20 Celebrities Who Got Married Young

Let's start this article off on an honest note, shall we? Marriage used to be a sacred union. It used to be a time in a couple's life where they thought they would be together forever. Time and distance means nothing when two people are in love. This emotion is even heightened when two people are on the younger side.

A high school aged couple can't tell me they never ONCE thought about marrying their significant other. When two people are young, the future seems so bright. They only know what's going on in their hometown. And while they both think they can make the relationship work through university, a location move, and a career, that's not always the case.

As we can see from the celebrities below — these 20 men and women thought they would be with their partner forever. I mean, why would they get married and (some) start a family if they didn't think that? However, we can clearly see from their track records that getting married at age 15 or even in our early 20's isn't the smartest move in the books. People grow, people change, and with that being said, divorces happen. Below are 20 celebrities who got married really young.

*The list gets younger the further one scrolls!*

20 Reese Witherspoon

Age: 23 years old.

We all remember when Reese married her baby-faced co-star, Ryan Phillipe. But I had no idea she was married at the tender age of 23. When I was 23 years old, I was just getting on my feet from graduating college! I can't imagine being a blushing bride.

By the age of 27, Resse was already a mother to two children, her daughter Ava and son Deacon. And while the two later divorced, Reese wouldn't change her story for anything. She told Lorraine, "Sometimes it's good to know yourself. [But] I would never change anything!"

These days Reese is now married to Jim Toth and the two have a son, Tennessee, together.

19 Jessica Simpson

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Age: 22 years old.

Come on, guys. If you grew up in the '90s-2000s, it's obvious you remember the relationship between Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. These two were pop-culture royalty. She was a knockout singer and he was apart of 98 Degrees. They appeared in music videos together, and later starred in their own reality TV show on MTV. But as most of us recall, these two later divorced after four years of marriage.

But did anyone else realize that Jessica was just 22 years old at the time?! She was barely allowed to have a sip of alcohol!

18 Kevin Jonas

Age: 22 years old.

OMFG, do you remember Kevin Jonas?! He's like the lost Jonas Brother... the one that chose family life once he earned his millions. (Not that I blame him, of course.)

At the ripe age of 22, Kevin married Danielle Deleasa after both of them were vacationing in the Bahamas.


Unlike many of the celebs on this list, these two are still married and going strong, besides marrying so young and meeting someone while on vacation. They even had their own reality show depicting them planning their wedding. The two now have two daughters.

17 Avril Lavigne

Age: 21 years old.

Avril Lavigne came into the scene hard with her hit single "Complicated" in 2002. In a world filled with blonde pop-stars, it was refreshing to have an edgier singer. She wore baggy pants, a neck tie, dark eyeliner — she was just so cool. She and Pink were definitely trying to break the barrier.

She got even cooler with friends when she married Deryck Whibley from rock band, Sum 41. When the two married, Avril was just 21 years old while Deryck was at least 26. Four years of marriage later, the two divorced and have since moved on to other partners and projects.

16 Kate Hudson

Age: 21 years old.

Like her mother, Kate Hudson is a wild flower child.

I just get the vibe from her that she loves hard and does whatever she feels. But when she was just 21 years old, Hudson married Black Crows frontman Chris Robinson. The pair were married for seven years and had a beautiful son out of the marriage but eventually called it quits.

Since her divorce, Kate has not married again, however, she has been engaged once to singer Matt Bellamy, although they ended up calling off their engagement. These days, Kate is now dating Danny Fujikawa and are expecting a baby girl.

15 Nicky Hilton

Age: 21 years old.

I'm kind of surprised that Nicky Hilton has only been married twice. Not to mention her sister Paris has been engaged multiple times but NEVER followed through with a wedding (yet). It's unbelievable. While Nicky recently married James Rothschild in 2015, she was first married to Todd Meister in Las Vegas at the age of 21 years old. Mind you, they got married at 2am, so you can imagine what kind of state they were in. However, the couple soon annulled their marriage three months later and later broke up.

Her wedding in 2015, however, was a little more proper. It took place in Italy and Nicky was a little older and wiser. Let's leave it at that.

14 Olivia Wilde

Age: 19 years old.

I remember falling in love with Olivia Wilde when I saw her on the hit TV show The O.C. She was just so cool, with a little pop of color in her hair — I thought she was the prettiest woman I've ever seen (still think that). So imagine my surprise when I found out that this star on the rise wasn't just a young beauty, but she was already married.

And get this — she was married at the age of 19 to an Italian Prince!

I'm not making this up. Tao Ruspoli and Wilde were married for eight years. And while getting married young seemed like a good idea at the time, the two couldn't make it work. Wilde even said getting married so young "stunted my growth." I mean, think about how young you are at 19 and how much you've grown and changed since then.

13 Kim Kardashian


Age: 19 years old.

I'm betting that 90% of Kardashian fans forgot about this marriage.

Before Kim was who she was today, at the age of 19 she married music producer Damon Thomas at the age of 19 years old. And believe it or not, the couple somehow made the marriage work for three years before they divorced! (That was longer than the 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries.)

It was later revealed through court documents that Thomas was physical with Kim, insulting her and harming her numerous of times. So I think it's safe to say this is one marriage we're glad she got out of.

12 LeAnn Rimes

Age: 19 years old.

If we have any Real Housewives of Orange County fans on here, then we all know what happened between these two.

LeAnn Rimes used to be an unbelievable artist. She had fun music and an amazing voice, but she kind of slowly stepped away from the spotlight after awhile. However, when this star-on-the-rise was just 19 years old, she married Dean Sheremet in 2002 and were married until 2009.

However, the entire reason these two divorced is because she and actor Eddie Cibrian were fooling around with one another after meeting on set of Northern Lights. In short: they chose each other over their own spouses and are now happily married...

11 Taylor Hanson

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Age: 18 years old.

The song "MMMBop" was life — life was the song "MMMBop."

Who would have guessed that a song as lame as "MMMBop" would have changed these three singers (and brothers) lives forever? With their long flowy hair and boyish smiles, boys and girls ADORED Hanson. However, their fame didn't really last long. Especially with the boys marrying off so young.

Taylor Hanson, the second oldest brother, got married at the prime age of 18 years old! His childhood lover Natalie Anne Bryant and him are STILL married to this day and have not one, but FIVE children together!

Are they the exception to getting married before you're legally allowed to drink in the US... I think so.

10 Macaulay Culkin


Age: 18 years old.

Have you ever heard of Rachel Miner before? No? Same... But apparently she was the lucky lady to marry Macaulay Culkin when he was just 18 years old. They ended up divorcing after four years together, but that's a pretty long time after getting married as kids.

After his divorce, however, Culkin went on to date actress Mila Kunis for 15 years!

The two never married, though. There were a few reasons as to why they never married but it was never concrete. One of them was Kunis wasn't sure if she even believed in marriage at the time. Another reason was she didn't want to marry until all people were legally allowed to marry. However, as we all know, these two broke up and she later married Ashton Kutcher, and he's now in a relationship with co-star, Brenda Song.

9 Melanie Griffith

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Age: 18 years old.

Melanie Griffith might not be too hot to trot these days, but she's a Hollywood icon. And back in 1976, she was married at the age of 18 to fellow Hollywood legend, Don Johnson. The duo had a rather rocky on/off relationship, but before they divorced for good, they gave birth to daughter Dakota (aka: the star herself, Anastasia Steel, from 50 Shades of Grey).

Although this young marriage didn't workout (a few times), she went on to have two more marriages that also failed. But do we still love this leading lady? You know it. And is she still acting? You betcha.

8 Drew Barrymore

Age: 18 years old.

Drew Barrymore is one woman who's been through a whole lot of drama in her life, and this includes her relationships. At the young age of 16, she found herself engaged to Leland Hayward, but that engagement was later called off. Likewise, she was then engaged to Jamie Walters a year later (which also didn't last).

But it seemed 18 was the lucky age for her because she became engaged and married Jeremy Thomas.

However, the two divorced that same year.

Drew went on to have two more marriages which also ended in divorce, which breaks my soul because Drew seems so adorable.

7 Solange Knowles

Age: 17 years old.

Well, well, well, look who it is! Although Beyonce is the more popular sister, she didn't marry Jay-Z at the tender age of 17. Instead, her sister Solange did. After dating Daniel Smith for seven years in he childhood, the two found themselves pregnant. And so they married. However, by the age of 21 Solange found herself married, divorced, and a mother! While 21 older than 17, it's still a young age to have so much happen in a short span of time. I'm sure that made her grow up quicker than she had hoped. But don't worry, Solange has moved on and married Alan Ferguson (a director).

6 Demi Moore

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Age: 17 years old.

I know Demi Moore is is 55 years old and has three grown adult children with ex-husband Bruce Willis. But I'll remember her for being the ex-spouse of Ashton Kutcher. With an age gap of over 20 years, that couple was definitly one that no one expected.

However, Demi was married before Ashton, and even before Bruce!

Demi married Freddie Moore when she was just 17 years old. I think the more or less uncomfortable part about the marriage was that Freddy was 30 years old at the time... I guess she really doesn't see age in her relationships? After four years, though, the couple called it quits.

5 Taran Noah Smith

Age: 17 years old.

I know what you're thinking: who the heck is Taran Noah Smith.

I too thought the same thing. However, Smith played Mark Taylor in the '90s hit Home Improvement! While the young actor stopped acting in the late '90s, that wasn't before he found himself calling an older woman his wife.

At the age of 17, he married 33-year-old Heidi Van Pelt. Umm, why is a 33-year-old woman marrying a minor? Don't ask me. It's strange, to say the least. However, the couple later divorced in 2007, meaning they lasted much longer than other couples on this list!

4 Courtney Stoden

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Age: 16 years old.

Please tell me you remember this relationship! The relationship between Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson met each other online, after Doug was "mentoring" Courtney in her acting journey. They apparently fell in love, but it was unbeknownst to him that Courtney was just a teenager. Someway or another, Doug won over Courtney and her family's hearts and the two were married when she was just 16 years old — Doug was 51... Somehow or another, these two lasted longer than anyone expected.

Courtney filed for divorce from Doug in March of this year. 

These two have definitely been off and on for a while, so who even knows if the divorce will go through.

3 Milla Jovoich

Age: 16 years old.

Can you believe that Milla Jovoich was just 16 years old when she married Shawn Andrews? Her husband, at the time of their wedding, was just 21 years old as well. Just two spring chickens, I suppose? The wedding, unfortunately, only lasted a couple of months and the two broke up. She went on to marry two more times since her young teen years and is still married to Paul W.S. Anderson.

Jovoich is, of course, known for such films as Resident Evil, Zoolander, and Dazed and Confused. She is also very much known for her gorgeous looks and style, snagging modeling campaigns as well as acting.

2 Aaliyah

Age: 15 years old.

I was OBSESSED with Aaliyah. She was an up-and-coming R&B singer who was really supported in the industry by rappers like Missy Elliot, Timbaland, and R. Kelly. So when her plane crashed in 2001 while leaving the Bahamas, the music industry fell silent. She was just 22 years old at the time and beginning her life! It was horrific.

However, before her untimely passing, Aaliyah married rapper R. Kelly.

(Are you shocked? You should be.) R.Kelly was 27 years old when he secretly married the singer, and trust me, it was a huge conversation within her family. He apparently lied about her age on the wedding certificate, and years after they married, the marriage was found illegal and later annulled.

1 Marilyn Monroe

Age: 15 years old.

I know it's been quite some time Marilyn Monroe was a famous actress, but this woman is an icon. Her image and spirit will never die out. And while Marilyn was certainly a hit with the men of Hollywood, she first found love at the young age of 15 when she married James Dougherty. At the time, Dougherty was a policeman, but I think deep down she knew she was destined for more things than just being a wife. They pair divorced three years later and she blew everyone away on the big screen.

The starlet was married three times, the last being Arthur Miller.


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