The way the short-lived relationship between NBA stars Britney Griner and Glory Johnson unfolded, it makes you question how some of these celebrity couples—especially the ones on this list—ever managed to join forces in marriage. It seemed as though these relationships were doomed from the start, though these athletes and celebrities tried to see it through, unsuccessfully.
The relationships of these athletes are entirely in the public light, and even more so when their spouse is another prominent figure in Hollywood, or even another athlete. Each and every aspect of their relationship is documented and scrutinized, making the semblance of privacy non-existent. As a result—in some cases—problems begin to surface entirely based on the claims of news outlets, most notably tabloid newspapers. When certain high-profile marriages end, some spouses reveal details from the relationship either in interviews or in tell-all autobiographical books like some of the celebrities on this list have done. With the prior knowledge of this happening post-marriage, it is inevitable that some will refrain from opening up to their spouse throughout the relationship, afraid of the backlash that may occur if it does end. Thus, the bond formed may not be as tightly knit as it would in a private, smaller-scale relationship. Moreover, prominent couples often spend a great deal of their time apart, forced to work hundreds or even thousands of miles away from each other. This immediately presents a major roadblock for any couple to overcome: the challenges of a long-distance relationship. History suggests these simply cannot work, and when the relationship is constantly under the public’s eye, it diminishes the odds of it achieving success even more.
The marriages on this list aren’t just some of the shortest-tenured, but also some of the notable in history. And if you’re hoping to get hitched, or have already done so, you may learn a thing or two from the relationship mistakes of these celebrities. Here are the 15 shortest-lived high-profile athlete marriages of all time.
16 Shaquille O'Neal and Shaunie Nelson
Shaquille O'Neal's marriage with Shaunie, lasted seven years, although Shaq had initially filed for divorce after five years. When discussing the marriage, Shaq had this to say: "At one time my ex-wife and I were happy, but I admit it—I was a guy." Make of that what you will. Shaunie hired a private investigator who discovered Shaq had been sexting a woman named Vaness Lopez. Shaunie would soon become a featured star on VH1's Basketball Wives.
15 Tiki Barber and Ginny Cha
While the couple was married for 11 years, the way it ended is just too controversial to leave off this list. Tiki Barber retired from the NFL in 2006, anticipating a booming television career. While it wife was pregnant with twins, it was discovered that Barber had been cheating on her with 23-year-old former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson. Eight days after finalizing his divorce with Cha, Barber married Johnson. Cha would soon give birth to twins, leaving the former couple with four children.
14 Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods' marriage to former Swedish model Elin Nordegren lasted about five years before an incident at the golfer's home. From there countless stories began to surface about Tiger's affairs with dozens of mistresses. Nordegren filed for divorce from Tiger and they officially split in the summer of 2010. It seems Woods hasn't changed his unfaithful ways since the marriage and he and Lindsey Vonn recently ended their relationship due to Woods cheating on Vonn.
13 Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada
Chad Johnson, or Ochocinco as he was known at the time, proposed to the Basketball Wives star in 2010. They married on the 4th of July in 2012, while Ochocinco had landed a contract with the Miami Dolphins, who just so happened to be on HBO's Hard Knocks for their training camp. The timing couldn't have been worse. Just over a month after marrying, Johnson was arrested on a domestic battery charge after Johnson had allegedly head butted his wife after an argument. Johnson was cut from the Dolphins and Lozada filed for divorce the next day. The divorce was finalized in September.
11 Marion Jones and C.J. Hunter
Marion Jones and C.J. Hunter met back in 1997 while Hunter was teaching track at the University of North Carolina. Hunter resigned from his post to not violate the university rules prohibiting relationships between students and staff. They married the following year and trained for the 2000 Olympics. The marriage began to fall apart when Hunter, a shot-putter, tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The couple divorced in 2002 and Jones stated in her book that the positive test hurt her marriage and her image at the time as a drug-free athlete, although we'd later find out Jones' claims of being drug-free weren't true.
10 Rick Fox and Vanessa Williams
9 David Justice and Halle Berry
8 Tony Parker and Eva Longoria
7 Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields
6 Greg Norman and Chris Evert
5 Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
4 Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
The most notable marriage on this list is that of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe in 1954. And it took just 274 days for it to end—Monroe accused her ex-husband of “mental cruelty" after the two split. She suggested her fame led to the demise of their relationship. “He was jealous of me because I was more famous than he was,” said Monroe. According to a Vanity Fair magazine story, DiMaggio spoke about his ex-wife in his final words when he died of lung cancer at 84 in 1999. “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn,” said DiMaggio according to the report.
3 Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra
2 Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
Aside from hard-core NBA pundits, most of the world had little idea who Kris Humphries was. In 2010, he was a seldom-used member of the Dallas Mavericks, his third NBA stop at the age of 24. But once he met Kim K, he emerged into the public’s eye. His popularity skyrocketed, the way a high-school student could only dream. His name immediately became a household one, but only for reasons away from the hardwood. While playing for the Mavs, he met Kardashian, and the two married less than a year later in August 2011.
1 Britney Griner and Glory Johnson
The most recent short-lived marriage, and the shortest on this list is that of WNBA stars Britney Griner and Glory Johnson. Beginning with their engagement in August 2014, the two have had a jaw-dropping rollercoaster ride as a couple, which was overwhelmingly filled with lows. And their relationship timeline is unfathomable. In April, the couple was arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct after police separated the two following a fight at their home in Arizona.
Shockingly, the two married less than three weeks later. Six days later, the WNBA suspended the pair for seven games each after Griner pleaded guilty to the aforementioned disorderly conduct charges. A month later in June, the couple announced Johnson was pregnant. The next day, Griner filed for annulment, citing fraudulent activity in the marriage.
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