After just 72 days of marriage, reality TV star Kim Kardashian is filing for divorce from NBA player, Kris Humphries. Though not quite a record in Hollywood (Britney Spears was married for only 55 hours to childhood pal Jason Alexander), the duration of their marriage is among the shortest. The lavish ceremony in which the couple married, which was filmed for reality TV, was also amongst the most expensive weddings of all time, at $10M.
Kim and Kris became engaged 7 months after meeting, on May 18, 2011. The engagement was captured on the Kardashian’s reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Humphries proposed marriage with a 20.5 carat, $2M ring and the words, “Will you marry me?” in rose petals on Kim’s bedroom floor. She was reportedly shocked and stated, “I never thought it would happen at home, and I never thought now.” But nevertheless the reality star agreed, and the wedding plans were underway.
The couple married in an extravagant ceremony at a private estate in Montecito California on August 20, 2011. The nuptials were filmed for the whole world to see several weeks later in a 2-part E! TV special entitled “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding.” The bride wore Vera Wang and the celebrity guests were plentiful. One guest spoke publicly after the festivities, admitting that “Everybody felt awkward like it was all for the cameras and more like a TV show than a wedding.”
The couple reportedly made $18M from the wedding though recent news has leaked that Kris Humphries was robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars by one of his guests, and investment banker who drew the NBA player into a $1.7M investment scam.
In the last few weeks, the pair has been the subject of countless tabloid reports stating that their marriage was already on the rocks. Kris was spotted moving boxes out of the New York City hotel that they shared with Kim’s sister, while Kim has been seen flying solo to numerous events. On October 20, the couple appeared together leaving a New York restaurant, reportedly trying to squash the divorce rumors. A source close to the couple told MailOnline: “I don’t know when they’ll announce the split or why they got married in the first place but they are done.”
On October 31, 2011, Ryan Seacrest, producer of her reality TV show, confirmed the news that Kim was filing for divorce. He tweeted: “Yes @KimKardashian is filing for divorce this morning. I touched base with her, getting a statement in just a few mins.”
Later in the day both Kim and Kris released separate statements confirming the news. Kim’s read: “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands that this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.” Unfortunately, Kris seems to see things a bit differently, suggesting that he may not have taken part in the ‘careful’ decision-making process: “I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce. I am committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it work.”
Kim has hired a divorce lawyer to the stars, Lauren Wasser, to handle her case, and is citing “irreconcilable differences” as the cause of separation. Fortunately, the couple did sign a prenuptial agreement.
We wish the couple the best on this unfortunate bump in the road.