Bride ’n doom

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EX­PERTS reckon 1986 is the “year of the doomed mar­riage”, a study has re­vealed.

Half of cou­ples who tied the knot back then are likely to split up.

High-pro­file cou­ples who mar­ried in 1986 in­clude Prince An­drew and Sarah Fer­gu­son, Bob Geldof and Paula Yates and Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and Maria Shriver. They all ended in di­vorce.

Harry Ben­son, of the Mar­riage Foun­da­tion, said: “The worst two years to get mar­ried were 1986 and 1991. Some 44% of cou­ples who mar­ried in th­ese years will end up di­vorced.

“As co-habi­ta­tion be­comes ever more ac­cepted, there’s less so­cial and fam­ily pres­sure to tie the knot.

“Men’s com­mit­ment is all about buy­ing into the fu­ture, making a de­ci­sion. So among those who do marry, there are fewer ‘slid­ers’ who marry with­out really buy­ing into it and more ‘de­ciders’ who really mean it.”

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