Not everyone who is born gay realizes their sexual preferences early in life. Some people can grown into adulthood and even get married before they realize their gay. These famous celebrity lesbians were married to men before they realized their status in the LGBTQ community.
From Wanda Skyes and Billie Jean King to Anne Heche and The Color Purple author Alice Walker, these Hollywood celebrities married dudes and then ditched them for women years later.
Some of the actresses on our list went back to dating men while others realized they didn’t enjoy the company of guys in an intimate way, and switched teams to become full-time lesbians.
Wanda Sykes was married to Dave Hall from 1991-1998. Ten years after their device, the Hollywood funny woman announced that she was gay. She married her partner, Alex Sykes, that same year.
“Family Ties” actress Meredith Baxter was married to three men before realizing she was a lesbian. She had two children with her first husband, Robert Lewis Bush, and three with second husband, David Birney. Baxter revealed she was a lesbian during a 2009 live broadcast on “Today.” Baxter has been living partner Nancy Locke since 2006. The couple married in December 2013.
Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi was married to Mel Metcalfe from 1996-1999. She publicly came out in 2005 and married her partner Ellen DeGeneres in 2008.
Julie Cypher was married to La Bamba actor Lou Diamond Phillips from 1987-1990. She jumped ship and started a relationship with Melissa Ethridge from 1990 to 2000. She has two children with Etheridge. David Crosby fathered both children, and Cypher gave birth. She has been married to current husband Matthew Hale since 2004.
The Color Purple author Alice Walker was married to Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal from 1967-1976. The couple had one daughter. Walker later had a relationship with the singer Tracy Chapman.
Frida Kahlo twice married the painter Diego Rivera. She was known to date various women… and men… during their marriage.
Anne Heche dated Ellen DeGeneres from 1997-2000. She later married Coleman ‘Coley’ Laffoon, and the couple have one child together. The couple divorced in 2007. Heche is currently in a relationship with James Tupper, and they have one son together.
‘Orange is the New Black’ Screenwriter Lauren Morelli realized she was gay in fall 2012, while writing her hit Netflix series. She and her husband, Steve Basilone, were married for just five months prior to her realization. In 2014, they divorced, and their documents indicated the split was amicable. After her divorce Morelli announced she was dating “OITNB” star Samira Wiley.
Billie Jean King
The former tennis player married Larry King in 1965. The couple divorced a short time later and King came out as a lesbian when her relationship with her secretary, Marilyn Barnett, was made public.