Sophia Bush claims she felt pressured into marrying 'One Tree Hill' star Chad Michael Murray

Sophia Bush claims she felt pressured into marrying 'One Tree Hill' star Chad Michael Murray
Sophia Bush (Getty Images)

Sophia Bush may be over her short-lived marriage to Chad Michael Murray of 'One Tree Hill' fame, but clearly, it's not the same for the rest of the world. The actress recently made an appearance at Andy Cohen’s Sirius XM show, where she answered a few questions with regards to her romantic relationship and subsequent marriage to Murray.

“Everybody’s been 22 and stupid,” Bush laughed. “It was not a thing I actually really wanted to do.” Bush and Murray started dating in 2003 and got engaged the very next year itself. 

Bush continued, “Ladies have to learn how to take up space in the way that men are taught they are entitled to!” She also added that she learned her lesson the hard way.

When questioned by Colbert about why she agreed for the nuptials in the first place, Bush said, “Because how do you let everybody down?”

She added, “And how do you — what’s the fight, and when you have bosses telling you that you’re the only person who gets a person to work on time and 200 people either get to see their kids at night or they don’t because our days start on time.”


Actress Sophia Bush and fiance actor Chad Michael Murray arrive at Super Bowl Playboy Party at the River City Brewing Company on February 5, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

“So it was that loaded of a situation?” Cohen asked.

“Life is always loaded,” she explained. “What the public knows is never — it’s not the tip of the iceberg. Hilarie [Burton] and I used to laugh and we were like, ‘If we had a behind-the-scenes show, the drama would be so much f***ing better than the drama that the writers write… I get why you ask, but people won’t let it go.’”

Bush and Murray got married in April 2005, saying “I do” in front of 200 guests.

However, the two split just after five months of wedded bliss, and in a statement at the time, Bush said, “This is a difficult and unfortunate situation,” adding, “I am glad this is being resolved sooner rather than later.” 


According to reports, Bush tried to get her marriage to her 'One Tree Hill' co-star annulled on the basis of “fraud,” but unfortunately her request was denied and they were officially divorced in 2006. 

Last year, the 'John Tucker Must Die' actress acknowledged the “trauma” of the divorce in an open letter about why women should stop seeking “the one.”

“In my 20s, when I was starting out my career as an actor, I wasn’t looking for a relationship, but one found me and became serious, even though I hadn’t planned to settle down until my 30s. But when the person you’re with asks you to marry him, you think: This must be happening because it’s supposed to,” she penned.

Chad Michael Murray and his wife Sophia Bush attends the screening of 'House Of Wax' at the Tribeca Film Festival April 30, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Murray seems to be livid about his ex-wife's latest conversation with Colbert, and in a bid to clear his name, has issued a statement with the aid of his representatives, calling Bush's claims on the show "ludicrous".


“Chad conducts himself in a completely professional manner and would never marry for any reason but love,” the rep continued. “Thirteen years since his divorce from Sophia, he has a very happy family life with his wife and children. He has completely moved on and doesn’t feel the need to engage in this type of behavior.”

Well, looks like there won't be too many Brooke and Lucas scenes in the upcoming Lifetime movie then. But then, one can dream, can't they?

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