Celebrities: They’re just like us. Although some celebrities love to celebrate their weddings and anniversaries in a big, big way, others prefer to keep the details of their private lives just that: private. Think of it as the difference between your one Facebook friend who posts a daily update about her bae versus the one who has been happily coupled up for years without so much as a sweet picture of them together.
But since we’ve come to expect to know every detail of a star’s life, it can sometimes be shocking to find out that some of your favorite celebrities managed to tie the knot completely in secret. Some celebrities insist on their privacy, which includes everything from not sharing photos of their kids to being secretive about their weddings. But that doesn’t mean they’re not still celebrating their loves.
So whether they’ve been together for a few months or a whopping 23 years (we’re looking at you, RuPaul), it seems that secret weddings are not all that unusual in Hollywood.
Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin
Just two months after getting engaged, Bieber and Baldwin reportedly tied the knot in September 2018 in New York City, a source confirmed to People magazine. After having a legal marriage at the courthouse, during which Bieber said, “I can’t wait to marry you, baby,” the couple plans to have a religious ceremony and bigger celebration with friends and family soon. Meanwhile, Bieber has been vocal about his love and commitment to his new wife on Instagram.
Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef
Ricky Martin and his longtime partner Jwan Yosef tied the knot earlier this year, getting married in January 2018 after becoming engaged in November 2016.
“I’m a husband, but we’re doing a heavy party in a couple of months,” Martin told E! News. “We exchanged vows, and we’ve swear [sic] everything, and we’ve signed all the papers that we needed to sign, prenups and everything… It feels amazing! I can’t introduce him as my fiancé. I can’t. He’s my husband. He’s my man.”
Cardi B & Offset
Cardi B may be an outgoing entertainer but she enjoys keeping some things private, hence the name of her album “Invasion of Privacy.” When it came to her marriage to Offset, the star revealed on Twitter in June that they got married last September. That’s right, they kept it hidden for almost a year!
“There are so many moments that I share with the world and then there are moments that I want to keep for myself!” she wrote in June 2018. “Getting married was one of those moments! Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up, and we had a lot of growing up to do but we was so in love we didn’t want to lose each other, was one morning in September we woke up and decided to get married.”
Jason Momoa & Lisa Bonet
The love story of Momoa and Bonet started over a decade ago, but the couple is still going strong and finally made it official last year. After meeting in 2005 and having their first child, Lola, in June 2007, it was believed that the two married in November 2007 thanks to Momoa openly referring to Bonet as his “wife” throughout the years, according to PEOPLE. But the couple actually got married a decade later, tying the knot in October 2017 in an intimate ceremony.
Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander
When two very private celebrities like Fassbender and Vikander want to get married in secret, they plan a destination wedding. After reportedly tying the knot in a private ceremony on Ibiza in October 2017, the public only found out because they were caught wearing wedding bands in paparazzi photos that same weekend. Sources later confirmed to PEOPLE that they got married in private at the La Granja Farmstead Resort in front of friends and family.
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
For a couple that’s known each other for a long time and is also very private, Kunis and Kutcher kept their July 2015 wedding under wraps. Their festive wedding party over the Fourth of July weekend happened at Secret Garden at Parrish Ranch in Oak Glen, California, and was attended by family and friends, including some of their “That ’70s Show” co-stars. Their then-9-month-old daughter, Wyatt, was also in attendance. They now also have a son, Dimitri.
Dave Franco & Alison Brie
After meeting at the 2011 Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Franco and Brie became engaged in August 2015. The bride wore a unique rose gold ring set with a rose-cut diamond and a diamond pave until they finally tied the knot in secret in March 2017. Their secret wedding should come as no surprise, though, since Brie has previously talked about not being that into weddings or marriage.
“I never wanted to get married. I was just like, ‘Well, that’s not my life path, because I’m choosing this crazy lifestyle.’ And then, you know, I fell in love,” Brie told the New York Post.
Ellen Page & Emma Portner
The famously private actress (who didn’t even reveal news about her relationship until summer 2017) didn’t have a big wedding, instead opting to make a surprise announcement on her Instagram account earlier this year.
“Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife,” Page wrote in the post on January 3rd, 2018, while also tagging Portner, who is a professional dancer and choreographer.
“I get to call this incredible woman MY WIFE!” Portner echoed on her own Instagram. “I LOVE YOU!”
Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser
Bledel and Kartheiser are so private that almost no photos exist of the two together, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the duo also held a private wedding ceremony. The “Mad Men” co-stars got engaged in March 2013 and then secretly tied the knot in June 2014 at Rolling Thunder Ranch resort in Ojai, California. The private duo became parents in fall of 2015, also in secret.
Matt Bomer & Simon Halls
In what might possibly be the biggest surprise of celebrity secret weddings, “The Magnificent Seven” actor Bomer shocked fans in May 2014 by revealing that he has actually been married to Halls since 2011.
“It was very chill. Very small — only our nearest and dearest,” Bomer said to OUT magazine of the ceremony and its effect on their family, which includes three sons. “There’s a security, a validity of knowing that it’s legal. It’s hard to put into words. It’s just a feeling I guess — something about saying vows in front of the people around you who love and support you. I think it was good for our family.”
Morena Baccarin & Ben McKenzie
First comes love, then comes baby and finally comes marriage. At least that’s the path followed by “Gotham” co-stars McKenzie and Baccarin, who got married in June 2017 after having their first child together in March 2016. The best part of their nuptials, though, is that they married on Baccarin’s birthday, which McKenzie plans to celebrate in the future in big style.
“It is sweet or so I thought,” he told Harry Connick, Jr., on “Harry” a few months after their wedding. “It’s sweet, and half of her loves that and I think she just wants me to be clear that she is going to get a birthday present and there is going to be an anniversary gift and it’s a whole week. She’s Brazilian and birthdays are very special.”
Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo
Some couples wait a while to tie the knot, as is the case for Adams and her love, Le Gallo. The two were together for a whopping 14 years and engaged since 2008 when they finally got married in May 2015 in a small, intimate ceremony at a friend’s house in Santa Barbara, California. The two have a daughter, Aviana, who was born in May 2010.
Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden
Diaz and Madden took their whirlwind romance to new heights when they wed in January 2015. After beginning to date in May and getting engaged just before Christmas, guests showed up at their Beverly Hills home to a romantic wedding under a giant tent in their backyard adorned with lots of candles and white flowers, according to PEOPLE. Their relationship remains as private as their wedding.
Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak
After 14 years together, Parsons married his longtime love, graphic designer Spiewak, in a private ceremony in New York City on May 13, 2017.
“I met this guy (the one with the mic) 14 years ago today and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, no contest,” he wrote in an Instagram post on November 15, 2016, to celebrate their 14th anniversary before tying the knot.
Amanda Seyfried & Thomas Sadoski
Fans of Seyfried and Sadoski were shocked to learn that the two eloped in March 2017 after getting engaged in September of the previous year. The couple, who welcomed their first child together shortly after their surprise nuptials, revealed to the world that they were officially married when Sadoski went on the “The Late Late Show with James Corden” to share the news.
“We eloped. We just took off into the country with an officiant and, just the two of us, and we did our thing,” Sadoski told Corden at the time. And, well, the rest is history!
Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik
Some couples like to do two things at once, as Deschanel and Pechenik proved when they welcomed their first child, daughter Elsie, just days after getting married. Their super-secret ceremony happened in July 2015. The uber-private couple didn’t show off her engagement ring until the previous March after announcing both the pregnancy and engagement earlier that year. In May 2017, the couple welcomed a baby boy.
Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed
Just four months after getting engaged, Somerhalder and Reed got married in April 2015 in a surprise outdoor reception in California. Of course, their wedding was beautiful and included plenty of their friends, including Somerhalder’s co-stars from “The Vampire Diaries” — most of whom actually thought they were there for a housewarming party! Their surprise wedding was followed a couple of years later by their first child together, daughter Bodhi, in July 2017.
Kate Mara & Jamie Bell
The former “Fantastic Four” co-stars surprised fans by tying the knot in July 2017. Mara shared a photo on her Instagram of herself and Bell kissing with the simple caption, “Nuptials.” The private couple kept it low-key after first starting to date in fall 2015 and People confirmed their engagement in January 2017.
“You constantly have to shift things, and communicate,” Mara said of dating a fellow actor. “Like asking, ‘What’s your deal with that show or with this movie,’ to make sure that you actually can see each other. I think that’s the most important thing, especially when you’re in a relationship with another actor, because it’s tricky. We’re on the same page though, so that helps.”
RuPaul & Georges LeBar
In March 2017, RuPaul shocked the world when he revealed that he had been secretly married to his partner, Georges LeBar, for months. He went on “Hollywood Today Live” to reveal that the two got married on their 23rd anniversary.
“I’ve never said this on television before,” he started, “but we are married. We got married on our 23rd [anniversary]. I met him on the dance floor at Limelight [club in New York City] in 1994, on his birthday. So we got married on his birthday, the anniversary of when we met, this year — in January.”
Barry Manilow & Garry Kief
In yet more news of a couple that made it after many years together, Manilow and his longtime manager and partner Kief finally tied the knot in 2014. Their private ceremony at Manilow’s home in Palm Springs, California, was attended by 20-30 guests who all thought they were going to a lunch but instead were treated to a surprise wedding, according to PEOPLE.
Ludacris & Eudoxie
What’s it like to go from proposal to getting married in one day? Well, according to Ludacris’ wife Eudoxie, it was “perfect.” The rapper and his longtime love announced their engagement on the day after Christmas in 2014 and then announced in January 2015 that they actually got married that same day.
“We chose a simple and intimate wedding that was perfect for us,” Eudoxie told E! News. “We wanted the day to be about our loving commitment to each other.”
Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison
The famously private actress has always been quiet about her sexuality and her relationship, so it should come as no surprise to fans that she quietly tied the knot with photographer Hedison in April 2014. The two had been dating for almost a year. Previously, Foster gave a Golden Globes speech that was widely regarded as her public coming out.
“This is not going to be a big coming-out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age — in those very quaint days when a fragile girl would open up to trusted friends and family and coworkers and then gradually proudly to everyone who knew her,” she said at the time.
Margot Robbie & Tom Ackerley
These longtime lovebirds were so sneaky about their wedding plans that they never even confirmed an engagement. Instead, reports surfaced in December 2016 that the two were married after Robbie was spotted wearing a T-shirt that read, “Say ‘I Do’ Down Under” when arriving in her home country. Days later, the actress posted a photo to her Instagram that featured her and Ackerly kissing and showing off a pear-shaped diamond.
Daisy Fuentes & Richard Marx
Fuentes and Marx said a very merry Christmas to fans when they announced their surprise, secret wedding on December 25, 2015, after having gotten married two days earlier in Aspen, Colorado.
“On December 23rd, 2015 the magnificent @daisyfuentes gave me the honor of becoming my wife,” Marx wrote on his Instagram.
“Even for a writer, there are no words to adequately describe the exquisiteness of this woman,” he wrote the next day.
For her part, Fuentes simply showed off a photo of the two with the hashtag #dreamwedding.
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burkta
Harris and Burkta may be the cutest dads on social media, constantly sharing photos of their two adorable kids — which is why it may come as a surprise that they weren’t actually married until 10 years into their relationship. After confirming to PEOPLE that the two were married in Italy “in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family,” NPH took to Twitter to announce the news personally to his fans.
“Guess what? [Burtka] and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband’,” he wrote in September 2014.