It feels like celebrities left and right are coming out of the closet as they come clean about their sexuality. But it turns out there are just as many stars who are remaining mum on the subject, and who might actually be using their spouse as a ‘beard.’ A beard is a millennial slang for a partner or spouse who is used to cover-up the other person’s actual preferences.
For some celebs, they might feel that coming out of the closet could harm their career, especially if they’ve built it by playing straight characters on screen. Some stars who become the center of gay rumors have been married to an opposite-gender spouse for years and may even have kids, but it still doesn’t help to quash the public’s curiosity.
Check out this list of 8 celebs who acted as their partner’s beard and 8 who totally unknowingly are a beard right now. Do you think that these celebs might actually be gay?!
16 Gwen Stefani Knew: She Helped Gavin Admit It
For years, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were one of Hollywood’s ultimate power couples. The couple was married from 2002-2016 and share three adorable sons. Though their marriage reportedly ended over Gavin’s infidelity with the family’s nanny, it sounds like Gavin also enjoys playing for the other team.
While married to Gwen, it became public knowledge that the Bush frontman had previously had a romantic relationship with a man. Singer Marilyn Robinson has long said that he and Gavin used to be involved. It took Gavin many years to finally admit he’d been with a guy, and sources say Gwen was the one who helped him come to terms with his sexuality.
Did Gavin’s preference for guys contribute to his divorce? "I'm getting kind of the gist that people want me to be somehow to blame for the marriage split and that's just not true," Marilyn said after Gwen and Gavin split. "I love Gavin. I've always loved Gavin. I want him to be happy and Gwen to be happy and the kids to be happy."
15 Jada Pinkett Smith Is Clueless: There Have Always Been Rumours
Ridiculous rumors have always followed Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. But perhaps one of the wildest is the fan theory that Will is actually gay. The couple has had one of the longest-lasting marriages in Hollywood, officially tying the knot in 1997, and they share two famous kids.
Yet some fans think that Will actually plays for the other team, and his adorable family is only for the tabloids- but it’s not only the fans! Fellow actress Alexis Arquette went on a social media rant against the couple in 2016 where she accused them both of being gay.
“When Jada comes out as gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked into him … then I will listen to them,” Alexis wrote on in a now-deleted Facebook post. Jada and Will continue to deny the rumors to this day.
14 Brian Austin Green Knew: Megan Is Into Ladies
Megan Fox might be every man’s Dream Girl, but it sure sounds like she plays for the other team. Despite being married to actor Brian Austin Green for almost 10 years and sharing three boys together, Megan has always been open about her attraction to women. Though she’s maintained that she’s bisexual, many fans believe that she might solely be into women and her adorable family is only a cover-up.
“I have no question in my mind about being bisexual,” the actress has said about her sexuality. But that doesn’t mean Meg would like to date a girl! “I’m also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I’d never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man.”
13 Irina Shayk Is Clueless: Bradley Isn’t Out Yet
Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper are one of the hottest couples in all of Hollywood. The couple has been public with their relationship since 2015, and even welcomed their daughter, Lea, last year. But it sounds like Irina might be in the dark about her partner’s sexuality.
Bradley is one male actor who has been the center of gay rumors for years, despite being in various high profile relationships, including his most recent one with the Victoria’s Secret Angel. Some fans argue that his history of failed relationships (including a 1-year marriage to Jennifer Esposito) could all be for show. Bradley is known to be mum about his personal life, so we don’t expect him to confirm or deny the rumors anytime soon.
12 Kendra Wilkinson Knew: The Scandal That Almost Ruined Them
Fans thought former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson had gotten her fairy-tale ending when she settled down with NFL Star Hank Baskett. In what felt like no time, the couple was married with a young son and another baby on the way (not to mention a popular reality TV show). But it wasn’t before long that scandal rocked their family.
While Kendra was pregnant with their daughter, the news hit the tabloids that Hank had cheated with a transgender model. Many fans were instantly confused, accusing Hank of being gay as well as unfaithful to his bombshell wife. However, to many people’s surprise, the couple ended up working on through after Kendra gave birth. As documented on their show, Kendra forgave her hubby and they’ve evidently been able to move past his transgressions.
11 Deborra Is Clueless: Hugh Loves More Than Broadway
Hugh Jackman has been happily married to his non-famous wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, since 1996. The couple adopted two children over the years after facing fertility problems. But what if the couple isn’t as happy as they lead on?
The actor has been no stranger to gay rumors, especially due to his involvement in Broadway, which is typically thought to be an industry dominated by homosexual males. However, Hugh hasn’t seemed to mind the speculation, often simply laughing it off and saying he finds it amusing.
Back in 2013, Hugh admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that the rumors do affect his wife sometimes. “Just recently, it bugs her,” he explained. “She goes: ‘it’s big, it’s everywhere.’” Despite the gossip, this Tinsel Town couple are still together and appear better than ever.
10 Josh Duhamel Knew: Fergie Had A Wandering Eye
The world was shocked last year when pop star Fergie and her hunky husband Josh Duhamel split after 8 years (and one child) together. The couple remained quiet on the cause of their split, but it hasn’t stopped fans from wondering whether Fergie’s bisexuality was the problem.
The singer has been open about her preferences for years. She’s also been the subject of tons of cheating allegations, with some media outlets claiming that she was unfaithful with another woman. During her divorce, there were some crazy rumors that said Fergie couldn’t sleep with women any longer, leading Josh to pull the plug on their relationship.
While it remains unclear if Fergie’s wandering eye is to blame, perhaps now she’ll explore her bisexual preference. Who knows, maybe the next time she walks down the aisle, it’ll be a girl!
9 Kelly Preston Is Clueless: Years of John's Lawsuits
John Travolta has long been the subject of gay rumors for years, despite being married to Kelly Preston since 1991 and welcoming three kids. Multiple individuals have come forward throughout the years claiming they’ve had secret romances with the actor or had even been sexually harassed by him.
For instance, in 2012, an anonymous masseuse filed a lawsuit claiming John had sexually assaulted him, though the celeb’s team said the defendant was only looking for 55 minutes of fame. Similar allegations were also made in 2014 and 2017, and John has denied them all.
Sources say that John has been resistant to address these rumors due to his involvement in Scientology. The church reportedly has insider knowledge about his romantic life, which they would be willing to expose if the actor or his family ever left the church. As it stands, his wife is refusing to leave her man’s side...
8 Rob Pattinson Knew: Bella Is Bi
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart fulfilled all Twi-hard’s dreams for a brief moment in time when they dated from 2009-2013. We all thought these two were the real deal until K-Stew was exposed for cheating on Rob with director Rupert Sanders. But it doesn’t look like it was another guy that broke up her relationship.
Since parting ways with her former on-screen love, Kristen has only been dating fellow ladies. Many fans speculate that the actress stayed in a relationship with Rob for as long as she did simply to hide her preference for the same-gender. Kristen has been reluctant to talk about her sexuality to the media, often ignoring the question of whether she’s bi or not.
Still, many find it hard to believe that Rob didn’t know Kristen preferred guys to gals, and they’re convinced that this was why their relationship ended in heartbreak.
7 Jenna Is Clueless: Channing Is Too Good To Be True
Jenna Dewan is the lucky lady who managed to win the heart of Channing Tatum. The actors married in 2009 and welcomed their only child, daughter Everly, in 2013. Despite their adorable PDA moments on PDA, some fans remain convinced that Channing actually has eyes for guys rather than his gorgeous wife.
The gay rumors began after he began getting close to Matt Bomer, who is openly out of the closet. The media seems to think that one straight guy can’t be friends with a gay guy IRL without feelings forming since the tabloids have been making wild allegations ever since.
Still, Jenna remains open about her marriage to the hunky actor, even admitting that their relationship isn’t 100% perfect. “When people say you guys have such a perfect life, I want to scream and tell them no one’s perfect,” she recently said to Health magazine. Hopefully, things aren’t perfect for the reasons some fans suspect!
6 Johnny Depp Knew: Amber Had An Agenda
We were all shocked and confused when Johnny Depp quickly got married to actress Amber Heard, who was half his age. Johnny had been in decades-long relationships before and never tied the knot, so many wondered what changed his mind. However, the unlikely pairing’s union barely lasted, as Amber eventually filed for divorce after making domestic battery allegations. The pair quickly made their divorce final before the scandal could blow up more.
Of course, fans have been wondering what happened between Johnny and Amber. One interesting theory is that her sexuality is to blame. Amber has been proudly bisexual for years, even having public relationships with women. Some fans think the actress married Johnny to help improve her image, not for love. Johnny is reportedly a jealous fellow, so perhaps he didn’t like that his wife swings both ways. Either way, there’s a reason these two didn’t work out.
5 Amal Is Clueless: George Ain’t No Prize
The world was thrilled when eternal bachelor George Clooney announced he was FINALLY going to be settling down with human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin. The actor had been single for decades, insisting that he never saw himself getting married or starting a family. Yet alas, the pair were married in 2014 and went on to welcome their twins last year.
It’s no surprise that George has had gay rumours following him given his long-time bachelor status. Some fans even think that he married Amal only to quash the gay rumours, not for love. It didn’t help in 2011 when his then-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis described them as having a “father-daughter” relationship, making many fans feel icky. But the actor continues to be the subject of such gossip, despite his recent marriage.
4 Judy Garland Knew: It Was For Appearances
Judy Garland was America’s sweetheart when she married Vincente Minnelli at the young age of 23. The actress had already been married and divorced once before, while Vincente (who was 19 years her senior) had never been wed before.
It wasn’t long before rumors began to circulate suggesting that Vincente had only married the troubled Hollywood starlet to hide his orientation. Being a bachelor for most of his career, the celeb had long been the subject of homosexuality rumors. Some fans believed his manager pressured him into marrying Judy to give him a more family-friendly image. Likewise, many believe Judy agreed to it to salvage her party-girl image.
In the end, Vincente and Judy were only married 5 short years before separating, though they did welcome a daughter. Both celebs went on to marry multiple times afterward.
3 Katie Holmes Is Clueless: Jamie Is Worse Than Tom
Just last year, the news broke that Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have been dating in secret for many years. Fans everywhere were thrilled since this is the first relationship Katie has gone public with since her nasty divorce from Tom Cruise, who is reportedly also estranged from their daughter, Suri. But it sounds like Katie has found a winner in Jamie, who sources say dotes on both her and her mini-me.
However, it might not be all butterflies and rainbows for Katie, as Jamie continues to be the subject of gay rumors. Jamie, who is a father of two, was accused of being in a relationship with Marque Anthony (who’s signed to his record label) in 2012 by comedian Katt Williams. The actor’s team insists it was nothing more than a joke on Katt’s part and that Jamie is very much into women.
2 Fran Drescher Knew: Their Love Is Unique
Actress Fran Drescher is best known for her role in the 90s hit The Nanny. The star had a longtime marriage to a man who later came out as gay, Peter Marc Jacobson. The couple married in 1978. They separated in 1999 after over 20 years together, though they never had any children. Shortly afterward, Peter came out as gay.
Since her ex-hubby came out of the closet, Fran has been using her famous platform to support and fight for LGBTQ+ rights. She has stated the only reason she and her ex divorced was that they were heading down different life paths. "We choose to be in each other's lives in any capacity,” Fran has said about their relationship. “Our love is unique, rare, and unconditional; unless he's being annoying."
1 Paloma Is Clueless: Vin Diesel Is Private For A Reason
Vin Diesel has always been notoriously private when it comes to his personal life, so it’s no surprise that gay rumors have followed the actor over the years. The actor has been in a longtime relationship with Paloma Jimenez since 2007, and they have three kids together.
But even Vin’s cute family isn’t enough to stop the public from speculating about his sexuality. The star has openly addressed the gay rumors, though indirectly. "I'm not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors,” he once said. “I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence. I'm not gonna do that."
Despite Vin’s insistence that he’s happily married to a woman, some fans remain convinced that he’s actually interested in the same gender. Are you one of them?
Sources: Ranker, The Hollywood Reporter, People Magazine