16!
Drew Barrymore was one of the original child-stars-gone-bad. Having carried on the Barrymore acting tradition from a young age, Drew had to grow up fast. She showed just how quickly she’d grown up when she got engaged to Leland Hayward at just 16-years-old.
Though Drew realized she wasn’t ready for married life before her wedding with Leland, the sentiment didn’t last long. By 19, Drew was hitched to film producer Jeremy Thomas. As any parent shaking their head could have predicted, the pair divorced two months later.
Britney Spears Had A 55-Hour-Long Marriage
Britney Spears was another childhood star who had a rough entry into adulthood. One month after turning 22-years-old, she married her childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, on a whim while in Vegas.
Fortunately for Britney, a judge granted them an annulment 55 hours later on the basis that she “lacked understanding of her actions.” Britney proved she still loved to rush in when she became engaged to Kevin Federline just months later. This time around, the marriage at least lasted a few years.
Milla Jovovich Was A Minor During Her First Marriage
Milla Jovovich had an adult-like talent from a young age, becoming a successful model at the very beginning of her adolescence. So it’s not much of a surprise that she felt grown enough to get married at just 16-years-old.
What is shocking is that her mother agreed to let young Milla marry actor Shawn Andrews, who was 21-years-old at the time. She must have come to her senses shortly thereafter because Milla’s mother had the marriage annulled just two months after the wedding. The talented actress is currently married to her Resident Evil director, Paul W.S. Anderson.
Marilyn Monroe Was Married Before She Was A Star
Though Marilyn Monroe ultimately became the epitome of Hollywood glamour, she had a difficult childhood. She married her neighbor’s son at 16 to avoid being placed back into an orphanage. The 21-year-old factory worker was James Dougherty, and Monroe has described the marriage as extremely boring.
Perhaps it was her boredom that drove Marilyn to leap at the chance to model. While her young husband was serving in the US Army Air Force, Marilyn began her Hollywood career. By the time Marilyn and James divorced in 1946, the starlet had appeared on the cover of 33 magazines and signed with 20th Century Fox.
Olivia Wilde Had A Secret Wedding To An Italian Prince
The same year that Olivia Wilde was just getting her foot in the Hollywood door, she married filmmaker Tao Ruspoli. If her husband’s title wasn’t already impressive enough to the young actress, he is also the son of Prince Alessandro Ruspoli, the 9th Prince of Cerveteri.
Between Tao’s royal connection and the couple’s Hollywood affiliation, it’s no wonder they opted to have a secret wedding. Thus, they got married in an abandoned school bus. Olivia was only 19, but the marriage lasted for eight years, coming to an end in 2011.
Demi Got “Moore” From Her First Husband
Many stars were not born with their celebrity name; in Demi Moore’s case, she’s stuck with the name she inherited from her first husband. Demi was just 18-years-old when she married singer Freddy Moore, who was 30 at the time.
Demi got her career started by writing songs with Freddy, and began her steady climb to fame the same year she took on his last name. The couple divorced in 1985, and the following year Demi became engaged to fellow actor Emilio Estevez. She called off the wedding and married Bruce Willis instead in 1987.
Janet Jackson Had Her Marriage Annulled At 19
Janet Jackson eloped with singer James DeBarge in 1984 when she was 18-years-old and he was 21. Like Janet, James was a member of a family singing group, called DeBarge. Though their similarities made them seem like a perfect match, the couple parted ways after a year of marriage.
They not only split but had their marriage annulled. The relationship and breakup were kept under wraps, so the reason behind the ruling is unknown. Six years later, Janet embarked on another secretive marriage, this time to René Elizondo Jr.
Elizabeth Taylor Got Married Eight Times!
Elizabeth Taylor is famous for two things: her acting career and her many, many marriages. Being that the star was married eight times, it’s no wonder she started young. At 18-years-old, Elizabeth married Conrad Hilton Jr., the heir to the Hilton Hotel chain and the great uncle of Paris Hilton.
The wedding was a giant media spectacle, and it didn’t take long for Elizabeth to realize she married for all the wrong reasons. Eight months later, she filed for divorce, and a year after that, she married husband number two, British actor Michael Wilding.
Macaulay Culkin Got Married The Minute He Turned 18
Macauley Culkin may have had a strained relationship with his family, most notably his father, but that didn’t stop him from diving into married life the moment he could. At 18-years-old, Macauley married fellow child actor Rachel Miner.
Though the pair separated in 2000, they didn’t make their divorce official until 2002. Afterward, Macauley embarked on a long relationship with Mila Kunis, though they officially called it quits in 2011. He’s since had relationships with actresses Jordan Lane Price and Brenda Song.
LeAnn Rimes Married Her Backup Dancer At 19
LeAnn Rimes began her professional singing career at just 9-years-old, and by 13 she was a star. The young celebrity fell for one of her backup dancers, Dean Sheremet, in 2001. After their first date, LeAnn knew he was the one, and they got married the following year when she was 19-years-old.
Though the pair started off deeply in love, by 2010 they were divorced. Their decision to split was largely based on LeAnn’s affair with actor Eddie Cibrian. A year later, LeAnn and Eddie got married and have been together ever since.
Home Improvement’s Taran Noah Smith Married At 17
Fans of the sitcom Home Improvement may recognize Taran Noah Smith as one of the Taylor boys. Just one year after the show ended, Taran got married at 17-years-old. His wife was Heidi van Pelt, who was 33-years-old at the time.
Despite the controversy that Taran and Heidi’s ages sparked, their marriage last six years, resulting in divorce in 2007. When they were together, the couple started Playfood, a restaurant and manufacturer that specializes in vegan and organic foods.
Uma Thurman Married A Fellow Actor At 20
Uma Thurman was still a teenager when she first appeared on the cover of Vogue, and in the following years, she made her breakthrough into acting. While performing in the film State of Grace, Uma met her first husband, actor Gary Oldman.
The pair got married in 1990 when Uma was 20-years-old, and Gary was 32. The actors were divorced two years later, and Uma went on to once again marry a costar, this time Ethan Hawke. Uma and Ethan had two children together before divorcing in 2005.
Megan Fox Met Her Future Husband At 18
Megan Fox was starting to expand her acting career into feature films when she met her future husband, fellow actor Brian Austin Green. They met on the set of the sitcom Hope & Faith when Megan was 18, and Brian was 30.
In an interview, Megan admitted that Brian was reluctant to date someone so much younger. She said, “I had to convince him that I was slightly more responsible and well-spoken and had other things to bring to the table besides being 18.” The couple wed in 2010 and have three children together.
Sophia Bush And Chad Murray Had A 5-Month-Long Marriage
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray both established themselves as actors on the teen series One Tree Hill. Both were subsequently recognized for their impressive looks and stunned fans when they announced their engagement in 2004.
Both were 23-years-old at the time and, as Sophia later put it, “We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place.” As a result, the couple split after only five months of marriage. Though Sophia tried to get an annulment, the judge only granted them a divorce.
Reese Witherspoon Married Her Cruel Intentions Costar
Unlike many of the actors on this list, Reese Witherspoon did not meet her future husband while on a movie set. Instead, she and actor Ryan Phillipe met on Reese’s 21st birthday and got married the same year that their hit film, Cruel Intentions, came out.
Reese was carrying their first child at the time, who she gave birth to that September. Four years later, Reese and Ryan welcomed their second child. In 2006, they called it quits. Reese married talent agent Jim Toth in 2011, with whom she has a son.
Hilary Duff Married Hockey Player Mike Comrie
Hilary Duff started her acting career at a young age with her breakthrough role in Casper Meets Wendy. She rose to fame as the title role in the Disney series Lizzie McGuire and later broke into the film and music industry.
After dating fellow teen idols Aaron Carter and Joel Madden, Hilary fell for National Hockey League player Mike Comrie, who she married in 2010 at the age of 22. The couple had a son in 2011 before divorcing in 2015. Hilary embarked on a relationship with songwriter Matthew Koma in 2017, who she had a daughter with in 2018 and married in 2019.
Jessica Simpson And Nick Lachey Starred In Newlyweds
Singers Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were so admired as a couple in the early 2000s that their marriage sparked the reality TV show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. Jessica was 22 at the time they got married, and Nick was 29.
To the horror of their fans, the pair divorced in 2006. Both remarried within the decade after their split. Nick married fashion model and beauty queen Vanessa Minnillo and Jessica has three children with her second husband, NFL player Eric Johnson.
Scarlett Johansson Was 24 When She Married Ryan Reynolds
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds seemed like the perfect couple when they got together in 2007. After all, they were two of Hollywood’s most attractive and talented stars with already well-established reputations. Though they wed in 2008, just before Scarlett turned 24, their marriage.
Scarlett married advertiser Romain Dauriac in 2014, and they had a daughter together the same year, though they divorced in 2017. Ryan Reynolds has been married to actress Blake Lively since 2012, with whom he has three children.
Diane Lane Married Her Cotton Club Costar
Diane Lane first met actor Christopher Lambert in 1984 on the set of The Cotton Club. Though they started a relationship, they soon split up until being reunited for the 1988 film Priceless Beauty. They got married the same year when Diane was 23, and Christopher was 35.
The couple got divorced in 1994, less than a year after welcoming their first child. Diane married Josh Brolin a decade later, though they split nine years after that.