Gone are the days when people would just be virtually independent but deep within strive for an individual expression, meaning and way of livelihood. However, things are much different nowadays with numerous people coming out and speaking out loud about their sexuality and sexual preferences; and, this is exemplified in varied ways—through vigils, public meetings, newspaper front page articles and sure enough, through same sex marriages. Here we trace 7 celebrities, who, in spite of being lesbian, had been married to men—some before their epiphany and some even after that.
7. Wanda Sykes
To those who are into films and television, the name of Wanda Sykes is not unknown. This multifaceted personality was a comedian, TV producer, voice artist, actor, film producer and screenplay writer—married Dave Hall. The relationship lasted for around 7 years before she stepped out of it and announced to the whole wide world that she was a lesbian. After going public with her sexuality Wanda moved in with her partner Alex Sykes (a male footballer, for the record) and even married her later on.
6. Meredith Baxter
Famous actor and film producer, Meredith Baxter declared that she was a lesbian, after she had married to three men. The celebrity even has 2 children from her first husband Robert Lewis Bush and three children from her second husband David Birney. However, she had the world in shock when in 2009 she openly announced her sexual preference in “Today” magazine and went ahead to live in with her partner Nancy Locke, whom she had been dating since 2006. The couple later tied the knot in December 2013.
5. Portia De Rossi
An Australian model, actor and comedian, this multi-talented woman got married to Mel Metcalfe in 1996 and remained so till 1999. Breaking out from her marriage Portia proclaimed herself as a lesbian in 2005 and married her partner Ellen DeGeneres in 2008. She has been married to her ever since.
4. Julie Cypher
This famous film director married actor Lou Diamond Phillips of La Bamba fame in 1986 but spit from him in 1990 to live with partner Melissa Etheridge, the famous musician. For 10 years till September 2000 the lesbian relationship with the famous musician, survived even though Julie in between gave birth to two children, a boy and a girl. It was later revealed that rock musician David Crosby (a common friend of Julie and Melissa) was the father of both the children. Breaking up the lesbian relations, Julie in now married to Matthew Hale.
3. Alice Walker
After being in a nuptial bond for around 9 years, author Alice Walker (of, The Color Purple fame) divorced husband Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal, with whom she had had a child (author Rebecca Walker) and went ahead to live in a relationship with the famous singer Tracy Chapman.
2. Frida Kahlo
Who does not know this beautiful painter from Mexico? This genius was married, not once, but twice, to fellow painter Diego Riviera. But that was not all. In her lifetime, she had been in and out temporary flings with numerous people, while even she was married. Among the list of the temporary loves of Frida, there were both men and women.
1. Anne Heche
This famous pubic personality—a TV director, producer, screen writer, voice artist and an actor—started off with a 3 years old relationship (from 1997 to 2000) with Ellen DeGeneres. However, eventually she got married to Coleman Laffoon (or, Coley) and did bear a child from him in 2002, named Homer. Divorcing Coleman in 2007, Heche got involved in a relationship with James Tupper and gave birth to another boy, Atlas Heche Tupper in 2009. The couple is still together.