URSULA PETERSEN ’15
One of America’s male sweethearts is officially off the meat market—that’s right, Justin Timberlake is now a married man. It came out Saturday that Timberlake and long-time girlfriend, Jessica Biel of “7th Heaven” fame, were wed in a private ceremony in Italy yesterday. This is certainly a happy moment for the pair, and obviously the golden wedding of 2012. However, this year hasn’t been all happy for celebrity couples. Without further ado, I present the biggest weddings and break-ups of 2012.
It’s splitsville for Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. America’s cutest comedy couple officially broke off their nine-year marriage in September. This was a huge shock—I mean, they did Gap ads together. We’ll always have the adorable image of Will and Amy wrapped up in a scarf together. But really, if Amy and Will split, what hope is there for the rest of the world?
In September, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds surprised Hollywood in a top-secret wedding. Okay, so this wedding broke hearts all over America. I mean, the classically good-looking couple weds? You could basically hear the sobs of sixteen year old girls when they saw Ryan with a wedding ring. The couple got married in a surprise ceremony in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina at the Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, the same location where “The Notebook” was filmed. The wedding was attended by some of their famous friends, including Martha Stewart and Florence Welch, who performed live.
In a shocking split in June, Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise. So, America’s creepiest marriage ended in a blow out this year. Were you surprised? Tom certainly was. According to reports, Katie Holmes planned out the divorce in a sneaky manner, using a disposable cell phone to contact her lawyer and parents, and filing for the divorce while Tom was filming a movie in Iceland. Yikes. Doesn’t sound too amicable.
After meeting on set, Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied married in an intimate ceremony in August. Portman and Millepied met on the set of “Black Swan,” the psychotic thriller that earned Portman an Oscar for Best actress. It was truly a love story, as Millepied was just another dancer who got Portman’s attention. The sweet couple, who already have son Aleph Portman-Millepied, were married in Big Sur in front of friends like Ivanka Trump and Macaulay Caulkin.
After a blow out wedding in India, Katy Perry and Russell Brand split up in the summer of 2012. So maybe polar opposites aren’t really meant to be after all. Katy Perry, known for her bubbly personality and bubble-gum pop music, married Russell Brand in 2010, but the couple officially became divorced in 2012. Trouble for the couple was visible in Perry’s movie “Part Of Me,” which was released this summer. In a scene filmed at the XL center in Hartford, minutes before she was supposed to go onstage, Perry was filmed curled up in her dressing room, sobbing about her failing relationship. However, she seems to have found solace in the arms of John Mayer.
Okay, okay, so Jennifer Aniston isn’t married yet, but it’s just too good not to report on. This year, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux got engaged in a whirlwind proposal that reportedly even Aniston didn’t suspect. Umm, finally. I think everyone’s been cheering on Jen, even if you don’t admit it, since Brad Pitt dumped her for Angelina Jolie a few years ago.
Of course, there’s more to look forward to, as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will tie the knot this year. If the rumors are true, Britney Spears will also marry soon.