Top 10 Celebrity Annulments

From Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, see which couples wanted to erase their blink-and-you'll-miss-it marriages

01 of 10

RENéE & KENNY

RENéE & KENNY
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He may have had her at hello, but Renée Zellweger wasted little time saying goodbye to Kenny Chesney. The Oscar-winning actress filed for an annulment just four months after their low-key May 2005 wedding in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Citing "fraud" as the reason for the split, which was finalized on Dec. 20 2005, Renee later described her failed union with the country superstar as "a very sad experience."

02 of 10

CARMEN & DENNIS

CARMEN & DENNIS
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"My advice to anyone is to not get married in Vegas," Carmen Electra told PEOPLE after her spur-of-the-moment Sin City wedding to former NBA star Dennis Rodman turned sour. The hard-partying couple exchanged vows at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in the early hours of Nov. 14, 1998, but Rodman filed for annulment just 9 days later, citing "fraud" and an "unsound mind."

03 of 10

NICKY & TODD

NICKY & TODD
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Last-minute wedding guests included Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Bijou Phillips, but Nicky Hilton and Todd Meister started annulment proceedings just two months after their hasty August 2004 nuptials at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Together for less than three months before they tied the knot, the LA-based heiress and New York businessman cited their long-distance relationship as a major factor in their split.

04 of 10

BRITNEY & JASON

BRITNEY & JASON
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And the bride wore... a baseball cap and jeans! Britney Spears ditched tradition for her rebellious walk down the aisle with childhood pal Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas in January 2004. Just 55 hours later, the then 22-year-old pop princess ditched her new husband too, filing annulment papers that stated, "Plaintiff Spears lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage."

05 of 10

JANET & JAMES

JANET & JAMES
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Janet Jackson was just 18 when she shocked the entire Jackson clan by eloping with fellow RampB singer and James DeBarge in 1984. Fearing the marriage would finish her fledgling music career, the singer's management persuaded her to annul the union eight months later. "I tried to convince her that she's a teen idol and people just wouldn't accept it," recalled record executive John McClain.

06 of 10

ALI & MARIO

ALI & MARIO
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They dated for six years before walking down the aisle, but Mario Lopez later told Howard Stern he simply "was not ready to settle down" with Ali Landry after their 2004 wedding in Mexico. The actress filed for annulment just weeks later citing "fraud" and "irreconcilable differences" after the Extra host admitted to cheating on her during their engagement.

07 of 10

SHANNEN & RICK

SHANNEN & RICK
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"I haven't made the best choices in men," Shannen Doherty admitted to Details magazine in the wake of her 2002 marriage to Rick Salomon, which was annulled after just nine months. "I was madly in love," said the former 90210 star, who dated Salomon for just two days before tying the knot. "It was a really hard marriage. When it ended, it was a heart-crushing thing."

08 of 10

PAM & RICK

PAM & RICK
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Pamela Anderson found a creative way to fill the 90-minute break between her Las Vegas magic shows in Oct. 2008 – by marrying Rick Salomon (yep, the same one Shannen Doherty married)! Unfortunately for the impulsive actress, it took a lot longer than 90 minutes to process the annulment just two months later, with both parties citing "fraud" in documents filed with the Superior Court. At least this time, Salomon was familiar with the annulment process.

09 of 10

SOPHIA & CHAD

SOPHIA & CHAD
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After meeting on the set of One Tree Hill in 2003, Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray tied the knot two years later in a romantic oceanfront ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif. Five months later, Bush filed for annulment. "Sophia went into the marriage believing in the sanctity of marriage, and Chad simply did not share that vision," a friend of the actress told PEOPLE. The couple was eventually granted a divorce.

10 of 10

KIM & KRIS

DOWN: KIM KARDASHIAN
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Just one month after Kim Kardashian filed for divorce to end her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries, the NBA star responded with his own filing on Nov. 30 – for an annulment, citing "fraud." A pal says the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is onboard with Humphries's petition, telling PEOPLE, "She always wanted an annulment but attorneys were against it so she's happy that both parties agree now."

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