10 Straight Celebrities Who Had Gay Relationships
When it comes to Hollywood, it’s important for celebs to get used to becoming a different person when the cameras start snapping. But sometimes famous folks try new identities even when the cameras are far away. These stars identify as straight, not as gay or bisexual…but that didn’t stop them from experimenting with the same sex.
Lindsay Lohan had a long, tumultuous relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson from April 2008 to March 2009. Still, the troubled Mean Girls (2004) starlet insists she’s not gay or bisexual. She told Piers Morgan, “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.” Previously, Lilo claimed that she didn’t want to “classify” herself.
Anne Heche began dating Ellen DeGeneres shortly after the comedienne came out of the closet as a lesbian in 1997. They were together for three years until they split in 2000, which DeGeneres blamed on the pressures of fame. After their split, Heche had a psychotic breakdown, but has since recovered. When asked by The Telegraph in 2011 if her lesbian romance with DeGeneres was her last same-sex relationship, Heche left no ambiguity, telling the paper, “Jeepers, yes! Yes! I mean, that’s been way out there for years.”
David Bowie was openly bisexual for years, but Mick Jagger was known only as a womanizer. That changed when Jagger met the Ziggy Stardust singer in 1973. The pair became inseparable as pals, but it turns out their relationship was a little deeper than that: Bowie’s then-wife, Angie, claims she found the rock legends in bed together in her home, and that they’d apparently been carrying on an affair for nearly a year. Here’s hoping they got some satisfaction out of the arrangement.
Marilyn Monroe was notorious for her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio and rumored affairs with men including President John F. Kennedy. But The Daily Mail reports that the screen legend also had a longstanding relationship with a woman. In 1948, Monroe met Natasha Lytess, a failed actress-turned-drama-coach. The pair embarked on a quiet sexual relationship for four years until she met and married DiMaggio in 1952. The Yankee hero reportedly couldn’t stand Lytess, calling her “Morticia.”
While on a break from her on-again-off-again relationship with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez was rumored to be hooking up with the openly bisexual supermodel Cara Delevingne in December 2014. The former Disney darling told Pride Source that she got a kick out of the rumors…and didn’t deny them at all. “Honestly, I loved it. I didn’t mind it. Especially because they weren’t talking about other people in my life for once, which was wonderful,” Gomez gushed. “Honestly, though, she’s incredible and very open and she just makes me open. She’s so fun and she’s just extremely adventurous, and sometimes I just want that in my life, so I didn’t mind it. I loved it.” When asked if she ever questioned her sexuality, she replied, “Oh, I think everybody does, no matter who they are. I do, yeah, of course. Absolutely. I think it’s healthy to gain a perspective on who you are deep down, question yourself and challenge yourself; it’s important to do that.”
Until recently, Gavin Rossdale was happily Mr. Gwen Stefani. However, in the 1980s, Rossdale was sowing his wild oats wherever he pleased, including with a man. The Bush singer had an affair with cross-dressing performer Marilyn (born Peter Robinson). When the story broke in 2009 that Rossdale had had a relationship with Marilyn, he initially denied it, but came clean in 2010, explaining to Details, “I’ve never wanted to appear closed about it, it’s not something I’ve talked about really because it’s always been in the glare of a tabloid world, it’s just one of those things—move on.” He added, “When you’re 17, Jesus Christ, I don’t think there’s anything strange about any form of anything—you’re learning about life. It’s a part of growing up—that’s it, no more, no less…Yeah, [experimentation] was it—you have to know what you like, and I know what I like.”
Pink has been married to Carey Hart for ages, but prior to tying the knot, the “Just Give Me a Reason” singer was a wild child. She revealed that she and actress Kristanna Loken had a short-lived but hot and heavy romance after they were caught on camera lip locking. “She kissed me and she tried to dominate me,” Pink said of their relationship, “and I will not be dominated by anyone.” Still, though their hookup was brief, Pink only has kind things to say about the blond bombshell. “People can say what they want, but I have good taste. I mean, look at her,” Pink laughed to Contact Music. “Wow. That woman is beautiful.”
Demi Lovato has never come out as bisexual and has been in an on-again-off-again (but mostly on) relationship with Wilmer Valderrama since May 2010. However, Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose claims that during an “off” period, she hooked up with the “Confident” singer. In a now-deleted Instagram post (remember kids, screenshots are forever!), Rose wrote, “I’m like the one person Demi has slept with that didn’t sell naked photos of her, so eff off.” Lovato never confirmed nor denied Rose’s claims, per Metro. Where there’s smoke (and smokin’ hot ladies), there’s probably fire. Or at least sparks.
Drew Barrymore was married twice—first in 1994 to bar owner Jeremy Thomas, then in 2001 to comedian Tom Green—before she settled down with current husband Will Kopelman in 2012. Between husbands and boyfriends, the actress reportedly had a steamy affair with magazine editor Jane Pratt. Though Pratt didn’t give details on when their hookups went down, Barrymore covered Pratt’s Jane magazine in 1997, so gossip hounds drew the conclusion that it happened sometime around then.
You may remember model Jenny Shimizu from her bragging about bagging bisexual actress Angelina Jolie back in their Foxfire (1996) days. But the Oscar winner isn’t the only A-lister Shimizu has romanced: Shimizu told The Daily Mail that she basically acted as a top-secret booty call for Madonna for years, even while the Queen of Pop was in heavily publicized relationships with men.