I Do/I Don't: 2011 Celebrity Weddings and Divorces

2011 Celebrity Weddings and Divorces
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 07, 2011

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On May 28th, comedienne Niecy Nash and fiance Jay Tucker let reality TV cameras film their magical afternoon summer wedding ceremony at the Church Estate Vineyard in Malibu. The bride and groom glowed all day.

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“Tia and Tamera” star Tamera Mowry married FOX news reporter Adam Housely on May 15, in Napa Valley, California. Tamera was joined by her twin sister and matron of honor Tia Mowry and 300 close friends and family.

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“The View” host Sherri Shepherd married her love Lamar Sally in a lavish ceremony at Chicago’s Fairmont Hotel on Saturday August 13th.

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Even though they eloped last November, singer Monica and NBA star Shannon Brown threw their dream wedding in July so they could share their joy with close friends and family. The bride’s custom gown had a 50 pound train. All the details were stunning!

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R&B songstress Keyshia Cole found true love with Cleveland Cavalier’s guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson and the pair eloped in May, then hosted a formal second wedding in Hawaii in September. The happy couple professes their love for one other almost daily on Twitter.

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Pop star Ameriie and Columbia Records executive Lenny Nicholson said “I do” June 24th in a romantic island ceremony in Anguilla.

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Miami Heat star Chris Bosh married love Adrienne Williams in a luxe $300,000 wedding ceremony and reception at Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel. The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta strapless ballroom gown with crystal detailing along the waist, while Bosh donned a grey suit and black bow-tie.

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Three hundred guests traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to celebrate the lavish nuptials of New Orleans Hornet Chris Paul, 26, and his college sweetheart, Jada Crawley, 27. Aunties and cousins mingled with celebs and NBA superstars, including groomsman LeBron James.

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“The Young and the Restless” star Julia Pace Mitchell married businessman Stephen Hightower on September 4th before 150 of their dearest friends and family at the Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio. Even when it raine, the bride and groom still kept their spirits high and enjoyed the moment.

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On Friday, December 16, 2011, LA Laker Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa announced that she had filed for divorce from the all-star after ten years of marriage. The couple did not confirm the cause of their split, but rumors are circulating that it’s because Vanessa believes Kobe has stepped out on their marriage again.

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NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders announced he’d filed for divorce from wife of twelve year, Pilar, on Saturday December 17th, 2011. Rumors that the couple had in fact split began circulating in early September but back then both parties denied the claims. Deion and Pilar’s marriage was documented on their hit show “Deion and Pilar: Prime Time Love” in 2008 on Oxygen.

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In news that shocked and saddened the religious community, in early December, Vanessa Long released a statement indicating that she had filed for divorce from her husband of 21 years Bishop Eddie Long. Later the same day, Mrs. Long issued a second statement withdrawing her petition for divorce. In a baffling third turn of events, her lawyer broke the news late that evening stating the divorce was in fact back on. Let’s hope this battle doesn’t get any messier.

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Former “RHOA” star Lisa Wu revealed in August that she and husband Ed Hartwell had decided to call it quits. Wu confirmed the split on Twitter after Ed reportedly changed his relationship status on his Facebook page from “married” to “separated”. The pair were married for six years and rumors circulated that financial problems may have caused the demise of their marriage.

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian became the butt of many a news and tabloid headline joke when she and NBA star Kris Humphries announced abruptly announced that they were splitting after just 72 days of marriage. The couple’s dream wedding reportedly earned the couple millions and was broadcast nationwide in an E! special.

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In August 2011 jaws dropped when songstress Chante Moore took to her Facebook page to announce that she and her husband of nine years, Kenny Lattimore, were no longer together. “We both will continue to be devoted parents to our son,” she wrote.

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No one saw this coming. Seemingly happy couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony shocked fans in July announcing that their seven year marriage had come to an end. The couple agreed to share custody of their 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.

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The second season American Idol winner, and his wife of three years, Surata Zuri McCants, called it quits in November citing “irreconcilable differences”.

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After a very public and tumultuous relationship, which was showcased in a plot line on “Basketball Wives”, baller Eric Williams and his estranged wife Jennifer Williams officially ended things. Jennifer filed for divorce in July of this year.

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After 12 years of marriage, Faith Evans filed for divorce from her longtime manager and husband Todd Russaw this summer.

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Lots of couples headed to the altar on 11-11-11 to make it official on the memorable date. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak and Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann joined in the fun. After a one month engagement, the happy couple vowed their eternal love to one another in their Atlanta home.