Dana has been more open than your average celebrity about her views towards marriage. While in the past, marriage was not a “big deal” for her, turning 50 really changed her mind about that. She said that she had time to have “all the fun in the world” in her past. Marriage will probably never be on the cards for the Desperate Housewives actress, as she recently said “the older I get, the more I love my solitude, and I don’t want to give that up.”
Sometimes, when a celebrity has a baby, the media and the public expect marriage to follow along quickly. But with Kimberly Stewart, she had other plans! In 2001, she had a child with Benecio Del Toro, and the pair were not even in any kind of relationship. Kimberly is not against marriage at all though, and was even quoted recently as saying that in this next stage of her life she wants “a nice husband, a good career, and babies.”
We don’t know much about this tennis superstar’s views on marriage, but we do know quite a lot about her long-term partner Enrique Iglesias. The power couple have been together for many years, and as Enrique comes from a divorced family, he never put much weight on the importance of a ‘piece of paper’ for holding a relationship strong. He does see babies in his future, saying that marriage isn’t what makes you good parents.
Imagine being happily coupled up with Mr Johnny Depp himself for well over a decade, but never tying that knot. Vanessa Paradis opened up about it to the Sunday Times in 2004, while the pair were still together. “We’ve never said we don’t want to get married, but we’re neither opposed to it nor excited about it. You know, we might do it for the kids one day. But we are more than married: we have two children. It’s not like we need to.”
Queen Latifah is one of the fiercest women in show businesses, and probably one of the most independent as well. She was in a long-term relationship with Eboni Nichols, but the pair have since split up. She has no desire to get married unless she finds a partner who truly deserves it. With this amount of self-respect and confidence in mind, she bought herself two wedding rings, claiming that the right person will come along and earn having her as a wife, and then they can take the ring off of her finger to have it. Wow!
Often, commitment doesn’t mean walking down an aisle. It might not even mean sleeping under the same roof! Anita Hill and Chuck Malone have been together for more than 10 years, but they have no desire to even live together, let alone tie the knot. The couple are really happy, with Anita saying that they have a “really good relationship”. She says that it’s not that they have anything against marriage, it’s just that they never decided to do it.
Diane Keaton’s little black book would be something most women would pay good money for. Her past relationships include Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, and Warren Beaty, including some heart strings still tugged by her romance with Al Pacino, who she still refers to as “the one who got away.” Despite this romantic past, Keaton is strongly opposed to marriage, saying that she could never, ever imagine a life shared together with another person.
Just because you know that marriage isn’t the right choice for you, doesn’t mean you need to know exactly why. Charlize Theron told Piers Morgan that she’s never known the answer to her single status for herself. “Marriage was never something that was important to me. I don’t know the exact reason for that.” The famous actress has two children, both adopted, but has never seen a relationship through to marriage.
Tyra is another incredible powerhouse women who is proving that a marriage certificate is not the only way to prove love, romance, and commitment. She has one child, whose name is York Banks Asla, with her partner Erik Asla, and the couple seem totally happy in unwedded bliss. As an incredibly beautiful and powerful role model to thousands of young women the world over, we think Tyra is one of the best.
Marisa is one of the Hollywood darlings who can do no wrong, and her roles in movies from Spiderman to What Women Want have brought thousands of eager fans to the box office time and time again. She’s pretty opposed to marriage, and said in no uncertain terms, “I’m not that big a fan of marriage as an institution, and I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.” Well, that’s that then.
This gorgeous picture shows designer and style icon Coco Chanel in her prime, independent and strong willed as ever. She was orphaned as a child, and this might have affected her opinion on being self-reliant. Her most famous quote about marriage was that she “never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” Did you know that the rumor mill believes that her nephew, Andre Palasse was actually her son? This shows how difficult it was for a woman to be an unmarried mother in her time.
Oprah is known for being non-traditional, and is a role model to hundreds and thousands of women around the globe. But marriage was never for her. While she has been with her partner Stedman Graham for over 30 years, marriage wasn’t something that was ever on the cards for them. In fact, Oprah believes it would have broken them up! “The very idea of what it means to be a wife and the responsibility and sacrifice that carries. I wouldn’t have held that very well.”
Some people believe that if you’re not interested in marriage, you must shy clear of any kind of commitment when it comes to love. But Jacqueline Bisset appears to be a serial monogamer, just without the wedding rings! She has had four very serious committed relationships which have lasted a lot longer than many marriages, three seven year relationships and one which lasted fourteen years! She blames bad habits as the reason why she couldn’t have married any of them.
This is one celebrity who is very open about her feelings towards marriage, she thinks it’s highly outdated, and even called it “gross and crazy.” In the past, Sarah has been romantically linked to Jimmy Kimmel, and is in a relationship with Michael Sheen, but she would never have been interested in tying the knot with either. “If you’re getting married today, it’s the equivalent of joining a country club that doesn’t allow blacks or Jews.”
Despite being linked to some of Hollywoods most eligible bachelors, Winona has never been married before. She has dated Keanu Reeves, Matt Damon, Chris Noth and even Val Kilmer! She did get a bit further towards her wedding day than some of the others on this list, as she has an engagement to the one and only Johnny Depp under her belt! Unfortunately, the wedding day never arrived. She says that her parents’ example makes it tough, “When your parents are madly in love for 45 years, your standards are really high. “
Hang on a second, (we hear you say!) Isn’t Goldie Hawn happily married to none other than Kurt Russell? This power couple have been together for more than 30 years, and are one of the most loved up and committed Hollywood staples. But they actually have never got married, despite the three decades of love and their four children. Goldie Hawn told CBS that they love their lives together and don’t see any reason to walk down the aisle.
Kylie is a celebrity who loves her freedom. While she has been linked to many famous men, and was even engaged to Joshua Sasse until quite recently, she is beginning to think that she is just not the marrying kind. The Sunday Times reported that she values her space and freedom too much to tie herself to anyone else. That means more to her than the strong foundations of a wedding ring and the commitment of marriage.
We all remember the heartbreak when Mary-Louise Parker was left by Billy Crudup while she was seven months pregnant with their child. Billy had started a relationship with none other than Clare Danes, and Mary-Louise was left alone to raise their children. You can imagine how this would leave any woman feeling about commitment or trust, and it’s no wonder that this kick-ass lady is doing sch a fantastic job of rocking the single mom world on her own.
Any Parenthood fan worth their salt knows that Lauren Graham has been dating co-star Peter Krause since 2010, making them one of the most adorable co-star romances out there. Just like Lorelai Gilmore, marriage wasn’t high on her priority list when Ellen quizzed her about her marital status back in 2014. She didn’t see much difference between the way they are as partners, and adding on the marriage certificate. “Aren’t we married already really?” She commented.
Sheryl calls herself the old fashioned type, and clearly believes in marriage, even if she’s never managed to find the right person for her. She strongly holds that divorce is something to be avoided at all costs. ““Hey, I would love to get married – I’m still old-fashioned. But I don’t think marriage is the be-all and end-all. It’s better to have three broken engagements than three divorces.” Sheryl has been famously engaged to Lance Armstrong, as well as in relationships with Eric Clapton and actor Owen Wilson.
Lauryn Hill was paired up with Rohan Marley (the son of legend Bob Marley) for over 15 years before the pair went their separate ways. At the time of the split, Lauryn was pregnant, but unlike her other five children, this one does not have Rohan as its father. Rohan hints towards the idea that he would have got married if Lauryn had been interested, saying that Lauryn was “never ready to walk down the aisle.” As far as we know, Lauryn is still single.
Robin and Amber Laign have been together for well over a decade, but still live in different homes, choosing not to live together or get married. There has been a few rumors of secret weddings over the years, but this is all just speculation and the pair remain happily together, but with their own space too. We love the couple, proving that happy comes in all shapes and sizes, and doesn’t rely on a trip down the aisle.
Edie made a name for herself as Carmela Soprano in The Soprano’s, but this mob wife never wanted to be a wife off screen. Her parents’ divorce might have something to do with it, but she also says that “in my life, in general, I don’t see a lot of marriages that look appealing to me.” She believes strongly in having love in her life, and has adopted two daughters so she certainly adores being a mom, but as for a husband? Not her scene.
Allison Janney isn’t looking to take herself off the dating scene any time soon, as evidenced by her interview to E! Magazine in 2014. , “I want to be a player! I’m still single! I want to feel sexy and young and pretty for as long as I can.” Playing the field is a lot of fun, and we can see why gorgeous celebrities want to live the party lifestyle as much as possible! When love comes a’knocking though, you might just change your mind!
Shonda is the undisputed Queen of Television, with mighty shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Private Practice under her writers belt, as well as producing How to Get Away with Murder. She has three children, but never sees herself getting married, as it would change her life too much. If you know Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda modelled that character on herself. She says that if she got married she “could not have the life that she created for herself”.
Turning gender expectations on their head is what Joan Jett was born to do, and she says that she learned at a very young age that she wasn’t interested in following women’s rules, which included getting all dressed up in a big white dress and setting off down the aisle. While she has had a ton of high profile relationships over the years, including with names like Billy Idol, John Lydon, and Dee Dee Ramone, she has never been married, and tries to keep her private life, private.
Helena Bonham Carter
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter were together for almost 15 years, and had two children together, Nell and Billy. They were one of the first celebrity couples to famously eschew the idea of getting married rather than just building a family together, and we were all devastated to hear about the break up. Helena is enjoying being on her own after such a long time coupled up, and we imagine Tim feels the same way.
Sometimes women decide they don’t want to have marriage in their lives, and sometimes the universe makes that decision for them. Miranda Richardson has always spoken in favour of marriage and commitment, but it’s never happened for the actress. As far back as 2009, she spoke about looking for her Mr Right, and hopefully starting a family. We hope that love and marriage finds Ms Richardson in the end.
This super talented lady often graces the small screens, in shows with huge fanbases such as CSI and The West Wing. She has had relationships with both men and women in the past, but doesn’t appear to have found Mr or Mrs Right quite yet, as she has never been married. The media keep their eye closely on this beautiful lady, hoping for wedding bells, but as of now she appears to be happily single, living an actors dream.
Both men and women often give career excuses why they are too busy to settle down and find love and perhaps marriage and kids, too. But in the case of Janet Napolitano, we pretty much believe her! This incredible woman was the U.S Secretary of Homeland Security, as well as being the Governor and Attorney General of Arizona, and is the President of the University of California System. That doesn’t leave much time to focus on finding a partner!
If we had to imagine someone being happily unmarried, the last person who would come to mind would be the image of Charlotte York from Sex and the City. On screen, the character spent years tracking down the perfect husband, but off screen, the actress isn’t that interested. She does have a daughter, Gemma Rose and wouldn’t want to share her unless it was with “someone so awesome.” Her career as an animal rights activist and her daughter are all she needs right now.
For many people, the over commercialization of marriage is what puts them off taking the plunge. The money, the attention, the sheer decadence of a wedding, it’s not for everyone. Chelsea Handler famously compared marriage to murder! But later on, she took back some of her harsh words, saying ““I realize now that you can be committed to someone without commercialization and all that nonsense. So now I’d get married.” And what a lucky guy that would be!
Some of Mindy Kaling’s most popular comedy revolves around her misspent youth, where she was self-confessedly boy mad, marriage mad and relationship mad! She has made a name for herself as the wannabe-bride, but her opinions have changed since she made the big time. She has been very vocal about the fact that now that she has achieved fame, her work is both rewarding and self-centred enough that she prefers to go home and have her ‘me time’.
Often, when a couple says they don’t believe in marriage, it can seem like one of them is more serious about that attitude than the other. With Naomi Watts and Liev Schriber, it always seemed that Liev was the one who didn’t believe in the formalities. The couple were together for eleven years, and even announced that they were engaged with no plans for a marriage. The commitment was not enough for them, and the pair split up. Since then, Naomi has said she isn’t against the idea of marriage with someone else.
This gorgeous lady has no trouble telling it like it is. “I’m not like anti-marriage or the institution, like for other people. I love the idea of a union but I think, it’s a very old-fashioned, archaic kind of thing. We did it for land originally. How unromantic is that?” Unromantic or not, she still has somehow managed to hold down the one and only Ryan Gosling, and the couple have two daughters together. They might well be the world’s most beautiful couple!