The 19-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus recently announced her engagement to 22-year-old Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. While you would expect most folks to be happy that she’s walking down the aisle and doing things in order, there’s been a lot of blowback that she’s too young. But don’t it twisted, she wouldn’t be the first to get a head start on happily ever after in Hollywood. Or getting that first divorce out of the way quickly…Here are 9 couples who were 25 and under when they jumped the broom.
Solo has always been in her big sister’s shadow but she crossed the threshold into womanhood in two ways before Beyoncé did. At the tender age of 17, Solange became pregnant by her boyfriend Daniel Smith. They married in the Bahamas’ on February 27, 2004 and welcomed their son Daniel Juelz Smith Jr. that October. The couple divorced when she was 21 but continue to co-parent their son.
Tiffany is very active on Twitter but she knows how to keep a few secrets to herself. The little girl who sang on “Star Search” is now a married young woman with a baby on the way. She revealed to Essence that she wed the co-founder of her label, Lorenzo, at 17. The 19-year-old is now six months pregnant with their first child.
The pop icon was just 18 when she eloped with R&B singer James DeBarge in 1984. The union was annulled a year later but urban myths still follow their short marriage. The most popular one is that Janet secretly had his daughter. Young DeBarge even went on the radio to confirm the rumors, alleging that his niece’s name was Renee and that she was being raised by Janet’s older sister Rebbie, but Janet and her people continue to deny the existence of an alleged love child.
The popular young actress grew up in front of our eyes, starring in acclaimed shows and movies. But for her wedding, it was a low key affair in 2010. Then 24, she married musician Josiah Bell. It wasn’t until a few months later that the rest of the world knew about her bliss which continues to this day. We don’t get to see them together often, but the actress and her singing boo are still going strong.
Robin Givens and Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson was 21 and Robin Givens was 22 when they married in 1988. However, the heavyweight champion’s marriage to the actress soon became a battle royal. She accused him of domestic violence and told Barbara Walters that their life was “pure hell.” She contested their prenup and he accused her of trapping him with a fake pregnancy. The He said- She said drama had people taking sides. Mike seemingly won the P.R. war. Despite being battered, Robin was depicted as a gold-digger. After a miscarriage and a lot of drama, the marriage ended in ’89.
Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G.
Faith Evans was 21 and Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace was 22 when they got married after just three weeks of dating. Their marriage seemed doomed from the start since he was still involved with Lil Kim and cheated on her with other women. He believed she was cheating with rapper Tupac which was part of the drama in the East Coast/West Coast feud. Faith had their son C.J. and was left a widow when Biggie was gunned down in 1997.
The Miami Heat star married high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches in 2002. He was 20 and a rising star. She was 21, the mother of his child, a high school sweetheart and the one who helped hold him down. Fast forward a decade, and the two are divorced after accusations of cheating from both sides. D-Wade is dating Gabrielle Union, and just had Siohvaughn arrested for trying to kidnap their two sons. Now the baller wants her visitation with the children cut off, and sadly, it sounds like that move might be necessary.
Everyone’s favorite replacement TV daughter was another who tied the knot at a young age. At the time that Freeman prepared for her wedding with NBA player, Earl Watson, he was 30, while she was just 23. Rumors circled that the two got married fast and furiously because she was pregnant, and she was. One of her bridesmaids was “One on One” actress Kyla Pratt, and a groomsmen was popular baller Baron Davis. A year later, the couple actually had a huge falling out where Freeman was accused of attacking Watson, biting him and trying to get at him with an iron. Though Watson tried to file for divorce after the altercation, he decided to try and make things work and they stayed together. They have a daughter named Isabella who was born in ’09.
Mimi was only 24 when she married music mogul and her boss at Sony Records, Tommy Mottola. Her 43-year-old husband served as her Svengali, guiding her to the top of pop royalty but behind the scenes, Mariah has since confessed that their marriage was anything but majestic. She dreamed of being kidnapped and resented his influence over everything she did. The duo divorced in 1997, but she accused him of still trying to control her even after their break up.
Stephanie Guerilus is a multimedia journalist and published author. Follow her @qsteph
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