10 Celeb Pairs Without Prenups

Kelsey Grammer wasn't the first, and he won't be the last

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 19, 2010 10:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – Shocked that Kelsey Grammer—at the time the highest paid actor on television—didn’t sign a prenup with the wife he’s now divorcing? Olivia Allin isn’t. She rounds up nine other celebrities who eschewed prenups—most of whom ended up divorced—on The Frisky:

  • Mel Gibson: He may be racist and possibly violent, but at least Gibson didn’t force ex-wife Robyn to sign a prenup—making her eligible for 50% of his estimated $900 million fortune.
  • Roseanne Barr: Tom Arnold walked away from the marriage with a Roseanne tattoo…and $50 million of her money.

  • Reese Witherspoon: She was making $20 million a movie when she divorced Ryan Phillippe in 2005, and he was only making $2.5 million a pop. Their earnings were split right down the middle, thanks to California law.
  • Jessica Simpson: When they got married in 2002, Nick Lachey’s 98 Degrees was hot. When they got divorced three years later, not so much. Jessica ended up paying Lachey “significantly” more than her original $1.5 million offer, but still less than half of her estimated $36 million income.
For the complete list—including the sole couple that’s still blissfully happy together—click here.

Kelsey and Camille Grammer arrive at the 61st annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010.
Kelsey and Camille Grammer arrive at the 61st annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Actor Mel Gibson (R) and wife Robin (L) drink in a coffee shop after shopping on June 10, 2002 in Malibu, California.
Actor Mel Gibson (R) and wife Robin (L) drink in a coffee shop after shopping on June 10, 2002 in Malibu, California.   (Getty Images)
Actor Tom Arnold arrives at  the Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles on Friday, May 7, 2010.
Actor Tom Arnold arrives at the Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles on Friday, May 7, 2010.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman, of the cast of Roseanne, accept the innovation award at the TV Land Awards on Sunday June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman, of the cast of Roseanne, accept the innovation award at the TV Land Awards on Sunday June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
In this March 5, 2006 file photo, Ryan Phillippe arrives with his wife Reese Witherspoon at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
In this March 5, 2006 file photo, Ryan Phillippe arrives with his wife Reese Witherspoon at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
In this Jan. 9, 2005 file photo, Jessica Simpson, left, and Nick Lachey arrive at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, Calif.
In this Jan. 9, 2005 file photo, Jessica Simpson, left, and Nick Lachey arrive at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)
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