You Can Keep It: Stars Who Gave Up Millions And Got Nothing In The Divorce
We always hear about celebrity wives who left a marriage with half, but what about those who took nothing in the divorce? These celebrities walked away with their freedom — and nothing else.
Dita Von Teese
When famous burlesque star Dita Von Teese found out that her husband, Marilyn Manson, was cheating, she wanted nothing to do with him or those bad memories.
“I left with nothing. I knew that there was an inappropriate relationship going on in [my home], and I didn’t want any part of it around to remind me. I didn’t want that sofa. I didn’t want that bed.”
Poor Porsha didn’t voluntarily leave with nothing. But that didn’t stop her ex-husband, Kordell Stewart, from refusing to give her any of his assets. She even had to pay off her own credit card balance.
When Katie Holmes fled from her marriage to Tom Cruise, she didn’t fight the airtight prenup that stated that she would get nothing in the divorce. Holmes was just happy to be done with Cruise (and to secure $33,333.33 a month in child support).
What’s the best way to say “I’m sorry for all of the cheating?” By giving up $20 million. That was the paycheck Russell Brand was supposed to receive from Katy Perry because the pair didn’t have a prenup when their marriage ended. However, Brand agreed to walk away with nothing.
One of the things that held up Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries was his demand for a settlement of $7 million after their 72-day marriage ended. But when the judge made his final decision, Kris got zilch.
Surata Zuri McCants
Walking away with nothing isn’t always the wife’s decision. Ruben Studdard took everything with him in his divorce — including McCants’s engagement ring.
How much is tasting popular recipes worth? Stephanie March tried to argue that her quality control over celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s recipes entitled her to at least a few million in the divorce. Unfortunately, a judge saw things differently and ruled that Stephanie had to stick to the prenup she signed and leave with nothing.
A judge may have decreed that Terrence Howard’s ex-wife would get $325K in spousal support, but Howard said he couldn’t do it at the time: he was only making $6,000 a month. Now he’s headed back to court to contest the order and still hasn’t paid her a dime.
Although her prenup said differently, LisaRaye may still walk away with nothing. Now that her ex-husband is also the ex-Turks and Caicos premiere facing jail time and having financial trouble, McCoy may just leave well enough alone and settle for nothing in the divorce.
Torrei didn’t walk away empty-handed in her divorce from Kevin Hart, but what she received was close to it. Although Kevin was worth close to $10 million when they split, she only walked away with a settlement of $175,000.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s divorce from Charles Saatchi made headlines when Lawson announced that she wanted nothing from her ex-husband’s estate.
Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli
In 2013, actors Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli had one of the nicest divorces ever. Both decided to decline spousal support, and instead, created a joint bank account to care for their three daughters.
When the New Girl star divorced Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard in 2012, she agreed to walk away with nothing — and so did he.
David Arquette and Courteney Cox
Sometimes when it’s over, it’s just over. David Arquette and Courteney Cox disagreed over so little in their divorce that they didn’t even hire lawyers. They simply agreed to part ways with nothing.