Kim Kardashian, Nashville and the Divorce Dilemma
When Kim Kardashian split from ex-husband Kris Humphries 72days after their wedding, people started tallying up the shortest celebrity marriages. In a quintessential art-imitates-life episode, Nashville, a show on ABC, had one of the series music stars, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) set a new record for the shortest celebrity marriage ever.
Within that one episode, the upcoming star elopes for a quickie registry wedding with her footballer boyfriend, Sean Butler (a Christian who happened to be waiting till marriage to have sex). After she has her way with him in the wedding limo, he wants them to meet his parents, and there, things fell apart. His mother wants a Church Wedding to put God's blessing on the marriage, and within a week, Sean is waiting for Juliette at the altar.
At that point, she couldn't follow through, and still in wedding gown, flies off in her private jet to start a concert tour. And so ends a marriage. Before I go on, let me state that I love Sean, and hope Juliette gets her act together so they resume their cute TV coupledom. Ain't they cute?
Apart from the length of their marriages, the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries and Juliette Barnes/Sean Butler splits share another similarity that I find intriguing. Both ladies file for divorce which the men refuse to grant them, saying that they prefer annulments. The difference between a divorce and an annulment is that divorce indicates the marriage happened and then broke down, annulment says it never happened legally, was entered for the wrong reasons, or was never and can not be consummated.
In the Nashville TV show, Sean Butler feels betrayed when Juliette jilts him at the altar, and felt she only went through with the court wedding in order to get him to have sex with her. She offers him money, apologizes on a televised interview, but he stuck to his guns.
In recent news, it is said the delay in the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries divorce, though Kim's already expecting a child with Kanye West, is because instead of divorce, Kris wants an annulment to their marriage on the grounds of fraud.
Kris allegedly rejected an offer of $10M from Kim "because it has never been about money for him. He wants to be able to marry in a church again, with a clear conscience, when he finds someone special. Kris is deeply religious and he believes that the only way he can do that is if his marriage to Kim is annulled."
Kris is allegedly going to prove in a court of law that their short-lived marriage was a sham, contracted for the sole purpose of boosting their reality show TV ratings. Ah...the Deja Vu is killing me, lol...
Well, on TV, after dragging it out for a short while, Juliette ultimately agreed to the annulment. In front of the judge that would grant the annulment, she said, "I admit to the fraud. I made false representation to him about the nature of our marriage."
I wonder if Kim Kardashian can afford to say that out loud publicly, it may just spell the death of her reality TV career.