In today’s wide open LGBT community, there’s no reason to keep one’s sexuality under wraps. But it wasn’t always like that. Here are cases of famous women who were blindsided by learning they were unknowingly married to a gay man. Not all the rumors have been officially dispelled yet, but the results were all the same: Not in MY house!
Liza Minnelli was married to flamboyant Broadway Musical Star Peter Allen from 1967-1974. To no one else’s surprise, Allen came out as gay decades after their divorce. Obviously, it runs in the family…
Judy Garland married the dashing, talented and innovative stage and film Director Vincente Minnelli at a time when being openly gay in LA was career suicide. To be fair, he was probably bi-sexual. Anyway, he did give the world Liza…
Fran Drescher was married to The Nanny TV show creator Peter Marc Jacobson from 1978 to 1999, splitting after a messy, angry, public divorce over his coming out as gay. Still, they went on to exploit the issue with Drescher’s other starring TV vehicle, Happily Divorced. So, apparently, all is forgiven…
After a mostly stormy 4-year marriage, The View co-host Star Jones had a highly-public divorce from Al Reynolds, amidst widespread, whispered rumors that he was a gay gold digger. Reynolds has never come out publicly, but the rumors have never gone away…
Despite hearing rumors for decades about her husband’s secret gay life, Carol Channing waited until her spouse of 46 years (Charles Lowe) was on his deathbed to initiate angry divorce proceedings. Lowe never came out publicly, but died of AIDS before the divorce was final.
For 17 years, best-selling novelist Terry McMillan was married to Jonathan Plummer, on whom she based the fictional, romantic lead of her smash hit book and movie, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. After he came out as gay in 2005, she sued him for $40 million for emotional distress. Talk about your surprise endings…
RHOA breakout star Porsha Williams spent a good chunk of one season debating her hunky NFL jock husband’s (Kordell Stewart) sexuality. It was pretty obvious to everyone else, especially after he opened his own hair salon in LA. Then again, she once famously revealed she thought The Underground Railroad was an actual train route, so…
Carrie Fisher married Talent Agent Bryan Lourd in 1991, but divorced him just three years later when he came out as a gay man. Still, they did have one daughter together. Obviously, “The Force is strong with this one…”
Betsy who? Drake was a B actress in Hollywood in the 40s who was unknowingly married for two years to a famous actor who dodged gay rumors throughout his more than 50-year career. But, in her defense, that guy was Cary Grant. Now THAT’S acting…