10 Celebs You Totally Forgot Were Married Before

Marriage is hard.

By Frank Donovan

Some couples seem so perfect for each other that it’s hard to imagine them with anyone else. These ten couples did not wait ’til death did them part, but instead went on to start all new power couple lives with someone totally new. Check out the gallery for celebs you probably didn’t realize were married to the wrong one before getting it right later.

  • 1 George Clooney was married to Talia Balsam
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    Before Amal, there was Talia. She’s not quite a household name, but if you ask us Talia Balsam has great taste in men. She was married both to eternal-bachelor George Clooney and John Slattery. Yep, Mona and Roger from Mad Men are married in real life!

  • 2 Will Smith was married to Sheree Zampino
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    Did you know Will Smith was married before Jada? Actress and producer Sheree Zampino (now Fletcher) and Will Smith were married in the early nineties and had son Trey. According to Sheree, their marriage came apart due to both being very young and Will’s skyrocketing career.

  • 3 Tom Hanks was married to Samantha Lewes
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    Before his marriage to Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks was married to his college sweetheart and actress/producer Samantha Lewes. They had two kids, including Colin Hanks. Lewes died in 2002 of bone cancer.

  • 4 John Lennon was married to Cynthia Powell
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    Before John Lennon and Yoko Ono fell in love, John was married to his art school classmate Cynthia Powell. During the Beatles’ rise to fame, Cynthia had to pretend they weren’t married, lest it be a buzz kill for Beatlemania, which so often centered around John. They had son Julian, for whom Paul McCartney wrote the song “Hey Jude” to comfort him during John and Cynthia’s divorce. Cynthia died last year.

  • 5 Jennifer Garner was married to Scott Foley
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    We have Tinder. Actors have film sets. Jennifer Garner did a guest spot on an episode of Felicity and met one of the show’s stars Scott Foley. They were married for four years before the whole Jen and Ben thing happened.

  • 6 Elton John was married to Renate Blauel
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    Sound engineer Renate Blauel married Elton John in 1984. The two were married for three years. When the Civil Partnership Act passed in the UK in 2005, John and David Furnish entered a civil partnership.

  • 7 Lamar Odom was married to Liza Morales
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    Before he married into the ever-growing Kardashian clan, Lamar Odom was with his high school sweetheart Liza Morales for 10 years. They have three kids together. Morales appeared on the TLC reality show Starter Wives until it was canceled after three episodes.

  • 8 Swizz Beatz and Mashonda
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    Bet you didn’t know Swizz Beatz was married to a singer other than Alicia Keyes. You may recognize Mashonda from the first season of Love and Hip Hop, and her features on hip hop tracks by Eve, Fat Joe, Cassidy and others in the 2000s. The two started dating in 1998, tied the knot in 2004, then split just four years later.

  • 9 Portia de Rossi was married to Mel Metcalfe
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    Before Portia and Ellen DeGeneres married in 2008, Portia was married to sound engineer Mel Metcalfe. Many sources report it was a green card marriage.

  • 10 Annette Benning was married to J.Steven White
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    Before marrying Warren Beatty, Annette Benning was married to choreographer J. Steven White in 1984. They separated only two years later. Benning met Warren Beatty on the set of the film Bugsy in 1991 and began a secret on-set romance.