Even savvy celebs like Madonna fall into that love trap, where protecting your fortune isn’t always a priority. She explained what happened in her marriage to Guy Ritchie in 2012. “Because when you start off, everything’s great and lovely, and the person you’ve married is flawless, and you’re flawless. Then time goes by, and you share a life, you have children, and there are cracks in the veneer,” she told Newsweek. “It’s not as romantic as it used to be. You think, ‘This isn’t what I thought it was going to be,’ and ‘How much am I willing to sacrifice?’” Well, the Material Girl wound up sacrificing part of her $490-million net worth to say goodbye to the director.
So while it may be an awkward conversation (let your lawyers handle it, friends), a prenuptial agreement could be an important document to have on hand… just in case. Learn more about the most expensive celebrity divorce cases, especially the ones that are still going on for stars like Kelly Clarkson and Angelina Jolie.
A version of this article was originally posted on July 2021.