First of all they were never married so how could their marriage be over? I hate all the headlines that say the marriage ended after two weeks. There was none. It was like if you and your significant other did the same thing and broke up a few weeks later or months later or years later. You were just in a relationship and broke up. Not divorced. Divorced involves paperwork and lawyers and depositions and ex-wives coming in to say nasty things about you, and you shutting them up by paying them off and telling them to go away very, very quickly and then going off and doing some films that are completely awful but pay really, really well.
Anyway, that is either here nor there. I think what happened is that Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds came to some type of arrangement or deal. If you think about the fact what has been going on during their dating and engagement and all the jackass behavior that Eddie engaged in during that time frame, there is no way that a new relationship is going to survive that. Weren't you all surprised that Tracey never left despite all the crap that went down with Mel B? With Eddie acting crazy in Europe and the never leaving his side presence of Johnny Gill?
So, Eddie wants what he wants and Tracey isn't married to Babyface anymore and so she could be persuaded. The only thing no one wants is to be actually married. Not a problem the lawyers say. Just head to a foreign country and do it there. While you are there, make sure you don't follow their laws either or you will end up married in that one country. Everything worked great. Sold the photos, guests came out, everything was great, except for one thing. The wedding wasn't legal. It is no big deal. People do it all the time. BUT, in this case someone from Tracey's people made a call and said yes, it is not a legal marriage, BUT they don't plan on getting married in the States when they get back.
Now, everywhere you look, all the stories just concentrated on the fact that the marriage wasn't legal and that they would have to get married back in the States. The very first article and I am not even sure where I saw it at this point said they don't plan on getting married legally. If that article had not come out and then created this furor, Eddie and Tracey would have presented themselves as married without actually doing it. When they were forced to say they would be getting married legally, they couldn't come to an arrangement, and thus are just going to be friends. Friends until Tracey can find someone who doesn't come with man baggage, and is willing to spend more on her than him.
As for Eddie, he needs to find some other woman now and get her pregnant so he can prove how masculine he really is.