Image 1 of 15: Liar, liar, pants on fire? Rumors roll around from time to time that the marriages of Nancy Ajram, Wael Kfoury, and Maya Diab are on the rocks, but the trio appear to still be happily married. Booya, busybodies!
Image 1 of 15: You may now kiss the “Khalik Bihalak” hitmaker: Carole Samaha seems to be more down to earth than most of the household names, so here’s to hoping her marriage to Egyptian businessman Waleed Mustafa makes it to her last breath.
Image 1 of 15: Renewal of vows: Ghada Abdel Razek got married again...to the same man! Rumors run rampant about Razek’s love life, but this Mohamed Fouda must be the real deal to lasso this sassy starlet, not once but twice!
Image 1 of 15: The super controversial Razan Al Moghrabi revealed that the man appearing in that scandalous YouTube vid with her is actually her HUSBAND! Yep, the two tied the knot in 2010, we found out after her baby bump couldn’t hide the secret any longer in 2013!
Image 1 of 15: Murad married?! The celebrity secrecy continued until somebody spilled the beans that Jumana Murad got hitched to Rabi Beisaiso. Now that the word is out, the starlet’s celebrating again in a big old public bash! Might as well court that spotlight!
Image 1 of 15: Ramy Ayach’s four thousand guests has got to be some kind of record as his new wife, designing diva Dalida Said, walked down the aisle. With that many witnesses to their over the top wedlock, they certainly have a host of peeps to keep them accountable!
Image 1 of 15: Several months ago May Salim went through a nasty divorce, after which the celeb said she’d sworn off relationships for the time being. Well, that lasted only ‘till August when she sported a white dress for the second time!
Image 1 of 15: Rania Youssef’s got a new ring on her finger. The close-lipped starlet kept her love cards close to her chest because she wanted fans to focus on her professional success, rather than her personal life. With an ex in jail for bounced checks, she surely proceeded with caution announcing her marital update.
Image 1 of 15: Saber Al Rebai got engaged to his now-wife Ikhlas, while his divorce from wifey #2 was still being processed. That’s an odd thing to do but hey, Ikhlas didn’t seem to mind much! Many have said that Saber looked younger and like a changed man after marrying her. Oh, the power of love…
Image 1 of 15: Donia Samir Ghanem got hitched to Rami Radwan in a 5* wedding ceremony in June. She may have gone for an older man, but their wedding pix bear witness that they were both oozing with youthful surging romance.
Image 1 of 15: In another Cyprus-bound wedding celebration, Elaine Khalaf tied the knot to her handsome hubby in July. The lovebirds adored their “city of love” so much, these jet-setting newlyweds plan to return to Cyprus every couple of weeks! Well, if you can afford it…
Image 1 of 15: On & off, make-up, break-up: Syrian sassy actress Amal Arafa divorced her hubby of 10 years in July, only to reunite with him a week later. Her hubby said that he just couldn’t bear being away from her. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em, eh?
Image 1 of 15: And the divorcees are: Nisreen Tafish said ‘bye-bye hubby’ in September, after her marriage reached a “dead end.” We think Nisreen was bitter because she neglected her career for him. Well, the acting world is your oyster now, missy!
Image 1 of 15: Marriage-hopping: Dalia Al Buhairi divorced her darling in July because their love just ‘faded away’ with time. Her man married her just a year after divorcing wife #1! At least she had all summer to meet some hotties by the beach.
Image 1 of 15: Wannabe bride! Sex bomb Elissa has it all: fame fortune & feistiness. No husband, but then who needs a man to make waves. But we were told her wait was over --Elissa claimed that she’d found love and would walk her famous bod down the aisle in 2013 - NEWSFLASH: one month to go till 2014 and the paps see no signs of wedding bells. Cold feet?
To marry or to divorce? This was the big question for many of the Middle East's roving bachelor and smug married celeb-set this year, and these 'snap decisions' were taken quicker than you can say “I do.” The cupids won out though, there were more wedding bells than violin strings logged on Al Bawaba's love file of 2013.
Superstar marriages are often taken with a pinch of salt by the general public or given 'less than a year' ; they’re seen as precarious at best or a simple publicity stunt at worst. Some psychologists suggest stars are addicted to the high of infatuation but move on once the love drug has worn off. Arab celeb love lifes are that much harder to monitor given the secrecy that is courted in a conservative culture that extends even into the ranks of the celebrity crazies.
Getting married in the 'public' eye can’t be easy, we’ll give them that, but it’s pretty pitiful when a marriage surviving five years yells for the same accolade as a Joe Blog’s 50th anniversary bash. Celebs may have the fairytale ending in their films, but their private reality is all too often less likely to give us happily ever after story-lines. That is if we can track them at all -- with the 'down-low' a significant factor for stars in MENA, and a media that often leaks surreptitious and clandestine marriages (especially where pregnancy comes to the surface), we may never even know the start and finish line of the love lives of the stars. Announcements after the act are often the norm -- a far cry from the Hello magazine exclusive.
If Kim Kardashian’s trifling 72 hour status as a Mrs. is any indicator of how holy matrimony goes down for stars, then our region’s copy-cat celebrities (often seen to be emulating the western counterparts) are in dire straits indeed. More interestingly for our region -- given that Ms. K is trying her luck at love again-- will she tie the knot in our neck of the woods this time?
In honor of Carole Samaha’s recent nuptials, here’s a look at Arab stars who have said “I do” or “I don’t think so anymore” to their spouses this year. Do marriages in this conservative corner of the world stand more of a chance for the long-haul due to a society that yields to an abiding family culture? Or are they, like our Hollywood hotties, getting through love-affairs like new mobile phones? You decide!
Without further ado, here’s what you need to know about the marital shelf life of our more candid VIP set this year. We'll leave it for you to judge if there’s any improvement from those of last year!