Four Celebrity Couples That You Totally Forgot Where Once Married

Celebrity marriages aren’t exactly built to last. Busy schedules, the prying eyes of paparazzi and the constant barrage of tabloid stories send a lot of celebrity couples to divorce court. While the world turns to watch the most malicious and bitter divorces unfold on the public stage, there are many more celebrities who quietly part ways. Their marriages are often forgotten as quickly as they started. Do you remember when these four celebrity couples were married?

Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

In 1991 Cindy Crawford married the much older Richard Gere. He was 42 at the time, and she was just 25. By 1995 the couple had ended their relationship, and both went on to bigger and better things. Crawford later married Rande Gerber. The pair proved to be a much better match. They’ve been married for more than 20 years.

Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford
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Crawford opened up about her short-lived first marriage on the WTF Podcast back in 2014, according to Cosmpolitan. She said that the union would have never worked long-term, blaming the fact that they were never actually peers for their demise. She said, “I think part of the problem in our relationship was that we were a lot of other things, but I don’t know if we were ever friends—like peers—because I was young and he was Richard Gere.”

Gere went on to marry Carey Lowell, an actress, and model in 2002. The pair split in 2016. In 2018, he married Alejandra Silva, a Spanish publicist. Silva is just 36. Gere is now 70.

Jennifer Garner and Scott Foley

Jennifer Garner’s best known romantic partner is obviously Ben Affleck. The pair appeared to be a perfect match for years. Garner seemed to tame the wild-child in Affleck, and everyone seemed happy until “Nannygate.” In 2015 the couple announced that they would be divorcing after 10 years of marriage.

Before Garner and Affleck were a thing, she was married to another actor, albeit their romance was much more lowkey. Garner married Scott Foley in 2000 after they met on the set of Felicity. Their marriage was over by 2003, and the divorce was finalized in 2004. Garner has nothing but nice things to say about her ex, though. Speaking to Allure in 2013, she said, “He’s a really good guy, and we just imploded.”

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard

Zooey Deschanel made a considerable name for herself while portraying Jessica Day on New Girl. Death Cab for Cutie frontman, Ben Gibbard, is a star in the punk rock world. What most people forget is that the pair were actually married at one point.

Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard attend the premiere of Disney's "Winnie The Pooh" at Walt Disney Studios
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Deschanel and Gibbard were introduced by their music manager and went on to get married in 2009. It didn’t take long for things to go awry, though. By 2011 they were separated. Gibbard has been quiet about the end of the relationship since, but everyone assumes several songs on the band’s Kintsugi album might be about Deschanel. Fans are sure “Black Sun” is about the New Girl star.

Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney

Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney made an unlikely pair from the start. The couple had a whirlwind romance. They met in January 2005; four months later, they were married, and four months after that, they were over. Zellweger filed for an annulment from the country music star citing “fraud” as her reason. Fans went wild with speculations, but there doesn’t seem to be anything particularly salacious about their uncoupling.

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Chesney sat down with Oprah in 2010 and seemingly took the blame for his marriage imploding. He simply stated that he “panicked,” he also went on to call Zellwegger a “sweet soul,” according to Heavy. Zellweger also made a statement about her decision to file for an annulment under the auspice of fraud. She insisted it was just a legal term and had nothing to do with Chesney’s character.