This is a list of famous gay men who were once married to women, all loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous men who have come out as gay have been married to women. While some married before they fully recognized that they were gay, others used their marriages to keep their sexuality a secret from the public.
Who is the most famous gay man who was married to a woman? Elton John tops our list. In 1984, Elton John married Renate Blauel, a German recording engineer. They divorced in 1988, and John told Rolling Stone magazine that he "was comfortable being gay." John has since become an out spoken advocate for gay rights all over the globe. Other famous gay musicians who were married to women include Little Richard and Cole Porter.
Vincente Minnellii, Liza Minnelli's father, was married to several women, including Judy Garland (1945-1951), Georgette Magnani (1954-1958), Danica "Denise" Radosavljevic (1962-1971), and Lee Anderson (1980-1986). Minnelli's biographer stated that Minnelli was openly gay in New York, but he remained closeted in Los Angeles. Liza Minnelli went on to marry Peter Allen, who came out as gay after they divorced in 1974.
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Rock Hudson was married to Phyllis Gates from 1955-1958. Although many of his co-stars alleged that Hudson was gay, he never officially came out. Hudson died of AIDS-related complications in 1985.(Source)
Age: Dec. at 60 (1925-1985)
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States of America
Anthony Perkins was married to the actress Berry Berenson. The couple had two children, Oz Perkins (born 1974) and Elvis Perkins (born 1976). Perkins had several relationships with men prior to his marriage. He died from AIDS-related complications in 1992. Berry Berenson died in the 9/11 attacks aboard Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.(Source)
Age: Dec. at 60 (1932-1992)
Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
In 1984, Elton John married Renate Blauel, a German recording engineer. They divorced in 1988, and John told Rolling Stone magazine that he "was comfortable being gay." In 2005, he married David Furnish, with whom he had been in a relationship with since 1993.(Source 1, 2)
Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
Author Oscar Wilde was married to Constance Lloyd from 1884-1898. Oscar Wilde was charged with the then-crime of sodomy in 1895, and he was imprisoned for two years. He had two children with Lloyd, Cyril Holland (born 1885) and Vyvyan Holland (born 1886).(Source)
Age: Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)
Birthplace: Ireland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin