Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Las Vegas After 55 hours of marital madness and publicity gone wild, Britney Spears and temporary husband Jason Allen Alexander decided Monday to scrap "I do" for "I wish I hadn't."
She didn't get a ring or a fairy-tale wedding. He didn't get any of her fortune. But the 22-year-olds did forever etch themselves in the annals of ill-advised Las Vegas marriages.
Clark County Family Court Judge Lisa Brown signed the annulment order at 12:24 p.m. at the behest of prominent Las Vegas attorney David Chesnoff.
"There is no marriage now," Chesnoff told The Associated Press. "Jason agreed to this completely. They've made a wise decision. I know they care about each other. They are friends."
It took the judge about two hours to act on the "complaint for annulment" filed in Family Court shortly after 10 a.m.
"Plaintiff Spears lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage," the petition said.
The pop superstar married Alexander -- who hails from Spears' hometown of Kentwood, La. -- about 5:30 a.m. Saturday at a Las Vegas wedding chapel. She was not intoxicated during the ceremony, according to a friend who spoke to her several hours afterward.
She woke up that morning a "little stunned" that she tied the knot, according to the friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Alexander said he and Spears hatched the idea to get hitched early Saturday morning.
"It was just crazy, man," he told "Access Hollywood" in an interview at his home Monday morning. "And we were just looking at each other and said, 'Let's do something wild, crazy. Let's go get married, just for the hell of it.'"
According to the petition, "Before entering into the marriage the plaintiff and defendant did not know each other's likes and dislikes, each other's desires to have or not have children, and each other's desires as to state of residency. Upon learning of each other's desires, they are so incompatible that there was a want of understanding of each other's actions in entering into this marriage."