12 Stars Who Were Married Before They Came Out

The issue of sexuality is discussed in Hollywood more than ever before. There used to be a time when the sexual orientation of a celebrity was not revealed to the public. Stars kept their personal lives private, and were simply admired for their work in music or on screen. Then came the time when speculations started to swirl about whether or not a celebrity was gay, but the celebrity didn’t address the rumors. In some cases, confirmation of the star’s homosexuality wasn’t released to the public until after the celebrity’s death.

These days, however, more and more stars are “coming out of the closet” and revealing their sexual identities to the world. Of course, there are also a number of celebrities who have made it easier for gay and lesbian individuals to be accepted in Hollywood, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ross Matthews, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch and Ricky Martin, just to name a few. But it’s also true that there are some homosexual celebrities who just aren’t comfortable talking about this part of their lives in public. Some gay stars even married people of the opposite sex before coming out, and even after this, they prefer to keep some of their private lives away from the public eye. Here are 12 stars who were married before they came out of the closet.

12 Wanda Sykes

11 Rock Hudson

10 Meredith Baxter

9 Lauren Morelli

8 Little Richard

7 Anthony Perkins

6 Alice Walker

5 Julie Cypher

4 Portia de Rossi

3 Oscar Wilde

2 Vincente Minnelli

1 Elton John

Elton John is one of the most outspoken gay rights activists of our time. He is rarely seen without a colorful outfit and glasses on, and often has some pretty catty things to say about other celebrities. That’s why it’s still hard for many of his fans to believe that in the 80s, he was married to a woman. John and Renate Blauel, a recording engineer from Germany, were husband and wife from 1984 to 1988. Later, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Elton John confirmed that he was “comfortable being gay.” He got into a relationship with David Furnish in 1993, and the two got married in 2005.


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