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Ruben Studdard

Divorces Like a CHAMP

With Ironclad Prenup

4/8/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ruben Studdard just went through the CLEANEST divorce ever
If you ever plan to get married, start taking notes -- because former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard just went through the CLEANEST divorce ever ... all thanks to his ironclad prenup.

TMZ broke the story ... Ruben filed for divorce in November from his wife Surata Zuri McCants, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in January.

It got hairy at first -- Zuri tried to get the judge in their divorce case to nullify the prenup, claiming Ruben blindsided her with the documents just days before the wedding, unfairly pressuring her into signing them.

But the judge wasn't buying it -- upholding the prenup, and awarding Zuri close to ZILCH in the divorce.

According to the final judgment, Ruben was not ordered to pay ANY spousal support or alimony ... and he gets to keep their home plus all his belongings -- jewelry, pensions, royalties, clothing, and all his cash. It was even ordered Zuri return the engagement ring.

Meanwhile, Zuri gets next to nothing -- her wedding dress, her photo albums, a 2006 BMW (which Ruben will pay off), a 10k property settlement, 2k for attorneys fees ... oh yeah, and her maiden name.

The lesson -- don't sign a prenup ... unless you're loaded.

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Cognizant _illiberal    

well he does not have much money so, it was not a huge risk maybe he will earn big in the future, you never know so the pre nup was a good move. good for him not being a stereotype and having any kids with 4 baby mamas

741 days ago
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Philly    

It's sad that almost every time that a prenup exists the woman tries to get it nullified.

741 days ago
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Jay W.     

Prenup - good idea.


Have wealth, Don't get married - better idea

741 days ago
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LiveOutLoud    

Go Ruben, your parents taught you well. Everyone knew this heffa was a golddigger. She thought she was going to get you and she got got! Ha!! Hats off to you Ru.

741 days ago
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Jackie    

Nice...:D

741 days ago
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writenow    

Whoa. So not true. Is this not the dumbest, least factually told story Evah?! Ruben did not have an "iron clad" pre-nup. He likely had a star-struck judge is all. Get real. Women have always had it bad in America. Consider the juvnile rape victim who is jailed. Media protected the identity of the judges. Story here.

741 days ago
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Fat Mike    

bahaha, I now have a new respect for Ruben.
Dear other celebs and wealthy people, take note.
Like a boss!

741 days ago
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Fat Mike    

Whoever drew up that prenuptial agreement should start hiring someone to answer the phones. I'm tipping they're gonna be getting a few enquiries.

741 days ago
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Ace    

He hasn't paid off a 2006 BMW yet? Did he take out a 30 year mortgage on it?

741 days ago
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Stormy    

My question is; What has he done to earn any money? Anything beside sing other peoples music like most of these clown wannabes from American Idol!

741 days ago
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Leslie    

Gee Harvey, the way this story was presented...assuming it's true...just exposed Reuben as possibly a man not really committed to the ideal of marriage...treating it more like a long date who pays for the meal. With this, he may not be considered marriage material by any woman in the future. It's really sad...really sad. Hope your story was wrong or had some missing facts. Certainly, this is not anything to celebrate. For me, Sir Paul got it closer to the mark, if you believe in love.... If a prenupt makes sense, at least be fair. In Reuben's case, assuming your story is true, it appears he did not take the relationship seriously. If you're so afraid of the person you're marrying taking what you have and not offering a fair prenup...then obviously don't marry the person or dont' rely on the person's love of you to her disadvantage. It really is not a story to celebrate, Harvey.

741 days ago
12.

lander    

"The lesson -- don't sign a prenup ... unless you're loaded."

oh, well that confirms it. women only get married for the money during the marriage, and the payoff after the divorce. whores, plain and simple.

741 days ago
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PT    

The lesson is: Don't get married in the first place.

741 days ago
14.

Truth    

YEA BUT THIS DUDE IS DEAD BROKE TO BEGIN WITH... HE HAS NO CAREER. SOOO WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE - EXACTLY!! #TRUTH!!

741 days ago
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sean    

My hero.

741 days ago
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