Reality check: The shameful Kardashian divorce

Kim Kardashian\'s wedding cost millions. The marriage lasted only 72 days. Those aren\'t the only outrageous numbers

By Emma Mustich
November 1, 2011 3:00AM (UTC)
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The rumors weren't so crazy after all. It turns out that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries -- whose August wedding was a black hole for money and media attention -- really are done.

The Kardashians and their pervasive public narrative are fueled by nothing if not the power of conspicuous consumption. (Kim herself makes no secret of the fact that she's a "business woman" -- in fact, it's first of the four adjectives she uses to describe herself on Twitter.) Here are 10 of the most shameful numbers related to the couple's dizzyingly short-lived union:


$15,000-$20,000: Estimated value of Kim & Kris's wedding cake. [New York Post]

$400,000: Total value of the champagne served at the wedding. [New York Post]

$2 million: Value of the wedding's floral arrangements. [Styleite]

Nearly $3 million: Amount Kim & Kris received from People magazine for wedding- and engagement-related rights. [New York Post]


5 million: Number of people said to have watched E!'s four-hour wedding special. [THR]

$15 million+: Amount Kardashians were paid by E! for rights to air the wedding special. [New York Post]

$17.9 million: Total amount of money Kim & Kris are thought to have made from the wedding and related publicity. [The Week]


Nearly 1,000: Number of sources covering the story of Kim & Kris's divorce late Monday afternoon, according to Google News.

87 days: Length of Kim & Kris's engagement.

72 days: Amount of time between the wedding and Kim's divorce filing.

Emma Mustich

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