20 A-List Actresses Who Coupled Up With Women Over Men

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Hollywood relationships are never particularly straight forward at the best of times. But some A-list female stars make things even more complicated when they ditch their husbands or boyfriends for a woman. From socialites and screenwriters to models and musicians, here’s a look at 20 same-sex relationships that appeared to come out of nowhere.

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20. Bella Hadid

Just like her equally famous sister, model Bella Hadid has had an on/off relationship with a male singer for several years now. While Gigi has been dating ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik, Bella has been stepping out with R&B crooner The Weeknd. However, during a brief split, the socialite reportedly had a brief dalliance with Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell.

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According to British newspaper The Sun, the pair were spotted locking lips at a London bash in 2015. A source claimed, “They were kissing passionately and looked to be really into it and having a lot of fun. Bella wasn’t the star that she is now. She’s likely to be far more discreet now.” Photos published in The Daily Mail also showed Hadid and Maxwell leaving the same party with linked arms.

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19. Selena Gomez

Disney Channel graduate Selena Gomez and her fellow former tween idol Justin Bieber were undoubtedly one of the most high-profile on/off couples of the 2010s. And they both took advantage of the many breaks that they embarked on during the decade. In 2014 rumors began flying around that Gomez had enjoyed a fling with the bisexual model Cara Delevingne.

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For once, Gomez had no problem with being gossiped about. She told Source Pride, “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. Honestly, though, [Delevingne is] 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.”

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18. Drew Barrymore

Even by Hollywood standards, Drew Barrymore has had quite the eventful love life. She’s walked down the aisle three times – with her first marriage to bar owner Jeremy Thomas lasting barely two months. And according to magazine editor Jane Pratt, the former child star has also had experiences with the same sex.

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According to the New York Post, Pratt told shock jock Howard Stern in 2007 that it was her dream to return to his show and reveal “the truth about Drew Barrymore and me.” The latter never responded to Pratt’s allegations that the pair had enjoyed a sexual relationship. But the National Enquirer claimed in 2018 that she’d become interested in settling down with a woman.

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17. Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra is no stranger to dating wild rockers; she was married to Dave Navarro, after all. And after her divorce from the hellraising Jane’s Addiction guitarist in 2007 she reportedly began dating another. Only this time it was a woman – the “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” hitmaker Joan Jett.

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In an interview with The Sun, Baywatch star Electra admitted that she’d had a childhood crush on the punk rock icon. And that same year, the unlikely pair were allegedly discovered smooching backstage at a Jett gig. Asked about the rumors by After Ellen, Electra replied coyly, “We’re good friends.”

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16. Ireland Baldwin

In 2014 Ireland Baldwin called time on her year-long relationship with the professional surfer Slater Trout. Within months, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin’s daughter had reportedly began stepping out with emerging hip-hop star Angel Haze. And the rapper didn’t exactly put the rumors to bed when she gave an interview to The Independent.

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Haze told the British newspaper, “I don’t know if there’s like some confirm or deny thing with the way relationships work in the media. But everyone just calls us best friends, best friends for life, like we’re just friends hanging out. It’s funny. It’s rad in some ways, it sucks in others… An interracial gay couple, I mean that’s just weird for America right now. We f*** and friends don’t f***.”

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15. Lauren Morelli

When Netflix phenomenon Orange is the New Black first premiered, its screenwriter Lauren Morelli was married to producer Stephen Basilone. But by the time it came off air in 2019, she had divorced and walked down the aisle with one of the show’s most prominent names. And this particular star just happened to be female.

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Yes, after divorcing Basilone, Morelli began dating Samira Wiley – who plays the pioneering prison drama’s Poussey Washington. The pair made things official in 2016 when they got engaged. And just a year later they said “I do” to each other at a ceremony in the Californian city of Palm Springs.

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14. Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson is in one of the most notable age-gap relationships in all of Hollywood. The star of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology has been with Holland Taylor – the veteran actress 32 years her senior – since 2015. But before she shot to worldwide fame, Paulson only ever dated men.

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Paulson had previously been engaged to the famous playwright Tracy Letts, and the former later entered into a relationship with Cherry Jones in 2004. The two actresses then enjoyed five years together before going their separate ways. And when asked about her sexuality by Broadway.com in 2013, the star replied, “The situation is fluid for me.”

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13. Cara Delevingne

Since first bursting onto the scene in the early 2010s, Cara Delevingne has been linked to several stars – including her co-star in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Dane DeHaan. However, she’s only ever officially confirmed relationships with women. In 2015 she revealed that she and acclaimed singer-songwriter St. Vincent were an item.

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Sadly, just over a year later the hip couple decided to part ways. Delevingne then announced that she was genderfluid in 2018 before entering into another relationship. This time around she began dating Ashley Benson – the model and actress best known for portraying Hanna Marin in the teen drama Pretty Little Liars.

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12. Kristen Stewart

Twilight star Kristen Stewart proved she was firmly Team Edward when she began dating her co-star Robert Pattinson in real life. But after the pair broke up in 2013, the actress began dating women. First, she hooked up with visual effects producer Alicia Cargile. Stewart then started seeing French chanteuse Soko and later singer-songwriter St. Vincent.

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Stewart has also been in relationships with supermodel Stella Maxwell, self-described “style visionary and artistic influencer” Sara Dinkin and XOXO screenwriter Dylan Meyer. However, she’s still open to the possibility of dating the opposite sex again. In a 2017 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she stated, “I want to try everything.”

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11. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan was linked to numerous male celebs during her early wild child phase: including Wilmer Valderrama and Heath Ledger. And she further sent the tabloids into a frenzy in 2008 when she began dating Samantha Ronson – the DJ sister of hitmaker Mark. However, their romance wasn’t exactly a calming influence.

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Following her split with Ronson in 2009, Lohan claimed that their relationship had been nothing short of toxic. Since then, the former child star has only dated men, although her luck hasn’t really changed. In 2017 she split up with real estate agency owner Egor Tarabasov amidst all sorts of claims from both parties.

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10. Demi Lovato

Troubled star Demi Lovato has had several high-profile relationships since bursting on to the pop scene. She’s dated middle Jonas brother Joe, MMA fighter Guilherme Vasconcelos and That ‘70s Show actor Wilmer Valderrama. But the Disney Channel graduate has also claimed that when it comes to her sexuality, she is fluid.

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Reportedly, Lovato rebounded by seeing a woman after splitting up with Valderrama. The popular singer and actress was linked to DJ Lauren Abedini after the pair were pictured holding hands together on a day out. However, it’s not clear exactly how serious things got between the two.

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9. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie first met Jonny Lee Miller on the set of 1995’s Hackers and within a year they had walked down the aisle together. However, the two weren’t in touch for several months after filming finished, and prior to their marriage, Jolie dated the model Jenny Shimizu. As with Lee Miller, the two women were introduced while filming a movie – this time it was 1996’s Foxfire.

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However, according to Shimizu, her relationship with Jolie continued for many years. In an interview with Girlfriends magazine, the Tomb Raider star also admitted how strong her feelings for the model were. She said, “I would probably have married [Shimizu] if I hadn’t married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her.”

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8. Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes left it relatively late to come out as a lesbian. In fact, she only told her parents Harry and Marion about her true sexuality at the age of 40 years old. Before that she’d been in a heterosexual marriage with Dave Hall, a record producer, for seven years.

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Sykes announced to world that she was gay while attending a Las Vegas same-sex marriage rally in 2008. The comedic actress had only just said “I do” herself to Frenchwoman Alex Niedbalski at the time. The happy couple, who had met two years previously, went on to have fraternal twins Lucas and Olivia.

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7. Amber Heard

After coming out at the 25th anniversary of GLAAD in 2010, Amber Heard declared, “I don’t label myself one way or another I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love; it’s the person that matters.” Heard was seeing Taysa van Ree, a photographer, at the time. But although the pair split up two years later, that wasn’t the end of their love story.

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Heard went on to marry Johnny Depp in 2015 – but their honeymoon period didn’t last long. The pair later became involved in a highly acrimonious divorce case which involved allegations of domestic abuse. Then after a brief fling with Elon Musk, Heard subsequently reunited with van Ree once again.

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6. Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi is in one of the most well-known same-sex relationships in Hollywood. But long before she met Ellen DeGeneres she was married to a man. The Ally McBeal actress wed Mel Metcalfe, a documentary filmmaker, in 1996. She later told Good Morning America that she’d been scared to reveal her true sexuality at the time.

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But after divorcing Metcalfe, de Rossi began seeing Ringo Starr’s stepdaughter Francesca Gregorini. She had initially planned to keep their relationship a secret until pictures of the pair were published in the tabloids. Metcalfe and de Rossi split in 2004 after the latter allegedly began an affair with her future wife DeGeneres.

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5. Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon was in a long-lasting marriage with Danny Mozes, a schoolteacher, when she landed her career-defining role in Sex and the City. But by the time the groundbreaking sitcom ended in 2004, the actress had forged a relationship with a woman. Indeed, shortly after divorcing her husband of 15 years, Nixon began dating an educational activist called Christine Marinoni.

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In 2007 Nixon told The Daily Telegraph, “I don’t really feel I’ve changed. I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I’m just a woman in love with another woman.” Nixon walked down the aisle for a second time two years later when she wed Maronini in the Big Apple.

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4. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has always made it clear that she’s open to love – regardless of gender. She came out to her mother as pansexual at the age of just 14. And in a 2015 interview with Time magazine, she admitted that she “doesn’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”

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Most of Cyrus’ famous conquests have been men, including Nick Jonas, Patrick Schwarzenegger and her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. However, in 2015, during one of her many breaks with the latter, she reportedly began dating the model Stella Maxwell. And when Cyrus went back to Hemsworth, Maxwell entered into a relationship with Kristen Stewart.

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3. Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King found herself at the center of a scandal in 1981 when her secretary outed her in a palimony lawsuit. Marilyn Barnett alleged that she’d been in a relationship with the sportswoman that dated back to 1971. However, the tennis great, who was married to talk show host Larry King at the time, downplayed Barnett’s claims – arguing it was little more than a fling.

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The Kings remained husband and wife until 1987 when Billie Jean fell in love with another woman: Ilana Kloss. This time around she felt able to disclose the true nature of her connection with her tennis doubles partner. And more than three decades on, the pair are still very much an item.

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2. Meredith Baxter

Best known as the mom in classic sitcom Family Ties, Meredith Baxter had been in three heterosexual marriages by the time she came out in 2009. The actress had previously wed Robert Lewis Bush, David Birney and Michael Blodgett. But Baxter once said that she always knew that there was something missing.

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Baxter had actually started dating general contractor Nancy Locke four years before her surprise coming out. And she’d enjoyed her first relationship with a woman back in 2002. Baxter made it down the aisle for a fourth time in 2013 when she said “I do” to Locke at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

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1. Madonna

Madonna has famously been married twice during her illustrious career. She first married Sean Penn in 1985, but the pair divorced after four years and she later spent eight years wed to director Guy Ritchie. However, the one-time Queen of Pop has also had her fair share of experiences with women.

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Rosie Perez, for one, was reportedly one of Madonna’s love interests. The Oscar-nominated actress, who has also been married twice herself, allegedly dated the author of the hugely controversial Sex book back in the 1990s. Madonna also reportedly stepped out with Jenny Shimizu – an actress who is no stranger to hooking up with A-list stars.

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