Monday, September 13, 2004

“Was This Marriage a Mistake?

Is marriage still considered sacred in our society? Not if you look at the short-lived marriages of stars like Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore and Shannen Doherty. It seems that “’Til Death Do Us Part” is relative for many married couples, including today’s guests who are trying to work out their troubled marriages:


After a 55-hour marriage to pop queen Britney Spears, Jason Alexander knows a thing or two about why impulsive marriages aren’t the best idea. A New Year’s Eve trip to Vegas in 2004 saw sparks fly between Britney and Jason and prompted a trip to a local wedding chapel. The Spears family quickly quashed the romance with an annulment.

Jason spoke candidly to Larry about how he now views the marriage as a mistake and why he is hurt by her engagement to dancer Kevin Federline. He also revealed previously unreleased details about her proposal – click here to see the clip.

Ben and Olivia are a couple in their twenties who married when Olivia became pregnant with the first of their three children. While Ben was initially drawn to Olivia’s ambition, he now laments that Olivia had to abandon her dreams of becoming a lawyer to be a mother. Ben, who is the breadwinner of the family, accuses Olivia of being lazy despite her full-time job of taking care of the house and the kids, but Olivia says Ben is being selfish and uncooperative by going out all of the time and not pitching in.


Larry and staff psychologist Roger Rhoades helped Ben and Olivia talk through their issues and offered counseling in their hometown. We’ll be checking in with this couple periodically throughout the season – stay posted to our Guest Updates section to find out how they are doing.

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Check out today’s features on making relationships work:
Surviving the First Year of Marriage
Sustaining a Healthy Romantic Relationship
Top 10 Marriage Myths