With constant exposure to conventionally “grown up” topics, loaded world issues, violence through film and video games, sex through television, and a general reliance on social media which provides unfiltered results regarding all of the above, it’s no surprise that children are maturing at rapid speeds. And if you’re a celebrity deprived of a normal adolescence because you’re too busy running around being a mini adult on screen, it’s even more difficult to maintain a childhood that thrives on innocence. Therefore, getting married at a really young age, (and getting divorced at a young age), is becoming increasingly common. These are facts.
Is there a direct correlation between marriage and society-imposed maturity? Maybe. But 19 year old Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana made headlines last week when she announced her engagement to on-again-off-again boyfriend Liam Hemsworth. Young Hollywood getting engaged under 20 is nothing new, but for those of you who were *scandalized* by the news, here are some other celebrity couples who tied the knot at young ages. And then divorced a few years later. Or a few months later. Or a few days later (cough Britney cough).
Milla Jovovich & Shawn Andrews
16 year old Milla and actor Shawn Andrews met while filming “Dazed and Confused”. In 1992 they made their ~love~ official, and then 2 months later, Milla’s mother had their marriage annulled.
Macauley Culkin & Rachel Miner
This “Home Alone” star married girlfriend in 1998 at the ripe old age of 17, and divorced in 2002.
Solange Knowles & Daniel Smith
An unplanned pregnancy may have been the cause of this 2004 marriage, but 17 year old Solange got a hit song (6 O’ Clock Blues) and a really cute baby out of it. The two divorced in 2007.
Olivia Wilde and Tao Ruspoli
Italian prince Tao Ruspoli, and 19 year old Olivia Wilde were married a surprising 8 years before divorcing in 2011.
Drew Barrymore & Jeremy Thomas
19 year old Drew married Jeremy Thomas, a bar owner, in 1994 and a little over a month later, got divorced. Womp womp.
Kim Kardashian & Damon Thomas
Kim K flits around between so many guys I can barely keep track. But when she was 19, she married record producer Damon Thomas…and then divorced him four years later in 2004.
Taylor Hanson & Natalie Anne Bryant
In 2002, this “MMMBop” singer married Natalie Anne Bryant at the age of 19, and they are still together! With four children! And one on the way!
Dolly Parton & Carl Thomas Dean
This duo tied the knot in 1966 when Dolly was 20, and they are still together nearly 55 years later! Parton, who is Miley’s godmother, is a ~beacon of hope~.