The UK divorce rate for non-celebrities for the first 14 years of marriage is 26 per cent.
New research has revealed that celebrities are twice as likely to get a divorce than ‘ordinary’ people, which may come as a surprise to some who believe that having that cushion of money can protect them from experiencing the same kind of stress and worry that can lead to a family breakdown.
According to think-tank Marriage Foundation, the divorce rate for celebrities in the first 14 years of married life is in fact 50 per cent – which is double the UK divorce rate of 26 per cent.
Harry Benson, research director at the organisation, said: “Usually people with huge wealth are cushioned from the kind of stress and tensions than can lead to family breakdown. So it would be reasonable to think that wealthy celebs would have the lowest rates of divorce. In fact the reverse is true … In the first year, celebrities are almost six times more likely to divorce than non-celebs.”
Marriage Foundation looked at 488 famous couples who were married between 2001 and 2010, finding that some of them never even made it to their first wedding anniversary. The top three was made up of Drew Barrymore and Tom Green, Eminem and Kim Mathers, and Britney Spears and Jason Alexander.
This time of year can often result in people thinking more about hiring Manchester family lawyers to start divorce proceedings. The first Monday back at work after Christmas is often referred to as Divorce Day – the day of the year when most enquiries about divorce come in.