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Indie Musicians You Didn’t Know Were a Couple

Updated September 23, 2021 124 votes 34 voters 9.3k views10 items

Everyone talks about Brangelina and Blake and Gwen, but the names of indie musician couples aren't usually plastered all over the tabloids. By definition, indie musicians work in a world that's removed from mainstream music. And in such an isolated community, it's understandable that indie musicians morph into indie couples. Relationships between indie music artists are marked by both drama and romance, and while some have resulted in happy marriages, others only live on in the heartbroken tracks they've inspired. 

This list finally reveals the indie musician couples you probably didn't know were once an item, as well as some that are still together. Actress and musician Zooey Deschanel and indie music darling Ben Gibbard made headlines when they tied the knot in 2009 – and made even more when they announced their divorce in 2011. Singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards was never married to Bon Iver visionary Justin Vernon, but their brief relationship inspired some beautiful music. But not all of the couples on this list split up. Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the musical minds behind Arcade Fire, have been married since 2003.

Like their music, these indie couples have been able to exist under the radar. But now it's time to read between the lyrics and discover the real-life loves and losses that may have inspired some of your favorite indie songs.
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    Win Butler and Régine Chassagne

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    Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler met his future wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne when he moved to Montreal in 2000 to attend McGill University. They were married in 2003, and Chassagne gave birth to their first child in 2013. Butler sings about his wish to become a father in "The Suburbs," a song off the 2010 Grammy-winning album of the same name.
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    Regina Spektor and Jack Dishel



    Jack Dishel played with the Moldy Peaches and Only Son, while Regina Spektor is the singer-songwriter known for "Fidelity" and the title track for Orange Is the New Black. The pair have been married since 2011, and Spektor announced the birth of their son on Facebook in April of 2014. They've performed together and collaborated on "Party Upstairs" and "Call Them Brothers." 
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    Isaac Brock and Lisa Molinaro

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    Modest Mouse violist Lisa Molinaro was a recent addition to the group and has been in a relationship with MM singer Brock since 2010.They met when Brock signed her band Talkdemonic to his in-house record label, Glacial Pace. Molinaro later joined Modest Mouse when Talkdemonic called it quits.

    “It has been a strenuous couple years for Isaac and the band and as a result for our relationship – and that’s been hard,” she told Buzzfeed. “But I am committed to Modest Mouse and I am committed to him and our relationship and that takes an ultimate amount of patience, which luckily I have lots of.”
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    Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard

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    Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard was a fan of actress and She & Him singer Zooey Deschanel before they officially met. As he told NY Magazine, "I'd seen her in movies and obviously I thought she was very beautiful. I was just awestruck that she was even talking to me."

    The couple were married near Seattle in 2009, but finalized their divorce in 2012. Listeners will have to decide for themselves if the pointed lyrics on Death Cab for Cutie's Kintsugi are about Deschanel.
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