Probably the most famous sexologist of all-time is none other than Alfred Kinsey. A man whose life’s work has been the subject of great discussion after his death; you may have heard of him from movies and television or because of the Kinsey Scale. A theory that largely introduced the idea that people’s sexual preferences are far more fluid than previously thought, it argued that there are homosexuals, heterosexuals and those that fall somewhere in between. First introduced all the way back in 1948, despite this long-standing idea, in a lot of people’s eyes, there are limited sexual orientation designations such as straight, gay and bisexual.
For this list, we will be looking at famous folk who have been publicly identified at one point in their lives as gay but now are in straight relationships or call themselves straight. That doesn’t inherently mean that they aren’t living their truth or weren’t previously, it could simply mean that they have found a relationship with someone of the opposite gender. These folks could also have publicly made statements about their orientation in the past that they refute these days. We want to make it abundantly clear that we don’t judge anyone based on their sexual preferences and that is not the focus of this list. Instead, we prefer to consider this list an opportunity to discuss celebrities who are focused on finding happiness wherever it may be found.
15. Jessie J
An English singer and songwriter who is famous for songs like “Price Tag”, “Nobody’s Perfect”, “Who You Are” and others, Jessie at the young age of twenty-eight, has put together an admirable career. Also known for her charitable efforts, she has worked with telethons like Children in Need and Comic Relief on top of having her head shaved in order to help raise funds for the latter of those two events. Someone who was quoted as saying “If I meet someone and I like them, I don’t care if they’re a boy or a girl”, the world understandably took that to mean she was bisexual at least. However, in 2014 she claimed that it was just a phase for her before explicitly stating that she knew that it was permanent in a lot of people’s cases.
Tweeting out in an effort to clarify her sexuality, she said this, “passing comments made into facts that can never change. Guess what? They can change. As they should. And I have changed and grown up A LOT, and that’s allowed.” Asked by a fan who wanted her to state her preference more clearly Jessie Tweeted and then deleted “I fancy/date/love men and only men — is that ‘straight to the point’ enough?”
14. Julie Cypher
An American filmmaker who worked on films like Stand and Deliver and Demon Wind, Julie (right) got her opportunity to sit in the director’s chair in the early to mid-nineties. Responsible for two film projects, Teresa’s Tattoo and Arduous Moon, you most likely haven’t heard of either of them. As a result, you are probably wondering what qualifies her as a celeb. Famed for her long-term relationship with Melissa Etheridge (left), the pair was together for ten years. After giving birth to the two children she and her partner Melissa shared, and working as a gay rights advocate, Julie shockingly revealed in a therapy session that she was not gay and they split. Going on to marry a man named Matthew Hale in 2004; she has mostly disappeared from the spotlight since.
13. Drew Barrymore
One of the most famous actors of her generation, Drew Barrymore (left) has appeared in a bevy of different films. When E.T., Poison Ivy, Scream, The Wedding Singer, Charlie’s Angels and 50 First Dates are but a handful of the major films you’ve played a big part in you know that you’ve made it. Coming out as bisexual during a 2003 interview with Contact Magazine, she was quoted as saying: “I love a woman’s body. I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful. Being with a woman is like exploring your own body, but through someone else.” Still, despite still identifying as a bisexual woman to this day, she has largely been involved in long-term relationships with men like Jamie Walters, Eric Erlandson, Tom Green, Justin Long and others. At least that is the case with all of the relationships she let the public in on.
The Black Eyed Peas may not be as popular as they once were currently, but with the sound they’ve perfected they are one hit song from being back on top again. Arguably the most popular member of the group, Fergie is the lone female member and her penchant for wearing tight and/or revealing clothes have helped make her stand out. Coming out as bisexual during a 2009 interview with Advocate Magazine, she was asked about articles that were reporting her as such. Responding, “The funny thing is that I was very open and honest about that from the very beginning, and everyone was acting like it was some new trend”, it left little ambiguity to her sexuality. Marrying her long-time boyfriend Josh Duhamel in that same year, she is another example of someone who identifies as bisexual but has found happiness in a straight relationship. We’re not saying that makes her strictly straight but it certainly implies that she is living a straight lifestyle.
11. Angelina Jolie
Hackers, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent are all major movies that featured Angelina Jolie (left) in pivotal roles and they are but a sampling of her work. Arguably the most popular actress in the world for several years, Angie had legions of fans, many of whom were no doubt attracted to her. Some of those people may not have realized that she was more open from a sexual perspective than they knew. Formerly involved in a lesbian relationship with Jenny Shimizu in the nineties, Angelina said this about her ex, “I fell in love with her the first second I saw her.” Also saying that she probably would have married Jenny if it weren’t for her first husband, Angelina has been involved with men ever since. Married to several men over the years, Jonny Lee Miller, Billy Bob Thornton and Brad Pitt, her last marriage only recently broke up so it will be interesting to see where she goes next.
10. Gavin Rossdale
The lead singer of the band Bush, or Bush X as it was called in Canada; Gavin Rossdale was a huge rock star; lead singer of one of the most commercially successful bands in the nineties. Selling more than ten million albums in America alone during that decade, it was safe to say that they made a huge impact on the music scene. Despite that, in a lot of circles he is best known as the ex-husband of Gwen Stefani these days. In his 1995 memoir Take it Like a Man, Boy George recounted the tale of Gavin’s gay relationship with the English cross-dressing singer Marilyn, which Gavin vehemently denied for years. Then after years of running from the rumors Gavin admitted he was involved with him but called it a one-time experimentation. However, Marilyn’s version of the events is that they were together for five years. Whatever the case, Gavin has since strictly been involved with ladies as far as we know.
9. Ani DiFranco
Considered by many to be a feminist icon, Ani DiFranco’s discography is lengthy; she has released more than twenty albums, and she has had a huge influence on modern music. Outspoken when it comes to gay rights and other movements, including abortion rights, it is safe to say that she has never shied away from controversy. In fact, she was even given the Woman of Courage Award by the National Organization for Women in 2006. Someone who has written music that chronicles attractions and sexual relationships with people of both genders, it is extremely clear that in her time she has had meaningful experiences and relationships with women. Still, she married record producer Mike Napolitano, who she has had two children with.
8. Margaret Cho
Margaret has to be one of the most multi-faceted people to find herself on this list. A comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, singer and songwriter, it seems as though she has tried her hand at virtually every artistic endeavor. Still, it is her stand-up background and television show that are her biggest claims to fame. The star of All-American Girl, the series broke ground as the first major show on an American network to star an Asian woman. Someone who has spoken publicly about her past lesbian relationships, she is currently married to artist Al Ridenour, thus putting her in a straight relationship but has been public about the open nature of their union, saying, “I’m married to a man but I’m bisexual so I like both.” She made it clear that if she is attracted to someone she can get involved with them.
7. Megan Fox
Introduced to the world as the co-star of the Transformers franchise of films, those movies arguably remain her biggest claim to fame. Also, a part of films like Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Jennifer’s Body, Jonah Hex, This is 40 and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, Megan has been able to stay relatively high profile. Someone who was previously quoted as saying, “I just think that all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes”, she was reportedly involved in a fling with a female stripper in the past. Also saying that she “could see myself in a relationship with a girl”, that statement has not stopped her from being married to Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Brian Austin Green since 2010.
6. Amber Heard
An actress who made her big screen debut in Friday Night Lights, Amber (right) has arguably become the best-known person who appeared in the film despite her small role. Going on to star in films like All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Pineapple Express, The Stepfather, The Ward and many others, Amber’s obvious beauty and charisma make her hard to forget. Someone who was previously involved with women, according to The Mirror, her relationship with a woman named Tasya Van Ree was a legally binding domestic partnership. Something that was commonly used by people in gay relationships when it was illegal to wed, she apparently even put in papers to have her name legally changed as a result. After they broke up Amber would go on to have a very high profile relationship with Johnny Depp who she would eventually marry. Of course, you already knew that unless you totally ignore headlines.
5. Gillian Anderson
An actress who is best known for her starring role in The X-Files, where she played Special Agent Dana Scully, the series was a huge hit and turned her into a pop culture icon. Also seen or heard in films like Princess Mononoke, The Last King of Scotland and Johnny English Reborn to name just a few, she has been consistently employed throughout her career. Gillian is someone who has married two men and was involved with a third man for an extended period of time after her two divorces.
Still, in 2012 she told Out Magazine that she was “in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school”, which some may have written off as simply youthful experimentation. Except they’d be wrong because she told The Telegraph that she would be open to dating another woman, saying, “to me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant”. Still, she belongs on this list as she has only been in straight relationships for years but clearly illustrates the nonlinear relationship some have with their sexuality.
4. Marlon Brando
Considered by many to be among the best actors to ever live, Marlon Brando’s career is the thing of legend, despite a lackadaisical attitude towards it in his later life. A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, Apocalypse Now and Superman, are but a few examples of his exemplary work. A bit of a recluse in the latter years of his life, it is, therefore, surprising how forthright he has been when it came to matters of his sexuality. Known for the many women who’d he’d been involved with over the years, he fathered sixteen known children and married several women. Despite that, in 1976 he said this: “Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me. But if there is someone who is convinced that Jack Nicholson and I are lovers, may they continue to do so. I find it amusing”.
3. Lindsay Lohan
At one time seemingly positioned to be the stand out actress of her generation, Lindsay’s performances from a young age have earned her acclaim and adoration. Movies like The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Bobby and Chapter 27, are among her best-remembered efforts and are unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon. Also, someone who was a successful singer for a time, her multi-faceted career has ensured that the world pays attention to her even now that her projects fail at the box office. Involved in a very public and scrutinized lesbian relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson, after they broke up Lindsay turned over a new leaf. Giving an interview in 2013, Lindsay had this to say about romantic past, present and future: “I know I’m straight. I have made out with girls before, and I had a relationship with a girl. But I think I needed to experience that and I think I was looking for something different.”
2. Mel B
Kids coming up today won’t remember it, but the 90s girl group Spice Girls is one of the most successful musical acts of all time. Selling more than eighty million albums worldwide, they are amongst the top pop acts ever and that is to say nothing about the long list of trophies they took home. Also massive enough that they would star in a film, Spice World, all of the members of the group became household names, including Mel B. Involved for a time with international superstar Eddie Murphy, she has been married to film producer Stephen Belafonte since 2007 and they have had two children together. Then word broke that she had a lesbian past and in 2016 she revealed that it was far from a phase. Proudly proclaiming her lesbian relationship “wasn’t experimentation”, she revealed she “fell in love with a woman for five years. An experiment doesn’t last five years”.
1. Anne Heche
Anne Heche (left) is an actress who has been a part of a lot of major projects, like I Know What You Did Last Summer, John Q, Return to Paradise and Volcano. Despite her long resume, however, we’d be lying if we tried to pretend that she didn’t owe the majority of her fame to her three-year relationship with current talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Probably the highest profile celebrity lesbians at the time, they were at the center of the media’s attention right up until they broke up in 2000. Essentially saying that she changed her mind about being gay while on Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2008, she married two different men after breaking up with her former girlfriend.