It Really Is Cheaper To Keep Her: 14 Of The Biggest Celebrity Divorce Settlements

November 15, 2012  |  
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It’s not often that we hear about a celebrity marriage lasting, and when one doesn’t we all sit and wait patiently for the nasty divorce settlements. With so much money and fame involved, it’s not uncommon for negotiations to get a little dirty, but in the end most of these ex-wives end up getting broke Though it’s never a happy thing to see a marriage end, we’re pretty sure some of these women dried their tears in dollar bills and ended up laughing their way to the bank. While love doesn’t cost a thing, divorces really do. Here are 14 of the biggest celebrity divorce settlements in our lifetime.

Lionel & Diane Richie

When he was 36, Lionel married his 18-year-old backup dancer, Diane, after divorcing his first wife in 1993. Lionel and Diane married in 1996 but the marriage only lasted until 2004. Diane filed for divorce and it’s estimated that she received a $20 million settlement.

Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren

After a single-car accident that lead to the uncovering of an affair (or 50!), Elin Nordegren filed for divorce from Tiger Woods during Thanksgiving 2009. Once all was said and done, Elin received a $100 million settlement.

Michael & Juanita Jordan

After being married for 17 years, 2006 was the year that Michael and Juanita Jordan ended their relationship due the athlete’s constant cheating. Juanita’s overall settlement added up to about $168 million, which included their seven-acre Chicago estate.

Robert & Sheila Johnson

Standing as America’s first black billionaire as well as the co-founder of BET, Robert Johnson had it all at one point. He was married to Sheila Johnson for 30 years but the couple divorced in 2000. Sheila got a divorce settlement sum of about $400 million, and crazily enough Sheila is now re-married to the judge who heard her divorce case.

Shaquille & Shaunie O’Neal

After being married for five years and having four children together, Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neals marriage ended after Shaq was proven to have been unfaithful. (Anybody notice a theme here?) No definitive divorce settlement news has been released, but it’s been said that Shaq pays Shaunie $20,000 a month in alimony.

Russell & Kimora Lee-Simmons

Though nowadays Russell is flaunting a much younger girlfriend, his divorce with Kimora Lee definitely cost him a ton. The couple dated for six years before marrying in 1998, but split in 2006 after having two daughters. Divorce proceedings were settled in 2008 and Russell now has to pay $40,000 a month until his daughters turn 19.

Eddie & Nicole Murphy

After a divorce in 2006, Nicole Murphy made out quite nicely. She was awarded a lump sum of $15 million after being married to Eddie Murphy for 13 years and having five of his children.

Nas & Kelis

When Nas and Kelis got married, the couple quickly became the king and queen of hip-hop. However, due to irreconcilable differences, Kelis filed for divorce in 2009, after just four years of marriage. After the divorce was settled, Nas had to pay $51,000 a month to pay back child support as well as $10,000 a month for spousal support. He also dished out $200,000 for Kelis’ legal fees.

Janet Jackson & Rene Elizondo

Before making it really big, Janet Jackson wed Rene Elizondo and their marriage was kept out of the public eye. It wasn’t until 2000 when many knew of the marriage, but only because of Rene’s divorce filing. After the settlement, he left the marriage with $10 million.

The Dream & Christina Milian

After a sudden marriage in 2009, The Dream and Christina Milian divorced  just as quickly — just 10 months later. Christina Milian was given a one time $4 million payment and The Dream was ordered to pay $5,000 a month in child support.

Deion and Pilar Sanders

Definitely a dirty divorce, Deion and Pilar Sanders’ financial tussle was only recently settled. Pilar will receive child support of $10,500/month as well as a one-time $1 million payment. Deion aslo has to pay $275,000 for Pilar’s attorney fees

Mike Tyson & Robin Givens

Marriage was too much for Mike Tyson and Robin Givens as the couple was married just eight months before filing for divorce. But that less than one year of marriage still earned Robin Givens a $10 million settlement.

Kobe & Vanessa Bryant

Even after he publicly confessed to an affair in 2001, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant remained married, but a 2003 sexual assault charge against him by another female was the last straw. In December 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce and was granted $75 million as well as all three of their homes. Vanessa likely has access to even more than that though, as from the looks of things she and Kobe have hardly gone their separate ways.

Morgan Freeman & Myrna Colley-Lee

Though their divorce was amicable, it’s sad to say that the couple was married for 26 years and couldn’t keep things going. Myrna quietly received $400 million as a divorce settlement.

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