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It was one of the most high-profile marriages of all time, and it lasted only 72 days.
Kim Kardashian married pro basketball player Kris Humphries after a whirlwind six-month romance in a $10 million wedding extravaganza in August 2011. Among the 400 guests at their lavish Montecito wedding were Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough, Kathy Lee Gifford, Mel B, George Lopez and Serena Williams. Among the performers were Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire; DJ Cassidy also spun tunes.
But the night before the nuptials, Kardashian already was having doubts about the marriage.
“There was all this attention on the wedding, and I thought maybe it was just the pressure of the show giving me this anxiety,” she says in The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story. “My friends told me I just had cold feet, but even the producers said, ‘You don’t seem happy. You don’t have to go through with this.'”
Even her mom, Kris Jenner, tried to talk her out of going through with it, she reveals.
“The night before, my mom pulled me aside, off camera, and was like, ‘This isn’t it for you. Why don’t you go away and I’ll handle it?’ I felt like, if I pulled out now, everyone’s going to think I just did it for the show.”
She wanted to end the marriage soon after but was being advised not to.
“Afterwards, people were saying, you have to stay married for a year, but I physically couldn’t do it,” she says. “When I made the decision [to divorce], everyone said it was made up for the show. Everyone really wanted to take me down.”
While the wedding was said to cost $10 million, the couple struck deals with several companies and media outlets that offset the costs. THR reported that exclusive photos of Kardashian’s wedding to Humphries were sold to People for $1.5 million. And everything from Kardashian’s 20.5 carat wedding ring (worth $2 million), day-of hair ($150,000) and Lehr & Black crystal-embellished invitations ($10,000), were received via discount (or just for free), THR reported.
The only cameras allowed inside during the ceremony were from E! Entertainment, which aired a two-part wedding special in October that drew big ratings.
They separated after 72 days, but their divorce wasn’t finalized until 2013.
Kardashian has been married to West since 2014; they have two children together. She also was wed to Damon Thomas from 2000-04.
Read more about the Kardashians’ 10 years on TV in THR’s cover story.
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