A prenuptial agreement can be an important safety feature of any marriage – celebrity or civilian. Prenups are especially popular, however, among the rich and famous. Celebrities often have more to lose in divorce cases than the average person, including millions of dollars in income and extremely high-value homes. While no couple plans on divorcing when they draw up a prenup, having one can provide peace of mind…or important rules should the marriage end. Some celebrity prenups (or at least, rumored prenups) have become infamous over the years for their ridiculous demands and harsh outcomes for one or both parties.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
When news of their 2016 split came just two years after their marriage, many people wondered what would happen to the Jolie-Pitt’s large family. The couple shares six kids and a history of 12 years together. According to what the press knows about the divorce, Angelina Jolie filed for full physical custody of all six children.
The IB Times stated an alleged adultery clause in the couple’s prenuptial agreement would grant Angelina primary custody of all six kids should Brad Pitt get too close to another woman during the marriage. The couple’s prenup also states that assets they earned together during their marriage would go to a trust for the kids, split six ways.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
Bey and Jay are lucky in love for now, but should this multimillion-dollar couple ever divorce, their prenuptial agreement would kick in to settle matters. Sources say Jay Z gives Beyoncé $5 million for each child the couple has together based on language in the prenup, whether the couple divorces or not. If Beyoncé and Jay Z ever do go their separate ways, their prenup stipulates Beyoncé would receive $1 million for every year they were married.
Ice-T and Coco Austin
According to intel from the couple’s friends, Ice-T and his wife Coco Austin have one of the most unique Hollywood prenups. The couple has been married since 2002, with no announcements of divorce as of yet. Their prenuptial agreement, however, evidently gives Ice-T the rights to Coco’s breast and buttock implants should they divorce. While the couple has not confirmed this information, Ice-T’s friend Don Magic Juan stated that if they divorced, Ice-T would apparently demand the implants back from Coco.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
One of Hollywood’s happiest couples does not seem to be heading to the courthouse anytime soon, but if they did, an alleged prenuptial agreement between the two would protect Nicole from any financial liability if Keith were guilty of using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol in excess. Since Keith Urban is a known recovering addict, this clause may make sense for the couple if Nicole fears a relapse could end their marriage. Since Nicole is the higher earner in the couple, the prenup would protect her if Keith were at-fault for the divorce.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Another Hollywood A-list couple with no current rumors of divorce has a unique clause in their prenuptial agreement. According to sources close to the couple, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West agreed on one main feature in their prenup: Kim’s mother, Kris Jenner, cannot make any career decisions that might impact the couple. This was Kanye’s one stipulation. On Kim’s end, she would get to keep all income she earns from her clothing line and television appearances, as well as her wedding ring and any other gifts from Kanye.
Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock
In this infamous prenup case, Chris Rock came out the loser when his prenuptial agreement expired just before his divorce from Malaak Compton-Rock in 2015. Chris’s wife appeared to wait to file for divorce until just after the 20-year-old prenup expired – exposing Chris to a great deal of financial liability as the higher earner in the relationship. Chris Rock, worth about $70 million, may end up paying Malaak half his fortune based on California’s property division laws. Avoid a mistake such as this by hiring a lawyer to handle your prenuptial agreement in Los Angeles.