Hundreds of roses. Three outfit changes. A star-studded crowd of more than 400 guests. A $10 million price tag.
And then, after 72 days, a divorce.
Reaility TV star Kim Kardashian’s lavish August wedding to pro basketball player Kris Humphries was deemed a fairytale when E! showcased a two-part special, “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event” only a few weeks ago, but it appears that the fairytale has ended with Kardashian filing for divorce on Oct. 31.
It was a whirlwind romance that led to an engagement after only six months of dating, and due to Kardashian’s reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” every moment leading up to “I do” was documented.
For a woman accustomed to the spotlight, critics wonder if the short-lived marriage was just a clever publicity stunt intended to boost Kardashian’s visibility and wallet. Kim’s mother, Kris Jenner, told the Today Show that her daughter’s wedding was “not a sham,” and Kim, herself, said in a statement that she married for love but got lost within the wedding plans:
“I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to,” she said. “And didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people.”
So was it a well-planned PR scheme or a simple case of two mismatched individuals who failed to recognize the sanctity of marriage?
The next step will come from Kris Humphries, a Minnesota native who has been classified as “religious” by some media outlets. His initial response to the divorce filing came with a statement that appeared to understand – or at least hint at – the deeper meaning of marriage:
“I’m committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents. I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for divorce… I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it work.”
Sources are speculating on whether he will proceed with the divorce Kim has requested.
We will never know for sure what happened between these two, but as Catholics, we know that marriage is more than the glitz and glam worthy of an E! two-part special. Marriage is a covenant between two selfless individuals and God, who join together to uplift, challenge, support and, most of all, love each other in the deepest of ways.
As Catholics, we know that a true covenant cannot be broken in 72 days.