40 Celebrity Couples You’ve Simply Never Seen Together

Beyonce and Jay-Z. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. David and Victoria Beckham. These are all incredibly high-profile celebrity couples. But there are also plenty of huge stars in relationships that would surprise the hell out of you. Seriously, you’ll say, “They’re together? No way!” Gather round, dear readers, and we’ll tell you about 40 celebrity couples you’ve simply never seen together.

40. Emma Stone and Dave McCary

In September 2020 La La Land star Emma Stone married Dave McCary, the Saturday Night Live writer she’d been dating since 2017. Stone is extremely private and maintains no social media profiles, so fans could be forgiven for not knowing much about her personal life. The wedding announcement even came through People magazine, rather than McCary’s Instagram account, which had previously been used to reveal their engagement.

39. Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford

The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan married Marcus Mumford, of folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, in 2012. They have two children, Evelyn Grace and Wilfred, born in 2015 and 2017 respectively. The couple keep their relationship out of the public eye as much as possible though, with Mulligan telling Vogue magazine, “Marcus is the only thing that’s mine that I can keep totally away, so I try to.” That’s nice.

38. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes were pictured by each other’s side at the premiere for The Place Among The Pines in 2012. It’s never happened again since. Some fans may even have no idea they’ve been in a relationship since 2011 and have a couple of children. And when someone recently joked on Instagram that they should attend more public events, Mendes replied, “No thank you, I’m good. Rather be home with my man than anywhere else in the world.”

37. Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

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Taylor Swift has been in a relationship with English actor Joe Alwyn for four years, but the two are rarely seen together. Reports emerged in 2018 claiming she thought it was time for them to marry, but no engagement has materialized yet. Despite their private natures though, Swift has included many references to her boyfriend in her music and even written a song all about him: the aptly-named “London Boy.”

36. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

In January 2020 Cameron Diaz and Good Charlotte guitairst Benji Madden announced the birth of their implausibly named daughter Raddix. But in keeping with how they’ve conducted their publicity-shy marriage, they made sure fans knew they’d be maintaining a strict level of privacy with regards their new arrival. Diaz wrote, “So we won’t be posting pictures or sharing any more details, other than the fact she is really, really cute!”

35. Adam Brody and Leighton Meester

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Fans of classic teen shows The O.C. and Gossip Girl were delighted when Adam Brody and Leighton Meester married in 2014. Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf! Together! The couple have since had two children together. Regarding their avoidance of the spotlight, Brody once told GQ, “She’s more inherently private than I am. I don’t seek publicity, but if I’m sitting next to you on the subway, I’ll tell you everything about me.”

34. Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley

When Margot Robbie shared a photo of herself with producer husband Tom Ackerley as she got ready to attend the Oscars in February, it was a rare public moment for the couple. They tied the knot in 2016, after initially living in a shared house with some pals in London. Robbie revealed the house had “turned into The Jerry Springer Show” for a period when their housemates discovered they were dating. Scandal!

33. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

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Hello! magazine once called James Bond star Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz “one of the most private couples in Hollywood.” Oscar winner Weisz later told More that a wariness of fame was behind their desire for secrecy. She said, “He’s just too famous. It would be a betrayal. You have to protect your marriage… One of the great pleasures of not being an adolescent is that you don’t have to share everything.”

32. Dave Franco and Alison Brie

GLOW star Alison Brie and 21 Jump Street’s Dave Franco have been together since 2011 and married since 2017. They tend to keep their relationship on the down-low, though. Their first red carpet appearance as a couple, for example, came a whopping four years after their relationship began. Brie recently starred in Franco’s directorial debut, The Rental, which showed they’re able to work together, yet still stay under the radar. That’s quite a trick in 2020!

31. Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam

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Long before she starred in How I Met Your Mother, Stumptown or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a 22-year-old Cobie Smulders met fellow actor Taran Killam at a pal’s birthday celebrations. The couple married in 2012 and have two children, but they rarely broadcast their relationship. In 2019 though, Smulders did take the opportunity to say, “Isn’t he just a dream? I’m a very lucky woman,” when on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Aww.

30. Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the acclaimed directors of modern times, with eight Academy Award nominations to his name. Maya Rudolph is a celebrated comedian who’s starred in Saturday Night Live and movies such as Bridesmaids. Their relationship began almost two decades ago and they have four children, but the couple rarely speak about their relationship in interviews. They do refer to one another as “wife” and “husband” though, despite not being married, which is kind of cute.

29. Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts

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If you know the Chicago theater scene, you’ll be familiar with actor Carrie Coon and August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts. They’ve been together since 2010 and have one child. Yet even as their mainstream profiles grew, with Coon starring in The Leftovers, Letts in Ford v Ferrari and the pair appearing together in The Sinner, their profile as a couple has still been relatively low.

28. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are another famous couple with a strict “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to the media. They have two children, who are never discussed with the press, and even their wedding was a secret affair in the Caribbean. In 2019 Cruz informed Tatler magazine that it would simply be strange to conduct their relationship in the public eye and that she “just couldn’t do it.” Hard to argue with that.

27. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

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This couple is a rarity in that they’ve been able to work together on several occasions, while still remaining fairly under the radar as a romantic item. They both appeared in Annie, Spy and Adult Beginners. In the latter they even played a married couple! But the fact they’ve been together since 2012 and have two sons is hardly common knowledge. Quite a feat.

26. Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski

During an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden in March 2017, Life In Pieces star Thomas Sadoski revealed that he and fiancé Amanda Seyfried had eloped to the countryside to get married. It was surprising in one way, but also unremarkable in another, because Seyfried and Sadoski have always conducted their relationship in an understated manner. They’re just like us, you see. Only richer. And better looking.

25. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons

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Jesse Plemons’ rise to fame in recent years was kick-started by a scene-stealing turn as the villainous Todd in Breaking Bad. But some may be unaware that he’s been engaged to Spider-Man and Marie Antoinette superstar Kirsten Dunst since 2017 and that they have a son named Ennis. In a wonderful Hollywood twist of fate, they first encountered each other in 2015 when cast as a couple in the second season of FX’s Fargo. Life does imitate art sometimes.

24. Clare Danes and Hugh Dancy

Lovers of Homeland and Hannibal may be shocked to find out that Clare Danes and Hugh Dancy, the leads of the two acclaimed shows, are married in real life. They have two sons, in fact. And while they don’t hide their relationship as such, they do shy away from social media. Even when Dancy nabbed a recurring role in the last season of Homeland, they still remained separate, as their characters never shared a scene.

23. Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse

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This couple are so low key that neither one has ever directly said the other’s name when asked by journalists to confirm their relationship. That’s dedication to privacy right there. Thus far, their public relationship amounts to one Instagram picture and a vague acknowledgement by Pattinson during a The Sunday Times interview that he has a girlfriend who’s also famous. It’s all very hush-hush.

22. Joshua Jackson and Jodi Turner-Smith

The Affair star Joshua Jackson reportedly first encountered English model-turned-actress Jodie Turner-Smith in 2018 at Usher’s 40th birthday celebrations, which is definitely not a line-up of celebrities one would automatically picture together. They didn’t even appear at a public event as a couple until November 2019, but their romance has wound up being a total whirlwind. In April 2020 their baby daughter was born, not long after they’d gotten married.

21. Florence Pugh and Zach Braff

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For certain denizens of the internet who do know about 24-year-old Florence Pugh’s relationship with 45-year-old Zach Braff, the large age gap is a source of controversy. So much so, in fact, that Pugh responded to trolls on her Instagram page with the following message: “I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love…” But the world-at-large may still be unaware the couple is together, as they attend red carpet events such as premieres and the Oscars separately.

20. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Martin McDonagh

Fleabag creator and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri writer/director Martin McDonagh are no strangers to awards glory. Waller-Bridge has won three Emmys and McDonagh one Oscar, along with three additional nominations. But they’re total strangers when it comes to publicly discussing their relationship, which began in 2018. Waller-Bridge once flat out told a journalist, “I’m not going to talk about that,” when asked about their romance.

19. Garrett Hedlund and Emma Roberts

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Perhaps due to the fact that their previous relationships with Kirsten Dunst and Evan Peters flamed out in full view of the media, Garrett Hedlund and Emma Roberts have been remarkably quiet about their burgeoning romance. It’s known that she’s pregnant with their first child and that friends report they’re happy and having fun together. But it’s certainly not like they’re putting themselves out there on red carpets for the world to see.

18. Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney

Cooke Maroney is a high-flying New York gallery director. Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most famous and highest-paid actresses in the world. The pair have had a crazy couple of years, meeting in 2018 and marrying in the fall of 2019. They make a pretty great power couple, although you’re unlikely to see them make a big song and dance about it, given how they barely ever step out together in public.

17. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander

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In March 2020 Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander made their first red carpet appearance as a couple in three years. Their previous outing was at the fall 2016 premiere of The Light Between Oceans, the film on which they met. The couple wed in 2017 and clearly value their privacy. In fact, it’s likely many moviegoers don’t know they’re an item at all.

16. Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder

In a 2018 chat on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop podcast, Julia Roberts waxed lyrical about how her 2002 marriage to cinematographer Daniel Moder had been a “seismic shift” in her life. This showed Roberts is perfectly happy to talk about her husband, but at the same time she takes great pains to avoid photographs being taken of them together. Fans may know Roberts is married, but due to the couple’s purposefully low profile, many may not know who Moder is.

15. Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal

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The Dark Knight and The Kindergarten Teacher actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has been married to character actor Peter Sarsgaard for 11 years. They have a couple of kids and are currently shooting The Lost Daughter, which Sarsgaard stars in and Gyllenhaal directs. It seems like the perfect balance of navigating the movie industry as a couple, while somehow avoiding the paparazzi following their every move. They’ve got it figured out.

14. Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy

Comedy fans will know the name Chris Henchy from his writing credits on the Will Ferrell movies The Other Guys and The Campaign. He also co-created the legendary website Funny or Die with Ferrell and Adam McKay. But what may well blow these fans’ minds is that the funny man is married to Brooke Shields. Yes, that Brooke Shields. Maybe women really do like men who make them laugh…

13. Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde

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Unless you follow celebrity relationships closely, you’re unlikely to place Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde together. After all, they’ve only worked on the same movie twice and even then they barely shared the screen. In indie flick Drinking Buddies, Sudeikis had a small role and in Booksmart, Wilde’s directorial debut, she didn’t appear as an actress. But they’ve actually been a couple since 2011, have two children and seem very much in love.

12. Keira Knightley and James Righton

In September 2019 Keira Knightley admitted to The Irish Times that social media freaks her out. She mused, “I mean, the thing is, I don’t have very much that I want to share in that way.” Her lack of social media presence is probably why some people have no idea she’s married and has two children. Not only that, but she’s married to James Righton, who was a founding member of U.K. electro-rock group Klaxons.

11. Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan

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Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are two of the most unassuming stars in Hollywood. In a 2018 The Guardian piece, they were described as looking “more like hikers about to ask for directions to the nearest youth hostel” than a celebrity couple. They’re also so tight-lipped about their private lives that they only publicly confirmed their baby girl existed during that very interview, published two months after the birth.

10. Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus

National Treasure star Diane Kruger has kept her romance with The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus on the down low ever since they got together in 2016. They didn’t walk a red carpet until late in 2018 and have yet to reveal the name of their daughter, who was born in December 2018. It’s possible that Kruger is wary about giving away too much personal information, due to her breakup with Joshua Jackson becoming a media spectacle in 2016.

9. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk

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Gwyneth Paltrow married Brad Falchuk, the co-creator of Glee and American Horror Story, in a small ceremony in 2018. The intensely private couple met in 2010 on the set of Glee but didn’t start dating until 2014 and didn’t step out in public together until a year later. It’s a far cry from Paltrow’s extremely public marriage to Coldplay’s Chris Martin, so many of her fans may not even know who Falchuk is.

8. Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden

This duo initially dated in secret for two years, so they’ve always attempted to maintain their privacy. Fans of the Empire actress and her ex-NFL beau may have also forgotten they’re supposedly still a couple, as Henson hasn’t mentioned Hayden on her Instagram account since March 2020, and he hasn’t posted about her since Valentine’s Day. Have they broken up? Who knows, but it’s in-keeping with their cloak and dagger relationship up to this point.

7. Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky

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Chris Hemsworth is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. He is, of course, most famous for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But since 2014 he and his family have lived in his homeland of Australia, far away from the Hollywood scene. This is likely how he and wife Elsa Pataky have kept a low profile, despite the fact she’s also an actress who starred in the The Fast and the Furious franchise.

6. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

Few couples are as tightly woven into the fabric of Hollywood as Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford. The iconic Mirren is an Oscar winner and a Dame in her native England, while Hackford is the director of classics such as An Officer and a Gentleman and Ray. But maybe due to Hackford being a behind-the-camera talent, some moviegoers may not even know what he looks like.

5. Elle Fanning and Max Minghella

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“I mean, we just really love working together. That was, like, very special, and he’s such a good friend.” This was Maleficent star Elle Fanning’s response to Entertainment magazine asking if she was dating The Handmaid’s Tale’s Max Minghella. The couple still haven’t stated that they’re together, so a lot of fans would be none-the-wiser. But we wonder if the lady doth protest too much.

4. Ellen Page and Emma Portner

Juno star Ellen Page and her choreographer wife Emma Portner have been together since 2017, but there isn’t a ton known about their day-to-day lives. Their wedding was conducted in secret and only announced afterwards on Instagram. The story of how they met should be more widely known, though. That’s because Page revealed to The New York Times that she DMed Portner after being blown away by one of her Instagram dance videos, and romance blossomed.

3. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross

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What do Tobias Funke from Arrested Development and Joan Girardi from Joan of Arcadia have in common? They’re married in real life, of course. Comedian David Cross and actress Amber Tamblyn also have a daughter together. Some TV fans may not know they’re a couple though, as the 19-year age gap and the fact they don’t work together mean there’s little association in people’s minds.

2. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton

The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan and One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton married in October 2019 after 10 years together. They have two children and their home is out in the countryside in New York State. Morgan and Burton have always been up-front about their relationship but have forged a life in which they aren’t hounded by the media, meaning some Negan fans might be shocked to know Morgan is married.

1. Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele

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Finding out that super-acclaimed horror writer/director Jordan Peele, of Get Out fame, is married to Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a bit of a mind-blower. Peele and Peretti are a social media success story, in that they initially connected over Twitter in 2013 and then went on to get married and have a son. Maybe if Peretti gets a starring role in Peele’s next horror opus, they’ll connect more easily in the eyes of the world.

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