Are you surprised by how many gay men were previously married to women?
The issue of homosexuality behavior has had a lot of publicity of late. Homosexuals say the slaves have been freed and women been liberated, so gay rights are long overdue.
Society doesn't seem to be moving in that direction. Many homosexuals are “coming out” and openly declaring their homosexuality. In many parts of the western world, homosexual couples receive the same recognition as heterosexual couples with regard to social security benefits.
Some church leaders are giving their blessings to homosexual relationships, homosexual church members and even homosexual ministers. There are several famous men who have come out as gay have been married to women.
This is a list of famous gay men who were once married to women, all loosely ranked by fame and popularity. While some married before they fully recognized that they were gays, others used their marriages to keep their sexuality a secret from the public.
Cole Porter was married to Linda Lee Thomas from 1919 until her death in 1954. He was rumored to have had several same-sex relationships throughout his life, though he never publicly came out as gay. His long-time friend Ray Kelly's children now receive a large portion of Porter's royalties.
It’s sometimes staggering to think about how long Elton John has been in the music business. He first came onto the scene in the 1960s and has sold over 300 million records over the years. Though Elton never really went out of his way to hide the fact he was gay, he also never felt comfortable coming out of the closet. He was actually engaged to his secretary Linda Woodrow but that relationship ended up dissolving (most likely because he’s gay). He then married German sound engineer Renate Blauel, and the media instantly called it a sham and a way to cover his homosexuality. John finally admitted he was gay in 1988 and is now happily married to his husband and raising two sons with him.
Little Richard was married to Ernestine Campbell from 1959-1963. He always enjoyed wearing makeup, and he performed in drag groups in the early 1950s. In 1995, he said he always knew he was homosexual.
Richard Cromwell was a stunning American actor who shot to fame in old films like Jezebel with Bette Davis and Young Mr. Lincoln with Henry Fonda. Now, those in the know back then always assumed Cromwell … how do we say … preferred the company of gentlemen, and yet he actually married actress Angela Lansbury for one whole year when she was only 19 and he was 35. They both later admitted the marriage was a mistake.
Jonathan Plummer was the inspiration for the young love interest in his wife Terry McMillan's book How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The couple was married from 1998-2005. Plummer came out as gay in 2005, and McMillan sued him for $40 million for emotional distress.
Musician Peter Allen was married to Liza Minnelli from 1967-1974. A few years later, he came out as gay. He was in a 15-year relationship with Gregory Connell.
Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson was married to the actress Vanessa Redgrave from 1962-1967. They have two daughters together, the actresses Natasha (born 1963) and Joely Richarson (born 1965). Richardson came out as bisexual in 1985, after he was diagnosed with HIV. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1991.
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.
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.
Actor Jack Wrangler was married to singer Margaret Whiting from 1994-2009. He always considered himself to be gay and publicly stated, "I'm gay, but I could never live a gay lifestyle, because I'm much too competitive."