Rosie O’Donnell has made headlines for many things – her talent, her causes and OK, her public feuds with coworkers and moguls alike (paging Mr. Trump). She’s gone public on her feelings about politics and Dr. Suess; she even blogged about her recent heart attack:
“i became nauseous my skin was clammy i was very very hot i threw up
maybe this is a heart attack
i googled womens heart attack symptoms
i had many of them
but really? – i thought – naaaa”
So would you believe that Rosie was able to keep a secret to herself all summer? Homegirl went and got herself a wife! While many knew she was engaged to girlfriend Michelle Rounds, the vows were exchanged in June and nary a peep was made about it until now. So join us in sending our best to Rosie & Michelle, and check out some other hush hush marriages below:
Bob Dylan & Carolyn Dennis – Secret marriage? Check. Secret Divorce? Uh huh. Secret baby? You better believe it. The songwriter formerly known as Bob Zimmerman, married his 2nd wife, background singer Carolyn Dennis, shortly before she gave birth to their daughter in 1986. Though they split a few years later in 1992, the marriage (and divorce) wasn’t made public until a biography of the legend’s life was released in 2000.
Emmy Rossum & Justin Siegel – Few knew the Shameless star had even married her record exec husband until he filed for divorce after a year and a half of marriage in 2009. She’s since dated Counting Crows
dread front man Adam Duritz and is currently shacking up with her hottie costar Tyler Jacob Moore. And just because this is probably the juiciest news to come out of the split, Emmy told InStyle Hair back in April that she double dated with another costar, Taylor Kinney, and his superstar girlfriend Lady Gaga, “We stayed in, cooked steaks, and watched Shameless,” Rossum told the magazine. “It was all very normal, and she is so nice.” Here’s to hoping Gaga didn’t show up wearing the steaks.
R. Kelly & Aaliyah – This is where things get a bit…err…alleged. A then 27 year old R. Kelly allegedly married a then 15 year old, up-and-coming Aaliyah. Kelly had been her mentor, producer and allegedly her husband. He also may have gotten her pregnant. According to the late singer’s handy dandy Wikipedia page, the sleuths at Vibe magazine ultimately got their hands on a marriage certificate that stated the couple were married at a Sheraton Suites in 1994, with Aaliyah’s age listed as 18. The illegal marriage was annulled six months later by the underage star’s parents and the pair never publicly admitted to the union.
Janet Jackson & Rene Elizondo – Perhaps the most well known of the secret celeb unions is Janet Jackson and her ex, songwriter and director Rene Elizondo. The pair kept their marriage a secret until 2001, a full 10 years after they got hitched, and two years after they separated in 1999. While they kept their love a secret, they managed to get a lot done professionally in that time, co-writing dozens of songs, creating several music videos together and showing up on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. (You didn’t think she would let just anyone put their hands there, did you?) The pair split acrimoniously in the early aughts and Jackson ultimately moved on to a seven year, slightly more public relationship with mega producer Jermaine Dupri. And that’s the way love goes. (Sorry, had to.)
While some celebs choose to keep their nups private, others lay it all out on the line. Of these couples with impending weddings, which pair is your favorite?
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth