Melania and Donald Trump and Other Celebrity Marriages That We’re Pretty Sure Are Just Business Deals

Celebrity marriages like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell or even Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson feel real. Anyone who has joined another in holy matrimony knows that such a union is not always easy, but those of the Hollywood variety usually don’t last very long. Many star-crossed celebrity lovers who decide to put rings on it often end up filing for divorce in less than a year.

Simply put, Hollywood is a bizarre place and so are the marriages that come along with it. Most of us can agree that some of the get-togethers seem like more of publicity stunts or business deals than they do true love. So, without further ado, these are the celebrity couples that we’re pretty sure are really just business deals.

1. Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce is wearing a red dress next to Jay Z in a tux.

Beyonce and Jay-Z | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The couple’s Bonnie and Clyde days seem to be over. When Jay-Z and Beyonce began dating back in 2001, onlookers felt like the two were destined for endless love. They tied the knot in April 2008, and welcomed their first child in January 2012.

But rumors started to swirl in regards to Jay-Z’s infidelity. Cue the 2014 elevator scuffle between Beyonce’s sister Solange and Jay-Z. While the couple claims that the family has moved on, the two don’t seem to be very chummy towards one another these days.

Next: Do this powerful pair even like one another? 

2. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive prior to US President Donald Trump's address before joint session of Congress

Are Trump and Kushner really in love? | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a rarity to see Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner really enjoying one another’s company. The couple has been married since 2009, but not without previous hiccups.

Trump and Kushner split back in 2008 due to differences in religious views but inevitably rekindled. Trump converted to Judaism. Nevertheless, the couple’s matrimony seemed like more of best-suited choice than head-over-heels love.

Next: Is it all politics for this couple too? 

3. Bill and Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton relax during a campaign sto pin 1992

Hillary and Bill Clinton during his first run for the White House. | John Mottern/AFP/Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton is well-known for his White House indecency, but despite the public humiliation, Hilary was relentless in standing by his side. Perhaps her reasoning was less about her undying love and more about her strategic plan to further her own political career. She may have thought leaving behind her cheating husband would limit her chances of winning the presidency.

Next: Scientology and celebrity marriages don’t seem to pan out well. 

4. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Dreamworks' "Tropic Thunder" in Los Angeles California on Aug 11, 2008. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Rumors flew and still fly around Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ marriage, but a few things seem to be certain. Cruise’s dedication to Scientology played a major role in the creation and unraveling of his marriage to Holmes.

The actress allegedly was one of several women vetted by the church prior to kindling her romance with Cruise, according to a report in Vanity Fair. The Church of Scientology has denied that such a search for a new wife for Cruise took place.

Next: A trophy wife turned First Lady 

5. Melania and Donald Trump

Donald Trump and then-girlfriend Melania Knauss, 2002.

People have a lot of questions about this relationship. | Matt Campbell/AFP/Getty Images

Melania gained a lot of bells and whistles by marrying Donald Trump, but fancy homes and a practically endless bank account don’t buy happiness. As explained in the recent book Fire and Fury, author Michael Wolff tells the mysterious dynamics of the couple’s relationship. President Trump refers to Melania as his “trophy wife” and the two often go days without communicating.

Next: It’s hard to believe these two are in it for love.

6. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are equally tough acts to follow and perhaps for an understandable reason. Kardashian locked in and monetized on her reality TV stardom like no other, and for that, she’s a smart businesswoman. West, on the other hand, has done well for himself in the music realm, but his bad, cocky attitude leaves a bad taste in a lot of mouths. Needless to say, the couple seems far more interested in how well-liked they are by the public, opposed to each other.

Next: It’s rumored that this groom is actually gay.

7. John Travolta and Kelly Preston

US actor John Travolta (L) and his wife US actress Kelly Preston

The Pulp Fiction star has been dogged by rumors for years. | Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Rumors surrounding John Travolta’s sexual orientation have flown around for years. Photos have been snapped and numerous allegations have been made in regards to Travolta being gay. His wife since September 1991, Kelly Preston has endured far more downs than ups with Travolta, raising the question of why she continues to be with him.

Next: A tumultuous affair comes to light after 33 years of marriage.

8. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy and Sharon have had a rocky marriage. | Bryan Steffy/Stringer/Getty Images

The tumultuous marriage between Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne hit the 35-year mark back in 2017, however, not without some transgressions by the Black Sabbath frontman. After 33 years, an affair between Ozzy and his hairdresser came to the light. While Sharon says she fell out of love and back in again, it may have just been easier for her to stick by her husband’s side than to file for divorce. After all, the couple is rumored to be worth $220 million.

Next: A 72-day marriage equaled lots of attention for this reality star, who makes a second appearance on our list.

9. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries is kissing Kim Kardashian at their wedding in Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Many believe this short-lived marriage was just for the ratings. | Keeping Up With the Kardashians/E!

The marriage between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries lasted all of 72 days, but it certainly brought Kardashian solid publicity. Considering the wedding alone cost $10 million ($20,000 on the cake alone), the fling seemed to be more of an investment into Kardashian’s career than anything.

Next: Consecutive marriages hint at this guy just being in it for the publicity.

10. Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez

Actress/Singer Jennifer Lopez (L) and Marc Anthony in the audience at the 2006 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Despite knowing “very quickly that it wasn’t the right thing,” Jennifer Lopez stuck it out with husband Marc Anthony for seven years. Strangely enough, though, Anthony was married just before and just after his marriage with Lopez. This makes outsiders believe his nuptials with Lopez were more of a career move than on driven by love.

Next: A supermodel marries a man nearly twice her age. 

11. Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere

Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere

Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA, Inc.

Hollywood brings together some pretty odd couples. The Cindy Crawford Richard Gere combo was one of them.

To begin with, Gere was 42 when he married a 26-year-old Crawford, and after just four years the couple went to splitsville. Crawford opened up about the union, saying she “didn’t know if we were ever friends.”

Next: Maybe this couple was just friends all along.

12. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner wed in Turks and Caicos back in 2005 whilst Garner was pregnant with the couple’s first child, Violet. Two more kiddos and nearly 10 years later, divorce rumors started to fly.

Affleck had an affair with the couple’s nanny, but Garner claims, “She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce. She was not a part of the equation.” The couple finally filed for divorce in 2017, but overall seemed to be friends more than anything.

Next: Perhaps this couple just married far too young.

13. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon arrive at the premiere of 'Antitrust'

Witherspoon and Phillippe married in their early 20s. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

These two cuties got married when Reese Witherspoon was just 24-years-old. The actress has made it clear that she was entirely too young when she first tied the knot with Ryan Phillippe. Nevertheless, the couple had two beautiful children. But the two split in the midst of Phillippe’s affair rumors. Witherspoon’s career took a dive, and she blamed Phillippe for some of that.

Next: You may have forgotten these two were ever married.

14. Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds

Scarlett Johansson with blonde hair

Her marriage to Ryan Reynolds didn’t last long. | John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds were another odd Hollywood couple, but lo and behold, they tied the knot. Then they quickly divorced in 2011, just three years after they wed.

Johansson opened up about the marriage, claiming that at times it felt “very competitive.” The failing dynamics of the marriage hinged greatly on one or the other doing better in their careers.

Next: The sloppiest kiss the public ever witnessed. 

15. Liza Minnelli and David Gest

Liza Minneli

Liza Minnelli and David Gest | Kevin Winter/ImageDirect

Liza Minnelli and David Gest were married for only 18 months after their completely over-the-top wedding. When the nuptials soured (and boy did they sour), the divorce quickly got dirty.

The truth is that Minnelli was broke when she married Gest, who had experienced major success over the course of his career as a concert producer. Some believe she married him for more than just his good looks, but instead for his wallet.

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