Celebrities Who Are Not About the Institution of Marriage
More and more people these days have less conventional views on marriage, finding it more trouble than it's worth or just disagreeing with the institution altogether. Perhaps sky-rocketing divorce rates over the years make this new perspective on marriage unsurprising.
From Oprah to Ricky Gervais to Al Pacino, many celebrities seem to have an open anti-marriage stance, at least when it comes to their own personal lives. While their reasons vary, the end result remains the same: why put a ring on it if you don't have to?
Charlize Theron doesn't feel marriage is a necessity, but that’s not because she can't find a husband. She's gorgeous and mega-talented, so she has plenty of options. However, as far as the official marriage process, she just doesn't think it's for her.
Sandra Bullock was married to Jesse James until their ugly divorce in 2010, and since then, it seems she's decided marriage is not necessarily the right move anymore. In 2015, Bullock told People, "I can see myself in a committed, safe relationship where there is lots of love and laughter, and 'making memories' is No. 1 on the to-do list."
Ricky Gervais has been with his partner Jane Fallon for more than 30 years, yet they've never gotten married. In fact, Gervais is one of the most outspoken celebrities about the concept of marriage and his belief in its futility.
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber were a New York City power couple for 11 years, having two kids in the process. Yet when they went their separate ways, it sure was a whole lot easier not having to deal with the legal hassle of divorce since they were never officially married.
Eva Mendes is quoted as saying she believes that marriage is "more societal than anything else." She also said that marriage is old-fashioned. Still, while it might not be right for her, Mendes doesn't have anything against it for others. It's a personal choice.
Owen Wilson is a father of three, though the children have three different mothers. None of those mothers were ever married to Wilson, however, as it seems marriage is just not for him. Meanwhile, all sources indicate that Wilson is quite happy being a single dad.
It may seem like the Colombian singer Shakira is married, since she's been with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué for over 10 years, but that’s not actually the case. She likes to call herself "semi-married," and there is no doubt in her mind that Piqué is the one for her. She doesn't need a piece of paper to realize that.
Jamie Foxx has two kids from two different relationships, but he's not married and never has been. He was recently in a long-term committed relationship with Katie Holmes for six years, though the couple was extremely secretive about it. It wasn't until 2018 that the public even knew they were together.
John Cusack is more than a little private about his personal and romantic life, but the fact that he's never been married would seem to indicate he's not really into it. In an interview with Elle, he was asked why he never married, and his response was "society doesn't tell me what to do."
Diane Keaton is in her 70s, and she is very happily unmarried, never having been otherwise. Through the years, she has had some serious relationships, including some with other high-profile actors, but none of them have ever put a ring on it, and that may be largely her doing.
Oprah Winfrey has been with Stedman Graham for decades, and even though he proposed to her in 1993, they never officially got married. Instead, they have maintained a spiritual partnership that they both claim has kept them together.
No one knows much about the personal life of Queen Latifah. Her enormous fame aside, she has somehow been able to keep most of her personal matters from the public eye. While not much is known about the famous rapper and actress, one thing is for sure: She's not married and never has been.
Jon Hamm is not the marriage-type, it seems. If he were, he likely would have married Jennifer Westfeldt, who he was with for 18 years. In the end, it was probably for the best that they never got married, because the relationship didn't work out in the end, and they saved themselves from the trouble of divorce.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been an international heartthrob for most of his life, but all that love coming his way never led to marriage. He's even dated his share of high-profile women (all conspicuously younger than him), but all of those relationships ended long before marriage even seemed to enter the equation.
A man of many secrets, Matt Dillon's personal life is a pretty big mystery to the general public. We know he was in a serious relationship with Cameron Diaz for three years in the 90s and that he's never been married, but he hasn't revealed much more than that.
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick were a couple for nine years, most of which was documented on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its spin-offs. Their publicized relationship had many people rooting for them to tie the knot. It never happened, though.
Sarah Silverman is an expert joke maker, but she seemed pretty serious when she announced in 2014, "Why would I want the government involved in my love life?" Her anti-marriage sentiment comes from the fact that she views marriage as "barbaric."
Marisa Tomei has boldly stated, "I’m not that big a fan of marriage as an institution, and I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings." Based on those views, it's safe to assume she's a proud feminist.
At one point, Winona Ryder was engaged to Johnny Depp. He even tattooed "Winona Forever" on his arm during that time. They never ended up getting married (and Depp changed the tattoo to say "Wino Forever" as a result), and since then, Ryder's views on marriage seem to have shifted.
Lauren Graham has been dating Peter Krause (who played her brother on Parenthood, interestingly enough), since 2010, and they are still going strong. When asked by Ellen DeGeneres if they had plans to make it official, Graham responding by saying the couple is "good the way they have it."
Supermodel Tyra Banks has never been one to consider marriage the ultimate goal in her life. While she's probably had millions of men dreaming of marrying her over the years, she's perfectly happy being single. In fact, she's even quoted as saying, "My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to sweep me off my feet."
In her younger years, Chelsea Handler was completely against the idea of marriage. Now that she's a bit older, her views have changed, though how she feels about marriage is much more complex than your average Jane.
Former Sex and the City star Kristin Davis says her adopted daughter Gemma is her number-one priority in life, and no relationship will ever change that. In fact, marriage is not even on her radar. When she was younger, she always thought to herself, 'Why are all these people getting married?"
Evangeline Lilly told Ocean Drive Magazine that as a teenager, she was bored by the notion of marriage. Even to this day, she still doesn't believe in the institution of marriage. "I don't believe in forever promises," she once said. "I don't think it's realistic."
"I don't think marriage is the be-all-and-end-all," says Sheryl Crow. The famous singer has had her share of long-term, high-profile relationships, including three engagements, but in the end, "It's better to have three broken engagements than three divorces."
Goldie Hawn has been with actor Kurt Russell for almost 40 years. Their relationship began on Valentine's Day in 1983, yet never in that time has their relationship led them down the aisle, and both are very happy with that.
Diane Kruger was married in the past to a French actor, but her current views on marriage are that she will never do it again. Her next relationship with Joshua Jackson lasted ten years, even longer than her married one, but she kept with her promise to forgo marriage.
Susan Sarandon got married to actor Chris Sarandon when she was in college for practical reasons. As students at a Catholic university, they couldn't live together unless they were married. When they divorced, she kept his name, but since then, her views on marriage have shifted.
Kylie Minogue grew up without the notion of marriage as a life goal. However, she was engaged to British actor Joshua Sasse for a while, though they eventually broke it off. At the time, she thought that maybe she'd gotten the idea of marriage all wrong and that she should just do it.
Al Pacino is 79 years old, and though he’s had three children with three different women, he's never been married. Some of his more high-profile relationships have been with Diane Keaton, Beverly D’Angelo, and Jill Clayburgh.