Kim Kardashian is a 5-foot-2 Armenian princess from Beverly Hills. At 30 years old, she’s already divorced, made a sex tape with the rapper Ray J and earns more than any other reality star. Forbes estimates she made $12 million last year. Kris Humphries is a 6-foot-9 power forward for the New Jersey Nets. A Minnesota native, he’s been traded four times in six years and has earned $16 million over his career. This week, the unlikely couple announced their engagement. Humphries proposed with a $2 million rock. However, despite their obvious life, earnings and size disparities, Humphries and Kardashian are not the oddest celebrity-athlete couple in history. The following seven examples even make Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra look like a perfect match.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
If the reality show “Khloe & Lamar” is supposed to shed light on how this odd couple works, it’s lost on the viewers. The 31-year-old Laker Lamar Odom married Kim Kardashian’s younger sister Khloe after knowing her inside a month. He is completely uncomfortable being followed around by cameras and yelled at by Khloe in front of America. But that is the Kardashian family business.
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova
Enrique Iglesias’ face in this photo sums up his relationship with Russian-born tennis player Anna Kournikova: “WTF.” She has and should be dating Ukrainian hockey players, not a Latin pop star. They’ve been together since 2001, kind of, I guess. Apparently they were secretly married at some point, but separated, or they were never married and never separated…. The two never get their stories straight, as if they can’t believe the relationship themselves.
Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson
Charlie Sheen should date porn stars. Tommy Lee should date porn stars. It even makes sense for Bill Clinton to date porn stars, on the side, with tons of hush money. However, you never think of professional athletes with porn stars. MMA fighter Tito “Fat Head” Ortiz, one of the UFC’s first stars, and Jenna Jameson have been “monogamous” since 2006 and have twin boys named, Jesse Jameson and Journey Jette. Poor Journey. He’s named Journey, his mom has sex on film and his dad’s been arrested for domestic violence. Although, maybe MMA fighters and porn stars make sense: Both get pounded in public for money. Hey-oooooooo!
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
We think of Arnold Schwarzenegger as an actor, politician and philanderer now, but when he and Maria Shriver started dating in 1977, he was just a professional bodybuilder. He could barely speak English, while she had Kennedy money and was educated in America’s most elite schools. The fact that they lasted as long as they did is impressive.
Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
Speaking of Kennedy sex scandals, JFK’s undercover lover Marilyn Monroe married Yankees star player Joe DiMaggio in 1954. “Joltin’ Joe” got pissed at Monroe’s famous skirt-blowing scene in “The Seven Year Itch” and the two had a screaming match about it at the premiere. Only 274 days after the wedding, she filed for divorce on grounds of mental cruelty.
Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
Mike Tyson grew up poor in high-crime neighborhoods and became famous as one of the most brutal heavyweight fighters in history. Robin Givens attended New York’s elite private schools, graduated from Harvard and became a sitcom actress. Don’t they seem like the perfect couple? The marriage lasted a year.
The 2011 Beckhams
British soccer star David Beckham and Spice Girl Victoria Beckham made sense in 2000. They looked happy in photos, even if he did wear do-rags unironically. Now, he looks the same (sans do-rag) and she’s morphed into a perpetually unhappy, surgically enhanced fembot.