For Halloween this year, Kim Kardashian is going to be a divorcee. Turns out, the reality star decided that marriage to Kris Humphries was too scary, and she filed for divorce this morning after a mere 72 days of not-so-wedded bliss.
While the details of their split have not been aired (yet), Kim has cited “irreconcilable differences.” Rumors have been swirling that the so-called differences were based on where the newlyweds were going to live (um, you never talked about that upfront, Kim?). Apparently, Kris wanted to settle down in Minnesota, where he is from, and Kim was determined to hang on to her very public Hollywood lifestyle in Los Angeles.
In a statement to E, Kim said:
I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision.I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.
Sometimes things don’t work out as planned? Seriously? It’s only been 72 days! Some couples are married for 72 years!
This just goes to show that the lavish, excessive, over-the-top wedding was just one big publicity stunt, which reportedly had a price tag of $10 million (although it’s not clear how much of that was “donated” by sponsors eager to be a part of Kardashian history). That’s $138,888 for each day of marriage, if they actually paid for anything themselves. Some reports even say they were actually making money off the event by getting a cool $1.5 million alone for the exclusive rights to their wedding day photos.
It seems this big event was all we heard about for months leading up to the big day–second only to the royal wedding. And now, after all the money, all the hoopla and all the PR, they are calling it quits, Hollywood style. Once again, making a mockery out of marriage and proving that money may get you a $6,000 cake and a Vera Wang dress, but it does not buy relationships.
Seems to me that Ms. Kardashian didn’t do a very good job of keeping up with what marriage is supposed to be about, so we thought we’d remind her:
1. Compromise. Yes, there are two people involved in a marriage, which often means that neither one will get their way all the time. Did Kim really think she and her family would continue to have the final say in everything? And did Kris really think his diva of a bride would move to Minnesota, of all places?
2. Not running when times get tough. Ask anyone who is married or been married, and they will tell you it’s hard. There are likely to be days when you want to kill your spouse (not literally, so don’t think I’m a psycho wife). Leaving the toilet seat up is one thing, but surviving kids, deaths, job losses and financial struggles is just part of “for better or for worse”.
3. The first year sucks. OK, not always, but it is the hardest. Learning to live with someone and all of their quirks–and all of their family–can be really difficult.
4. Marriage is not a publicity stunt. It is a sacred partnership between two people–not between a checkbook and media/sponsors who are stupid enough to pay for it.
I wonder how much her wedding wax figure will go for now.