A List of Gay and Lesbian Celebrities and Their Relationships
I must say I did not have much knowledge or interest in gays or lesbians until quite recently. I'm a fan of Adam Lambert and learned about his coming out in 2009, but not until a few months after the fact. It still remains a mystery whether or not his coming out as gay had anything to do with him finishing runner up in American Idol. I also regularly watch The Ellen DeGeneres Show hosted by Ellen Degeneres, who has come out as a lesbian some years ago and has since married Portia de Rossi. Being a fan of Adam and Ellen has led me to become interested in this whole topic of being gay or lesbian.
It might be hard to imagine why it is such a big deal to go public about one's sexuality. Especially for celebrities, their coming out can ruin their reputation. On the other hand, they may not want to continue living in a closet, keeping their sexuality a secret. This would be an enormous burden to them. Gay or lesbian, I think we should embrace their talent!
1. Elton John & David Furnish
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947, Elton John is one of the most successful and bestselling artists of all time. His songs "Candle in the Wind" and "Crocodile Rock", among others, have become virtual classics in the history of popular music. In a 1976 Rolling Stone interview, he talked about bisexuality. Later he married Renate Blauel in 1984 and when he divorced her four years later, he told Rolling Stone he was "comfortable" being gay. He met his Canadian boyfriend, David Furnish in 1993 and in 2014, they were married. They have two sons, Zachary and Elijah, both born to a surrogate mother.
2. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres, born in 1958 is an American stand-up comedienne, television host and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres was in a relationship with actress Anne Heche from 1997 to 2000 and in 1997, she came out publicly as a lesbian in an Oprah Winfrey Show. Since 2004, she has been in a relationship with former Ally McBeal and Arrested Development star Portia De Rossi. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres announced in May 2008 that she and De Rossi were engaged, and gave De Rossi a three-carat pink diamond ring. They were married in August 2008 at their home in Beverly Hills.
3. Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert, born in 1982, is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. While he was competing in American Idol in 2009, photos of him romantically kissing another man surfaced on the Internet. Adam confirmed that the photos were of him, stating that he had nothing to hide and has always been open about his life. He confirmed that he was gay in a Rolling Stone cover story interview shortly after he was named the American Idol runner-up. Adam was in a relationship with Finnish reality TV personality Sauli Koskinen but their relationship ended in 2013.
As of 2019, Lambert is in a relationship with model Javi Costa Polo.
4. Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi (Born Amanda Lee Rogers in 1973) is an Australian actress best known for her roles as lawyer in Nelle Porter and Ally McBeal. She was married to a documentary film maker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999. According to her memoir "Unbearable Lightness", during the time she was married to Metcalfe, she became interested in a woman who lived in the same apartment complex with whom she started a relationship. From 2000 to 2004, she dated singer Francesca Gregorini. She broke up with Gregorini as she began dating Ellen DeGeneres whom she met backstage at an awards show. In 2005, she opened up publicly about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate. She recently explained in an interview that as a young actress she was fearful of being exposed as a lesbian. She has been married to Ellen DeGeneres since August 2008.
5. Anderson Cooper & Benjamin Maisani
Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, television personality, and author. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360. He is openly gay and according to The New York Times, he is "the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television". On July 2, 2012, he published an email that stated "...the fact is I`m gay, I always have been, always will be, and I couldn`t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud". Cooper and his boyfriend, gay bar owner Benjamin Maisani, have been dating since 2009. In 2014 the couple purchased the Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut.
6. Ellen Page & Samantha Thomas
Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page born February 21, 1987, known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian Actress. Her breakthrough role was the title character in Jason Retiman`s comedy film Juno (2007) for which she received nominations for Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. In February 2014, Page came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign`s "Time to Thrive" Conference in Las Vegas. In September 2015, Page confirmed that she is in a relationship with artist and surfer Samantha Thomas with whom she walked the red carpet for the world premiere of the film "Freeheld" at the Toronto International Film Festival. In October 2015, she discussed their relationship on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
7. Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef
Ricky Martin (born Enrique Martin Morales in 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican pop singer and actor. He has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, first as a member of a boyband Menudo, and since 1991, as a solo artist. Martin had a relationship with Rebecca de Alba for over fourteen years. Although they talked of starting a family together, their relationship eventually ended. In 2008, Martin became a father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino via a surrogate mother. In March 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official website by stating "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man". Beginning April 2016, he started dating Syrian-Swedish painter Jwan Yosef. The two announced their engagement on November 16, 2016 while on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. On December 31, 2018, the couple welcomed a daughter, Lucia Martin-Yosef, and on October 29, 2019, their son Renn Martin-Yosef was born. All four of their children were born via a surrogate mother. Martin stated that he wants his family to be seen as a normal family and nothing else.
8. Martina Navratilova & Julia Lemigova
Martina Navratilova (born in 1956) is a Czech-American tennis player and former world No. 1. Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles. Both of these are all-time records. She is arguably one of the greatest tennis players in the history of tennis. In 1981, shortly after becoming a U.S. citizen, she came out publicly as a lesbian. (This was shocking to me as a teenager!) She was in a relationship with author Rita Mae Brown around this time. From 1984 to 1991 Navratilova had a long term relationship with author Judy Nelson who was married with two children. Their split caused a much-publicized legal wrangle. She was then in a relationship with Toni Layton which also involved a legal battle upon their split. Navratilova proposed to her long time girlfriend Julia Lemigova, who was a former Russian model, at the U.S. Open in September 2014 and were married in New York on December 15, 2014.
9. Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison
Jodie Foster (born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19,1962) is a two time Oscar winner and one of the few actresses to enjoy a long career since making her screen debut as a child in 1972. She is a graduate of Yale University and has received the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2013 at the 70th Golden Globe Awards. She came out in her speech after receiving this award. After a long term relationship with Cydney Bernard from 1993 to 2008 during which time she had two sons, she married actress and photographer Alexandra Hedison in 2014. Hedison was previously in a relationship with Ellen DeGeneres. Foster and Hedison live in Los Angeles.
10. Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King (born Billie Jean Moffitt in 1943) is a former professional tennis player. She won 12 Grand Slam Singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She married Lawrence King in 1965 and in 1971 she had an abortion, and later explained in her autobiography that she decided on the abortion because she believed her marriage was not solid enough to bring a child into her family. The same year, while still married, she began an intimate relationship with her secretary, Marilyn Barnett. King was forced to acknowledge the relationship when it became public in 1981. She divorced Lawrence King in 1987. She confessed in 2007 that she had concealed her sexuality for so many years because her parents were homophobic. She ended up with an eating disorder due to the emotional burden of hiding her sexuality, and at the age of 51, she was finally able to talk about it properly with her parents. She is now in a relationship with Ilana Kloss, former professional tennis player. The two reside in New York City.
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