Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa
After more than 16 years together, Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa first separated in January 2022. The couple have two children together and divorced after four years of marriage. Lisa shared that Jason was moving in a different direction that was not compatible with her lifestyle.
Drifting apart and in pursuit of different things, this separation was a friendly one. The two still care deeply for each other and are working in tandem to care for their children. Facing a new era of uncertainty, the couple is learning how to navigate life apart. Honestly, that’s a tough thing to do after 16 years of being each others’ everything.
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum
After 13 years together, just like that, Channing and Jenna were over. After meeting on the set of Step Up in 2006, the couple was married in 2009. With one child together and a divorce filed in 2018, these two are navigating the ins and outs of seeking out love with other people while also collaborating on parenting.
Only recently, the exes have felt more capable of sharing why they split, and it’s actually tough to hear. The couple didn’t want their relationship to end; in fact, they fought for it for a long time. At some point, however, they just looked at each other and realized that it wasn’t working anymore.
Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer
After being together for 17 years, getting married, and having two children together, Jennifer filed for divorce in 2020, finalizing their relationship together. Since their breakup, the couple has shared that it was actually a palate-cleansing, beautiful experience to have a seamless breakup.
The couple did a lot of work within their family in order to fight to stay together, but in the end, it just wasn’t a match that the universe had in mind. The ex-couple still have loads of care for each other but found that marriage wasn’t the right relationship for them.
Anthony and Alvina Anderson
This couple was married for 23 years and had two children together before deciding to divorce in 2022 for good. The couple has actually filed for divorce twice, but the second divorce was the one that took the cake.
Due to “irreconcilable differences,” this high school sweetheart marriage ended on not-the-greatest terms, as Anthony shared publicly that his wife was not the fondest of him. While some long loves last, this long love, unfortunately, didn’t fit into that category.
Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus
After 30 years together, five amazing children, and a lifetime of memories, this iconic couple shook the media when Tish filed for divorce in 2022. The couple shared a statement during their divorce that they decided to go their separate ways, not with sadness, but with love in their hearts.
Tish claimed that the divorce was caused by “irreconcilable differences” and that it was time for them to pursue their own paths. They’ve committed to staying friends and parents to their kids and didn’t make this decision rashly. This is a sad Hollywood loss, folks!
Ali Wong and Justin Hakuta
After eight years together, Ali and Justin filed for divorce, and we’re all kinds of torn up about it. The couple seems to be handling this amicably and has decided to treat each other with respect and co-parent with full love.
Somehow, the two have managed to stay best friends, even in the firefight that divorce can be. After their split, Ali shared that while the romantic part of their relationship is gone, their friendship is now stronger than ever. Although this is an unconventional divorce experience, we’re all about it.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Miley and Liam met on the set of The Last Song in 2009 and never looked back… Well, until they separated in 2019 and filed for divorce the following year. With a few breaks during their dating relationship, we know this wasn’t the most stable relationship, but that doesn’t soften the blow.
During their marriage, Miley shared a little about the complexities and dynamics of her and Liam’s relationship. Breaking the silence after their eventual split, Liam shared that he wants nothing but health and happiness for Miley going forward. The couple has since then expressed mild interest in each other and are cordial.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
This appeared to be a Hollywood matchup that would go the distance, and it’s absolutely devastating that it didn’t! The couple met in 2000 during the filming of Pearl Harbor but didn’t fall in love until 2002 while working on Daredevil.
They got engaged in 2005, after breaking off their previous relationships, and married a couple of months later. The couple brought their first child into the world shortly following their wedding. The couple had three kids together during their relationship but announced their split in 2015.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
It’s a total understatement to say that the world was shocked by this breakup. Gwyneth and Chris seemed totally and madly in love before their split, and no one saw a breakup coming. Throughout their 10-year marriage, the couple shared a lot about their relationship with the public.
The couple split back in 2014, and it seems that the split happened on friendly terms. The couple is still seen out together with their children and they show devotion to being active in the lives of their kids.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
From start to finish, this relationship has been one that the media has devoured. From the moment they started filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004 to co-parenting, marriage, and constant breakup rumors, the couple finally split for good in 2017.
The couple is still seen together with their children and is working towards the same goal – a family that is healthy. There have been riffs since, as with any breakup, but we’re always rooting for Brangelina.
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas
After 20 years of togetherness, Melanie and Antonio publicly declared separation and divorce in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The ex-couple announced their loving and friendly breakup, sharing that the marriage had issues for years that were compounded by Antonio’s work travels over the years.
The couple has, since their breakup, gone in separate directions, with Antonio dating Nicole Kempel and Melanie taking her hands off of the whole marriage thing. The couple has shared that they will love each other forever, just from a distance and without the “marriage” label attached.
Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant
13 years of being together were brought to an end in 2000 during this revolutionary breakup. Hugh Grant had been unfaithful to his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, with an adult worker, ending the relationship.
The ex-couple has remained close friends after their split. Grant is even the godfather of Hurley’s 18-year-old son, Damian! It seems that going through life for 13 years together, despite its unsavory ending, can keep you close to people that have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
Popular throughout the ’80s and ’90s, this couple finally threw in the towel in 2000. Married for more than 10 years, and parents of three shared children, this separation came as a shock to many. Despite their break up, the couple remains amicable and friendly.
Friendly exes are hard to come by these days, but when you’re raising kids together and want your children to be involved in your ex’s life too, we can see how they were able to keep a kind bond throughout the firefight.
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
This duo captured our hearts with the release of Arrested Development and Blades of Glory. Married in 2003 and having two sons together, this match was made in heaven within the comedy world. The sudden split in 2012 shook fans everywhere, and no one really had a chance to recover.
The couple was married for 10 years, and although the divorce was amicable, Poehler shared that “getting a divorce really sucks.” It seems that celebrities aren’t immune to the pain of breakups either.
Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh
This couple started dating back in 2007 and were engaged by 2013. The couple went through many ups and downs together – from winning Project Runway to a three-year separation and eventual divorce.
In 2016, Christian and Brad were married but split just two years later. The split was finalized with a divorce in 2021. We can assume that it was a split that was hard on both of them, as they asked for privacy and time to process. Not all love is meant to last.
Gwen Stafani and Gavin Rossdale
After being together on and off for 21 years, this celebrity breakup was absolutely heartbreaking. After a couple of breakups during their dating journey, the couple eventually got married in 2002 and had three children together.
In 2015, Gwen filed for divorce, and by 2016, everything was finalized. Gwen is now happily married to Blake Shelton, and we’re hoping that this marriage is one that lasts.
Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde
Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde are taking an amicable break after starting up their romance on the set of Don’t Worry Darling. With Harry on tour and Olivia focusing on caring for her children, this split seems to have been mutual and friendly.
This two-year relationship ended, and their friendship has, luckily, remained intact. Olivia seemed to take the breakup pretty hard, but wouldn’t you if you were in her position? We’re wishing the best for these two stars as they chase after their current seasons of life.
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley
Sparks and whispers about this couple dating started back in the summer of 2020, and it was announced in February 2021 that they were engaged. It was more recently revealed that this couple split because their relationship just wasn’t working.
Because both Aaron and Shailene lead such different careers that are both very demanding, it makes sense that their lifestyles just weren’t compatible for a long-term, healthy marriage. There’s no bad blood here between these exes; it just didn’t work out.
Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey
After about one year of dating, this celebrity couple called it off. A source shared that the two were just at different stages in their lives, and things weren’t going to work out for a long-term commitment.
Michael and Lori are trying to move on, but as with any breakup, it can be heartbreaking and devastating to lose the love of the one you care for. We’re cheering for each of these celebrity lovers as they move on and find love again.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
Gisele and Tom filed for divorce after 13 long years of marriage. Tom has since explained that the split was an amicable decision and that, while it was hard, it was right. It seems that the two have taken different approaches to healing.
While Tom has thrown himself into football and taking care of his family as a distraction technique, Gisele seems to be facing the hard reality of divorce head-on. The exes are settling into their new normals, separated, and we’re cheering them on in their healing journeys.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
This was one of the most famous Hollywood couples of all time, from their six years of marriage to their four children. The divorce, as shared by Kim on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, wasn’t inspired by one specific event, but by a series of irreconcilable differences.
After a turbulent divorce and custody battles, the couple is now co-parenting their four children amidst their split. They’ve remained friends and are fighting for their kids to see a healthy adult relationship post-divorce.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
If you’re looking for love, you may just need to get a spot on set for a movie because here’s another couple that kindled a romance after meeting while working on a film. During (and after) filming The Amazing Spider-Man, it was clear that a flame of romance drew these two together.
Fans went crazy for their spicy chemistry, and when the couple seemed to have fizzled out, there was a lot of media confusion. The couple has stayed friendly post-breakup, and it appears that it will stay that way.
Bill Hader and Anna Kendrick
After nearly two years of dating, this couple has split. Neither Bill nor Anna have publicly commented on the split. We’re all scratching our heads, wondering what happened to this couple that filled the hearts of America with adoration and laughter.
The two immediately hit it off and made each other laugh a lot. Since their split, Hader has refrained from commenting in order to protect his daughters. He still says that Kendrick is one of the funniest people that he’s ever met. That’s a big compliment!
Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone
Another hard breakup for America that hasn’t quite been resolved yet is that of DiCaprio and Morrone. They split ways without giving the media much insight as to what caused the ending of their four-year relationship.
Throughout the duration of their relationship, the couple had remained quite private in regard to their personal lives. The couple had a 23-year age gap, although that didn’t seem to bother either party. The breakup was quiet, and both Leonardo and Camila have been ever since, too.
Liam Payne and Maya Henry
This couple split after pictures surfaced in the media revealing Liam with another woman. It was later revealed that the pair had broken up a month earlier, but that doesn’t soften the blow of seeing your fiancé with another woman, does it?
Since their break, Liam has shared that he wasn’t his best version towards the end of their relationship and that the ending of their engagement was necessary. We hope for the best for these two as they begin their next steps apart.
Rosario Dawson and Corey Booker
After three years of being together, Rosario Dawson and Corey Booker have made their split official. It seems, though, that they’ve remained good friends despite their breakup.
There doesn’t seem to be any bad blood, as the ex-couple has shared that they’re simply a better match-up as friends than as a romantic item. We respect a healthy breakup and are excited about what’s next for these two ex-lovers.
Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund
This relationship may be better with these two apart. An inside source shared that Emma gave Garrett multiple ultimatums before ending things with him. The exes have shared that their split was mutual and that they’re trying their best to be “adult” about things.
As Emma and Garrett approach co-parenting, the insider shared that they’re doing a great job and that when Garrett doesn’t have too many adult beverages, he’s a great guy and dad. Of course, breakups are harder when kids are involved, but we’re happy to hear that they’re handling co-parenting well.
Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama
Some fans were uncomfortable with the 13-year age difference in this relationship, but it certainly didn’t seem to bother them while they were dating. This couple met in 2010 and went through many trials together.
Lovato has been quite open about Valderrama’s contributions to her recovery process throughout her difficulties. After six years together, the couple split ways and shared friendly messages about supporting each other and offering each other kindness, despite their breakup.
Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman
After eight years together, Hoda and Joel have ended their engagement, and that’s a tough pill to swallow. The split was announced on the Today show by Hoda, where she shared that the breakup was determined over the holiday when they had time to decide that they were better as parents and friends than an engaged couple.
They decided collectively that they were going to start a new path, loving their children, not as an engaged couple, but as friends. It seems that these two are on the same page, but that doesn’t make it any easier for America.
Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly
After two years together, Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly split ways. An insider shared that Minka would rather be single than waste her time on the wrong guy. Although we aren’t excited about this breakup, we’re excited for these two to find their soulmates one day.
Since the breakup, Minka has shared that Noah was too focused on work to put enough time into their relationship. Noah and Minka are both back on the dating market and are very open about it. Who’s to say that their paths won’t cross again?
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans
After five years of marriage, Kelsea filed for divorce from Morgan Evans. She shared on Instagram that the divorce was finalized and said on public record that it was a hard decision but that she’s grateful for her time married to Morgan and hopeful for the seasons to come.
Although the divorce seemed to involve some hurt feelings on both sides, Morgan has since shared that he hopes for Kelsea to heal. As with many marriages, theirs had arguments and frustrations. From feeling depleted to misunderstood, perhaps divorce is what each of these individuals needed in order to feel like themselves again.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn
Six years ago, when Taylor Swift and Joe Alwin started dating, it was immediately clear that they decided as a couple to have an intimate relationship that was private. Receding from paparazzi and instead using her platform as a way to promote her work, Taylor kept this love a secret.
In the end, Taylor Swift just didn’t find her perfect “Love Story.” The couple just wasn’t the right fit for each other – from personality differences to difficulties with Taylor’s fame and public presence, this relationship didn’t end with a ring on it, and we’re all still recovering.
Natasha Lyonne and Fred Armisen
Natasha Lyonne and Fred Armisen split up after eight years of being together, and they aren’t pulling a fast one on us. Although we aren’t sure how true it is, Natasha shared that they broke up because she wanted a swimming pool, and Fred couldn’t disagree more.
She acknowledged that it might seem like a mundane reason for a couple to break up and that they still love each other to the same degree that they always have and they continue to talk all the time. What do you think? Was the split really over a swimming pool?
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
The Notebook pair stole America’s heart on and off the screen, but you may be surprised to know that Rachel and Ryan despised each other when they met on set for filming. Shortly after the film wrapped up, however, the couple started dating, and it seems they had a change of heart somewhere along the way.
They were on and off a couple of times after their relationship debuted, and the couple officially split in 2007 but tried to rekindle things in 2008. We’ll always dwell on what could’ve been an epic forever kind of romance, but at least we have The Notebook’s rain scene to dream about.
Billie Eilish and Matthew Tyler Vorce
Although there were rumors of cheating in their relationship, after the breakup, Matthew went on the record saying that no cheating occurred. Relationships end, plain and simple, which is what happened between these two exes.
He followed this up by explaining that creating rumors and lying on the internet is dangerous business. Ouch! It’s a good reminder for the media to get their facts right, huh?
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
These two ex-lovebirds were on and off for so long that it feels like we were in the grit and goop of their breakup. Justin and Selena were a frequent topic in the media, and with as much wishy-washy coverage as there was during their relationship, no one ever really knew if they were on or off.
Officially split in 2015, the seemingly toxic romance was over, and these stars are now in lovely relationships with other people. We’re hoping for the best for these two exes!
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
Splitting up after 12 years together is no small decision, and Shakira and her ex, Gerard Piqué, made this tough call in 2022. In a joint statement after their separation, Shakira and Gerard asked people to give them space and not intrude upon their family dynamics.
Going through a separation is hard enough as is, especially with children involved. This family wasn’t jazzed about having people grill them with questions about all of the nitty-gritty details of their separation. We’re hopeful for this family dynamic to find a healthy routine in the future.
Bella Thorne and Benjamin Mascolo
Just over one year after announcing their engagement, Bella Thorne and Benjamin Mascolo announced their split. With opposite schedules and not being able to spend much time together, it was a natural drift with an amicable ending.
Long distance and minimal time as a couple isn’t easy. We’re excited for these two to find their perfect love story one day.
Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline
After 11 years of marriage, Kenan filed for divorce from his wife, Christina. According to an inside source, the couple had been separated for about a year prior to the divorce but had only officially signed all of the paperwork in 2022.
Kenan and Christina kept most of their relationship out of the public eye and are still quiet post-divorce. The couple has decided to split custody of their two daughters and are still close as co-parents. It’s just your run-of-the-mill clean divorce here!
Brittany Snow and Tyler Stanaland
Marriage for two years wasn’t enough to keep this couple together… Or maybe two years was too much – that’s just the saddest thing! An inside source shared that Tyler used elements of their personal life in the reality show, Selling the OC. That was the final straw for Brittany.
They shared in a public statement that the mutual decision to split was made with love and respect and that they realized they needed space to ensure they were living their most full and authentic lives. They left things by asking for privacy and time to process. What a hard decision! Not only for them but for their dog too!
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
Let’s be honest, we were all obsessed to some degree with Zac and Vanessa’s romance. From a screenplay romance on High School Musical to a real-life romance behind the camera, these two had it all. It’s hard to tell where their acted romance stopped and the real one started.
After their breakup in 2015, it was revealed that Vanessa struggled with Zac’s attention from female fans. She also said the couple was no longer on speaking terms. This was an absolutely earth-shattering breakup for anyone alive during the mid-2000s.
Lauren Graham and Peter Krause
The quiet ending to the Lauren-Peter relationship after a decade of being together was heartbreaking on so many levels. Neither Lauren nor Peter has commented on the finale of their relationship. We (and everyone else) are left wondering what happened between these two.
Simply put, because these two enjoyed spending time together just doing daily things, it wasn’t until later that some of their fundamental differences caught up to them. After sharing values and goals, the couple realized that they weren’t compatible in as many ways as they once thought.
Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker
This on-and-off again relationship seemed to start up just as quietly as it fizzled out. With small breadcrumbs of dating life together and a few steamy moments in between, these two kept their relationship far from flashy.
As Kendall and Devin are both incredibly busy and in a season of pursuing their careers first, this relationship ended quietly and without any hard feelings. No big fight, no big blow-up, just respectful feelings for one another and pursuing different goals at the moment.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
This split still stings when you think about it. The couple met on-set during the filmmaking of Take Me Home Tonight when Anna Faris was still married to Ben Indra. When the two split, Pratt and Faris began dating, and the rest was history.
Chris Pratt shared that he knew they’d end up together in the end. Engaged in 2008, married in 2009, and parents by 2012, this couple had it all! Especially once Guardians of the Galaxy hit the scene, fans fell in love with this devoted, quirky couple. They shocked the world with their split in 2017, and no one really knows what happened.
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Fans of Keeping Up With the Kardashians feel like they walked through Kourtney and Scott’s tumultuous relationship alongside them. Between alleged cheating, a battle with dependencies, and the passing of Scott’s parents, Kourtney and Scott were on and off a lot in their relationship.
The thing that always managed to bring them back together, however, was their children. The pair split back in 2015 but are still seen out and about together with their children.
40 Celebrity Couples Who Prove Two Dads Are Better Than One
In the world of celebrity parents, there are all sorts of families. While some celebrity men are raising kids themselves — like Andy Cohen or Perez Hilton — others are doing with it their husbands, boyfriends, or exes. These athletes, models, actors, and musicians are raising beautiful children with two fathers. After all, families come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we take a look at the celebrity couples who prove that two dads are better than one.
Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef
We’ll kick things off with the gorgeous family of singer Ricky Martin and painter Jwan Yosef. Together, the pair has four children, named Lucia, Valentina, Matteo, and Renn. Plus, they’re open to having more!
The star has said of his family, “I just want to normalize families like mine. I know it’s very interesting for a lot of people who tell me, ‘Thank you Ricky for posting that picture with you and your husband and your kids.’ That made me feel better about myself.”
Ryan Murphy and David Miller
He’s best known for creating TV favorites like Glee, American Horror Story, and The Politician. But on top of that, Ryan Murphy has been busy creating his family. He and his husband, photographer David Miller, have three sons together.
Logan Phineas was born in 2012, Ford Theodore in 2014, and Griffin Sullivan joined the gang in 2020. Sadly, Ford was diagnosed with cancer, but is now cancer-free. Ryan Murphy’s sitcom The New Normal was inspired by his experience as a gay father.
Denis O’Hare and Hugo Redwood
Speaking of American Horror Story, our next entry starred in the Coven season of the show. Actor Denis O’Hare married interior designer Hugo Redwood back in 2011. Several years later, the couple adopted 17-month-old Declan. Looking back, O’Hare remembers, “I became a parent the minute Declan was put into my arms.”
Though the actor usually plays sinister characters, he’s far from that when it comes to his family. He has commented, “I’m happy to be part of a conversation where I speak about my experience.”
Matt Bomer and Simon Halls
Here’s another set of dashing dads. American actor Matt Bomer married publicist Simon Halls in 2011. However, they managed to keep their ceremony hidden from the media for several years. Together, the couple has three children — Kit, and twins Walker and Henry.
At an awards ceremony in 2012, the star thanked his family, saying, “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”
Tom Ford and Richard Buckley
Fashion designer and director Tom Ford was married to fashion editor and journalist Richard Buckley. Sadly, the much loved Buckley passed away in 2021 at the age of 72. At that stage, Ford and Buckley had been an item for 35 years.
Prior to Richard Buckley’s passing, the chic couple had been raising their young son together. Alexander John “Jack” Buckley Ford was born in 2012 to the adoring couple. Sadly, Tom Ford is now adjusting to life without his life partner.
Frank Lowe and Jeremy
Frank Lowe is best known as the @GayAtHomeDad on Twitter. He started off tweeting about his life as a gay father, and now has a serious social media following. Frank was married to Jeremy, though the pair have now split. Despite that, they’re still co-parents to their son, Briggs.
Frank Lower became a stay-at-home dad when he and Jeremy moved from Chicago to rural Connecticut. The pair divorced in 2015 but are still there when it comes to their son.
Simon Woods and Christopher Bailey
Fashionistas know British designer Christopher Bailey as the man behind Burberry. When he became CEO of the company in 2014, he was the first openly gay man to do so. The designer married English actor Simon Woods in 2012, and now they’re dads to two gorgeous girls, Iris and Nell.
This lovely family snap is from the pages of Vogue when Christopher Bailey left Burberry in 2018. He has said of fatherhood, “Suddenly your whole priority is protecting and looking after these two little things.”
Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos
Emmy award winner Dan Bucatinsky married screenwriter Don Roos in 2008. The couple met at a movie premiere and have been together ever since. Now, they’re the proud parents of daughter Eliza and son Jonah.
Dan Bucatinksy has revealed that he never expected to get married or have children. He said, “While we were expecting Eliza, I was in such shock and denial that it was really happening. It didn’t occur to me what would happen when we took that baby home.”
J. Alexander and Alex
Next up are several people named Alex. Firstly there’s America’s Next Top Model star Miss J. Alexander. Then, there’s his ex-boyfriend Alex — who he refers to as “the doctor.” Finally, there’s their son, who they surprisingly did not name Alex.
This pair has since split but they still raise their son as co-parents. J. Alexander announced that he had a son while on a talk show. The modeling coach explained that he has a “very active role” in his child’s life.
Ryan Nickulas and Desmond Smith
Our next gay dads have also called it quits on their relationship, but not on their parenting. We first met hairstylist Ryan Nickulas when he appeared on LGBTQ reality series The A-List: New York. Now, he’s a self-professed style guru.
Ryan and his ex-husband Desmond Smith have two kids together. On a 2021 family snap, Nickulas wrote, “I am so blessed and proud to raise two beautiful humans with @thedpsmith […] Thank you for being an amazing father and always pushing me to be my best.”
Andrew Rannells and Tuc Watkins
Truth be told, we sort of love our next pair of gay dads. Well, in reality, actor Andrew Rannells is just dating actor Tuc Watkins, but don’t they look adorable together? Kansas-born Tuc came out in 2013 and announced he was a single father to twins Catchen and Curtis.
Since 2019, the actor has been seeing Andrew Rannells, and the pair look rather cozy playing happy families. This talented couple met while playing a couple on Broadway. They then reprised their roles for the Netflix adaptation.
Fredrik Eklund and Derek Kaplan
The world met Swedish real estate broker Fredrik Eklund on reality TV, and he’s managed to make an absolute fortune. The TV star has closed over five billion dollars in real estate, and founded his own high-end brokerage. In his personal life, Fredrik married artist Derek Kaplan in 2013.
The couple initially struggled with becoming dads, and their surrogate tragically experienced a miscarriage. Now, the couple has twins, born in 2017 — daughter Milla, and son Fredrik Jr.
Lee Daniels and Billy Hopkins
Director Lee Daniels has since split from his ex-partner, casting director Billy Hopkins. However, they’re still both dads to their twins — Liam and Clara Daniels. The filmmaker adopted his biological niece and nephew and has raised them as his own.
Lee Daniels and Billy Hopkins adopted Clara and Liam when they were just three days old. Their father, Lee’s brother, was sent to prison so he took them in. Apparently, they were the first same-gender couple to adopt in the state of Pennsylvania.
Sam Harris and Danny Jacobson
Sam Harris has had an impressive career that spans TV, movies, theater, and music. He also wrote about his experiences in a memoir, including what it’s like to be a gay father. The singer has been with director and presentation coach Danny Jacobsen since 1994.
The couple adopted their son, Cooper Atticus Harris-Jacobsen, in 2008. After they became parents, Sam and Danny decided to tie the knot and officially become husbands. In this adorable family snap, Sam, Danny, and Cooper are attending the premiere of Sam’s musical memoir.
Shane McAnally and Michael Baum
Though not everyone will know his name, country singer-songwriter Shane McAnally has written and produced for Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, and Kelly Clarkson. The Grammy award winner married Michael Baum in 2012 and welcomed their children that same year.
The ceremony was attended by all sorts of country big names. Shane and Michael are parents to twins Dash Ryan and Dylan Brook. In 2017, the couple got married again in Nashville. This time, their ceremony was officiated by the mayor.
Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth
Our next pair of gay dads come from the world of theater. Jordan Roth is a producer and runs five Broadway theaters. He comes from the billionaire Roth family and went to school in New York City. The Tony Award winner met his husband, talent manager Richie Jackson in 2003. Together, they welcomed son Levi in 2016.
Jordan Roth is also the co-parent of another son with his former partner, actor B.D Wong. Their son, Jackson Foo Wong, is pictured here with baby Levi.
Ian “H” Watkins and Craig Ryder
British pop group Steps were huge in Europe in the ’90s. Their number one hits and choreographed routines even landed them a supporting spot for Britney Spears’ 1999 tour. One of their members, Ian Watkins — known as H — is a dad to adorable twin boys.
The Welsh singer and actor welcomed Macsen and Cybi Ryder-Watkins with partner Craig Ryder in 2016. They are no longer together but continue to co-parent their sons. H has recently split from his boyfriend Tom Hope.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
When it comes to gay celebrity dads, our next entry are definitely some of the most well-known. American actor Neil Patrick Harris has charmed audiences since he was a child. The star was the first openly gay man to host the Oscars, and has an impressive slew of awards under his belt.
Neil Patrick Harris married actor and chef David Burtka in 2014 in Italy. Before that, in 2010, they welcomed twins — son Gideon Scott, and daughter Harper Grace.
Karamo Brown and Ian Jordan
The story of Karamo Brown’s journey to fatherhood is rather emotional. Karamo came out as gay at 16 years old, but it turns out he’d gotten his girlfriend pregnant when he was just 15 years old. However, he didn’t find out until he’d become famous as part of the Fab Five.
When Karamo found out about his son, Jason, he immediately got custody. He then adopted Jason’s half-brother Chris several years later. Karamo was co-parenting with his fiancé Ian Jordan, but the pair has since split.
Robbie Rogers and Greg Berlanti
Former American soccer player Robbie Rogers came out as gay in 2013, becoming the first openly gay man to compete in a major North American sports league. In 2013, he met celebrated TV writer and producer Greg Berlanti, known for Dawson’s Creek, Riverdale, and You. Now, they’re proud dads.
Robbie and Greg welcomed their son Caleb in 2016. They got engaged that same year, and the following year, they were married in Malibu. Their daughter, Mia Barbara Rogers-Berlanti, arrived in 2019.
Jeremy Brandrick and Adam Morris
It’s time for another installment from the world of fashion. This time, it’s Jeremy Brandrick, known for his time on reality series Project Runway. The Birmingham-born designer appeared on the 12th season of the show and now works as a high-end bridal designer in New York.
Jeremy Brandrick and his husband, Adam Morris, are the proud parents of adorable twins Benjamin and Alexandra. We’re particularly fond of little Benjamin’s slogan tee in these pictures — very cool, babe.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
Another set of big hitters in the world of celebrity gay dads is Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita. Jesse is best known for playing the uptight Mitchell Pritchett, and has also won awards on Broadway. In 2012, he married lawyer Justin Mikita in Manhattan.
Jesse and Justin welcomed their son, Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita, in 2020. Hilariously, the actor has commented that they’ll be raising their son to be gay until he decides to be straight. He’s been regaling him with show tunes.
Claybourne Elder and Eric Rosen
We’re staying on Broadway for our next dads, including actor and singer Claybourne Elder. The theater star is currently in a Stephen Sondheim production on Broadway, and has received rave reviews for performances in One Arm, Bonnie & Clyde, and Sunday in the Park With George. On TV, he was Pete O’Malley in The Carrie Diaries.
The talented Claybourne Elder married director Eric Rosen in 2012. They welcomed their son, Claybourne ‘Bo’ Philip Rosen-Elder in 2017. He’s named after six other Claybourne Elders!
Greg Rikaart and Robert Sudduth
When actor Greg Rikaart announced the birth of his son, he made sure to speak up for the LGBTQ community. The soap star married writer Robert Sudduth in 2015, and they welcomed their son in 2016 shortly after the Orlando shootings.
Greg’s caption read, “We fight hate, bigotry, homophobia, and injustice in the world with love and enlightenment. In the truest and most pure definitions of the latter words, it is with full hearts that Rob and I take great pride in introducing our son, Montgomery Argo Rikaart-Sudduth.”
Vern Yip and Craig Koch
Interior designer Vern Yip has lent his talents to all sorts of TV shows. The Atlanta-based designer’s partner is Craig Koch, the owner of a doggie daycare company. As a result, the couple not only has two adorable kids, but also lots of lovable pets.
Vern and Craig are dads to son Gavin Joshua Mannox, and daughter Vera Lillian Beatrix. They’re also dog dads to two Great Pyrenees and two mutts. The couple’s social media is full of adorable family pics, dogs included.
Elton John and David Furnish
As if we’d forget to mention iconic gay dads, Elton John and David Furnish. Seriously, can you imagine having the legendary English singer as a dad? The crooner actually bought an entire house to serve as the nursery for his lucky kids!
Elton John has been with Canadian former ad exec and current filmmaker David Furnish since 1993. When equal marriage was legalized, they got hitched in 2014. The husbands have two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon and Elijah Joseph Daniel.
Dan Savage and Terry Miller
At the top of this image, we have the happy wedding day of author and pundit Dan Jackson and Terry Miller. The couple initially were married in Canada in 2005, and then were part of the first group to get married in Washington State. For their second ceremony, they were joined by their son, D.J.
Dan and Terry adopted D.J. as an infant and the family lived together in a Seattle-area farmhouse. The journalist wrote about his parenting experience in an award-winning book.
Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau
Next on our list of celebrity gay dads is actor Cheyenne Jackson and his partner, Jason Landau. Cheyenne has all sorts of Broadway and movie credits but is probably best known for starring in multiple seasons of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.
Cheyenne married his second husband, actor Jason Landau in 2014. The couple has gorgeous twins, daughter Willow and son Ethan. The hands-on dads have commented that Ethan is “sensitive, funny, and playful” while Willow “means business.”
Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt
While many of the gay dads on this list raise their kids themselves, our next couple still has the biological mom in the picture. And hey, with this much musical talent going around, that sort of makes sense. Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright had a baby via surrogacy with Lorca Cohen, the daughter of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Rufus has been married to German artistic director Jörn Weisbrodt since 2012. They reside in The Hamptons, while daughter Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen lives with her mom.
Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani
We’ve had several couples on our list so far that have continued to co-parent despite splitting up. Journalist Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisini ended their romantic relationship in 2018, but still decided to co-parent together. The acclaimed commentator adopted son Wyatt in 2020.
Anderson Cooper reflected, “It feels like my life has actually begun, and I sort of wonder, what was I waiting for? This is a new level of love. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced, and yet it’s also very familiar and incredibly special and intimate.
Shaun T and Scott Blokker
Let’s step from an American dynasty to a rather different world. Fitness trainer Shaun T has been on all sorts of fitness shows. He’s also the founder of the Insanity exercise program. The buff entrepreneur is married to his business partner, Scott Blokker. After many ups and downs, the couple welcomed twins in 2017.
Shaun and Scott are proud dads to sons Silas Rhys and Sander Vaughn. Shaun has said, “Scott’s dad told me, ‘You’re not coming into the babies’ world. They’re coming into yours.’”
Tan and Rob France
We’ve already had one member of the Fab Five, so why not add another? British-born fashion designer and TV personality Tan France is a citizen of the US. He’s married to pediatric nurse and illustrator Rob France, and together they live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tan and Rob welcomed their gorgeous baby boy, Ismail, in 2021. In the announcement of his birth on Instagram, Tan wrote, “Today, we finally got to bring him home. We love him so, so much. Like, fully obsessed.”
B.D. Wong and Richert Schnorr
We’ve actually already met actor B.D Wong’s son Jackson so far. However, Jackson has plenty of gay dads to go around so it’s only fair to mention these ones too. Jackson is the son of B.D. Wong and talent agent Richie Jackson. They welcomed him in 2000, then ended their romantic relati0nship in 2004.
Despite their marriage breaking down, B.D Wong still co-parents Jackson with his ex. He has since remarried Richert John Frederickson Schnorr. He’s pictured here at Jackson’s graduation.
Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton
When gay couple Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton announced that they had adopted a son, their fans were shell-shocked. American actor Matt married musician Blue in 2015 after five years together. Several months later, they announced on their YouTube channel that they had an addition to the family — two-year-old son Crow.
The couple reported being “giddy” when they found out that Crow would be joining their family. Blue has said, “In the end, this was the family we had imagined in our dreams.”
Joe Zee and Rob Younkers
Fashion stylist Joe Zee has been on our TV screens since the ’80s. The journalist is married to Rob Younkers, the host of Secret Guide to Fabulous. The couple announced the birth of their daughter, Vivian Magic Younkers-Zee, in 2020.
In their Instagram caption Zee wrote, “We are Dads!!! When you think you know what love is, looking into her eyes the moment she came into this world changed all that and we couldn’t be happier, full of hopes and dreams for her.”
Joey Gonzalez and Jonathan Rollo
We’ve had a few fitness gurus on our list of gay celebrity dads, and it’s about time for another. Joey Gonzalez is the CEO of Barry’s, a boutique fitness brand. Joey and chef husband Jonathan are parents to two gorgeous kiddies — daughter Francesca Isabella, and son Jake Stone.
In a photo of newborn Jake with his dads, Joey Gonzalez wrote, “Grateful for so much today: his life and health, […] and as always, for our right to be married and build the family of our dreams.”
Bill Horn and Scout Masterson
Fans of Tori Spelling’s reality series will be familiar with “Guncles” Bill Horn and Scout Masterson. The pair appeared regularly on the series, acting as uncles for the Spelling-McDermott brood. However, nowadays Bill and Scout are dads to their own kiddies.
The Horn-Masterson family consists of daughter Simone Lynn, and son Bosley Jo. Referring to their time on TV, the couple captioned their birth announcement with, “#TheGuncles fam is NOW 4! THRILLED to share the arrival of our son.”
Alec Mapa and Jamison Hebert
Lots of the gay fathers on this list have written books, plays, or stand-up sets about their experiences. That includes actor Alec Mapa, who made a stand-up infused documentary to talk about his time as a father.
The actor, comic, and writer married Jamison “Jamie” Hebert in 2008. Together, they adopted son Zion when he was five years old. Speaking about their son, Jamie said, “Not only does he stand up for himself, he is a real advocate for others — especially those that have less than him.”
Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow
OK, we’re pretty sure you won’t have heard of these gays, but you should. Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow became famous for being the first gay dads via surrogacy in the UK. In total, they have five children — two sets of identical twins, and a son from a previous relationship.
However, since then, this family unit has become rather confused. Now, Barrie is dating Scott, who was dating his daughter. They all live together, even though Tony and Barrie are still legally married.
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
Last but not least are interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. These two got married in a Manhattan ceremony in 2013. After that, they started to add to their family. First came daughter Poppy in 2015, and then came son Oskar Michael in 2018.
Nate Berkus has admitted that he’s the softer parent. He said, “Jeremiah’s extremely consistent as a parent. He’s the no-snacks-before-dinner parent. I’m like, ‘Well I want some M&M’s too, why can’t we all just have M&M’s?’”
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