Melissa Rivers had one fairytale wedding, but that fairy tale ended in divorce. Perhaps that is why she has never remarried. One of her subsequent relationships failed miserably as well, though now Melissa appears to be quite happy.
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A whirlwind romance
Melissa Rivers met her ex-husband John Endicott at a horse riding event in 1993. The two embarked on a whirlwind romance and barely six months later they were living together in Los Angeles.
According to Melissa, her then-boyfriend was unlike any of the men she had dated until then, calling herself a magnet for idiots or aspiring what-nots that LA is awash with. John was funny, unaffected and sweet.
When John went out of his way to ask her mother, famous comedienne Joan Rivers, for her daughter’s hand in marriage, Joan wanted to know what had taken him so long. It’s a valid question considering that the pair ‘only’ married in 1998.
It was a fairytale wedding orchestrated by Joan. She wanted everything for her daughter and had the Dr Zhivago Winter Garden recreated in the Plaza Hotel in New York. 30,000 white flowers were involved and 100 white-painted trees.
Joan truly went all out and the wedding reportedly cost $3 million.
No fairytale marriage
But the fairytale wedding didn’t turn into the fairy tale marriage anybody may have hoped for. Whilst Melissa has mentioned her divorce once or twice here or there, she never went into detail and she certainly didn’t divulge the reasons behind it. Given that John is a horse trainer and owner, who successfully sells the best show jumpers around, one wonders if their different lifestyles didn’t have something to do with the demise of their marriage.
Melissa and John both share their love for horses and all things equestrian. But Melissa grew up in the show business and is a successful producer, who starred in reality TV shows with her mother.
Perhaps Hollywood simply wasn’t John’s cup of tea? Tellingly it was he who filed for divorce in 2002. Their son Edgar Cooper was only a year old at that time, which indicates that even a baby son wasn’t able to keep the family together. Not that a baby should ever be a reason to keep a broken marriage together.
John requested joint custody. When the divorce was finalized in June 2003 no details of how it was settled and what custody arrangements have been made became known.
It would appear that Cooper lives with Melissa full-time, but he does see his father. John looked after Cooper when Melissa rushed to the hospital to her mother shortly before Joan passed away. Clearly, he is there for his son and his ex when the need arises.
The Jason Zimmerman disaster
After her divorce, Melissa returned to the dating scene. Her longest lasting relationship has been with Jason Zimmerman, a sports coach. But that relationship broke up rather publicly and in an unpleasant manner on Melissa’s and Joan’s reality TV show. Melissa found out that Jason had been in contact with other women and even couples to solicit sex, which very clearly didn’t include her.
He actually placed ads on Craigslist, which was very upsetting to Melissa. Still, she let the whole scene play out on her reality TV show, letting everyone into their fight.
It was a humiliating experience for her and she broke their relationship off. Given how she gushed about him and the great relationship he had with her son, this development turned out to be rather surprising.
Joan tweeted her support for her daughter, though it’s unclear that Jason has ever apologized for his behaviour.
Moving on with Mark
Once again moving on from a long relationship, Joan started dating again. Since early 2015 she has been seeing Mark Russo and as far as anybody knows the two are still an item. But that doesn’t mean the two will be going down the aisle. Melissa already had a fairytale wedding and it didn’t end in a happy ever after. If ever she does get married again, it will likely be a more low-key affair, especially since her mother won’t be there to orchestrate it again. That alone may mean that Melissa wouldn’t do it again.
Last year, she confessed that adopting a child with Mark might be an option in the future, though she’s a proud mother to her 17-year old son. She also confirmed that marriage was not something she considered at the time, so it may indeed not happen again.
Her divorce was 15 years ago now and as long as she’s happy in her relationship, there’s little need to walk down the aisle again, especially if she had to do it without her mother.