30+ Photos of Dogs Before & After Their Adoption That Melted Our Hearts

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Check Out These Photos of Dogs Before and After Their Adoption That Melted Our Hearts

Everybody loves when a shaggy dog story turns into a rags-to-riches tale, so today, we’re celebrating dogs who were saved from the puppy pound and given new lives. It’s also a celebration of the compassionate human heroes who rescued them. Some started out mistreated, malnourished, and scared before blossoming into magnificent, gorgeous woofers. These heartwarming before and after photos show just how much finding a forever home means to these grateful pups.

Bonnie and Clyde

These two pups were inside, doing a 20-stretch for aiding and a-petting and committing pawjury. But then they gave a visitor their best puppy dog eyes, and who could resist? Soon, they were handed a get-out-of-jail-free card and went from cellmates to lifemates when they were adopted and given a forever home.

Bonnie and Clyde

Now, the two ex-cellmates, who we’re calling Bonnie and Clyde, act as getaway drivers for bank robbers… when they can remember not to get too excited!


This is Apollo. At one stage, he would fit in the palm of your hand. Even as an abandoned puppy, he was adorable, but he needed a lot of love to grow up to be such a handsome boy.


His name is very appropriate because Apollo is named after the Greek god of healing (among many other things like the sun, music, and archery). Apollo loves walkies, hanging out with his forever dad, and causing havoc! And the bigger he gets, the more havoc he will cause!


“Toby or not Toby? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of living in the pound, or to live like a king, taking up a whole king-size bed.” Poor Toby used to drink water from a metal bucket and use a plastic crate as a pillow.


But after his new owners took him home, he’s the lord of the manor. His new mom and dad have to turn and plump his pillows for him every hour. What a lucky boy!


Vivacious Vizsla Harper had been returned to the shelter three times before her first birthday. But when her new owners saw her, they had to help. They wrote online, “The last year with her has been anything but easy, and she tests us almost every day.”


They continued, “But she is the light of our life, and we couldn’t imagine what we would do without her. We are so filled with joy anytime she smiles and curls up in bed, knowing that she has finally found her home!”

Koda Bear

What a difference a few months make. In the first photo, this doggo is cooped up in a cage, pleading to every visitor, “Will you love me?” And in the second picture, he owns the house, not letting anyone else on his couch, saying, “Thank you. I am soooo loved! Now rub my belly!”

Koda Bear

His name is Koda Bear, and after getting his daily ration of belly rubs, he likes to request his favorite meal — “Rossijiss.” In human speak, that’s “Sausages.”

Bow Tie

We don’t know the name of this Pekingese/Corgi mix, so we’ll call him Bow Tie. When his new owners first got him, he had sad floppy ears and terrible circles under his eyes, making him look like a droopy cartoon character.

Bow Tie

Yes, even dogs get eye bags when they don’t sleep properly. This is what two months of love, care, affection, and compassion look like. After being fed properly and getting more rest, he’s now bright, alert, and absolutely dashing. Now, he even has happy ears and a wicked bow tie.

Polar Bear

Is the creature in this first photo a puppy or a baby polar bear? It’s hard to tell. She’s actually a Jindo dog from Korea. All she needed was a new mom. Luckily, along came a lady to give her the love, protection, and snuggles she needed.

Polar Bear

The first photo shows a sad, lonely, scruffy polar bear cub. After a year and a half with her new mom, though, this beautiful woofer is the queen of hiking and owns the Spanish countryside.


No, this isn’t Marvel comics Cosmo the Spacedog, but she does have a cosmic name — her name is Moon. She was tied up in the dog pound in what her parents call her “prison photo.” But just two months after finding her forever home, she’s ruling the roost because that couch belongs to her now.


We’re surprised she didn’t plant a flag in it like Neil Armstrong did on the moon! Her owners wrote online that adopting her was the “best decision we ever made. We love you, Moon!”

King Louie

This funny furry little fellow is named King Louie after the Orangutan in The Jungle Book. The cartoon ape was, in turn, named after legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. The rescue dog’s proud parents wrote online, “King Louie was surrendered on Saturday after a year of no grooming. Very nice glow-up since being in our home!”

King Louie

After a year of no grooming, he looked like he’d been in the jungle — but now he looks like the king of the swingers, the jungle VIP… Everybody sing along now!


This is Pablo. According to his new owners, the animal welfare ambulance checking him out was about to abandon him again “because he wasn’t chipped and didn’t have breakages, so that means that they had to leave him behind.”


So, as the ambulance disappeared into the sunset, the couple with hearts of gold took Pablo in and raised him themselves. Look at how happy he is to be off the streets. We’re not sure where he’s from, but we’re gonna call him Pablo Escobark!


This poor husky named Luna was left to fend for herself and ended up malnourished to the point she was just skin and bones. But even after being so mistreated, look how much love he has in her eyes in the first photo. Who could resist her? Well, not her new owners. They took her home and cared for her, and look at her eight months later!


Notice her different colored eyes, like David Bowie. The condition is called ​​Heterochromia, from the Greek meaning different and color.


This little bundle of fur was rescued by a lady and her husband off the streets of Guam. The Young Americans wrote, “He was covered in ticks and burs, and his back leg was broken presumably from being hit by a car. And he was only two months old! Now, he’s six months old and lives in Hawaii with six humans that adore him. Rescue is beautiful.”


They named him Bowie because he’s a Diamond Dog. That’s a reference to the name of a David Bowie album, in case you were wondering.


Everybody say hello to Possum. Her owners gave her that name because her poor tail was limp and hairless, like a possum’s. She had to be sheared as she was covered in fleas. Now, she has a bright shiny, long coat, and just check out the difference in her eyes. Even her eyes shine more brightly.


Possum’s hobbies and interests include long walks, swimming, getting petted and groomed, getting her owners wet when shaking off water, eating snacks, fetching sticks, hide and seek, and playing possum.


We don’t know who looks more distressed in this first photo, the dog or her rescuer! This brave young man rescued Syvli from terrible conditions in a police pound in China in 2017. Her owner said, “Fast forward to 2021, and she’s a completely different dog. For most of 2018, she adjusted.”


He continued, “She wouldn’t walk on a leash, wouldn’t go to the bathroom outside, never played with toys, she had no idea how to be a dog. Now, she’s livin’ life by the ocean, and she is amazingly happy.”


This is Ricky. Say hello to Ricky. When he came to the shelter, he had long, matted hair and looked like he’d been dragged through a hedge backward. He was given a forever home by a young man who takes really great care of him. Now, sometime later, Ricky scrubs up quite nicely.


With his collars, tie, and name badge, it’s either Ricky’s first day of school photo or he has an important new job to report to. We think Ricky might be the Wolf of Wall Street!


Pancake looks a bit like Dorothy’s dog in The Wizard of Oz, but she isn’t a Cairn Terrier; she’s an Idaho Shag. This poor pup had to have one of her legs amputated in 2021. Having three legs meant she was less likely to find a forever home. But then, one lady saw her and fell in love.


Pancake loves hiking, car rides, rolling in grass, and swimming. She recently went on a road trip to Utah and Colorado, so here’s a photo of her thinking, “This ain’t Kansas!”

Teddy Pretzels

This is Teddy, or going by his name tag, Teddy Pretzels. His new owners posted on Instagram — “We found Teddy’s shelter picture, and it’s heartbreaking. we’re so glad he came into our lives and is letting his sweet, goofy personality shine! Hopefully, he knows that he’ll be safe, clean, fed, and loved for the rest of his life.”

Teddy Pretzels

Even though Teddy is a boy, he’s fit for a queen. That’s because he’s got some Corgi in him, and Corgis were the late Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite breed.


The first picture of this adorable Golden Retriever/Pyrenees mix was taken many years ago. How do we know? Well, after many years working as a service dog, perhaps as a guide dog for blind people, or a hearing dog for deaf people, she’s now retired!


As an old-aged paw-sioner, she gets to laze in the sun all day. And do you know what? She deserves it after dedicating her life to others as a service dog. You lap up every sun drop, girl!

Archer and Zuma

These two stray Saluki mixes lived on the streets of Doha, Qatar, until a compassionate local couple took them in. We’re not sure if they were adopted by a soccer fan attending the 2022 Soccer World Cup, but it’s possible. Temperatures in the Middle Eastern country regularly hit 113° Fahrenheit.

Archer and Zuma

So, we’re not sure how Archer and Zuma reacted to their new home in Canada when they stepped off the plane. But three months later, they love snowy Canada as much as Jack London’s White Fang.


Before he was fostered, this poor doggo was full of ticks and scars and a dirty brown color. Luckily, he was fostered by a loving human, who named him Teddy because he looks just like a cuddly teddy bear.


After nine months of being described as “a bundle of joy,” he was finally adopted by someone in Canada and will soon go there. If you can’t adopt a dog for life, have you thought about fostering? Yes, it’s tough to see them go, but it’s a massive help.


Gizmo was named after the cuddly Mogwai in the 1984 classic film Gremlins. His new owner posted, “I had to convince my husband he was cute under all that hair because he thought “that’s the ugliest dog I’ve ever seen!’” His new owner gave Gizmo the love, care, and shelter he needed, and look how bright-eyed and bushy-tailed he is now!


The new owner was given three rules when adopting Gizmo. Don’t get him wet, avoid bright light, and don’t feed him after midnight… else he’ll turn into a Gremlin!


This first picture was taken in the British Virgin Islands. The British overseas territory sits on a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, known for its rainforests, white sandy beaches, and stray doggos — who are known as Caribbean Coconut Retrievers!


This poor shaggy beast rocked up to this lady and won her heart. After a short time in quarantine, he and his new mom now live in Florida. By the pool! Yes, this ex-stray dog from the dusty Caribbean street now lives a more rockstar life than you!


Six-year-old Sophie was recused from a puppy mill. These are commercial dog breeding facilities characterized by quick breeding and poor conditions. According to the World Animal Foundation, there are over 10,000 puppy mills in the USA.


Luckily, this puppy farm was discovered and closed down, and little Sophie was rescued. 18 months later, she’s living her best life. Her owner describes her as “full of fluff and mischief,” and the “little crime queen” was recently caught “frolicking” in the yard with a baby deer!


They say the camera never lies, and this first picture shows how timid and nervous this poor dog was on the day he was adopted from a shelter in Romania. You can almost feel him shaking with fear. Fast forward to today, and he’s blossomed into a fine handsome boy living in the United Kingdom.


And dare we say, he looks a bit like Lassie. In fact, he’s so good-looking he should appear in dog food commercials as the perfect example of a pooch with a glossy, shiny coat.


If there’s one downside to giving a stray puppy a forever home, it’s not knowing what breed they are or how big they might grow. This tiny brown mongrel was discovered living on the streets of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.


The only thing his rescuer could say for sure was that he wasn’t a Burmese cat or python, so he took the little fella back to the States. There, he grew into this huge, healthy, hungry, handsome, happy, huggable hound!


When Paisley was weighed at the shelter, he defied physics by weighing a negative number of pounds and ounces. He was lonely, abandoned, and traumatized. Then, came along a guardian angel who adopted him and gave him a better life. And now, just a matter of weeks later, look at Paisley go! This is the power of giving a puppy a forever home.


You can literally save a dog’s life. So, why not contact your local rescue center? Becoming a guardian angel is a click and phone call away.


This is Rosie before and after adoption. In her first five years, she lived a life of fear and neglect in at least two puppy mills. The unscrupulous, criminal puppy farm owners used poor Rosie for breeding. She had mange caused by mites that burrow into the skin and cause hair loss.


Luckily, that didn’t put off her potential parents. But, not even their optimism could have foretold what a mighty beautiful beast Rosie would become. Talk about the ugly duckling transforming into a beautiful, elegant swan!


This poor black and white abandoned pooch used to be chained up in Romania as a guard dog to protect animals. But when some good samaritans saw him, they just knew they had to help. Presumably, they unchained him and ran away with him — which is what you must also do if you see any animal chained up. Unless it’s a bear!


Now, when he’s not being mistaken for a dairy cow, this woofer loves lying in the sun. Check out the difference. We love his ears!

Cherry Blossom

The owner believes this sweet boy is a Shiba Inu with some Labrador. This poor puppy was living in a shelter, sad, lonely, and depressed. Dogs and cats get depressed and feel traumatized, just like us humans. But then, his forever parent came along and adopted him.

Cherry Blossom

Cherry BlossomAs The Beatles sang, “All you need is love” — this doggo is a true testament to that. The semi-professional photography definitely helps but even so, this guy looks like he’s living his best life, running wild in the Japanese cherry blossom and loving it.


Hands up who’s heard of Pavlov’s Dogs? Well, who’s heard of Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs? It states that humans have a pyramid of needs, from food and shelter at the bottom, through health and friendship in the middle, to self-respect and becoming the best version of yourself at the top. And Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs applies just as much to our furry friends.


Luckily, someone saved five-year-old Golden Retriever Georgia from a Chinese puppy mill associated with the dog meat trade. Even better, her new owner gave her food, shelter, warmth, and love to become the best version of herself.

Peach and Chubbs

This is Peach and Chubbs. They didn’t find a home for a long time as they were bonded and needed to be adopted together. A lady and her husband always wanted a dog, but when they saw these bundles of canine joy, they ended up with two!

Peach and Chubbs

She wrote, “These pictures are only three-ish months apart. They went from scared and anxious pups to the two happiest dogs I’ve ever met. They are truly the best dogs and complete our little family, and we can’t imagine life without them.”

Chloe Bear

Tiny Chloe Bear was rescued from the pound, where she was so scared she’d shake, rattle and roll like a 1950s rock n’ roll singer. Fast forward one week — yes folks, you read that right, one week — and look at her go! She looks ready, willing, strong, and able enough to take on the world.

Chloe Bear

Yes, Chloe Bear’s been well-fed, sheared, and groomed, and she has a little diamante flower on her collar, but that’s not the reason she looks better. It’s all down to one thing… love.


This first photo is just heartbreaking. It proves that dogs have souls and need just as much love and affection as we humans. Without it, they become depressed, lose their boundless energy and sense of identity, and often give up. Seriously, who could do this to a man’s best friend?


But, there’s good news. After this handsome doggo was adopted from the pound, he reclaimed so much self-esteem, ego, pride, and dignity that he looks more like Simba from The Lion King standing on Pride Rock, surveying his kingdom.


Wynter’s tale is a great rags-to-riches story. She was fending for herself, living on the streets, underfed, underweight, and underappreciated — until her hero and guardian angel saved her. A lady who rescues dogs found her wandering along a country road and paid for all her injections.


With love and care, she grew into a fine Malamute/German Shepherd mix… with a little bit of Swiss Shepherd. When the temperature drops, Wynter loves playing in the snow.


Ripley is an apt name for this adorable dog because, just like the heroine of the Alien franchise, she’s been through hell. She was rescued from the muddy streets of Iran, where she had to fight packs of roaming dogs. But then she was rescued and brought back to the United States, where she looks insanely happy taking a bath.


While some of these dogs have been rescued from other countries, we must point out that some dogs in foreign countries are well looked after, and some woofers in the USA live on the streets.


Everybody, this is Hank. Hank, this is everybody. What do you mean you’re too excited to meet so many people? You’re always excitable, Hank! Sadly, he was badly mistreated and left with many scars. His puphood trauma caused him to be incredibly withdrawn and timid.


His new owner wrote, “The local humane society didn’t know what his story was because he was found as a stray at only four months old, but now he’s four, has a family, and a best friend (me).” We’re not meant to have favorites, but this is our fave photo.


Can you believe this poor dog was left to perish in a park? Luckily, someone who actually had a heart and soul found her and rescued her. We don’t know her name, so we’re calling her Happiness. Her new mom nursed her back to health and later had a message for the cruel misfit who abandoned her.


They posted online, “To the person who left her in a park… two years ago… look at her now! With your horrible neglect came a whole lot of happiness.”


This sweet girl was in the pound but thankfully was rescued from being put to sleep because she had a minor skin condition. Her name is Scarlett, and if you look closely, you can actually see she’s crying in the first photo.


Now, Scarlett regularly quotes Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind, “As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this, and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk.”


Luckily, someone fell in love and saw the potential in this tiny pup. He was rescued from the pound looking well… like a lost puppy. He was adopted, cared for, and groomed, and now he looks like he’s the king of the world.


Just a few months after his adoption, here’s the little fella romping around in his happy place. Lucky’s enjoying life so much that he actually looks like he’s laughing. Can dogs laugh? We need answers, please.


This loveable little ball of fluff is Kasper. Sadly, he was one of the millions of dogs around the world who grew up in a dog shelter, relying on rescue workers and charity. But, then someone from England adopted him.


He traveled all the way from Romania to the UK and look at the difference. He’s even got his own bow tie! His owner posted online that Kasper “has yet to integrate and learn the language. Very good boy nonetheless.”


We like to think that Annie was named after Annie the Musical, which was named after the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Even before she was at the pound, she learned “it’s a hard knock life” and while she was waiting for her savior, she must have thought, “Tomorrrow, Tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow, You’re always a day away…”


But her guardian angels did show up, and you’ll be surprised to hear that these two photos were taken just one week apart.


Poor little Rey was just one day away from being put to sleep in Los Angeles. But, then a compassionate Los Angelino plucked her up in their loving arms and gave her a forever home. And look at how happy she is now! It’s no wonder Los Angeles is named the City of Angels because Rey’s new parent is a real-life angel.


We’re guessing that she was named Rey after the Star Wars character, even though she looks more like Chewbacca or maybe an Ewok!


Charlie is a Pitbull that was rescued and then went viral. His new owner’s sister posted on Twitter, “My sister adopted her very first dog, and his before and after pics have me crying.”


We don’t know if she was crying at his plight in the shelter or whether she was crying with laughter at the sight of a tough Pitbull wearing flowers in his hair! Nowadays, Charlie loves playing fetch on the beach with a tennis ball and being an internet sensation. He even signs autographs!

Good Boy

This good boy was literally begging for someone to rescue him from the shelter. And how could anyone resist those big brown eyes? They’re almost saying, “Pleeeeeease take me home with you. I’ll be your best fwiend forever and ever and ever.”

Good Boy

Cut to a few months later, and this good boy is enjoying a car ride on his way to his favorite destination for walkies! With his tongue lolling, this good boy just wants to say thank you to all the animal lovers out there for making his life, all our featured doggos’ lives, and the world a better place.

40+ Famous Gay Couples That Broke Up That You May Have Forgotten Even Dated

Sarah Paulson and Cherry Jones

While we all know iconic gay couples like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, or Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, we may have forgotten the LGBTQ couples of yore. That’s right — before Elton John and David Furnish, or Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor — there were the queer couples that didn’t make it. Journey with us to revisit some famous gay couples that broke up that you have forgotten were even together.

Sarah Paulson and Cherry Jones

Currently, actress Sarah Paulson is dating fellow actress Holland Taylor. However, before becoming half of that power couple, Sarah Paulson dated actress Cherry Jones. As you may have noticed, it seems Sarah Paulson has a bit of a thing for older ladies.

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This gay couple dated from 2004 to 2009, and had an amicable split. Cherry Jones went on to marry filmmaker Sophie Huber in 2015. Also that year, Sarah Paulson started dating her current partner, Holland Taylor.

Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez

Some people appear on this list several times, including English supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne. The stunning celeb has dated a host of attractive fellow stars. One of those was American actress Michelle Rodriguez, who is bi.

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These two dated back in 2014, and attracted lots of media attention with their public dates. However, this relationship ended because the then 21-year-old Delevingne wanted to party, while 35-year-old Rodriguez wanted to settle down.

Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell

Another celeb that appears more than once on this list is actress Kristen Stewart. Likewise, her former girlfriend, model Stella Maxwell, also makes a few appearances. This pair dated from 2016 to 2018, and then again briefly in 2019. Kristen Stewart is bi, while Maxwell identifies as queer.

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While speaking about her preferences, Kristen Stewart has commented that being part of the LGBTQ community has affected her career. She shared that she was warned not to be in public with a girlfriend.

Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson

As with most things Lindsay Lohan does, there was a tabloid frenzy when the star started dating English DJ Samantha Ronson. Child star turned party girl Lohan started dating Ronson in 2008, and the pair co-hosted events together.

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This relationship didn’t last long, and Lohan has since claimed that she doesn’t identify as bi. On the other hand, Ronson, who was often described in media as a lesbian, is bi. Looking back, the DJ said that the intense paparazzi following affected the pair’s relationship.

Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry

This pair haven’t been separated for long, but many people don’t know that Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry were in a long term relationship. The actress and singer started seeing the 4 Non Blondes frontwoman, Linda Perry, in 2011, following the end of a long term relationship.

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Several years later, this couple had tied the knot and were welcoming their son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert. Sadly, four years after that, Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry filed for a legal separation.

Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche

Now known as the other half of one of the most high profile gay couples in the world, Ellen DeGeneres did date before marrying Portia de Rossi. Hard to believe! When Ellen came out as a lesbian in 1997, she faced intense media scrutiny. That same year, she started dating actress Anne Heche.

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Anne and Ellen were together for three years, before Anne reportedly left Ellen to marry one of the cameramen from DeGeneres’ comedy tour. Like Lindsay Lohan, Anne Heche didn’t date any other women.

Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels

Grammy and Oscar Award winner Melissa Etheridge publicly came out as a lesbian in 1993. Shortly after that, she got married and had kids with filmmaker Julie Cypher. Then, some years after that relationship ended, the singer started dating actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.

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Melissa and Tammy were together from 2002 to 2010. The couple has twin boys — Johnnie Rose, and Miller Steven. Though they did have a commitment ceremony in 2003, this gay couple broke up before tying the knot.

Ruby Rose and Phoebe Dahl

Actress Ruby Rose came out as gay when she was 12 years old, and now identifies as genderfluid. Back in 2014, the actress revealed that she was engaged to fashion designer Phoebe Dahl. Sadly, within a year, the couple had called the whole thing off.

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English designer Phoebe Dahl is the grandchild of author Roald Dahl and American actress Patricia Neal. Since her split from Ruby Rose, she has been in a relationship with DJ and model Tatiana de Leon.

B.D. Wong and Richie Jackson

Tony Award winning actor B.D. Wong is now married to Richert John Frederickson Schnorr, but before that, he dated talent agent Richie Jackson. This gay couple were in a long term relationship, dating from 1988 until 2004. Since splitting, the pair still co-parent their son, Jackson Foo Wong.

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Both B.D. Wong and Richie Jackson have since remarried. Richie Jackson married Broadway producer Jordan Roth, and together they have a son. Wong and Jackson’s son, Jackson, came out as gay at 15.

Zachary Quinto and Miles McMillan

The dashing Zachary Quinto publicly came out back in 2011. He started dating model Miles McMillan in 2013, and after a few years, the couple moved in to their own Manhattan apartment — how chic! Of course, the celebs also had a home in Upstate New York.

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This relationship came to the end of the road in 2019. Miles McMillan moved on with interior designer Trace Lehnhoff, but Quinto is yet to be spotted with someone new. Somehow, we have no doubt that he’ll find someone.

Teddy Geiger and Emily Hampshire

American singer Teddy Geiger came out as trans in 2017. The star was engaged to Canadian actress Emily Hampshire, but sadly, this LGBTQ pairing just didn’t last. Despite having what looked like a very happy relationship on Instagram, these two called it quits within months of putting a ring on it.

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Emily Hampshire is open to dating people of any gender or orientation, though she hasn’t dated any other high profile figures. Likewise, Teddy Geiger hasn’t yet been spotted out and about with anyone else.

Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani

Descendent of the Vanderbilt family, journalist Anderson Cooper came out as gay in 2012. In doing so, he became the most well-known gay journalist on American television. It’s unclear exactly when Anderson Cooper and French nightclub owner Benjamin Maisani started dating, but they called things off in 2018.

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Maisani spoke about keeping the relationship private in 2014, saying he never wanted to be a celebrity. However, since Cooper welcomed a son in 2020, Maisani has stepped in to co-parent.

Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas

Our next ill-fated (but very handsome) gay couple is British actor and YouTuber Guy Kenworthy, and American actor Matt Wilkas. Kenworthy —  a professional skier — came out in 2015 in an ESPN interview. These two dated for three years, between 2015 and 2019.

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Interestingly, when Wilkas kissed his then boyfriend at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, and it was broadcast live, it became a significant moment for LGBTQ athletes. Since their split, neither of these handsome chaps has been linked with anyone else.

Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monáe

Some may have heard the recent speculation about actress Tessa Thompson’s relationships with director Taika Waititi, singer Rita Ora, and model Zac Stenmark, after some interesting pictures emerged online. But before that, all the speculation was on the star’s relationship with singer Janelle Monáe (and Lupita Nyong’o and Brie Larson).

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Technically, these two never admitted their relationship, but they didn’t exactly hide it either. Speaking about Monáe, Thompson famously remarked, “We love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency.”

Adam Lambert and Javi Costa Polo

Singer Adam Lambert has been heavily involved in LGBTQ activism throughout his career. While he was formerly in a long term relationship with Finnish TV personality Sauli Koskinen, after that, he briefly dated model Javi Costa Polo.

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The cute couple shared lots of selfies on Instagram, but didn’t last longer than a year because Costa Polo had to return to his native Spain. He wrote on Instagram, “I will always have him and he will always have me. Sadly, I’m not a citizen of the United States.”

Ross Mathews and Salvador Camarena

TV personality and reality TV regular Ross Mathews is currently engaged to Dr. Wellington Garcia. However, the openly gay star did have a 10-year relationship prior to that, with stylist Salvador Camarena.

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This gay couple dated from 2008 to 2018. The split was pretty was pretty amicable, with Mathews saying, “As we go forward, each of us feels as if he has a cheerleader in our corner — a family member for life. We are happy. Thank you all for your well wishes and love.”

Sam Smith and Brandon Flynn

Multi-award winning English singer songwriter Sam Smith came out as gay in 2014. The “Stay With Me” singer later came out as genderqueer, and then as non-binary in 2017. When he was speaking with Ellen DeGeneres that same year, the star revealed that he was dating openly gay actor Brandon Flynn.

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This celebrity gay couple lasted only nine months, breaking up in 2018. After the breakup, like so many of us do, Sam Smith deleted all of his pictures with his ex.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Zachary Quinto

We’ve already taken a look at actor Zachary Quinto’s dating history, but did you know that he also apparently dated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson? That’s right — though Ferguson is now happily married to lawyer Justin Mikita, it’s rumored that he briefly dated Quinto.

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For his part, Jesse Tyler Ferguson has denied the rumors. He has said, “Zachary Quinto and I never dated, but the report makes us happy because we love each other — as friends.” Whatever you say guys!

Megan Rapinoe and Sera Cahoone

US soccer star Megan Rapinoe came out as a lesbian when she was in college. Later, she publicly came out again, revealing her long term relationship with another soccer player. However, after that, the pro athlete was in a relationship with singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone.

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This couple was pretty serious and announced that they were engaged in 2015. However, by 2017, the couple confirmed that their wedding plans were on hold. That same year, Rapinoe announced that she was in a relationship with fellow athlete Sue Bird.

Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne

It’s time to check in with model Cara Delevingne again! So far, we’ve seen the star with actress Michele Rodriguez, but who else has she dated? Well, from 2018 to 2020, the striking star was in a relationship with American actress Ashley Benson.

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Speaking about their relationship, Delevingne gushed, “It’s so nice to have someone in my life that supports me so much and loves me.” Since their split, Ashely Benson was in a relationship with American rapper G-Eazy.

Heather Matarazzo and Carolyn Murphy

American actress Heather Matazarro first announced her engagement to musician Carolyn Murphy in 2008. However, several years later it was reported that the couple had called it quits. Sadly, this couple wanted to get married in California, but it wasn’t then legal.

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To get around California’s laws, the couple moved to New York, but they unfortunately split before making it up the aisle. Since then, Heather Matarazzo has married comedian and writer Heather Turman.

Antoni Porowski and Joey Krietemeyer

Member of the Fab Five, Antoni Porowski might not have been on your relationship radar for some time. For a while, Porowski and his co-star, Jonathan Van Ness, made out that they were in a relationship, posting romantic pics on their joint Instagram account. However, it turned out that @jvntoni was just for fun. What a shame!

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While he’s currently dating businessman Kevin Harrington, Antoni Porowski previously dated businessman Joey Krietemeyer. This relationship lasted seven years, ending in 2018.

T.R. Knight and Mark Cornelsen

The wonderful George O’Malley, otherwise known as actor T. R. Knight, faced some issues when he publicly came out. The actor felt that his decision affected his acting career, and caused friction with some of his colleagues.

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Though he’s now married to ballet dancer Patrick B. Leahy, T.R. Knight was in a committed relationship before that. The star was in a relationship with Mark Cornelsen for two years, but they broke up when Knight wanted to adopt a child.

Portia de Rossi and Francesca Gregorini

Though she’s now most associated with her famous wife Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi did have a love life before tying the knot. The Australian-American actress dated Italian director Francesca Gregorini between 2001 and 2004, though her family and coworkers didn’t know she was a lesbian at the time.

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Francesca Gregorini is the daughter of actress Barbara Bach and the step-daughter of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. This relationship actually fell apart when de Rossi first met Ellen DeGeneres backstage at an awards show.

Ellen DeGeneres and Alexandra Hedison

Around the same time, comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres was dating photographer Alexandra Hedison. The couple was together between 2000 and 2004, and ended when DeGeneres met her future wife.

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As we know, DeGeneres and de Rossi have been happily married for some time now. Meanwhile, Alexandra Hedison started dating actress Jodie Foster in 2013, and the pair tied the knot after just one year. It looks like everyone involved in this lesbian love square came out alright in the end.

Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo

Actress and screenwriter Lena Waithe is a lesbian, though her ex-wife Alana Mayo had only dated men prior to their relationship. Speaking about this, Waithe said, “I’m the first serious, adult relationship she’s ever had. I don’t think it’s about the fact that I’m a woman; it’s about the fact that she and I connect on a deep, human level.”

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Sadly, Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo’s marriage only lasted two months. The pair got married in 2019, but announced their split by 2020.

Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent

Perhaps Cara Delevingne’s most well-known relationship is her pairing with American musician St. Vincent. The Grammy Award winner has said that she doesn’t identify as anything, but believes in “gender fluidity.” This stunning pair dated from 2014 until 2016.

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During their relationship, this couple was full of praise for each other. St. Vincent commented that Cara was “one of the most naturally talented people I’ve ever met,” saying “I’ll love her for ever and ever.”

Sharon Needles and Alaska

And now for a pair of ill-fated drag queens. Sharon Needles — the stage name of Aaron Coady — dated fellow contestant Alaska, otherwise known as Justin Honard for four years. This couple ended their relationship in 2013, but have stayed friends since.

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During their time together, these queens started a band named Haus of Haunt, and now both have music careers. While the power couple didn’t stay in a romantic relationship, they are both still supportive of each other.

Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter

Teen idol turned rockstar Miley Cyrus has had a colorful dating life. Starting with Nick Jonas and later Liam Hemsworth, the singer has been seen with some seriously high profile other halves. After her split from then-husband Hemsworth, Miley jetted off to Italy with Kaitlynn Carter.

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In an article about the relationship, Carter wrote, “This was a profound journey of self-discovery. For the first time, I listened to myself, forgot about the ‘norm,’ and lived.” This relationship lasted a couple of months.

Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff

And here he is again! This time we’re taking a look back at actor Zachary Quinto’s relationship with actor and Broadway star Jonathan Groff. These two were an item between 2010 and 2013, but their relationship ended up running its course.

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In fact, when the couple split, Jonathan Groff jetted off to console his close friend and co-star Lea Michele following the death of Cory Monteith. Since his split from Zachary Quinto, Jonathan Groff has been dating choreographer Corey Baker.

Luke Evans and Jon Kortajarena

Welsh actor and singer Luke Evans is pretty private about his personal life. The actor has stated that people regularly tell him that they can’t believe he’s gay, though he prefers not to discuss his family life with the media. For that reason, it’s unclear exactly how long his relationship with Spanish model Jon Kortajarena lasted.

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In fact, there have been some rumors that this gay celebrity couple have rekindled their romance. The model posted and then deleted some Instagram stories of the couple together in 2019. Interesting!

Amandla Stenberg and King Princess

Actor and LGBTQ activist Amandla Stenberg identifies as non-binary. Though she came out as pansexual at one stage, the star has since come out as gay. In 2018, Stenberg dated Mikaela Mullaney Straus — better known as King Princess.

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King Princess is gay and genderqueer, and the couple were seen hanging out together in recording studios. However, this couple didn’t last long, struggling with maintaining their busy schedules. Since then, King Princess has been dating Lizzo’s creative director, Whitney Wilson.

Brad Walsh and Christian Siriano

Our next gay celebrity couple did make it down the aisle, but sadly, their relationship didn’t have lasting power. Singer and producer Brad Walsh is known for his remixes of Britney Spears and Lady Gaga tunes, among others. He married fashion designer Christian Siriano in 2016, after over 10 years together.

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Alas, just two years later, the producer revealed that he and husband Siriano had decided to end their relationship. Since then, Christian Siriano has been dating Kyle Smith.

Miley Cyrus and Stella Maxwell

We’re back with Miley, this time to revisit her relationship with Belgian-born Northern Irish-New Zealand model Stella Maxwell. We’ve already seen Stella with actress Kristen Stewart, but she was actually with Miley before that.

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Miley Cyrus and Victoria’s Secret angel Stella Maxwell dated briefly in 2015. Apparently, the pair met through mutual friend Cheyne Thomas and hit it off. Stella Maxwell identifies as queer and fluid, and has been linked to Lily-Rose Depp and Bella Hadid.

Rosie O’Donnell and Kelli Carpenter

Outspoken comedian and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell publicly came out in 2002 at a charity comedy event. The star has long been open about her views, particularly in terms of LGBTQ adoption. She adopted her first child while she was single.

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Later, Rosie O’Donnell got together with marketing executive Kelli Carpenter. The pair got married in 2004, and Carpenter also adopted her son. Together, this couple have four kids together. Rosie O’Donnell announced the end of her marriage in 2009. She has since remarried.

Ireland Baldwin and Angel Haze

The daughter of actors Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, Ireland Baldwin has always been in the public eye. The model and actress dated rapper Angel Haze in 2014, and the musician dedicated track “Candlxs” to her then girlfriend. These two met at New York Fashion Week when Baldwin’s cousin introduced them.

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American musician Angel Haze — birth name Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson — is agender. This relationship didn’t last long, and after Baldwin called it quits, she checked into a recovery center for emotional abuse.

Ricky Martin and Carlos Gonzalez Abella

Now adorably coupled up with Syrian-Swedish painter Jwan Yosef, it’s hard to imagine Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin with anyone else. The celeb came out publicly in 2010, and explained that he previously thought he was bi.

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Ricky Martin dated economist Carlos Gonzalez Abella for several years, with the relationship ending officially in 2014. Just two years later, Martin met Yosef, and they were engaged that same year. Now they are married with four children, including Martin’s sons from before the relationship.

Kristen Stewart and Alicia Cargile

Before she dated model Stella Maxwell, actress Kristen Stewart had an on-off relationship with visual effects producer Alicia Cargile. At the time, Stewart was head over heels, saying, “Right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend.”

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This couple stayed together for two years, dating between 2014 and 2016. Kristen Stewart seemed to enjoy this relationship partly because it attracted less attention than her high profile couplings with co-star Robert Pattinson and married director Rupert Sanders.

Ruby Rose and Jessica Origliasso

So far we’ve seen that Australian actress Ruby Rose was engaged to fashion designer Phoebe Dahl. After that relationship ended in 2015, the star started dating one half of musical duo The Veronicas — fellow Australian Jessica Origliasso.

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Ruby Rose and Jessica Origliasso dated in 2008, and then got together again between 2016 and 2018. The Veronicas singer is passionate about same-gender marriage, and dislikes being labeled in terms of her orientation. Jessica Origliasso has also dated musicians Billy Corgan and Josh Katz.

Jane Lynch and Lara Embry

Award-winning comedic actress Jane Lynch was in a relationship with clinical psychologist Lara Embry for several years. The couple first met at a fundraiser, and tied the knot the following year. When they got married, Jane Lynch became stepmom to Embry’s daughter, Haden.

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Sadly, in 2014, the couple’s divorce was finalized. It was reported that Lara Embry walked away with rather a lot of money. Jane Lynch simply commented that California “is a half and half state, as well as it should be, so that’s fine.”

Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham

Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham broke off their six-month marriage in May 2021. There was hubbub going around that the couple had split as Leatham had been unfaithful.

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The faith was solidified after Haynes released a track about infidelity close to the split. Appalled by the dirt being thrown on his ex’s name, Haynes popped on to Twitter to clear the confusion where he claimed Leatham could never cheat and that the song was about a past relationship.

Ross Mathews and Salvador Camarena

After about a decade of togetherness, Ross Mathews and Salvador Camarena parted ways in 2018. The couple, who started seeing each other in 2008, successfully sold their first LA home in 2013 before purchasing a contemporary home in Glendale with a mountain and a panoramic valley view.

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The judges of RuPaul’s Drag Race have always been open about their sexuality and relationship, which is why their split came as a shock to many.

Luke Evans and Rafa Olarra

2021 began with the sad news that one of the most famed LGBTQIA actors of Hollywood, Luke Evans, had parted ways with his partner, Rafa Olarra. Olarra and Evans started their relationship in 2019 before making it public in 2020.

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During the pandemic, they had a brief separation. Despite the pair reconciling, much to the fans’ dismay, they announced the end of their courtship in January 2021. However, Evans surprised everyone by stating that he plans on becoming a single father and starting a family.

Elliot Page and Emma Portner

The split of Elliot Page and Emma Portner left the media and fans stunned. Page met Portner in 2017 and they instantly fell for each other.

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This is why they tied the knot shortly six months after coming together. The LGBTQIA couple caused quite a stir after Elliot came out as a trans man in December 2020. Portner supported him publicly and even came to his defense to protect him from transphobic comments. On January 2, however, Page finally decided to sit down and file for separation.

Lambda García and Luja Duhart

Lambda García and Luja Duhart were everyone’s favorite LGBTQIA celebrity couple in 2020. Sadly, a year after their romance bloomed, the couple called it quits.

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In February, the actor took to Instagram to reveal that he had decided to amicably part ways from his singer now-ex boyfriend. Although sad about the split, García said that his relationship with Duhart was the best relationship he had ever been in. Fans can only hope the two find happiness in their separate ways.

Dulceida and Alba Paul

A lot of LGBTQIA couples separated in 2021 which makes us believe this was not the year for love. Dulceida and Alba Paul ended their courtship after they realized it was not a good time in their relationship.

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A post was made dedicated to the announcement in July, 2021. Paul agreed to a temporary split and claimed that she hoped the relationship would heal. Dulceida came out as bisexual in 2015 through her YouTube channel. After their wedding in 2016, the couple became LGBTQIA icons in Spain.

Ty Herndon and Matt Collum

Country singer Ty Herndon broke up with long-time boyfriend Matt Collum in 2021. He broke the news on an Instagram post on October 27. The post contained a heartfelt message from Herndon who expressed his wish and prayer to stay friends with Collum for a long time.

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The couple had been together for five years prior to Herndon coming out as gay in November 2014. This news became a revolution in the world of country music as more LGBTQIA artists started coming out following in his footsteps.

Taryn Manning and Anne Cline

Taryn Manning, 42, and Anne Cline, 28, ended their relationship in late August of this year, just two months after getting engaged. Cline popped the question to the Orange Is the New Black starlet in June in a cozy restaurant in Florida.

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The couple was first seen together in March. Their whirlwind romance was surely not working for Manning as a close source of hers told the press that she figured out the relationship wasn’t the right one for her after the engagement.

Joe Exotic and Dillon Passage

Just after three years of marriage, the beloved couple from Tiger Kings announced their split on March 26.

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The passage made a post on Instagram where he made a bunch of sad revelations. He said that the duo had been apart for about two and a half years of their marriage, which itself lasted no more than three years. Expressing their mutual love and respect for each other, the former couple shared the news of their separation.

Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent

St. Vincent surely has an eye when it comes to women. Her list of girlfriends is quite impressive. One such noteworthy mention is Excuse 17’s, Carrie Brownstein. St. Vincent collaborated with the bisexual Portlandia actress, musician, and comedian in 2017.

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Rumors floated around about Carrie dating Broad City’s Abbi and Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, none of the other flings were relevant enough to be confirmed. Currently, Brownstein is busy with a series she is doing for Hulu and making new music for Sleater-Kinney.

Chelsea Fairless and Lea DeLaria

Our condolences to Sandra Bernhardt who must have been preparing to officiate the wedding of actress Lea DeLaria and fashion editor, Chelsea Fairless, before the couple abruptly ended their engagement two weeks prior to the wedding.

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DeLaria announced on her Instagram handle that the two had split amicably and will forever be in each other’s lives. After being together for four years, the two had developed a strong bond which even allowed them to joke about their split. Fairless is currently dating stylist Tatiana Waterford.

Tasya van Ree and Amber Heard

Artist Tasya van Ree was with actress Amber Heard for four years before they called it quits in 2012. Interestingly enough, Van Ree still carries a tattoo of Amber’s name on her arm – another embarrassing moment of celebs having their ex’s name tattooed on themselves.

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Since then, Van Ree has dated (and broke up with) Caroline Vreeland, model and the great-granddaughter of fashion legend, Diana Vreeland. She launched the Intergalactic Girls Club in 2018, which is an online community bringing together women and art.

Leisha Hailey and K.D. Lang

Leisha Hailey garnered a lot of attention in 1996 for her first high-profile relationship with singer-songwriter, K.D. Lang. After staying together for five years they eventually split. Hailey mostly stayed mum about her relationship and the break-up but has accepted feeling nostalgic when she reminisces about their time together.

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After that, she became Alice Pieszecki. Hailey was also spotted in two episodes of Silicon Valley . Presently, Hailey is single and often posts adorable pictures with her former L Word castmates on Instagram.

Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein

From 1994 to 2006, Carrie and Corin both played guitar and lent their voices to the tracks of the all-female rock band Sleater-Kinney. The guitarist-vocalist duo also dated during the early days of the band.

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Openly bi Corin went on to make her own band, the Corin Tucker Project. After the two broke up, Tucket found love again in Lance Bangs and got married. The couple share two kids and Tucket is presently the lead singer for Filthy Friends.

Samantha Thomas and Elliot Page

Elliot Page used to date Samantha Thomas when he still went by the name “Ellen Page.” Thomas was Page’s first public girlfriend.

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After their split in 2017, the artist has mostly stayed out of the public eye. Page went on to marry dancer Emma Portner after a year (and even separated a while later). However, Thomas is apparently still friends with the two as she posted a picture with the now-ex couple at Women’s March in LA in January 2018.

Cheyenne Jackson and Monte Lapka

Next up is Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson, and his relationship with physicist Monte Lapka. This pair started dating in 2000 and tied the knot over a decade later in New York City. Just two years later, the couple announced that their marriage was over.

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Since then, Cheyenne Jackson has moved on with actor Jason Landau. In fact, he got married for the second time in 2014. Together, Jackson and Landau have twins — son Ethan, and daughter Willow.

Angelina Jolie and Jenny Shimizu

We bet you forgot about this one! Now more associated with Brad Pitt, or Billy Bob Thornton, actress Angelina Jolie hasn’t only dated men. Before the actress hastily married British actor Jonny Lee Miller, she dated model and actress Jenny Shimizu.

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This relationship lasted several years, and Shimizu claims that it continued when Angie was involved with other people. When asked if she was bi, Jolie responded, “Of course […] Absolutely! Yes!” She continued, “I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn’t married my husband.”

Maria Bello and Mariska Hargitay

American actress and writer Maria Bello has been on our screens for quite some time. The star opened up about her orientation when she fell in love with her ex-partner, Clare Munn. However, before that, the star apparently dated actress and director Mariska Hargitay.

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It’s not clear exactly when these two dated, but suffice to say, it didn’t last. Mariska Hargitay ended up marrying co-star Peter Hermann, and Maria Bello is engaged to French chef Dominique Crenn.

Troye Sivan and Jacob Bixenman

Australian Youtuber Troye Sivan publicly came out as gay on his channel in 2013. Years before that, the star had also come out to his family. In 2016, Sivan started dating American model Jacob Bixenman. You can even spot Jacob Bixenman in the music video for Troye Sivan’s song, “Heaven.”

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This cute couple was together for four years, with news of their split landing in 2020. During the global quarantine, these two headed back to their separate home continents.

Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades

Lastly, we turn to personal trainer Jillian Michaels and her ill-fated relationship with ex-fiancée Heidi Rhoades. These two had two children together, but ended their relationship in 2018.

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Speaking about her preferences, Michaels has said, “”Let’s just say I believe in healthy love. If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love.” The TV personality is currently dating designer Deshanna Marie Minuto.