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 literally stalked by the 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 of 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 or have wound up on lists of celebrity breakups. That's not entirely surprising, now is it? That being said, it is possible that many of the famous couples listed here will see their relationships stand the test of time. They might even make a list of the longest lasting celebrity marriages some day!
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.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
After being engaged for a little over a year, the two former co-stars of That 70's Show tied the knot during the 2015 Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The couple started dating back in 2012 and also have one daughter together who was born in 2014.Source: Entertainment Weekly
September, 2015: Usher and his DJ girlfriend, Grace Miguel, eloped after six years of dating. The two got engaged in January 2015, and had initially planned to wed in Atlanta in front of 100 guests. Instead, they secretly got married and flew to Cuba for their honeymoon. Usher has two kids from a previous marriage to Tameka Foster.Read more:
Us Weekly, ABC News
September 19, 2015: Girls star Allison Williams, 27, may have had the most star-studded wedding of 2015. Her surprise nuptials to College Humor founder Ricky Van Veen, 34, were attended by everyone from Lena Dunham and Katy Perry, to John Mayer and Tom Hanks. The two married in a secret location "out west" after getting engaged in February 2014. She wore a handmade Oscar de la Renta couture gown. After the ceremony, many guests flew to Los Angeles together to attend the Emmy Awards.Read more:
Refinery29, Us Weekly
July, 2015: New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, 35, is thought to have secretly married her partner and baby daddy, producer Jacob Pechenik. The news came when Deschanel's rep announced that the actress had given birth to the couple's first child, a little girl. Zooey and Jacob first revealed news of their engagement in January of 2015.Read more:
People, Page Six
Music legend Billy Joel married his girlfriend of more than five years, Alexis Roderick, in a surprise wedding over the July 4th holiday in 2015. The small ceremony was presided over by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. Roderick, 33, is an equestrian and former Morgan Stanley exec. She and Joel, 66, are expecting their first child together in the summer of 2015. It's the fourth marriage for Joel, who has a daughter, Alexa Joel, 29, with model Christie Brinkley.Read more:
People, Fox News
After 40 (!!) years together, Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman and girlfriend Rima Horton made their relationship official. The two wed in 2012, but news of their nuptials didn't break until 2015.
In an interview, 69-year-old Rickman said, "We are married, just recently. It was great because no one was there. After the wedding in New York, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch."
He even bought Horton, 68, a wedding ring-- a $200 band that, according to Rickman, "she never wears."(Source)
9/23/2014: Jeremy Renner, 43, and his girlfriend and mother of their child, model Sonni Pacheco were married in secret, in order to protect their privacy. The news broke only after Renner was spotted wearing a wedding band in Washington, D.C. at a screening.
He said, "I have tried to protect my family’s privacy, my wife’s privacy. I don’t need her to get hammered with my life. Privacy issues are important because I want her to go about her day without being bothered." The couple welcomed their daughter, Ava, in March 2013.(Source)
8/28/2014: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally tied the knot. After nine years together, the couple wed in secret in Correns, France on Saturday, August 23. They were photographed, with their children in tow, on Friday, arriving at the Nice airport, before their nuptuals at Chateau Miraval.
The private, nondenominational civil ceremony was attended by family and friends. Their children were involved as well. Maddox,13, and Pax, 10, walked Jolie down the aisle, while Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, served as flower girls and Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 6, were ring bearers. Jolie, 39, and Pitt, 50, have been engaged since 2012.(Source)
- Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser, who met in 2012 when Bledel guest starred on "Mad Men" as Kartheiser's love affair, tied the knot in August 2014 after a year-long engagement.