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22 Crazy Celebrity Prenuptial Contracts That Would Surprise Most Fans

 

We get it, relationships are hard. Some may say it’s pessimistic to plan your divorce before you’ve even made it down the aisle, but protecting yourself makes sense, especially if you’ve got millions in the bank. We’ve all heard the stories of celebrities getting screwed over by unscrupulous exes, or other halves taking their former husbands/wives to the cleaners for being terrible partners (we don’t blame them). When Rupert Murdoch divorced his second wife, Anna Torv, in the ’90s, the media magnate lost out on $1.7 billion, and when Mel Gibson broke up with wife, Robyn Moore, in 201o, he was forced to pay the former dental nurse $250 million— replacing Neil Diamond as the star with the most expensive divorce in Hollywood history. In fact, it’s more surprising these days when stars don’t get a prenup, considering the number of ugly divorces in the public eye. Why drag that out if you don’t have to?

However, these days prenups can do more than just dictate who gets what should you split. According to the American Bar Association “lifestyle,” prenup stipulations are becoming increasingly common and cover everything from private arrangements, to child custody, and life insurance policies. Of course, celebs are taking this one step further, including bizarre demands that normal people wouldn’t even think about adding to a marriage contract or even asking their partner to consider at all. From clauses about betrayal to who gets to keep the wedding presents, all is fair in love, war, and prenups, and these 23 famous faces took things to the next level!

22 BEYONCE AND JAY-Z

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When the singer married rapper Jay-Z, the pair apparently signed a prenup that entitles Queen Bey to $5 million for each child they have together. The document also stipulated that the former Destiny’s Child star would receive $10 million if the relationship broke down before the two-year mark, but as they’ve been together for a decade, we’re assuming that clause is no longer relevant. However, Beyonce does get a $1 million extra a year once they reach 15 years of wedded bliss.

The couple has since added a postnuptial agreement, detailing how the custody of Blue Ivy, 6, and twins, Sir and Rumi, 10 months, would be divided in the event of a divorce. It’ll also separate their $1 billion fortune.

A source told Radar, “They have a prenuptial agreement already in place, but so much has happened in terms of their empire that it’s needed updating for some time.”

21 TOM CRUISE AND KATIE HOLMES

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On the surface, it seems like Katie Holmes struck a pretty good deal when she married movie star Tom Cruise. As part of their prenuptial agreement, the Dawson’s Creekactress netted $3 million for every year they were married, totaling $15 million by the time they divorced. This is not including the $400,000 a year she receives in child support from her ex-husband for her daughter, Suri, now 11. However, there were also some rather strange demands included in the contract, the most famous being that relationship clause.

Katie and the actor, Jamie Foxx’s, romance has been an open secret in LA for a long time now, with the pair supposedly coupling up a whole five years ago! But since Tom allegedly included a codicil in their prenup, demanding Katie not go public with any new relationship for at least five years after their split, it’s only now they’ve been able to admit they’re together.

20 KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST

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Guess what a top priority was for Kanye West when writing his prenup to Kim Kardashian? That “momager” Kris Jenner could not be involved in any of the couple’s career decisions. Other than that, the prenup was supposedly drama-free, with Kanye initially not being concerned about the couple signing one. This was different to Kim’s prenup with ex-husband Kris Humphries, which was long and drawn out, taking months to finalize.

In her agreement with Kanye, the Keeping Up with the Kardashiansstar gets $1 million for every year of marriage, stopping at the $10 million mark. The deed to their $10 million mansion is also under Kim’s name, despite the rapper paying most of the bill.

Kim will also get to keep any gifts given to her by the Yeezus star, as well as any money earned through her clothing line or promotional appearances. Kimye have also purportedly signed a postnup, as Kim was nervous about Kanye making some high-risk deals last year. Smart girl.

19 BEN AFFLECK AND JENNIFER LOPEZ

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The most famous A-list wedding to never happen was all down to many things, one being the prenuptial agreement, according to Slice. Apparently, Ben Affleck didn’t want to sign an agreement that said if the actor betrayed J-Lo, she would get half of his earnings. This condition was added to the agreement after The Good Willing Huntingstar was caught going to a nightclub in Canada. This was despite the fact that Ben would automatically get $5 million just for going through with the ceremony. The actor also wanted it added to the document that he and J-Lo had to be intimiate at least four times a week, but sadly Bennifer was not meant to be. According to People, the wedding was called off with four days to spare, supposedly due to “excessive media attention.”

18 JESSICA SIMPSON AND TONY ROMO

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Fat shaming is always an awful thing to do, but it hurts, even more, it comes from someone you love. Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo were set to wed until he asked her to sign a contract that would force Jessica to pay him $500,000 for every lb she gained past the 135 mark.

The Dukes of Hazzard star is known for her yo-yo weight, and even invented a clothing line for all shapes and sizes, telling CBS Sunday Morning: “It’s very important for me to let every woman feel included. Like, every person needs to feel included. If I make a shirt, I’m going to make sure every size is available. Because I have been every size, trust me.” She’s since married another former NFL star, Eric Johnson, who thankfully seems to love her just the way she is.

17 KHLOE KARDASHIAN AND LAMAR ODOM

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Like her older sister Kim, Khloe Kardashian, was smart when it came to designing her prenuptial agreement with her now ex-husband, Lamar Odom. The list included $500,000 for every year they were married in the event of a divorce, as well as a $5,000-a-month shopping budget, a $1000-a-month for beauty treatments and products, a new luxury car at the end of every lease cycle, plus, court-side Lakers tickets for the Kardashian-clan.

Khlomar’s joint checking account was split down the middle, and the reality star got to keep her engagement ring, estimated to be worth $1 million. Not to mention, Khloe is still the sole beneficiary of the basketball star’s life insurance policy, even though their marriage fell apart.

There were also rumors that Khloe waited until the pair’s four-year anniversary to file for divorce, so she could gain an extra $2 million bonus.

16 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JESSICA BIEL

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When Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot back in 2012, rumors began circulating about a condition that Jessica wanted to be included in the couple’s prenup. Supposedly, if Justin strays from Jessica she’ll get a whopping $500,000. The report was never confirmed by the newly-weds, but since Justin allegedly had a thing with the actress Olivia Munn behind Jessica’s back, you can see why she might have wanted this clause thrown in. The pair had also split once before, in March 2011, but reunited later in the year. Apparently, Jessica was concerned that if she got pregnant and gained weight he’d stray again, but since the couple now have their three-year-son, Silas, and there are no signs of a split or a paycheck, we’re guessing he managed to keep it in his pants.

15 KEITH URBAN AND NICOLE KIDMAN

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After the way Tom Cruise treated his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, everyone was thrilled when the actress found love again with the country singer, Keith Urban. However, the musician had a bit of a past. During the ’90s, he became addicted to illegal substances, and after reaching a low point, he checked himself into the Cumberland Heights rehab facility in Nashville.

According to Slice, in an attempt to protect her heart, Nicole added a section in the prenup that states if Keith ever falls off the wagon, he won’t get a cent of her $150 million fortune in the divorce. Not only that, she’ll get $600,000 for every year they were together as payment. 

That’s a good excuse for clean living if we ever heard one! However, Keith has relapsed at least once during their marriage and Nicole has stuck by his side, so who knows if this one has any truth to it?

14 PRISCILLA CHAN AND MARK ZUCKERBERG

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This one is actually really sweet. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and his physician wife, Priscilla Chan, apparently came up with this romantic arrangement while they were dating, and decided to make it official when they got married in 2012.

According to Slice, sources say the couple’s relationship agreement includes at least one date a week, and at least 100 minutes spent alone together anywhere but the Facebook offices. Who says social networks ruin our ability to connect?

Still, considering Mark is worth an estimated $19.1 billion, we imagine there a lot of financial planning went into their prenup too. Since the couple got married one day after the firm went public, many wondered if the marriage was a savvy business decision as much as a romantic gesture. After 12 years together, if the couple had remained unmarried, under California law, Priscilla could have been entitled to half of his fortune if they split. With that in mind, a prenup keeping their finances separate was inevitable.

13 TIGER WOODS AND ELIN NORDEGREN

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Perhaps the most famous public fall from grace of the last decade, Tiger Woods life and marriage fell apart overnight, after it was revealed the pro-golfer had relationships with 11 women other than his wife. Once she was done chasing him out of the house with a golf club, we bet Elin was pleased that she’d opted for an airtight prenup. With Tiger being the first athlete to earn $1 billion, Elin’s original prenup earned her $20 million in a divorce. After his many affairs were uncovered, Elin agreed to stay by his side on the condition he signed a new and improved version. When all was said and done, the model ended up with an impressive $110 million, not counting the years of support payments for their two children.

12 DENISE RICHARDS AND CHARLIE SHEEN

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Like several other celebs on this list, when Denise Richards married Charlie Sheen in 2001, she added a clause to their prenuptial agreement. Denise would have got $4 million if she’d caught the Two and a Half Men star with another woman, and she wasn’t the first of his wives to demand a pay off in case of betrayal. His first wife, Donna Peele, was not amused when it was revealed that the actor was a client of an escort agency that was run by the famous American Madam, Heidi Fleiss, divorcing him in 1996. His eventual divorce from Denise was even messier, with the actress claiming in court documents that Charlie was abusive towards her and negligent towards their daughters. She ended up with full custody of the kids, right before Sheen’s famous public meltdown in 2011, which the actor recently claimed was caused by “roid rage.”

11 KEVIN FEDERLINE AND BRITNEY SPEARS

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When the backup dancer, Kevin Federline, landed pop royalty, Britney Spears, literally no one could believe his luck. K-Fed supposedly left his then-fiancée and mother to his two eldest children, Shar Jackson, for Britney, and the pair announced their engagement after only three months of dating. As Shar was pregnant at the time and Kevin was little-known, he was branded a gold digger by fans for hooking up with the star. The couple did get married and had two children together, Sean Preston and Jayden James, but Kevin remained a figure of ridicule throughout the relationship. Still, he must have ended up better off, right? Wrong. Due to the prenup, he signed before they wed, Kevin only got $1 million of Britney’s finances in the split. Another strange codicil? Any gift over $7,000 had to come with legal paperwork stating who got to keep in the event of divorce, so why knows how much K-Fed actually gained from the marriage?

10 CATHERINE ZETA-JONES AND MICHAEL DOUGLAS

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Another woman who was worried about her man doing the dirty behind her back. If Catherine Zeta-Jones ever caught Michael Douglas playing away their prenup entitles her to $5 million— that’s on top of the $2.8 million she already gets for each year of marriage. The $500,000 Jessica Biel was promised doesn’t seem quite as impressive now, does it? Apparently, Catherine became concerned after the actor allegedly betrayed his first wife, Diandra Luker, who walked away with $45 million in their split. In return, Douglas got a confidentiality clause, meaning Catherine has to keep quiet about their relationship in the event of a separation. Still, their marriage has stood the test of time, and they credit the success of their relationship to good communication and not taking everything so seriously— except apparently when it comes to cash.

ANGELINA JOLIE AND BRAD PITT

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Yet another clause protecting the woman (we’re sensing a theme here). If Brad Pitt had betrayed Angelina Jolie during their two-year marriage, she’d get sole custody of their kids, no questions asked. So, no matter what really caused their dramatic separation, we know Brad didn’t stray, as the couple agreed to joint custody in their divorce settlement.

The couple was together for over a decade after meeting on the set ofMr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005. Their combined fortune was estimated at $400 million, but their iron-clad prenup meant that at least the dividing of their finances was as easy as possible.

However, since Brad had not done anything to question his loyalty, the care of their six children did turn out to be more of an issue, with Brad and Ange both wanting physical custody of Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11 and twins, Vivienne and Knox, 9. The exes final reached a decision in April 2018, with Angelina allowing Brad access to the family.

STEVEN SPIELBERG AND AMY IRVING

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Rather than a demand, this is more of an example of a prenup gone wrong. When the acclaimed director, Steven Spielberg, proposed to his now ex-wife Amy Irving, the duo decided to write their prenup on a cocktail napkin. Goodness knows why. The “document” included how he and Amy would divide their properties should they split, as well as their combined income. Sadly for Stevea napkin is not a legal document and, unsurprisingly, it didn’t stand up in court when the pair divorced. As a result, he had to hand over $100 million to the actress. That’s a lot of dough for only four years of marriage, and at the time, was one of the most expensive divorces ever in the USA. Perhaps Steve should have stayed away from the actress, Kate Capshaw, better known as Willie Scott in the Indiana Jones franchise…

CHRIS ROCK AND MALAAK COMPTON-ROCK

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Did you know prenups can expire? Well, Chris Rock found out the hard way. When the comedian was ditched by his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, in 2015, he discovered that the prenup they had signed almost two decades prior had ran out under what is known as a “sunset clause.” Unsurprisingly, after all the comedy star’s bad behavior during their marriage, Malaak decided to take him to the cleaners and asked for a large portion of his $70 million fortune.

The court papers stated that as Malaak had given up her own career to become a stay at home mom to the couple’s kids, Lola Simone and Zahra Savannah,  she was entitled to maintain her celebrity lifestyle once they were divorced.

The split was finalised in 2016, and although it’s unclear how much Malaak got in the settlement, during a stand-up show last year Chris told the crowd: “Would I ever get married again? Not if it would cure AIDS.” Yikes.

ROSEANNE BARR AND TOM ARNOLD

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Apparently, Roseanne Barr was so madly in love with her second husband, Tom Arnold, she dismissed the idea of a prenup, despite her attorney repeatedly asking her to consider otherwise. In fact, she was so convinced their romance would last, she fired the guy for suggesting it. Tom seemed equally as enamoured with Roseanne at the time and even got a tattoo of the star’s face on his chest. Still, the relationship broke down four years later, and it’s no surprise that the comedian ended up seriously out of pocket, with Tom banking $50 million in the split.

If you think things have got any less bitter between the pair, then you only have to check recent headlines to see otherwise. Tom recently demanded that his ex-wife apologize for “promoting insane conspiracy theories” in the Roseanne reboot and on Twitter, according to Fox News.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND LARRY FORTENSKY

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Larry Fortensky hit the jackpot when he married the Hollywood icon, Elizabeth Taylor, in 1991, and as expected there was a prenup. With several marriages under her belt (Larry was her seventh and final husband), Liz was probably the queen of prenups by this point, but she still ended up losing money from her split with the construction worker.

The document stated that if the marriage lasted five years then Larry would get $1 million, so of course, that’s how long he stuck around for. Although admittedly, that was a small percentage of her $200 million fortune.

Did Larry marry the star for love or money? After their divorce he happily slid back into anonymity, refusing money for numerous kiss and tells. So who knows?

PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON

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It’s expected that a royal prenup would be different than those designed for regular celebrities and us mere mortals, but just how bizarre is surprising. Prince William married commoner Kate Middleton (by a commoner, we mean upper-middle class) in 2011. One source claims that if the couple were to divorce, then their marriage contract entitles her to a monthly pension, at least until she decides to remarry. The downside? If Kate does end up with someone else then Will gets custody of their children Prince George, 4, Princess Charlotte, 2, and their third child due this month. Harsh. However, other sources claim that the pair never signed a prenup at all— a not-so-wise decision, considering how most of the recent royal marriages have turned out.

MADONNA AND GUY RITCHIE

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie married in 2000, and before the nuptials, the filmmaker supposedly signed a document that contained some “sexual clauses.” However, this was never confirmed, and like royals Kate and Will, they deny even having a prenup to begin with. This is more believable than gossip about their bedroom, since, in the end, Guy walked away with between $76 and $92 million of the singer’s fortune. Within hours of their split being confirmed, a friend of pop icon said, “Guy wants to make himself out to be a gentleman who’s above money, If only that was the case. The truth is he’s looking for a nice piece of the pie.” This is a significantly higher portion of Madge’s fortune than she initially offered— $15 million in cash and their country estate Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, England.

ROSIE O’DONNELL AND MICHELLE ROUNDS

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When Rosie O’Donnell married Michelle Rounds, The New York post reported that the comedian subjected the former IT consultant to eight months of “gruelling” negotiations. In fact, Michelle only signed the forms hours before the wedding took place, with Rosie’s tough approach to the prenup talks supposedly being the reason. As what now appears to be a standard for celebs, Michelle agreed to a clause that stated she’d get nothing if she betrayed Rosie, but Rosie’s lawyers said the star was generous in many other elements of the agreement. They later split amicably, although a custody battle ensued over their adopted daughter.

Sadly, Michelle took her own life at the age of 46, leaving behind her new wife and daughter. Rosie released a statement at the time, saying: “I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy. Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s family, her wife and their child.”

COCO AUSTIN AND ICE-T

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Even in the weird world of prenups, this clause is bizarre. If Coco Austin and Ice-T ever split the rapper wants one thing and one thing only – her infamous enhanced body parts. Gross. However, this source did come from a friend of Ice-T’s (and former pimp), Don Magic Juan, rather than a lawyer, so take it with a pinch of salt. Besides, Coco has always insisted that her famous derriere is the real deal, and she got her impressive cleavage at age 18, long before she met her now-husband. The model told NW Magazine in 2014 that she enhanced certain areas of her body to take away attention from others.

Nothing about T and Coco’s relationship has been ordinary. The pair married only two months after meeting in 2002 but are still going strong 16 years later. They now also have a three-year-old daughter, Chanel. Discussing their controversial relationship, T told Mail Online in 2012: “People had certain preconceptions of us. They thought I’d be burying bodies in the back garden and Coco would be off [dancing] at birthday parties. But we’re a normal couple with a normal relationship and people are starting to see that.”

 

 

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