Tom Files for Divorce from Drew

Goofball comedian says "see ya" to actress after a not-so-whopping five months of marriage

By Mark Armstrong Dec 17, 2001 8:45 PMTags
Guess this means they really did get married.

After tying the knot just five months ago, goofball comedian Tom Green has filed for divorce from Drew Barrymore. The papers, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, cite "irreconcilable differences" (yes, like her movie) as the reason.

"Drew is a wonderful woman, I love her very much," Green says in a statement. "I wish our marriage could have worked out, I wish her much happiness."

"Yes, it is true we have decided to part," says Barrymore in her own statement. "I love Tom very much. He has always been a great friend and that won't change."

According to divorce papers, the couple officially separated last week, on December 11.

This was the first walk down the aisle for Green, the Canadian skate punk best known for his gross-out MTV show. But it was Barrymore's second marriage attempt; the Charlie's Angels star was briefly engaged to actor James Walters in 1992 and married (for 11 months, twice as long) to bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994.

But in the end, it seems Barrymore, 26, and Green, 30, spent more time pretending they were getting married than actually being married. After E! Online first revealed their engagement last July, the cutesy couple kept everyone guessing for nearly a year, goofing on the media and the public about when they would actually tie the knot.

The pair often changed their stories (with Green once declaring they had already wedded overseas) and they even concocted a wedding skit-gone-wrong on Saturday Night Live. Then, finally, in July, the couple staged the real deal--exchanging vows in a Malibu beachfront ceremony attended by Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and Barrymore's Charlie's Angels costars, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz. (For the record, divorce papers confirm they were married July 7.)

Despite the brief relationship, Green and Barrymore endured their share of harrowing experiences, including Green's battle with testicular cancer and a fire that ripped through Barrymore's $3 million L.A.-area home in February. (The pair managed to escape after getting roused from bed by Drew's heroic dog, Flossie.)

Barrymore also was there to console Green when he encountered a nasty little bomb...named Freddy Got Fingered. The comedian's big-screen directorial debut was a flop, slammed by both critics and audiences when it was released last spring, and it was recently named one of the worst movies of 2001 by Entertainment Weekly magazine.

While Green's a relative newcomer to the world of celebrity, Barrymore has remained in the public eye for much of her life, growing up in a famous show-biz family and appearing since childhood in films such as E.T., Irreconcilable Differences, Firestarter and, in adulthood, The Wedding Singer, Never Been Kissed and Riding In Cars with Boys.

Barrymore recently opened up about her life, career and, yes, her husband, during last week's episode of E!'s Revealed with Jules Asner. Meanwhile, Green just recently signed on with the WB to create a half-hour variety show focusing on the wacky world of skateboarding.