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Sometimes, celebrities get married and divorced so fast, you wouldn’t even know they were ever married. And sometimes, we never knew because these unions happened before our time. We here at Madame Noire were surprised by many of these unions. Are you?

Persia White and Saul Williams

Persia White and famous poet and slam artist Saul Williams met when he made a guest appearance on Girlfriends as Lynn’s love interest “Sivad.” The artsy couple hit it off immediately and eventually married in 2008 after five years of dating.  Unfortunately, the artsy couple called it quits just a year later.


Remember the leading lady in Coming To America? Lisa? Well, the actress who played Lisa, Shari Headley, married Play (real name Christopher Martin) from the 90s hip-hop duo Kid n Play in 1993. They divorced only two years later. They have a son named Skylar together.


Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis 

The legendary actress and the legendary jazz musician never had children together but they were married for seven years between 1981-1988.


Jermaine Jackson and Hazel Gordy 
We all know Jermaine Jackson has a colorful history when it comes to women. Heck, he and his brother Randy even share the same baby mama. But Jermaine’s first wife is actually Motown royalty. Jermaine married the daughter of Berry Gordy, Hazel Gordy, in 1977. They were married for 11 years and had three children together.

Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy
Speaking of the Gordys, in an interesting example of cougarism in black history, Marvin Gaye was married to Berry Gordy’s older sister Anna Gordy when she was 42 and Gaye was only 24. They were married for less than ten years after Gaye left her for a much younger woman who would become his second wife (Janis Hunter). And in another interesting twist, Gaye had a son with Gordy’s niece.

Glynn Turman and Aretha Franklin

Who knew? Depending on which decade you were born, you may remember Glynn Turman best for his role in Cooley High or his stint as  retired Army colonel Bradford Taylor on A Different World or his role on the HBO drama The Wire.  Needless to say, we had no idea that the actor was married to Aretha Franklin from 1978-1984. They had no children together.

Ali Landry and Mario Lopez

It seems that Extra TV host Mario Lopez loves showing his girlfriend and baby mama on reality television. If you recall, he had a VH1 reality show “Saved By The Baby” about their journey towards parenthood. But only a few years ago, Lopez was embroiled in a scandal. Weeks after marrying Ali Landry in 2004, the marriage was annulled because of alleged infidelity on Lopez’ part days prior to the wedding.


George Clooney and Talia Balsam 

In surprising news, George Clooney, the forever bachelor, was once married to current Mad Men star Talia Balsam. Clooney has publicly said that he will never get married. I guess he came to that decision via trial and error. He and Balsam were married from 1989 to 1993.

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