When you are a celebrity, marriage can be an arduous and complicated commitment. Have you ever noticed the great number of popular public figures that have never tied the knot? For non-celebrities, getting married is one of the most significant life events and decisions. But for some celebrities, getting married is not a top priority.
We brought you a list of 30 celebrities who have chosen to stay single. Some of them are people you might expect, while others are a surprise.
1. Lauren Graham
After initially meeting in 1995 while working on the sitcom, Caroline in the City, Lauren Graham and Peter Krause have been happily together for seven years. When they were unexpectedly cast to play brother and sister on NBC’s drama series, Parenthood, fate brought them back together – a beautiful love story that has continued ever since!
From the moment Graham and Krause started filming their show, they began dating and have been a couple ever since. Now residing together in Los Angeles, Graham has embraced her romance with Krause. Although she’s not set on marriage yet, she is open to exploring it as an option for the future.
2. Jennifer Aniston
The Friends star has always been vocal about her stance on marriage and relationships. Although she was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005, she’s never remarried and doesn’t see the need for it in her life. In an interview with Elle in 2020, Aniston explained that “marriage isn’t necessary to prove you are committed” and “you don’t need a piece of paper”.
3. Al Pacino
The prolific actor has been alone since he divorced his long-time girlfriend, Beverly D’Angelo in 2003. He once said that “love is the most important thing” and that there was no need for marriage. Pacino seems to have taken his words to heart and remained single ever since.
4. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful women in show business, is famously single. She has been in a relationship with Stedman Graham for more than 30 years, but the two have never married and are content with their arrangement as it stands.
Winfrey has said that “marriage isn’t a necessity”, and she believes that “you don’t have to be married for your relationship to be successful”.
5. Hugh Grant
The British actor has been single since he divorced his wife, Elizabeth Hurley in 2000. Despite having children with two different women, the Four Weddings and a Funeral star hasn’t remarried or committed fully to any other relationship.
When asked why he’s never married again, Grant simply replied that “people change too much”. He believes that in the long run, it’s best to stay single and free.
Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive, 21 Grams) has always been open to long-term relationships. She and actor Liev Schreiber shared a relationship that spanned 11 years, with the couple having two children together despite not making their union an official one through marriage before parting ways in 2016.
7. Tom Cruise
Believe it or not, Tom Cruise has never been married! Despite being one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and having a long list of high-profile relationships, the Risky Business actor has yet to tie the knot.
8. Mindy Kaling
The famous comedian and actress Mindy Kaling has never been married, but she has mentioned in interviews that she’s open to the idea of marriage. Kaling previously dated her Office costar B.J Novak for 8 years before deciding to stay friends instead of becoming a couple.
9. Bradley Cooper
Lead actor from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper has had several high-profile relationships throughout his career. However, none of them have resulted in marriage and the actor seems to be content with that for now.
10. Marisa Tomei
Having started her illustrious career in the ’80s, Marisa Tomei has worked on an innumerable amount of projects. Although not married, she had a relationship with actor Logan Marshall-Green from 2008 to 2012; yet rumors of their engagement were shut down by Tomei’s representatives. Vocal about marriage and children are necessary for women to be seen as whole human beings, during an interview in 2009 Tomei proclaimed that she is “not that big a fan of marriage as an institution”.
11. Tyra Banks
Supermodel and America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks is known for being outspoken about the pressures she feels to be married. Despite having been in several high-profile relationships, none of them have made it to the altar.
Banks has said that “marriage isn’t something I need” and that she’d rather focus on her career and be an example for young girls.
12. Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova, a renowned tennis player at the top of her game, had to, unfortunately, retire from professional play due to a debilitating back and spinal injury when she was merely 21 years old. Nevertheless, thanks to her fame in the sport that preceded this incident coupled with romantic relationships with celebrities such as NHL players Pavel Bure and Sergei Fedorov-the public eye remained fixed on Kournikova long after she left the court.
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias have been involved in a romantic relationship for years, with speculation that they had even gotten married. However, this has always been denied by the former tennis star. Though no official vows have been exchanged between them yet, it is well-known that they are proud parents of two children together.
13. Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn, famed for her role in Foul Play, has been married not once but twice: to Gus Trikonis from 1969-1976 and to Bill Hudson until 1982. What catapulted her into this list of long-term relationships is the incredible 35 years she’s spent with Kurt Russell – a time that included having one son together as well as several stepchildren and no fewer than 5 homes! Their unwavering commitment throughout their lives without ever tying the knot was what secured them a place on this esteemed roster.
14. Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler is a celebrated comedian and TV host who has been open about her lack of desire to get married. She has even joked that she doesn’t want to compete with any of the men she dates, but she does want them to feel special. Handler has had multiple relationships throughout her life, including one with 50 Cent which ended in 2011.
15. Kelly Osbourne
The British TV personality and singer has had a few relationships but none of them have led to marriage. She was in an on-off relationship with Matthew Mosshart from 2011 until 2014 and is currently single. In an interview, Osbourne said she’s not sure if marriage is something she wants but it hasn’t been ruled out either.
16. Kate Beckinsale
British actress Kate Beckinsale has had a few high profile relationships throughout her career but marriage has not happened for her yet. After splitting from Michael Sheen in 2003, she was then in a relationship with Len Wiseman for 12 years until 2016.
17. Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is a British singer and songwriter who has had an illustrious career, selling out global tours and playing at major festivals. Despite his incredible success, he has yet to get married and reportedly doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon. When asked about it in an interview, the star said that marriage isn’t a necessity for him and that he’s content with his relationship as it stands.
The pop star and former contestant on The Voice has had multiple relationships but never been married. She was most recently dating Brad Ashenfelter in 2018, however, the two split later that year. When asked about marriage in a magazine interview, Kesha said that she doesn’t need a traditional ceremony to feel like her relationship is strong and respected.
20. Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore, an acclaimed actress known for her roles in films such as Boogie Nights and Still Alice, has been married twice but neither of them have been long-term. Her first marriage was to John Gould Rubin from 1986-1995 and her second was to Bart Freundlich from 2003-2015. Moore has since said that she is content being single, focusing on exploring different cultures and dedicating time to her children.
21. Owen Wilson
With a career spanning decades, Owen Wilson has yet to make lasting romantic commitments. Despite his single status, the actor still boasts an impressive list of former celebrity partners – including Grammy Award-winning artist Sheryl Crow who wrote and released “Safe and Sound” in 2002 as a dedication to him detailing their relationship. Yet despite not being married, he is also father to three children from separate relationships: son Robert with ex Jade Duell; second son Finn with Caroline Lindqvist; and daughter Lyla with Varunie Vongsvirates.
It may be startling to some that Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson, who have been together since 2001 with four children (Pearl, Lucille, Minnie and Jack), are unmarried. Nonetheless, the couple often refers to each other as husband and wife during interviews. For Rudolph specifically, being a “husband” means showing commitment not only by fathering her child but also through living together on an ongoing basis without any plans of separating in the future.
23. Matthew Perry
Friends star Matthew Perry has been single for a number of years, and with no plans to change that. The actor, who’s famous for playing Chandler Bing on the iconic television series, was most recently involved in 2018 with literary manager Molly Hurwitz. Despite their split, Perry appears content being single as he continues to focus on his career.
24. Winona Ryder
The Stranger Things star has been single for many years now, and despite her rumored relationships with actors Johnny Depp and Matt Damon, she’s never walked down the aisle. Throughout her career, Ryder has been very private regarding her love life, but it appears that marriage is not a priority for the actress right now.
25. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is one of Hollywood’s most successful actresses who, despite her career successes, has never been married. The South African-born actress was engaged to actor Sean Penn in 2014, but the couple eventually called it off due to conflicting lifestyles. Throughout much of her career, Theron has had multiple relationships with both men and women, but all have ended with no engagement.
26. Danica Patrick
The first female driver to win an IndyCar race, Danica Patrick has had multiple relationships with athletes and celebrities but is still yet to be married. After splitting from fellow NASCAR racer Ricky Stenhouse Jr in 2017 after five years together, Patrick went on to date Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two called it quits only a year later, but Patrick seems content with her single status.
27. Kristen Stewart
After her high-profile relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson ended in 2013, Kristen Stewart has since found love with visual effects producer Alicia Cargile and model Stella Maxwell. Despite the relationships, the actress remains unmarried and appears to be content living a low-key life away from the spotlight.
28. Jamie Foxx
Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has been in multiple relationships but is yet to marry anyone. He was most recently linked with singer Sela Vave who, at the age of 21, caught him up in a wave of controversy for reportedly flirting and exchanging phone numbers with her in front of his ex-girlfriend, Katie Holmes. Foxx has two children from previous relationships, but continues to live a single life away from the spotlight.
29. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is renowned for roles in films such as The Mask and There’s Something About Mary, but she is yet to be married. The actress, who’s been in relationships with Hollywood stars including Jared Leto and singer Justin Timberlake, tied the knot with Good Charlotte lead singer Benji Madden in 2015 but they’re still unmarried. Diaz has since focused on her career and giving back to charitable causes instead of marriage.
30. Kylie Minogue
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has had multiple relationships throughout her career but remains unmarried. The singer, who’s currently in a relationship with British actor Joshua Sasse, was previously engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez from 2003 to 2007. Minogue appears content with the way things are and is a firm believer that marriage isn’t necessary for a happy life.
These are just some of the celebrities who have chosen to remain unmarried and focus on their career, passions, and relationships instead. It goes to show that marriage isn’t always a priority for everyone and that it’s possible to find happiness without it. Ultimately, each individual must make the decision about what’s right for them.