Long before the days of MTV's Teen Mom, women, including celebrities, were married and had babies younger than they do today. Getting married as a teenager this century is definitely not the norm anymore. Today, the average age to tie the knot for women is 27.1. That's up 5 years from 30 years ago. Women are waiting longer than they ever have to get married and start a family.
Though the statistics are drastically changing, there are still women out there who prefer to get their family life started earlier. We've put together a list of some high profile celebrity mamas who made their vows in their teens. Some kept them and some did not, but they were teen brides non-the-less.
As the famous old saying goes, "First comes love, than comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage." Though, not all of these celebrities did things in that order, nor did they all have babies in their teen years, they all did one thing in common.
All of the celebrities on our list were teen brides. Some married because of a pregnancy, some married then naturally pregnancy followed as it often does with marriage. Some of these marriages have survived the test of time, while others didn't make it. These famous teen brides might have found it a little too difficult to juggle their careers and a family. Something had to give. It most cases it was their teen marriages.
15 Solange Knowles
When it comes to getting an early start on making a family, Solange Knowles is an expert. By the time Solange was 21 years old she had already been married, had a baby and been divorced.
Solange wed her ex-husband, Daniel Smith, when she was just 17 years old. He was only 19 years old at the time. The teenage couple claimed to be high school sweethearts. They married in a quiet intimate beach ceremony in 2004. There son, Daniel Julez was born seven months later.
Solange told Essence, “ I think it’s very important not to dish details. We are friends and we co-parent our son.” Adding, “When my son, Daniel gets older I don’t want him to read anything about me saying anything about his father or vice versa.”
14 Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith, born Vickie Lynn Hogan, is an American model, actress and television personality. Almost a decade before she became "Playmate of the Year", Anna Nicole Smith was married and had her first child, Daniel. In 1985, Anna wed Billy Wayne Smith, a cook at a fast food restaurant she worked at, when she was just 17 years old.
The late Anna Nicole Smith was no stranger to difficult times. She dropped out of high school at age 14 and was married 3 years later. Her second marriage to 89 year old billionaire, Howard Marshall, ended years in court disputing her inheritance.
Anna Nicole Smith never truly found happiness in love and marriage. She was found in a hotel room in 2007 due to an overdose. Her son had passed the previous year, but she left behind her daughter, Danielynn Birkhead.
13 Sofia Vergara
First of all, does Sofia Vergara ever age? She looks just about the same at her first wedding when she was just 19. Vergara married her high school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez when she was 19 years old. They had a son, Manolo, in 1991, but divorced just two years later.
Sofia's young marriage and child rearing didn't seem to put a damper on her career. When she was 17 years old she landed a gig for a Pepsi commercial after being discovered by a photographer on a beach in her home country, Columbia.
By 2012, Vergara had made it to becoming the highest paid women in U.S. television, earning $19 million. Vergara remarried Joe Manganiello in 2015. The couple hasn't had any children of their own just yet, but it's said that Vergara did have eggs frozen and intends to use a surrogate for her next child.
12 Kim Kardashian
Kim has faced a ton of harsh criticism for her controversial wedding and divorce from Kris Humphries, but even before that, she had been married and divorced. When she was just 19 years old, Kim married music producer, Damon Thomas.
The couple eloped in 2000, but Thomas filed for divorce in 2003. Kim later remarked that their separation was due to emotional and physical abuse on Thomas's part. In 2010 Kim became engaged to NBA basketball player, Kris Humphries. The couple was wed in October of 2011. Their marriage was even shorter-lived than the first. They were divorced within 72 days of marriage.
Kim is currently married to Kanye West, with whom she has three children, their last via surrogate in January 2018. The two began dating while she was still legally married to Humphries. They were wed in Florence, Italy in 2014.
11 Olivia Wilde
Irish American actress, Olivia Wilde's, first marriage and divorce were kept on the down low until it was completely over. When she was just 19 years old she wed Italian musician and filmmaker, Tao Ruspoli, who was ten years older than her.
The couple kept the wedding so secret that they said their vows in an abandoned school bus with only two witnesses in June 2003. Eight years later in February of 2011 the couple announced that they had separated. They divorced was finalized in September of 2011.
Olivia started dating Jason Sudeikis in November of the same year. They have two children together, Otis who was born in 2014 and Daisy, who was born two years later. The two are engaged and reside in New York together.
10 Drew Barrymore
This celebrity mama managed to tie the knot before the age of 20, after three teenage engagements to be married. She first became engaged to the Hollywood producer, Leland Hayward in 1991, and then musician, Jamie Walters in 1992.
It wasn't either of those who she married though. Drew married Welsh bartender, Jeremy Thomas after becoming engaged to him in 1994. It was just two months later that Drew filed for divorce. She married MTV host, Tom Green in 2000, after being engaged for a year. Green filed for divorce in 2001.
Drew married art consultant, Will Kopleman, who she had to children within 2011. The couple divorced in 2016. Drew is definitively someone we would call unlucky in love. After three marriages and divorces beginning as early as 19, it's safe to say that her acting career has been way more successful than her love life.
9 Demi Moore
Demi Moore is no stranger to marriage. Though the average age for women to get married in 1980 was 22, Demi managed to marry five years before she hit that milestone. She experienced marital woes at a very early age .
When she was 17 years old in 1980, Demi Moore married 30 year old Freddy Moore. There relationship lasted slightly longer than others on our list, making it a whole 5 years. Freddy was 12 years her senior and had just recently divorced his first wife when the couple wed.
Demi was engaged to Emilio Estevez the following year, but they called it off before their December wedding. She married Bruce Willis in 1987, but the two split in 2000. In 2005 she married Ashton Kutcher, 15 years his senior. They also divorced by 2012. Demi only had children with Bruce Willis. The two had three daughters together.
8 LeAnne Rimes
LeAnne Rimes didn't just begin her musical career at a young age, she also married one of her backup dancers when she was 19. LeAnne and dancer, Dean Sheremet were married in 2002 and split by 2010.
The couple met when Shemeret was chosen to dance when LeAnne was hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2001. They married just a year later. There marriage ended after the press released news of her affair with Eddie Cibrian, who was also married and had two kids who she would later become stepmother to. They met on the filming of a Lifetime movie.
The two became engaged the same year her divorce was made official. When she was interviewed by Billboard Magazine she stated, "I take responsibility for everything I've done. I hate that people got hurt, but I don't regret the outcome." The couple is still married today.
7 Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin overcame a pretty crazy past to become the legend she is today. At just 12 years old, Aretha became pregnant with her first son, Clarence, who she named after her father. Clarence's father was a boy she knew from school. Just two years later in 1957 she gave birth to her second son, Edward, named after his father.
At the age of 18 she married Ted White, though her father objected the marriage, the two were wed in 1961. After 8 years in a violent marriage, Franklin and White divorced in 1969. She then married her second husband, actor Glynn Turman, almost ten years later in 1978, but divorced in 1984.
Franklin and Willie Wilkerson were engaged twice, dating back to 1988, both were called off. Franklin has had a rough love life, but that hasn't stopped her from becoming one of the most significant contributions to music.
6 Melanie Griffith
At the early age of just 14, Melanie Griffith starting dating her mother's co-star in The Harrad Experiment, Don Johnson. The two were married in 1976, when she was 18 years old. The marriage lasted only 6 months. They reunited in 1989, got pregnant with their daughter Dakota Johnson, and married a second time. This time their marriage lasted 7 years.
While she wasn't married to Johnson, Melanie dated Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and Ryan O'Neil. In 1981, she married Steve Bauer and had a son with him as well. The two divorced in 1989. Griffith later admitted that she had a drug and alcohol problem at the time.
It was after she got out of rehab after her divorce that she reconnected with former husband, Don Johnson. She married Antonio Banderas in 1996 and had a daughter with him as well. The couple divorced in 2015.
5 Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson may be one of the best selling artists in the history of contemporary music, having sold over 100 million records, but she wouldn't be considered lucky in love. Janet, the youngest of ten children, was born to the Jackson family in 1966.
Jackson eloped with singer, James Debarge in 1984 when she was 18 years old. The couple divorced and the marriage was annulled only a year later. In 1991, Jackson married a backup dancer for her sister, Rene Elizondo, Jr. They divorced in 2000.
Janet gave it one last shot at marriage when she wed a businessman, Wissam Al Mana, in 2012. In 2016, Jackson announced that she was "planning her family with her husband." They had a son, Eissa together the same year, but separated shortly after.
4 Whoopi Goldberg
Accomplished actress, author, comedian and television host, Whoopi Goldberg, was also married three times. Her first marriage was to Alex Martin when she was just 18 years old, which was considered extremely young in 1973 when they wed. The couple divorced in 1979, but they did have a daughter during their 6 years of marriage.
She then wed cinematographer, David Claessen, in 1986. Their marriage lasted two years and bore no children. They were divorced by 1988. She then had a one year marriage to Union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995.
Whoopi commented in a Friar's Club roast that, "Some people are not meant to be married and I am not meant to. I’m sure it is wonderful for lots of people." She only has one daughter, but since she had her young, she is now a grandmother to three and great-grandmother to one.
3 Marilyn Monroe
Actress, model and singer, the iconic Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, was also a teen bride. When she was just 16 years old in 1942, she married James Dougherty. Though this marriage was before her stardom and wasn't as highly publicized as her next two, her and Dougherty parted ways in 1946.
Monroe then entered a highly publicized marriage that was almost doomed from the start when she wed Joe DiMaggio in 1954. After just one year of marriage, they divorced in 1955. She then wed Arthur Miller in 1956, and though this one did last longer than the previous marriage, it ended in divorce in 1961.
Sadly, Monroe was later found in her Los Angeles home due to an overdose in 1962. Marilyn did not have any living children in her three marriages but did have two miscarriages during her marriage to Arthur Miller, perhaps contributing to her drug use.
2 Naomi Judd
Naomi Judd has had an extremely successful career, but that didn't come with some bumps in the road in her youth. The singer, songwriter and actress gave birth to a baby girl, Christina Ciminella, also known as Wynonna Judd, when she was just 18 years old.
Wynonna's father abandoned her and her mother shortly after. It was then that Naomi quickly married Michael Ciminella. They had another daughter, Ashley Judd, just four years later. Just a few years after that the couple divorced.
Naomi raised both Wynonna and Ashley as a single mother. Naomi entered nursing school with the intention of becoming a nurse, but instead began a successful singing duo with Wynonna. The mother-daughter duo scored twenty top ten hits together. Naomi also broke into acting and became a motivational speaker.
1 Niki Taylor
Supermodel Niki Taylor was one of the youngest and most successful supermodels of all time. She began her modeling career at just 13 years old, and only 6 years later after she graduated high school began her life as a wife and mother.
Niki married the Miami Hooters linebacker, Matt Martinez, whom she met in a coin toss at a game when she was just 19 years old. The couple eloped in Las Vegas in January of 1994. She was 4 months pregnant when they had a traditional family ceremony with family in Idaho that July.
In December of 1994, Niki gave birth to twin boys. Less than two years later the couple divorced. In December 2006, Niki married NASCAR driver, Burnie Lamar. Her and Lamar had two children together. The couple and Niki's four children all live together in a French colonial house in Tennessee.
Sources. ranker.com, www.fame10.com