Historically, prenups have been used by the elite. They’re often drawn up for celebrities who want to protect their mind-boggling assets before tying the knot. However, prenups can often protect both the wealthy partner and the less wealthy partner when used by average civilians. Still, we can’t help but dig into the prenups of superstars. Much like the guilty pleasure that is reality television, celebrity prenups give us a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous – and it’s pretty interesting! There have been a few major relationship announcements lately, begging the question, did they get a prenup?
Recent Celebrity Engagements & Weddings
There’ve been a handful of celebs who definitely regretted not signing a prenup. Such as Gwen Stefani, worth an estimated $120 million, whose ex Gavin Rossdale wanted around half of her net worth. Nevertheless, some members of the elite knowingly choose not to sign a prenuptial agreement for various reasons. It can be risky to go without this marriage safety feature before saying “I do.”
Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz
While you may not be familiar with Brooklyn, you’ll undoubtedly recognize his last name. He is the son of infamous soccer player David Beckham and fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Following his mother’s career path, he is a model and photographer. His family has an estimated $500 million collectively, while Brooklyn claims a personal $10 million.
Though when he and Nicola Peltz signed a prenup, it was arguably more to protect her assets! The twenty-seven-year-old actress has been accruing wealth from a young age, and her bank account now tips the scales at around $50 million. But that’s nothing compared to her father, who is worth an astounding $1.3 billion.
It’s safe to say that their prenup was likely thorough and ironclad. While we don’t know the exact details, it has been referred to as “the mother of all prenups,” with both of the young newly-weds-to-be commenting that they’ll leave marriage “with what they put into it,” including properties and assets.
Colton Underwood and Jordan C. Brown
Colton Underwood used to play professional football but was truly thrust into the spotlight on the 14th season of The Bachelorette and the lead “Bachelor” on the 23rd season of The Bachelor. Though he may not have found love in either series, he eventually met his Prince Charming – Jordan C. Brown.
Brown is a political strategist and founder of the philanthropic change advocacy company, One Blue Hill. Both men’s net worth is thought to be in the millions, but they’re adamant that they’re not signing a prenup. As said to Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the pair is in love, in it for the long haul, and doesn’t want to “put those vibes out there.”
Caroline Stanbury and Sergio Carrallo
We will come right out and say it, these two have a prenup, and it’s likely for the best. A forty-five-year-old star on the shows Ladies of London and The Real Housewives of Dubai, Caroline Stanbury has done many things, from PR to an online gifting business. Her now-husband, twenty-seven-year-old Sergio Carrallo, is a former professional soccer player. His net worth is considerably lower than his wife’s, supposedly $800,000 compared to her $30 million.
From their whirlwind romance shortly after Stanbury’s divorce to their growing, separate industries, Caroline allegedly thought it would be a good business tactic to have Carrallo sign a prenup. “We’re creating a brand. I love working with him, but we do fight. I don’t know what our future looks like, but I’m willing to take the chance on what we have right now. Fingers crossed we all get to the end, but you never know”, the female entrepreneur told reporters.
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari
Britney Spears made headlines when she entered a legal battle to end her conservatorship, which she eventually won in late 2021. Equally as newsworthy was the announcement that the singer, who “swore she was done with relationships,” was engaged to her boyfriend of almost five years, model Sam Asghari.
Many fans called for Spears to get a prenup, mainly due to the newly awarded control over her finances, which likely top out around $70 million. Ashgari’s $2 million in assets isn’t a small sum either. However, he joked that he would need the prenup to protect his “Italian shoe collection.” It hasn’t been proven that Spears will move forward with a prenuptial contract. Still, sources say she proceeded to have one drafted up the day after the couple’s engagement. Though she and her fiance seem to be perfectly in love, her team is looking to protect her should her third marriage not be happily ever after.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker
Fans were surprised when it was learned that Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker tied the knot; and without a prenup to boot! While everyone was recovering from the Grammys, the socialite and her rockstar fiance wed somewhat discreetly in Vegas.
Kardashian has become a household name thanks to the television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its numerous spin-offs. Every member of the family has made a name for themselves offscreen as well, including Kourtney. Launching a lifestyle blog called Poosh, which later resulted in product lines, has quietly made her millions – $65 million to be exact. Barker is no slouch either. The longtime drummer for Blink 182 has made around $50 million from music, reality television, fashion, and publishing ventures. Reportedly the two got hitched “spur of the moment” and did it “for fun,” leaving no time for signing a prenup.
Their teams, however, are working on a postnup. What is a postnup? It’s almost the same as a prenuptial contract, except it is signed after marriage. It works to define each person’s assets and outlines what would happen to them in the event of a divorce. Celebrities who didn’t sign a prenup are often strongly encouraged to complete a postnuptial contract.
Teresa Giudice and Luis “Louie” Ruelas
Teresa Giudice is no stranger to prenups. The Real Housewives star signed one given to her by her ex-husband, Joe Giudice. She wasn’t fond of it, saying, “people who love each other wouldn’t do that.” It became famous for a clause she added, voiding the contract if there was infidelity. However, the pair agreed to separate, and it doesn’t appear the prenup was canceled. Teresa was left with a net worth of around $1 million.
Teresa has decided she won’t be signing a prenup this time around with her fiance Luis Ruelas. Ruelas, a businessman in the advertising industry, claims a net worth of around $2 million. Giudice’s daughter agreed, telling Andy Cohen that she doesn’t see any reason why her mother and soon-to-be-stepfather would want to sign a prenup; after all, no one wants to “take anything from each other.” However, Cohen countered that engaged couples should put everything in writing just to be safe, even if no one plans to claim one another’s assets.
Prenups – A Celebrity Marriage Staple
Andy Cohen talks a lot about prenups on his show, but for a good reason. Prenuptial agreements are a staple of celebrity marriages, no matter how wild they can sometimes be. However, you don’t have to be a celebrity to have a prenup. They’re an essential feature of a marriage that allows open and honest communication. In addition, a prenup or even a postnup can help protect wealth, assets, investment portfolios, and other things that may fall under scrutiny should a divorce occur. While some of these celebrities may have denied a prenup, citing it as something that proves a relationship is loveless or that they lack faith in their partner, that idea is a misconception. Prenups are an excellent way to protect yourself and your relationship – making it a wise premarital decision.
Julia Rodgers is HelloPrenup’s CEO and Co-Founder. She is a Massachusetts family law attorney and true believer in the value of prenuptial agreements. HelloPrenup was created with the goal of automating the prenup process, making it more collaborative, time efficient and cost effective. Julia believes that a healthy marriage is one in which couples can openly communicate about finances and life goals. You can read more about us here Questions? Reach out to Julia directly at [email protected].