‘I Do,’ Take Two! 11 Stars Who Remarried Their Exes
Is the second time down the aisle a charm? These stars decided to give their love another chance after first going their separate ways — see how many made it last
Pamela Anderson & Rick Salomon
The former Baywatch star and poker player first wed in 2007, but got an annulment two months later. They then rekindled their relationship, marrying in January 2014. Six months after tying the knot again, Anderson filed for divorce — but asked a judge to dismiss her petition in August 2014.
One month later, she told PEOPLE, “It’s a real marriage. It has its ups and downs. I think we’re doing fine.”
Elilzabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
After meeting on the set of Cleopatra, the screen icon and Burton — both married to other people at the time — fell deeply in love and wed in 1964. The power couple’s high-profile love affair ended in divorce a decade later, in 1974.
They remarried in 1975 for one year. Burton was married three other times, while Taylor wed six other men in her lifetime.
NeNe Leakes & Gregg Leakes
The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband have had a number of ups and downs throughout their decades together. The couple initially ended their 14-year marriage in 2010, divorcing the following year. In June 2013, they remarried.
Gregg’s battle with stage 3 colon cancer put immense strain on their union starting in 2018, when NeNe took on the role of his caretaker. “He’s changed as a person, his attitude changed,” she previously told PEOPLE. “I feel like that day, I lost my husband. Our whole dynamic changed.”
Elon Musk & Talulah Riley
The SpaceX CEO wed the Inception actress in 2010, following two years of dating. The pair first split in 2012, but went on to remarry in July 2013. A year-and-a-half later, the tech billionaire filed for divorce on New Year’s Eve in 2014, only to withdraw the request seven months later. The reconciliation didn’t last long — Riley then filed in March 2016.
Musk was previously married to Justine Musk from 2000 to 2008; they share twins Xavier and Griffin and triplets Damian, Saxon and Khai. He also welcomed a baby boy, X AE A-XII, with singer Grimes in May 2020.
Eminem & Kim Scott
The rapper and Scott’s notoriously tumultuous relationship began in the late 1980s, when the pair met at a house party — according to Eminem, he was 15 and she was just 13 years old at the time. The on-and-off couple welcomed daughter Hailie Jade Mathers in 1995 and wed in June 1999. Scott filed for divorce the following year.
They tied the knot a second time in 2006, but their second union lasted only 41 days.
Dionne Warwick & William Elliott
The “That’s What Friends Are For” singer wed actor William Elliott twice. After tying the knot in 1966, they first split the following May, before remarrying that August. They remained together until 1975. In interviews with numerous outlets over the years, Warwick has attributed their divorce to Elliott’s inability to accept her financial success.
Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson
The Harrad Experiment costars first met on the film’s set in 1972, when Griffith was just 14 and Johnson was 22. The pair struck up a romance and got engaged on the actress’s 18th birthday, saying “I do” in 1976. The marriage lasted six months.
After more than a decade apart, the pair reunited, remarried and welcomed a daughter — actress Dakota Johnson — in 1989. While they divorced five years later, they remain close friends.
Judge Judy & Jerry Sheindlin
Second time’s a charm for Judge Judy! The beloved TV judge and husband Jerry Sheindlin, also a judge, wed in 1977 and starred together on The People’s Court. The pair split in 1990 after 14 years together, but soon reconciled and remarried the following year, and are still together today.
"I missed Jerry," Judy told Closer Weekly. "I like to have someone to fuss over. I like to be mated. It’s natural for me. I learned the hard way that sometimes what you think makes you happy won’t."
Richard Pryor & Jennifer Lee
The comedian, whose seven marriages were all marked by accusations of domestic violence, married two women twice: Jennifer Lee (pictured), briefly in 1981 and again from 2001 until his death in 2005, as well as Flynn Belaine, from 1986 to 1987 and 1990 to 1991.
Barbara Walters & Merv Adelson
The famed broadcast journalist has been married four times to three different men. She wed her third husband, Lorimar Television CEO Adelson, in 1981. They divorced three years later, before walking down the aisle once more in 1986. They split for good in 1992.
Larry King & Alene Akins
The late broadcasting legend was married eight times, twice to former Playboy bunny Alene Akins. The pair were first married from 1961 to 1963, and once again from 1968 to 1971. They shared two children, daughter Chaia and Akins’ son Andy, whom King adopted during their first marriage. Both Chaia and Andy tragically died just weeks apart in the summer of 2020.