The prenuptial agreement is debated more in today’s culture than ever before. Is it financially irresponsible to marry without one? If you do draft and sign a prenuptial agreement, does it mean you’re not fully vested in achieving a lasting marriage? Those questions lie at the crux of the arguments for and against signing a prenup.
The polarizing subject often comes up in pop culture. Kanye West famously rapped “we want prenup” on his 2005 single “Gold Digger.” Recently, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Kandi Burress and Portia Stewart gave varying opinions on prenups while the Bravo cameras rolled. Last week, news hit the gossip circuit that Janet Jackson’s fiancée, billionaire Wissam Al Mana, ripped up the prenup that his lawyers drafted for their impending nuptials.
Via Necole Bitchie:
Just weeks ago, news broke that Janet Jackson was engaged to her 37-year-old boyfriend Wissam Al Mana and word has it that they were supposed to get married on New Year’s Eve. The wedding, however, was postponed after Wissam’s lawyers tried to draw up a pre-nup to protect his fortune. To avoid complicating things, Wissam finally said to hell with it, and instead drew up an agreement that states if he and Janet should ever get divorced, she’ll walk away with a steep $500 million. […] The only stipulation is that they must be married for at least five years. […] A source claims: Janet will be marrying into the sort of wealth not even her brother Michael managed to amass during his lifetime of success. She’s looking forward to a fairytale life with Wissam.
Some see Wissam’s rejection of the initial prenuptial agreement as the ultimate declaration of true love while others surmise that marriage is also a business arrangement and it would behoove him to protect his assets before heading to the altar.