You may have seen them time and time again on television, the silver screen, or on the sports fields, but you may not have known one thing about these famous faces. One thing they all have in common is that they have come out as gay, and all have significant others in their lives.
Jim Parsons is best known for playing science geek, Sheldon Cooper, in the award-winning series, The Big Bang Theory. His award-winning portrayal on the show has seen his character dating fellow science nerd, Amy Farrah Fowler, and the struggles he faces in being in a serious relationship. However, Jim Parsons has been very open about his sexuality off-screen. He revealed to the New York Times that is he openly gay and has been in a committed relationship for over ten years.
Having been the partner of Jim Parson’s for over ten years now, Todd is sure to be a recognizable face alongside his successful actor beau. However, Todd is successful in his own right, with a career as an art director. While they both have flourishing careers, the couple claims that despite the fame and fortune, they lead a very normal lifestyle. Speaking to E! about their civil union in 2013, Parsons said that they have “a regular life, boring love.”
Jodie Foster spoke publicly about her sexuality in 2013 during her Golden Globes acceptance speech. She said, “I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.”
Foster’s relationship with Cydney may not have worked out, regardless of the fact they share two children together, but Jodie has found love elsewhere. Jodie started dating actress and photographer, Alexandra Hedison and the pair made it official by getting married in 2014. While it may have been hard for Jodie Foster to be open about her sexuality in the past, there is no hiding it anymore for the successful actress. Just as she continues to have a successful career, we hope she has a successful relationship and private life.
Neil Patrick Harris
He played lothario and womanizer Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother for nine years, and his character showed all the ways to pick up women successfully. However, Harris openly admitted to People magazine in 2006 that “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”
In 2007, it was confirmed that Neil Patrick Harris was dating David Burka, with Harris later confessing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he had been with his partner since 2004. In 2010, the couple welcomed twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace via a surrogate and, after the Marriage Equality Act was passed, Neil Patrick Harris married Burka. The couple tied the knot in Italy with Pamela Fryman, the longtime director of How I Met Your Mother, officiating the wedding and Elton John performing at the ceremony.
Ellen is best-known for having her own daytime talk show, and she has become one of the most loved women in America. However, in 1997, when Ellen DeGeneres came out to the world, things did not take such a great turn. After news of her sexuality made headline news, her self-titled sitcom had to take a brief break. It was Ellen’s persistence and hard work that allowed her to be the first openly gay person on a TV show.
Portia de Rossi
It was in 2004 that Ellen met her future wife, Portia de Rossi. While Rossi had dated men in the past, the chemistry between herself and Ellen overshadowed it all, and the couple later became engaged. This came after the same-sex marriage ban was lifted and, in 2008, the couple could finally say “I do!” Never shy about their relationship, the happy couple accompany one another down red carpets or at event appearances. Ellen is also often heard speaking about her gorgeous wife and their life together on her talk show.
George Takei is known in Hollywood as Hikaru Sulu from the Star Trek franchise but, even if you are not a Star Trek fan, you are sure to recognize his face nonetheless. The hit film opened many doors for the actor, and he is also an active member of Occupy Democrats and plays a role in the LGBT advocacy. Takei came out of the closet to the public in 2005, making the announcement in Frontiers magazine. During this open interview, he also announced that he had been with his partner for 18 years.
George Takei has been in a long-term relationship with his partner Brad Altman, and the pair were also the first gay couple ever to apply for a same-sex license in West Hollywood. The story became groundbreaking news, but they finally got what they wanted and were married on May 16, 2008. Brad now goes by his husband’s name and has taken on the last name of Takei. They are also one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples, so let’s hope these two continue to live long and prosper.
Orlando Cruz became the first boxer to ever come out as gay while still active in the profession. Appearing as a buff boxer, best known for his professional skills, it could not have been an easy task for the sportsman to come out of the closet in such a field. The five foot four boxer from Peurto Rico has since shown extreme affection for his husband, and nothing was going to stop Orlando from expressing all the love he had to give to his other half.
José Manuel Colón
Just a year after coming out as gay, it was revealed that it was José Manuel Colón who stole Orlando Cruz’s heart, and the two tied the knot in 2013 in a Central Park ceremony. While the couple remain relatively quiet about their relationship, Cruz did take to his Facebook page to make a loving remark to his husband. Following their nuptials, Cruz wrote, “Giving thanks to my heavenly father for one more day of life and with [my] husband José Manuel in it.”
She delivers the upbeat and positive headlines from around the country on every day on Good Morning America, but when Robin Roberts was hit with some bad news herself, her life changed in many ways. In 2013, Roberts openly discussed her battle with breast cancer, which also led to her coming out of the closet and speaking of her sexual orientation. The popular ABC anchor continues to grace us with her work in the early hours in the morning and is also in a long-term relationship.
Since publicly speaking about being gay and being more open about it, Roberts revealed that she was in a relationship with Amber Laign. Although Roberts only spoke openly about her sexual orientation in 2013, the Good Morning America anchor has been in a relationship with the professional massage therapist since 2005. The happy couple are also in an interracial relationship, but have allowed nothing to come in between them. In 2015, Roberts was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month.
Sam Smith has a voice of an angel, allowing him to become an Academy Award winner amongst many other more awards. While his albums soar the charts, Sam has openly been gay even before his singing career took off. After all, all his songs and ballads relate back to a relationship of his. His first album was about his break up with his first boyfriend, and all the emotions he went through with this man. When Sam appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he opened up further about coming out.
Sam Smith is not one to shy away when he has a new love interest in his life and often speaks about his romances publicly. Smith has been linked to 13 Reasons Why boyfriend Brandon Flynn since the end of 2017 when they were first pictured together. The couple are often spotted out and about together, also giving a kiss or two to one another in front of the cameras. Perhaps his next album will be more about love and happiness, rather than a bad break up.
She most recently stars in the hit Netflix series, Grace and Frankie alongside Jane Fonda, but Lily Tomlin has been active in Hollywood for nearly six decades. She won awards for her performance in Nashville, made it to Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In during the 60’s, and worked as a writer and producer, as well as, an actress over the years. Tomlin is certainly a recognizable figure in Hollywood, and her work both on stage and on-screen is highly credible.
Throughout her long career, Lily Tomlin has had a sidekick partner. The well-known actress has been with Jane Wagner since the 1970s, and the loved-up couple finally got married in 2013. No surprise that the couple has worked on several projects together during these years, some of which include An Apology to Elephants, and The Incredible Shrinking Woman. They’ve worked well together both on and off-screen, making audiences fall in love with them for their acting abilities and for their dedicated relationship at the same time.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
He is part of the comedic and award-winning series, Modern Family and, Jesse Tyler Ferguson has become well-known for his role as Mitchell Prichett on the show. On the series, he portrays an openly gay character, married to Cameron, and his portrayal has won him five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In real life, he is an openly gay actor, and his work on Modern Family is highly praised within the LGBTQ community.
On-screen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is happily married and, off-screen, things are very similar for the successful actor and his romantic relationship. He began dating Justin Mikita in 2010, and two years later the couple were engaged. Jesse married the successful lawyer in 2013, and they have since gone to start their own non-profit charity. The happy couple started ‘Tie The Knot’ which helps to raise money in support or same-sex marriages across the whole of the United States.
David Hyde Pierce
He was best-known for playing the well-liked Dr. Niles Crane on the hit TV series, Frasier. However, while appearing on the show, David Hyde Pierce was just playing his role and did not discuss his sexual orientation publicly at the time. It was only in 2007 that the truth was revealed whereby it was announced that Pierce was, in fact, gay. Following coming out, the award-winning actor also confirmed that he was in a relationship and was dating Brian Hargrove.
David Hyde Pierce may have only revealed that he was gay and in a relationship in 2007 but, the truth is, he had been in a relationship with Brian Hargrove since the 1980s! For over 20 years, the couple managed to keep their romance a secret from the public, but in 2009 they finally got to be open and free, and even get married. No longer having to hide their love for one another, the couple have since been seen on red carpets accompanying one another to event ceremonies.
She played Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practise, and Holland Taylor has continued her Hollywood success in hits such as Legally Blonde and Two and a Half Men. However, what many may not know about Taylor is that she is homosexual and that she is dating a much younger woman. When speaking of her sexuality in 2015 during an interview, she let the cat out of the bag about her relationship status. What may surprise people even more than Taylor’s sexuality, is who she is actually dating.
In actual fact, Holland Taylor is dating none other than famous actress Sarah Paulson who is 32 years her junior. Regardless of their age gap, which makes Taylor old enough to be her girlfriend’s mother, the two have been going strong since 2015. While many argue that age is nothing but a number, these two are living proof of the saying. When they’re not busy acting, you can spot these two accompanying one another to celebrity events and ceremonies, as well as, strolling the streets of their hometown.
He became loved for his Latin sounds and accompanying dance moves, and Ricky Martin found great fame and fortune over the turn of the century. Having spent many years working on music, Martin later tried his talents at acting and writing, and, in 2010, he penned a very important letter to his fans on his personal website. Here he wrote, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
In August 2008, Martin welcomed two twin boys via a surrogate mother and, in Apil 2016, Martin began dating Jwan Yosef. The happy couple announced their engagement just seven months later, and where else but to make the announcement than on The Ellen DeGeneres Show? Of course, the talk show host was very pleased for the upcoming newlyweds and, in 2018, Martin confirmed that he and Jwan were married. The couple are often posting photographs of themselves with their stylish children and look like the perfect family.
Born Karl Anderson, Jr., Michael Kors is best known for designing both men and women’s bags, watches, jewelry, fragrances, clothing, and footwear. He is the chief executive officer for the company Michael Kors Holding Limited and, the American designer, designed the first ready-to-wear women’s watch for the French fashion house, Celine. His brand now produces all ready-to-wear accessories, found in all major stores, and he has become a well-known name amongst celebrities, fashionistas, and consumers alike.
Michael Kors is not one to have hidden his true sexuality, and has been openly gay with his longterm partner, turned husband, Lance LePere. When New York legalized same-sex marriage, the happy couple wed in Dune Beach in Southampton, New York in 2011, whereby the wedding was officiated by the Mayor of Southampton. Speaking to People magazine, Kors said, “To marry someone as wonderful and special to me as Lance barefoot on a glorious beach is more than I could have dreamed of.”
She is the brains behind Orange Is The New Black and writer Lauren Morelli has certainly risen to career success with the hit series. Having once aspired to be a professional dancer, a back injury resulted in depression and in need of a new change of path. That is when Morelli took to writing in order to cope with the loss of dance in her life, and she began writing short stories and plays. Now, she is the lead writer of Netflix’s hit series and there is no looking back.
When Lauren Morelli started work on Orange Is The New Black, she was in a relationship with Steve Basilone, and was married to him for two years before filing for divorce. It was later revealed that Morelli had discovered her preference for women, and resulted in her coming out publicly. While writing for a character who was engaging in a lesbian romance, Morelli was embarking on her own. It so happened that it was with the actress playing that character. Morelli married Samira Wiley, who played Poussey on the show, in 2017.
He was first a footman for Queen Elizabeth II and later became the butler for The Princess of Wales, Diana, but Paul Burell was holding in a big secret during that time. Before Diana’s sudden death in 1997, the Princess of Wales was the only one to know of Burrell’s true sexuality while he was married to his wife, Maria Cosgrove. Burrell had been married to Cosgrove for 32 years, and the couple had two sons before he openly came out as gay.
While Diana never revealed Burrell’s secret to anyone, the truth finally came out, and Burrell was set to marry once again in 2017, just one year after his divorce from his wife. This time around, it was to a man, and his name is Graham Cooper. Cooper is a lawyer who had known Burrell for some years prior to the two forming a romantic relationship out in the open. In fact, the pair were pictured together in 2014 while Burrell was still married to his wife.
Sara Gilbert found great success as a teenager when she appeared as the daughter on the television comedy series Roseanne during the 90’s. During her time on Roseanne, the young teen had a boyfriend, and it was not until she transitioned to adulthood, that she openly came out as gay. This never affected her career and, since appearing on Roseanne, she has appeared on TV hits such as The Big Bang Theory, and remains to be a well-respected actress in Hollywood.
For ten years, Gilbert was dating TV producer Allison Adler, and the pair had two children together. They decided to call it a day in 2011, and just three years later, Gilbert was re-married. In 2014, Gilbert got engaged and married to songwriter and producer, Linda Perry, of whom she had a child with the following year. Both successful ladies have proven their worth in Hollywood throughout their long careers, and hopefully, their relationship will prove to be just as long and successful.
Anderson Cooper is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°, and a correspondent for 60 Minutes. As well as being one of the most famous TV journalists of the moment, Cooper is openly gay; according to The New York Times, he is “the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television.” He does an amazing job delivering news from all over the world that it could only be hoped he has a great personal life and is in a happy relationship.
Anderson Cooper was never one to discuss his personal life with the public and would avoid speaking about anything private during interviews. This changed in 2012 when he stated in an interview “I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” Moreover, Cooper has been in a relationship with gay bar owner, Benjamin Maisani, since 2009. The pair are not married, but they did purchase a Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut, together in 2014.
Tig Notaro has made jokes about anything and everything and, as a successful stand-up comedian, she has proven she is full of jokes for the public. However, the one thing she is not joking about is her private life and the love she has for her wife. In fact, she has spoken very openly about being a lesbian for a long time, making it a definite part of her life and work. In the fall of 2015, Notaro married her girlfriend, Stephanie Allynn.
Tig Notaro and her actress and writer wife, Stephanie Allynn, welcomed twins together. Revealing the news to the public via her Facebook page, Notaro wrote, “I am beyond excited to announce that Mrs. Notaro and I are expecting TWINS in the coming months!!!!! Weeeeeeeee!!!!! When people ask what exciting new project I have on the horizon, my response has been and will continue to be to just maintain all the good that I have, because I truly have it all (+ 2).”
Sue Bird has been romantically linked to another sports player since 2017, and the internet cannot get enough of this power couple. Bird, who is the Seattle Storm guard, only recently came out as gay when she confirmed her relationship with Megan Rapinoe. The Olympic Gold Medalist has kept relatively quiet about her personal life and focuses primarily on her sport in the public eye. However, that did not stop Bird from discussing her relationship in which she stated that she and Rapinoe understand each other as athletes and as individuals.
Fellow sports player Megan Rapinoe is a huge name in America. As part of the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, she is no stranger to sports just like her romantic partner. Rapinoe was unaware that Sue Bird had not come out publicly when they started dating in 2016, but she continued to encourage her beau on her journey to self-acceptance. Although the couple only revealed to be an item in 2017, they have been dating for some time and can now be more public about their relationship.
Alan Cumming has been in everything from family-fun movies such as Spy Kids, to cult classics such as Romey and Michele’s High School Reunion, so there is no missing this Scottish actor on the big screen. He may have continuously played straight characters in his films, but Cumming is an open bisexual and has been in a relationship with the same man since 2005. However, he was married to a woman during the late 80’s and early 90’s for five years.
Alan Cummin has been in a relationship with Grant Shaffer since 2005, and the couple made it official by getting married two years later in January 2007. Shaffer is an accomplished Graphic designer, making this married couple a force to be reckoned with. Moreover, not many relationships sustain life in Hollywood, but these two knew they were soulmates after just two years together. Now they survived marriage for over ten years, it is right to think these two are in it for the long run.
Victor Garber has appeared in iconic hit films such as Legally Blonde, Milk, and most predominantly, Titanic. His resume stretches to the small screen, and he has had a recurring role in CW’s, The Flash, all the while been in a long-term relationship. Garber has been with his partner, artist Rainer Andreessen, for 16 years before officially getting married in 2015. He first addressed the public that he was homosexual in 2012 and, in 2013, he said, “I don’t really talk about it, but everybody knows.”
In 2015, Rainer Andreessen posted a photo to his Instagram page which captioned “YES WE DID!” followed by hashtags which suggested the couple eloped to Canada and got married. Having had such a long and successful career in Hollywood, Garber’s celebrity friends and co-stars were quick to offer their congratulations to the happy couple and, having been together for so long, the pair must have been relieved to finally be able to make their love for one another official.
The famous Heroes star publicly came out as gay in October 2011 stating, “that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.” Quinto has been an active supporter of gay rights and organizations for many years, as well as, contributing to a video to the It Gets Better Project, an Internet-based campaign that aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
Zachary Quinto has been in a relationship with model and painter Miles McMillan since 2013. The pair has not yet married, but in early 2015, the couple purchased an apartment together in Manhattan, where they both now live. That same year, Vogue magazine spoke of Quinto and his boyfriend, exclaiming that the duo is “a power couple whose domain extends across the film, fashion and art scene.” When neither Quinto or McMillan are working, they are spending time in their apartment with their dogs, Skunk and Rocco.
Born Frederick Douglas Rosser III, the WWE star is best known under his ring name of Darren Young. The professional wrestler now wrestles on the independent circuit, where he goes by the ring name of Fred Rosser. As well as being a professional athlete and well recognized in the sporting world, he is the first professional wrestler to publicly come out as gay while still signed to a major promotion. While waiting for his luggage at LAX in August 2013, Young told a reporter that he was gay.
Niccolo ‘Nick’ Villa
Young/Rosser has been in a relationship with his boyfriend Niccolo ‘Nick’ Villa since 2011. While his ‘impulsive decision’ to come out to a reporter while at LAX has filled him with some regret, he has also stated that he was ‘tired of hiding’ and of living a ‘double life.’ While his family and friends knew of his sexuality from 2011, the wrestler was not completely happy with hiding the truth, and revealed he ‘wanted to be able to take him with me to WWE functions.’
Nate Berkus is an acclaimed interior designer that he even has his own self-titled DIY show. What more to prove his worth in his career, than appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show numerous times, of which Berkus certainly has. It probably helps that Berkus is kind on the eyes, meaning there was no doubt that he would be single for long, and he sure wasn’t. In 2012, he began dating Jeremiah Brent, and just a year later they were engaged!
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent were engaged in April 2013 and were married a year later. Together they launched the television show Nate & Jeremiah By Design in 2017 which is broadcasted on the TLC network. Moreover, they currently live in West Hollywood, California, with their daughter Poppy Brent-Berkus, born in 2015, and Oskar Michael Brent-Berkus, born in March 2018. Both their children were welcomed into their family via surrogates. No doubt they live in a beautifully designed house, and it’ll be no surprise if their children follow in their successful footsteps.
RuPaul is considered to be the most commercially successful drag queen in the United States and has proven that with his own reality show. Since 2009, RuPaul has produced and hosted the reality television competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has gone onto receive two Primetime Emmy Awards. On top of all this, the successful drag queen was included in the 2017 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. While he has maintained a successful career, he has also been in a long-term relationship.
During an interview with Hollywood Today Live in March 2017, RuPaul revealed that he had secretly married his boyfriend of 23 years. He stated, “I don’t think I’ve said this on television before. We are married.” RuPaul had made it no secret that he was in a relationship when he began dating Australian George LeBar in 1994 after meeting at the Limelight nightclub in New York City. While playing the doting husband to the Drag Race host, LeBar is a painter and also runs a 50-acre ranch in Wyoming.
Dennis O’Hare is known as one of our favorite villains after staring in the HBO series, True Blood. While also starring in Charlie Wilson’s War, Milk, or Dallas Buyers Club, there is no missing O’Hare from the big screen. However, despite his character roles, Dennis O’Hare is known to be more lovable in the real world, who is also an openly gay actor. He has been in a relationship with Hugo Redwood for many years, and the two made it official in 2011.
Dennis O’Hare met Hugo Redwood online in 2000, and they have been going strong ever since. A year after becoming husband and husband, the couple confirmed they were going to adopt a son together. In fact, they were adopting their foster son who had been living with them since he was two weeks old. The news came as the boy, named Declan, had reached 17 months old. The True Blood star said, “I became a parent the minute Declan was put into my arms.”
She famously dated her Twilight co-star, Robert Patterson, and then famously had an affair with the married director, but things are very different for Kristen Stewart these days. In February 2017, while appearing on Saturday Night Live, Stewart described herself as “so gay.” While she went onto claim in an interview that she is, in fact, bisexual, she has been dating women over the last couple of years. Meanwhile, she also says she will not rule out dating men, stating “I want to try everything.”
While Stewart has been linked to several famous faces, both men and women, her most recent girlfriend is Victoria’s Secret model, Stella Maxwell. The actress and her model beau have been dating since late 2016, and we can’t really blame Stewart for her choice in a romantic partner. After all, Maxwell was voted No. 1 on Maxim’s “Hot 100 List” in 2016 and, looking at her work, we can see why. With Kristen, a successful actress, Maxwell has, of course, also won the luck of the draw.
Ever since her breakout album in 1988, Melissa Etheridge has had great success in the music industry and has even become one of the most popular female rockers of all time. Meanwhile, in 1993, Etheridge publicly came out as a homosexual, a time when coming out was not deemed totally acceptable within society. Unsurprisingly, this greatly affected her life, but that did not stop her rocking out in stadiums to her adoring fans, nor did this stop her from releasing hit after hit.
A decade after Melissa came out as gay, she married her then-girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Michaels. Their marriage lasted for seven years before they eventually divorced in 2010. In 2014, however, it seemed that Melissa had met her soulmate, and married Linda Wallem. While Melissa is a famous rocker in the States, Linda is a famous face in Hollywood by her own right. She is a triple threat as an actress, writer, and producer, and, together with Melissa, they make a seriously powerful duo.
Ellen Page’s breakout performance as the pregnant teen in Juno led to her successful career in Hollywood. While she is an amazing actress, she is also an advocate for human rights, and especially of the LGBT community.
Page was once linked to artist Samatha Thomas, but as of 2018, the actress has been married to dancer Emma Portner. The couple first met after Page noticed Portner on Instagram, and it seems like it was love at first sight for the couple. While they live together in Los Angeles, Page is still working as an actress in Hollywood while Portner has founded a dance company in New York. She also teaches contemporary jazz at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York.
He is best known from his teen idol days when he starred as one-fifth of the boyband, ‘NSYNC. During his time with the band, Lance’s personal life was kept relatively quiet, and it was not until 2006 that Lance opened up about his romantic orientation. He appeared on the cover of People magazine to open up about being gay, and this was followed by his autobiography the following year which was titled Out of Sync, which gave greater detail into his private life.
Having dated men publicly since 2006, it was not until 2011 that Lance began dating Michael Turchin. Three years later, the couple married in a televised special filmed for E! called, Lance Loves Micheal: The Lance Bass Wedding. The two proudly televised their wedding, which became the first same-sex marriage to be broadcasted on national television. Bass had spent many years having to hide the truth from the public but after sharing his wedding on television, this marked a real change for Bass.
Ty Herndon has proved his success in country music, having had 17 of his singles appear on the Hot Country Songs chart on Billboard. The former Texas Entertainer of the Year, however, struggled to come to terms with his sexual orientation over the years. In fact, he was married to two different women and has subsequently been divorced twice. After years of denial, and even with his rep denying any allegations that he is gay, Ty Herndon came to reveal the truth to the public in 2014.
Herndon was arrested for possession of illegal substances, just after he tried his luck with an undercover police officer. It was from this moment that speculation began to swirl in the country music world, where people began to think that Herndon was not straight. After several denials, Herndon publicly came out during an interview with People magazine, in which he revealed he was in a relationship with Matt Collum. When asked if he believes his wives knew about his true sexual orientation while married, he responded with “absolutely.”
While Wanda Sykes came out during a same-sex marriage rally in 2008, she was, in fact, already married to Alex Niedbalski. However, during the 90’s, she was married to Dave Hall for seven years, meaning many people would have been none the wiser to know the standup comedian was gay. Sykes is known for her roles in the Ice Age film series and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Having started her career as the writer for The Chris Rock Show, there is no denying that she is one funny lady.
Wanda Sykes first met Alex in 2006, and two years later, the couple decided to make it official. A year after becoming wife and wife, the happy couple welcomed twins into their family. Meanwhile, Alex Niedbalski chose to drop her last name and became Alex Sykes, taking on Wanda’s name instead. This is keeping in tune with conservative and traditional marriages where one spouse takes on the other’s name, and this would have certainly made the Sykes family complete.
She is best known for playing Miranda Hobbes on the hit HBO series, Sex and the City, and Cynthia Dixon has become a familiar face since working on the show in 1998. Having worked on the series till its end in 2004, and twice more for the film adaptations, Cynthia is a well-known face in Hollywood. In fact, she even won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2004, for her highly acclaimed work on the show.
While on the show, Nixon was married to Danny Mozes, of whom she shares two children with – a daughter named Samantha, and a son named Charles. However, the couple separated in 2003 after being in a relationship since 1988, and Nixon began dating Christine Marinoni. The couple got engaged in 2009 and married in 2012, with Nixon publicly coming out as bisexual that same year. Nixon revealed that when she fell in love with a woman, “it didn’t seem so strange.” Meanwhile, Marinoni gave birth to their son, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni in 2011.
It took many years for country singer Chely Wright to come to terms with her sexual orientation, let alone come out to the public that she was gay. In fact, to the public, she was in a happy relationship with fellow country singer Brad Paisley which began in 2000. Meanwhile, she was having a relationship with a woman she refers to as “the love of her life” between 1993 and 2004. It was that same year that she came out to her family and friends, and in 2010, People magazine reported her coming out.
It took Chely three years to write her autobiography which gave greater detail about her sexuality and her years of hiding the truth. It was then after the end of her relationship with Brad Paisley that she began dating LGBT rights activist, Lauren Blitzer. In 2011, the couple became engaged, and just four months later, they were married in an interfaith ceremony. In 2013, it was confirmed that the couple was expecting identical twins, of which Wright was carrying herself. In May 2013, Chely and Lauren welcomed George Samuel and Evertt Joseph.
Sir Elton John
There is no not knowing who the legendary Sir Elton John is. This musical icon has released songs such as “Candle In The Wind”, “Your Song”, and “Rocket Man”, not to mention written the soundtracks for Lion King (film and musical), Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. John is one of the most prominent singers of all time, as well as, being an openly gay musician for many years. He has been romantically linked to David Furnish since 1993, and the couple even set a record in the United Kingdom.
After many years together, Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish became official in a civil union in 2005, becoming the first civil partnerships ever in the United Kingdom. It was then in 2014 that the pair could actually wed after same-sex marriages became legal in England. Their relationship has done wonders for the gay community, and they are adored by many. Moreover, the couple has gone onto welcome two sons into their family, who have no doubt been sung lullabies by their extremely talented father.
You may recognize Jillian Michaels as the famous personal trainer from The Biggest Loser. Yet, while she has been spending years giving contestants a hard time on the show, she has built her own empire. She is a successful businesswoman with several of her own workout DVDs and equipment. The results of her work have been showcased on the show, and there is no denying that Jillian is one tough cookie. Speaking of her sexuality, she says she didn’t realize she was gay until her 20’s.
Jillian Michaels has been in a relationship with her girlfriend, Heidi Rhoades, since 2009 and went onto propose to Heide while in a movie theatre. The couple, who are still engaged, have since gone onto welcome two children together. Rhoades gave birth to their son in May 2012, the same month that Michaels adopted their then-two-year-old daughter from Haiti. Speaking of love, Michaels has said, “As long as you fall in love…it’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!”
After nearly half a century at the pinnacle of showbiz, and years of rumors and speculation, it was only recently revealed that “Mandy” singer Barry Manilow came out. In an interview with People magazine, Manilow claimed to have kept this part of his life a secret as he didn’t want his predominantly female audience to change their perception of him. However, the public was already aware of Manilow’s marriage a couple of years before he made his announcement.
In fact, it has been known for a long time that Manilow was in a relationship with Garry Kief. The couple started dating all the way back in the ’70s, and with time, Kief became Manilow’s manager. However, Manilow refused to let this aspect of his life become public knowledge, despite intense speculation from his fans. These rumors were only intensified when it was revealed that Suzane Somers had held an informal exchange of vows at her house in Palm Springs.
Unlike other LGBT stars who have been able to keep their private life a secret, Stephen Fry came out very early in his life and even claimed to have been abstinent for the good part of two decades. “I suppose it all began when I came out of the womb. I looked up at my mother and thought to myself, ‘That’s the last time I’m going up one of those.” With some notable relationships over the years, Fry’s most recent one surprised a number of people…
It turns out that Stephen Fry is actually married to somebody who is about half his age. The TV personality tied the knot with comedian Elliot Spencer in 2015. “It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I’m very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!” he wrote on his Twitter account. The couple now lives in L.A. “We’re excited about having a new base,” Spencer said.
Louis van Amstel
Louis van Amstel has continuously wowed viewers while appearing as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars. The ballroom dance champion has choreographed star-studded performances for his contestants on the show including Lisa Rinna, Kelly Osbourne, and Pricilla Presley. Away from the dance floor, Louis spends his time with his husband, of whom he has shown off numerous times on his Instagram page. Not keeping things private, you can even see a picture of the couple proudly holding up their marriage license.
Louis van Amsel dated Joshua Lancaster for four years before taking the next step and making their romance official. During those four years, however, their entire relationship was long distance, until Lancaster finally moved from Texas to Utah. In January 2016, the couple became husband and husband, with celebrities watching the nuptials take place. Having spent so much time with one another on Dancing with the Stars, Amsel had asked his former celebrity dance partner, Kelly Osbourne, to play the role of flower girl in their winter wonderland fairytale wedding.
Cheyenne Jackson is an openly gay actor who has shined both on Broadway and the small screen. The American Horror Story actor is not shy about his sexuality and is a passionate supporter of LGBT rights, as well as, an ambassador for The Foundation for AIDS Research. Between work and his hobbies, he is also the international ambassador and spokesperson for a separate not-for-profit organization helping LGBT youth, known as the Hetrick-Martin Institute. To top it all off, Cheyenne is married!
Cheyenne was with his former partner from 2000, and they married in 2011. Sadly, the pair got divorced in September 2013, and the following month it was announced that Cheyenne was dating someone new. Not staying single for long, Cheyenne’s official Instagram page revealed that he was dating actor Jason Landau. Just six months later, they were engaged, and the pair married in Encino, California in September 2014. Two years later, on October 7, 2016, the happily married couple welcomed twins – a girl named Willow, and a boy named Ethan.
The name Tom Ford is well-known in pop culture; from fashion to fragrances, Ford has got his name on it. As the creative director for well-established fashion houses such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, there was nothing that his fashion designer could not do, so he went on to make his own label. Just to add to his talents, he is also a screenwriter, film director, and producer. Ford had discovered he was gay while studying in New York City.
Tom Ford met Richard Buckley over 30 years ago, and they have been a couple ever since! Speaking of his relationship with the famed journalist and magazine editor, Ford exclaimed in an interview, “It was literally one of those things. It was literally love at first sight.” Ford and Buckley officially became husband and husband in 2014, and Ford once again had something to say about their union. This time he announced, ‘We are married now, which is nice.’ The couple then welcomed a son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, in 2012.
Tom Daley wowed the public with his swimming talents during the Olympic games but, it was in 2013, that he had something else to share with the world. Using a YouTube video to make the announcement, British swimmer, Daley admitted that a “massive weight” could be lifted off his shoulders now that he was publicly coming out as gay. Taking to another social media platform some years later, Daley shared on Instagram that he had married the love of his life, Dustin Lance Black.
Dustin Lance Black
Even with a 20-year age gap, nothing was stopping these two lovebirds from tying the knot in 2017. Daley was in a relationship with film director and producer, Dustin Black, for three years before making it official. They announced their engagement in 2015 and got married in a venue in Daley’s home city, Plymouth, England. While Daley has been winning Olympic medals over recent years, Black has his own achievements. He won an Oscar in 2008 for Best Original Screenplay for the film, Milk.
Britain has given the world a ton of iconic artists, from punk rock to pop. From the Beatles to Adele, the world of music has been changed forever by artists from the UK. Of these illustrious acts, there are so many talented and iconic women artists among them. Here are some of the UK’s most popular female pop stars from the past and the present. Enjoy the read!
Anne-Marie had a long climb to the top, but with the 2016 release of her collaboration with Clean Bandit, she finally got some international recognition. Her pop sound and beautiful melodic voice have kept her in sight since then.
Her first two albums did achieve some attention, but it wasn’t until she had the worldwide exposure of performing with Clean Bandit and Sean Paul, that her career took off. Now, she is regarded as one of the most popular pop stars from the UK.
Jessie J has been working since she was 11 when she debuted on the West End stages in London, but it wasn’t until 2006 when she actually released her debut solo album. Her soulful R&B style with a pop and hip hop influence is why she has become a global superstar.
She has collaborated with some of the biggest names in pop, including Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. The success of these collaborations has cemented her spot as one of the biggest UK pop stars ever.
Girl groups are a common thing in pop music, and several famous ones come from the UK. Sure, you might think of the Spice Girls or Little Mix, but many also think of S Club 7. This is the band that gave us this next famous pop star, Rachel Stevens.
In 2003, the group disbanded, and she signed on to a new record label for four solo albums. Her debut solo album, Funky Dory, found its way into the top ten on the charts, which allowed her light to shine on its own.
Rita Ora is a mainstay in pop music now and has been since her debut album in 2012. The album quickly went to the top of the charts, and in 2014, she became a global name after her song collaboration with Iggy Azalea, entitled “Black Widow.”
She has also spread her wings and tried her hand at acting and has even been a judge for The Voice in the UK. Her catchy pop style has made her an iconic figure today and one of the most popular pop stars from the UK.
So many of the pop stars on the charts today got their start on one of the multitudes of reality shows. Leona Lewis is one of those. In 2006, she was the winner of the British version of The X-Factor.
The following year her mega-hit “Bleeding Love” reached a global audience and elevated her pop stardom to new heights. Though she really hasn’t had any more major hits in the US market, she remains a super popular pop artist in the UK.
Adele is one of those names that, when you talk about talented singers/songwriters, you are bound to mention her. Her charm and unabashed down-to-earth attitude only add to the love the world feels for this artist.
Her first two albums, 19 and 21, are the go-to soundtracks for breakups all around the world. Adele’s massively powerful and unmatched voice, together with her ability to share her pain with the audience, has made her nothing short of an icon in global pop.
Kate Bush is one of the most unique voices that came from the UK in the ’70s. Known as both a singer and a songwriter, Kate’s style was eclectic and different from the rest of the pop stars at the time.
With the release of her first album, The Kick Inside, it was evident that the UK had given the world another pop icon that would inspire generations to come.
The United Kingdom covers Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England, and our next popstar comes from the Lowlands. Annie Lennox was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and shot to fame as the frontwoman for the Eurythmics in the ’80s.
But after the band took a break, she cemented her place in pop stardom with hits like “Walking On Broken Glass.” Her singing range is epic, and she has ventured into many different music genres which is another reason why she’s known for her amazing impact on music globally.
As the frontwomen for Florence and the Machine, this talented singer-songwriter from England has become a major star in the pop world. Her unique melodic tone and special songs stem from a wide range of influences.
Influenced by artists like Grace Slick and Stevie Nicks, she brings a unique indie-pop sound to the music world. It seems to work because she is one of the most well-known current UK artists.
In 2009, Ellie signed to Polydor Records and released her debut album. The album hit the number one spot on the UK charts, which is very impressive for a new artist. It didn’t take long for this talented singer and songwriter to become a pop star.
She continues to deliver albums and songs that hit just the right note, so much so that she was invited to perform at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding reception.
She may not have any new hits on the charts, but Sade is still one of the most popular pop stars to come from the UK. Ten years ago, she opted to step away from the limelight to raise her child and live a more normal life.
But after those ten years, the sultry singer came back and is as loved as ever. Starting her career in the ’80s, this pop icon has had an amazing career for over three decades, even with that small break.
This English singer-songwriter is known for her retro and spunky style, in both her music and hairstyles. Paloma rose to fame in 2009 after her debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? certified as double platinum in the UK. The album also landed her a nomination for a BRIT award.
In addition to her successful solo career, she collaborated with the duo Sigma on the song “Changing” and DJ Sigala on “Lullaby” which both reached the charts in the UK. Faith has also tried her hand at acting and has been a judge on The Voice UK and The Voice Kids.
Emeli Sande is a singer-songwriter that was born in England but was raised in Scotland. Her big break was when she was featured on British rapper Chipmunk’s soundtrack. Then two years later, she released her debut album to critical acclaim.
Her soprano voice lends a special tone to her R&B pop hits. Following her icon Nina Simone, she strives to deliver meaningful music that will last for decades. All hail Emeli Sande!
‘Catchy’ and ‘ironic’ are two words that come to mind when pop star Lily Allen’s name comes up. This is what has given her a global audience starting with her hit song, “Smile.” This song reached the top of the UK charts and eventually got a lot of airplay in the US.
She has also been producing music since 2005, using the MySpace platform to get her music out to the world. It worked, and she eventually was signed to a major record label.
You could not be anywhere in the late ’90s or the early 2000s without hearing this English singer-songwriter’s songs. Her debut album sold 21 million copies and earned her many awards and nominations.
With her second album, she found even more success, including a collaboration with Eminem and one of her songs being the theme song for a major teen drama series in the US, Roswell. Yes, we’re referring to the mega-hit “Stan.”
One of the pioneering forces in pop and electro-pop, Imogen Heap is a talented songwriter and musician. Classically trained in many instruments, she brought a classical sensibility to electronic music.
In 1998, she released her seminal album, I Megaphone. Though she has never really got the level of attention as other artists from the UK, she is by far one of the most popular artists, especially among other artists.
We have all at some point in our lives, no matter our preferred genre of music, sung to the lyrics of Natasha’s hit song, “Unwritten.” This song came to fruition from her debut pop album and helped her become a global superstar.
Though she never really reached as high on the US charts again, she is still one of the most famous and well-known British pop stars across the globe.
Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Petula Clarke was all the rage in the UK. From her song “Downtown” to her duet with Harry Belafonte in 1968, Petula is an icon with so many hits, she deserves a spot on this list.
Not only did she sell 70 million records, but she sang songs in multiple languages. She even did a little acting too, like in the 1968 film Finnian’s Rainbow.
You don’t have to win a music competition to become a well-known pop star. That is what happened to Cher Lloyd, who came in fourth on the seventh season of The X-Factor. The show’s exposure was enough to cement her fame and turn her into one of the most popular UK pop stars.
She blends pop and an urban beat with R&B undertones to create her own style. She has had many successful collaborations with other artists, as well as her own singles, like “Want U Back” and “Swagger Jagger.”
This English pop-soul singer had her first taste of spotlight at the tender age of 13. It was then that she auditioned for the talent show Star for a Night. She was quickly signed as she had a unique tone and range for such a young singer.
She has experimented with different sounds throughout her career and continues to switch them up even today. That includes throwing in some acting gigs too. This multi-talented star is not one to forget!
Corinne Bailey Rae
In 2006, we all wanted to ‘put our records on’ as we grooved to the melodic and iconic pop song “Put Your Records On.” The artist behind this epic catchy tune was Corinne Bailey Rae. Her clear tone and heartfelt lyrics drove the tune to the top of the chats.
She has continued to release albums, and though none have reached the height of her first single, she is still beloved for her ability to evoke emotions with her words and melodies. Corrine is a true, soulful talent!
PJ Harvey is one of those artists that never has the same sound. This is what makes her so popular, as she always delivers a unique experience with each album. As a result, she cannot be pinned down into just the pop genre.
Though she is well-known and respected, she has never really achieved the level of popularity as some of the others on this list. Even still, when talking about pop-rock music, she cannot be ignored.
If you like to dance, then you know a song or two by Charlie XCX. Crafting all kinds of genres of pop, this English artist is one of the hottest pop stars from the UK right now. She has also collaborated with icons like Iggy Azalea and Gwen Stefani.
From the time she released her debut album, 14, until now, she has continued to grow and experiment with her music. This is what has given her a fanbase that spans the globe.
Shirley Basse may be best known for her contributions to several movie soundtracks in the James Bond franchise. She has a unique voice that helped make the themes for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker very memorable.
Now a Dame, this Welsh singer has enjoyed a career for over seven decades, and that makes her entitled to her spot on the most popular pop stars of all time from the UK.
Dusty Springfield is sometimes overlooked by people when it comes to iconic and popular pop stars from the UK. However, the talented singer had six top singles in the US and 16 in the UK. This makes her somewhat of an overachiever in the music space when you think about it.
She would often record versions of Motown hits, and this would get British people re-interested in the original hits. When visiting the US, she would also record one of the best and critically acclaimed albums ever, Dusty In Memphis.
Okay, so we know what you are thinking… Isn’t Olivia Newton-John Australian? She was indeed raised in Australia, but she was actually born in Cambridge. The ’70s and ’80s would not have been the same without this super talented artist.
From her turn as Sandy in Grease to her getting “Physical”, Olivia Newton-John was able to build a worldwide fanbase for herself with her sweet and melodic voice. We are sure she inspired more than one popstar on this very list.
This Welsh beauty is multi-talented but is probably best known for her music. She likes to mix things up with her style being pulled from soul, pop, and rock. Her first album in 2008, Rockferry, shot to the top of the charts.
The album since then has been certified platinum and has sold millions of copies all over the globe. She was the first Welsh singer in a quarter of a century to take the number one spot on the UK charts. Give it up for Duffy!
Gabrielle is a singer-songwriter who combines classic soul with ’80s British pop to create her own sound. In 1993, she released her debut album, Find Your Way, which climbed its way up the charts quickly.
Though it would be another seven years before her next album, she is still one of the most popular pop stars. Since then, she has been consistently dropping new music that people all over the world love.
Winning an Open Mic in the UK in 2008 at the tender age of 12 set Birdy up for her incredible success. This singer-songwriter from England released her debut album, On the Move, three years later. This album made her well known throughout the world.
Her second and third albums also did really well. Her second album, Fire Within, even garnered her a nomination for the 2014 Brit Awards as the Best British Female Solo Artist. She has even had some of her songs feature in major motion pictures, like the animated film Brave.
In 2014, Dua Lipa traded in the camera as a model for the mic as a singer/songwriter. In 2017, her debut album hit the market and shot to the top of the charts. With her fun and sarcastic pop sound, the album heralded several hits like “IDAF” and “New Rules.”
In 2020, she found even more success with her latest album Future Nostalgia which added a little more dance to the mix. Dua has become one of the most popular pop stars in the world, let alone the UK.