What celebrities have had secret weddings? Pulling off a wedding in secret if you are an A-list celebrity is no easy feat. These are people, remember, who are stalked by paparazzi virtually 24/7. Once the press gets wind of an engagement, the Great Wedding Watch begins. Some clever couples have managed to shock the world with their top-secret nuptials.
Secretly married celebrities include some of the biggest names in film, television, and music. Examples, you say? In 2008, two of the greatest musical minds came together in wedded bliss when Jay-Z married Beyonce, in secret. Months later, the world got its first glimpse of Bey's stunning wedding ring! And in June 2010, Hollywood hottie Megan Fox married longtime boyfriend Brian Austin Green in a secret ceremony in Hawaii.
Some celebrities seem particularly adept at pulling off top-secret weddings. Case in point: Actor Ryan Reynolds secretly married Scarlett Johansson in 2008 in a remote part of Canada. Years later, Reynolds again married in secret, this time to starlet Blake Lively, in a quite ceremony in South Carolina. Their wedding was certainly among the biggest of 2012.
In case you were wondering, not all of the couples with secret weddings stay together forever. Some celebs will end up on lists of celebrity breakups, or have already done so. Still, it is possible that many of the famous couples listed here will see their relationships stand the test of time. They might even someday earn a spot on a list of the longest lasting celebrity marriages!
Josh Hartnett And Tamsin Egerton
Josh Hartnett secretly married longtime girlfriend Tamsin Egerton in November 2021, his rep confirmed to Page Six. The couple, who share three children, tied the knot at The Old Marylebone Town Hall in London, reportedly in a room that seats only 12 people.
Anthony Edwards And Mare Winningham
Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham secretly eloped in 2021, after 35 years of friendship. It was just the two of them, plus an old friend who officiated the wedding, Edwards told Esquire. “We’re too old to throw weddings," he said, adding, "[S]he’s just spectacular. She’s an amazing singer and she’s a wonderful actress and she’s an incredible person.”
The pair became friends in 1986, when they starred in Miracle Mile together. They were both married to other people, so they struck up a friendship, then in 2020, found themselves single and living in New York City.
Adam Rippon And Jussi-Pekka Kajaala
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon secretly tied the knot with his fiancé, real estate broker Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, on December 31, 2021. Rippon revealed the news on social media and to People on January 19, 2022.
"SURPRISE. WE ARE MARRIED. One afternoon JP and I looked at each other and said the very classic *romantic* phrase of “let’s just go do it now.” So we did. It was just the three of us and it was perfect 12/31/21," Rippon captioned a photo of himself, Kajaala, and their dog, Tony.
The pair chose New Year's Eve because they said the holiday isn't a big deal for them, and their officiant had availability that day. They plan to celebrate with family and friends once it is safer to travel (referring to the pandemic).
Jenny Slate And Ben Shattuck
Jenny Slate and Ben Shattuck got married in their living room in Massachusetts on December 31, 2021. "We were planning on a [wedding] that ended up being almost 200 people, and then now, it’s just our parents and siblings,” Slate said in an interview with Marie Claire. “We each invited six friends," she said. "I actually like it. I like it better. I didn’t realize how the large thing was making me feel uncomfortable, a little bit. Just a little.”
The pair, who had been dating since 2019, share daughter Ida Lupine.
Will Forte secretly tied the knot with fiancee Olivia Modling in New Mexico on July 31, 2021. The pair, who welcomed daughter Zoe in February 2021, got married while in Albuquerque to film a series based on Forte's Saturday Night Live character MacGruber.
Lena Dunham And Luis Felber
Uzo Aduba revealed that she and filmmaker Robert Sweeting had secretly tied the knot in 2020. She shared a photo from their nuptials on September 12, 2021, writing, "For some of us, it can feel like we spend our whole lives waiting for our special someone. My heart, my love - I’m so happy my life started last year with you. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me."
John Corbett and Bo Derek secretly got married in December 2020, the former revealed on The Talk in August 2021.
“After 20 years, we decided to get married. We didn’t want 2020 to be that thing where everybody looks back and hated it. Let’s get one nice thing out of this," Corbett said. The pair were set up by Corbett's friend Norby Walters in 2002.
Kristen Wiig married Avi Rothman after they welcomed twins via surrogate in June 2020. She revealed the news on an interview with The Howard Stern Show in February 2021.
Pamela Anderson fell in love with bodyguard Dan Hayhurst during quarantine, tying the knot on Christmas Eve 2020. The pair married on a property on Vancouver Island in Canada that Anderson bought from her grandparents, and where her own parents had tied the knot.
Riz Ahmed wed novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza in a "super intimate, and socially distanced" secret ceremony in a backyard, he revealed on the Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast, with more detail on a January 2021 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Heidi Klum quietly obtained a marriage certificate in California after tying the knot with younger fiancé Tom Kaulitz tied the knot in February 2019, just two months after the Tokio Hotel musician popped the question, on December 24, 2018.
The 100 co-stars shared news of their nuptials on Twitter on June 7, 2019, though it is not known when they actually got married, or even started dating.
Zoe Kravitz and Karl Glusman got married in a secret ceremony some time in 2019. The exact date of the wedding is not known, though a source recently confirmed to Us Weekly that the pair did indeed tie the knot. They are reportedly planning to have a more traditional ceremony in France in June 2019.
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas tied the knot in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards on May 1, 2019. Initially the pair had been rumored to be planning a ceremony in France for summer 2019.
Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn were engaged in 2017 and rumors about a secret wedding first built in February 2018. Though Sheeran denied the rumors at that time, a year later the pair reportedly were married in a small ceremony after Christmas, surrounded by close friends on Sheeran's country estate in Suffolk, England.
On September 13, 2018, Bieber and his model fiancée, Hailey Baldwin, were spotted leaving a New York City courthouse. People confirmed the couple wed after two months of being engaged. At first, media outlets believed the two were simply obtaining a marriage license, but it turns out they had a secret ceremony.
Over the weekend of August 18, 2018, actress Hilary Swank married her longtime boyfriend, entrepreneur Philip Schneider, in a secret ceremony at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA. The two had been dating since a mutual friend set them up on a blind date sometime back in 2016.
“It was timeless. There is just no other way to describe it,” Swank told Vogue. “I was overwhelmed with such gratitude and thanks to be marrying the man of my dreams and to see all the people we love together in the middle of such a profound setting. It was truly a dream come true.”
Actress Michelle Williams and musician Phil Elverum, who performs music under the moniker Mount Eerie, wed in a private ceremony in the Adirondacks sometime in July 2018. A few close friends and their two daughters attended the wedding.
Offset called Cardi B his wife at the 2018 BET Awards on June 24, 2018. TMZ broke the news the next day that the couple – who were publicly engaged – had actually gotten married in Fulton County, GA, on September 20, 2017.
In April 2018, Page Six broke the news that Richard Gere married his girlfriend, Alejandra Silva, in a secret ceremony a few months prior. The pair had been dating since 2018.
In March 2018, the news broke that Michael Cera had secretly married his longtime girlfriend Nadine. The pair were seen out in Brooklyn sporting wedding rings, and some sources say the actor has been married since early 2017.
Ellen Page announced she and partner Emma Portner were married in an Instagram post on January 3, 2018.
Barry Manilow secretly married his long-time partner and manager Garry Kief in 2014. The two have been together for 39 years, and met in 1978. Manilow publicly came out as gay in 2017.
Margot Robbie and her beau Tom Ackerley were married in December 2016 in a secret Australian ceremony. She and Ackerley met in 2013 after working on the film Suite Francaise. Ackerley, a Brit, works as a producer and director in Hollywood. Prior to their wedding the two dated for about three years.