Their prenup ended up looking more like a bank loan than a marriage agreement.
There’s no denying that in some cases, having a prenuptial agreement is better than not having one, as one person could stand to lose half of their hard earned money at the snap of a finger. Prenups are a tricky situation though, as some relationships don’t even make it to the altar because one person refuses to sign it. Plus, they can also be seen as someone admitting they don’t think the marriage will last and it immediately puts a strain on the relationship. In the end, it’s a toss-up as to whether or not a couple should have one unless we’re talking about celebrity prenups, in which case some are so ridiculous it’s no wonder the marriages don’t last.
Sure, there are people who wouldn’t hesitate to sign some of these prenups if they were the ones getting the large, annual payouts. However, this list focuses more on the celebrities who willingly gave away tons of money just to try and make their marriage work. Then there are the prenups where money isn’t the issue but are focused more on restricting behavior or penalizing someone for committing a certain act. Essentially, some of these prenups make us wonder why someone would even think about getting married if they clearly don’t trust their partner or need to give them money to entice them to stay, which seems to be the case whether they want to admit it or not. Continue reading and decide if you would sign these 15 messed-up Hollywood prenups.
15. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been together for 11 years and married for six, so it’s safe to say their relationship has been a success, that is unless you include the three months they were separated in 2011. They clearly worked through whatever issue was plaguing them and it didn’t take long after they got back together for Timberlake to propose, but the reason for the break up may have played a part in drafting the subsequent prenup. Before walking down the aisle in 2012, Biel and Timberlake hashed out their prenup, which included an infidelity clause. This means that if Biel catches Timberlake being unfaithful during their marriage he has to pay her $500,000!
Sure, to someone like Timberlake, who has a reported net worth of $225 million, that’s pocket change but to common folk that’s a lot of money.
It doesn’t seem to go both ways either, which may have to do with the fact that Timberlake was accused of being more than just friends with his co-star Mila Kunis while filming Friends With Benefits. He denied the allegations but, clearly, Biel wanted to cover all of her bases before marrying the pop star.
14. RUSSELL CROWE GIVES HIS BRIDE A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer met in 1989 on the set of the movie The Crossing and sparked up a relationship that would be on and off for a few years as their careers took them in different directions. It wasn’t until 2002 when Crowe decided he wanted to settle down for good and declared his love to Spencer by proposing. They got married in 2003, but before going to the altar they drew up a prenuptial agreement that may have been influenced by the rocky start to their relationship. Basically, the prenup came out more like a sports contract than a marriage agreement.
It stated that Spencer would get $15 million if she and Crowe stayed together for more than three years, which, whether intentional or not, added an incentive to stay together.
The money didn’t seem to play a factor though, as they were married for much longer than three years (unlike another marriage on this list). However, it’s still an awkward way to start a marriage, and it was even reported that she was the one pushing for the divorce, which was finalized earlier this year. Spencer actually ended up getting about $20 million instead and also the ownership of their $11 million mansion.