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Third time's the charm?
by Germaine Lim

Call them hopeless romantics.

Or perhaps they don't know any better.

Whatever the case, certain celebrities have gained infamy for becoming serial wedders.

On home ground, Class 95 DJ Glenn Ong, 40, will be saying "I do" for the third time.

On Tuesday, The New Paper broke the news of Ong's engagement to fellow Class 95 DJ Jean Danker after dating for two years.

This will be 33-year-old Danker's first marriage. But will three be Ong's magic number when it comes to The One?

He was previously married to ex-radio DJ Kate Reyes and TV host Jamie Yeo.

The Morning Express host has "never been surer", he told The New Paper.

But Ong had gushed to us in November 2004 that Yeo was "The One", we reminded him.

When their high-profile union ended in 2009, both said bitter words to the press.

Ong defended himself, saying that he felt like he was "expected to propose" previously.

He said: "With the first two, they kind of decided we should get married. I wasn't 100 per cent sure the last two times. I can safely say that my ex-partners weren't 100 per cent sure either.

"This time, it is solely my decision. The ball is firmly in my court. I told Jean early on in our relationship that if we get really serious as we progress, I want to be the one who initiates the proposal, which is the way it should be.

"I want to propose when the time is right. And hopefully, when that time comes, it will be the right time for her too."

Last year, 18.3 per cent or 4,450 of 24,363 local marriages were remarriages for one of the partners, according to the Department of Statistics.

Remarriages for both partners made up 7.8 per cent or 1,906 of marriages last year.

This is up from 2000 when 3,083 of 22,561 nuptials were remarriages for one of the partners and 1,245 remarriages for both partners.

Although the wedding date has not been set, Ong said he can't wait to call Danker his wife.

"I know of some people who think that it's not sexy and fashionable to call their partner 'my wife'. But to me, 'wife' feels more intimate."

If Hollywood couples are anything to go by, perhaps third time could indeed be the charm for Ong.

Here are four US superstars who seem to have got it right after pledging "till death do us part" three times.

And there seems to be one common denominator that is contributing to the happily-ever-after - children.

Tom Cruise, 48 

1987-1990: US actress Mimi Rogers, 55
1990-2001: Aussie actress Nicole Kidman, 44
2005-present: US actress Katie Holmes, 32

Third time lucky?

Flesh and blood seems to be the glue to keep his marriage intact.

Although Kidman and Cruise have two adopted children together, their union reportedly broke down because they were said to be unable to have their own biological kids, with Cruise's fertility widely thought to be the problem.

This was allegedly the same issue which split up Rogers and Cruise, according to a Daily Mail report.

A brutally candid Rogers told Playboy magazine in 1993 that they split because "Tom was seriously thinking of becoming a monk... and he thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument".

Kidman had an ectopic pregnancy at 23 and she miscarried just before Cruise filed for divorce in 2001.

But Cruise is now happily playing daddy to five-year-old daughter Suri, who was conceived just a year into his and Holmes' relationship.

And if the couch-jumping episode on The Oprah Winfrey Show is any indication, the world knows how much he's in love with his current spouse.

Jennifer Lopez, 41

1997-1998: Cuban-born waiter Ojani Noa, 37
2001-2002: US dancer Cris Judd, 41
2004-present: US singer Marc Anthony, 41

Third time lucky?

Perhaps the key to why hubby No. 3 is The One is because JLo finally found someone of equal financial standing and fame.

In 2005, she admitted that "the only mistake I made was getting married too quickly to the men I fell in love with".

Lopez and multiple Grammy winner Anthony had dated briefly before his first marriage and her second.

They reignited the flame in 2004 while recording a duet for Lopez's film Shall We Dance? and got hitched less than a week after Anthony's divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres was finalised.

Lopez and Anthony are now proud parents of fraternal twins Emme and Maximillian, who are two-and-a-half years old.

The American Idol judge said last year: "I know that this relationship (with Anthony) is worth it, because a lot of people walk away too easily.

"But to take that step and actually get married - and I've done it three times, and two times were, you know, not good for me or for them - I'm going to take it seriously."

Angelina Jolie, 36

1996-1997: English actor Jonny Lee Miller, 38
2000-2002: US actor-director-musician Billy Bob Thornton, 55
2005-present: US actor Brad Pitt, 47

Third time lucky?

Her first marriage didn't work out as "we were simply too young", Jolie had admitted.

Her second marriage failed because "overnight, we totally changed" and that "one day, we had just nothing in common".

While they haven't made it official, Brangelina have been going strong and living life together like any married couple.

Pitt's decision to legally adopt Jolie's two adopted children - oldest son Maddox, 10, and oldest daughter Zahara, six - in 2005 seemed to have cemented Brangelina's commitment to each other.

Now they are parents to a United Nations brood of six - three adopted and three biological.

Maddox had already called Pitt "dad" while they were still contemplating their budding relationship, Jolie said.

Their children have been pressing them about marriage and "it's something we've got to look at", Pitt revealed last month.

Word has it that Hollywood's golden couple plan to finally make a trip down the aisle in September in France.

Nicolas Cage, 47

1995-2001: US actress Patricia Arquette, 43
Aug 2002-Nov 2002: US singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, 43
2004-present: Korean waitress Alice Kim, 27

Third time lucky?

Cage and Arquette's on-off relationship wasn't stable to begin with.

And his famous obsession with Elvis Presley reportedly drove to the grave his marriage with the music legend's daughter - they were married on the 25th anniversary of Presley's death.

Cage's current marriage is also his longest.

Perhaps it's because Kim bore him a son, Kal-El, six.

If you're a Superman fan like Cage, you'll know Kal-El is the superhero's birth name.

He already has a 20-year-old son Weston from a previous relationship with actress Christina Fulton.

But things have been a little rough in the Cage household lately.

The Oscar-winning actor was arrested in April after a drunken row with Kim. He was charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace and released on a US$11,000 (S$13,600) bail.

A source told Chicago Sun-Times: "Alice is terrific, but I get the sense she's coming to the end of her rope, and if Nic doesn't quickly straighten himself out, she's going to bail.

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