She was an influential member of the 70s punk rock movement, so it’s no surprise there have been a lot of Patti Smith relationships. For fans wondering, “Who has Patti Smith dated?” this is the list for you. So, is Patti Smith single?
It appears she may be for now, though in 2018, many speculated Ralph Fiennes was a Patti Smith boyfriend. If that’s true, he joins a list of the many famous men Patti Smith dated. One of the more important people Patti Smith dated was Fred “Sonic” Smith. Patti Smith married Fred in 1980, after which the pair moved away into semi-retirement to raise their children.
Sam Shepard was another of the important Patti Smith exes. She even wrote a loving tribute to him in The New York Times, after his passing in 2017.
Read on below to learn about the full Patti Smith dating history.
Patti Smith and Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) were reportedly lovers in the 1970s. Lanier collaborated with Smith for tracks on her iconic albums Easter and Horses.
- Age: Dec. at 67 (1946-2013)
Patti Smith discussed her late-sixties to early-seventies romantic relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in her 2010 book, Just Kids.
"We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark," Smith wrote.
- Age: Dec. at 42 (1946-1989)
- Birthplace: Floral Park, New York
Patti Smith briefly dated Todd Rundgren in 1971. He later produced The Patti Smith Group record, Wave, in 1979.
- Age: 73
- Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Patti Smith and Jim Carrol dated in the 1970s.James Dennis Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009) was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries; the book inspired a 1995 film of the same title that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.... more
- Age: Dec. at 60 (1949-2009)
- Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America