No Ring, No Problem: Famous People Who Never Got Married

Divorces are pretty common phenomena in Hollywood, but these stars have avoided the hassle of divorce by ditching the idea of marriage altogether. You can’t get divorced if you don’t get married, right? All of the celebrities on this list have been perpetually single— or at least unmarried— for their entire lives.

Keep reading to find out which of your favorite celebrities are still waiting to tie the knot. Or maybe they’re not waiting at all. Maybe they’re just cool with being single.

Mary-Louise Parker

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Mary-Louise Parker has a son, who was born in 2004, named William Atticus Parker. Her son’s father is her longterm partner and now ex, Billy Cudrup. In 2007, she adopted a daughter, Caroline Aberash Parker, from Ethiopia on her own.

In 2006, Parker dated her Weeds co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan. They were together for several years, and they even got engaged, but they never got married. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is now is a long term relationship, but he still isn’t married.

Owen Wilson

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Actor Owen Wilson has dated several A-list celebrities, including Sheryl Crow and Kate Hudson. Owen was even engaged to Kate Hudson in 2008, but the two of them didn’t end up getting married.

Wilson had a son with his ex-girlfriend Jade Duell in 2011, and he had another son in 2014 with his personal trainer. On October 9, 2018, Wilson’s ex-girlfriend, Varunie Vongsvirates, gave birth to a daughter. That’s a lot of kids for a man who never got married.

Ricky Gervais

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Ricky Gervais has been dating his girlfriend, Jane Fallon for over 30 years. When asked why they haven’t gotten married, Gervais responded, “There’s no point in us having an actual ceremony before the eyes of God because there is no God.”

Well, that’s one way of looking at the world. Ricky and Jane also don’t have any children because they “didn’t fancy dedicating 16 years of our lives. And there are too many children, of course.”

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco has never married, and she doesn’t speak publicly about her relationships. She has two adopted children, Anderson and Macy. Back in the day, Edie Falco struggled with alcoholism, a disease that affected many of her romantic relationships.

After joining Alcoholic’s Anonymous, Edie got her life together, became sober, and decided that she wanted to be a mother. She also decided that she wasn’t going to wait for a man to make her a mother.

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney has never been married, and she told E! the magazine that “I want to be a player! I’m still single! I want to feel sexy and young and pretty for as long as I can.”

Janney is notoriously private about her dating life, but she was recently seen walking several red carpets with her beau, Philip Joncas. Joncas, who is in his late 30s, and Janney, who is in her late 50s, were first seen together at the 2015 Emmy Awards. Who knows, maybe they’ll get married soon… or maybe not.

Drew Carey

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Drew Carey has never been married. He was engaged to his longtime girlfriend Nicole Jaracz, but the couple split up in 2012. While they were together, Carey was a father figure to Nicole Jaracz’s son, Connor, from a previous relationship.

There may be wedding bells in Drew’s future, though. Carey announced his engagement to therapist Amie Harwick in January 2018. Drew is over 60 years old, but I guess it’s never too late to find love.

Seth MacFarlane

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The guy behind Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane has never been married, but in 2012, he briefly dated Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke. He also dated Alexandra Breckenridge, Ashley Greene, Amanda Bynes, and Tamera Mowry in the past.

Seth told The Daily Princetonian, “I have some Brian type issues from time to time—looking for the right person—but I date as much as the next guy.” We already knew that Seth identifies with Brian more than any other Family Guy character.

Alan Rickman

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Before his death in early 2016, Alan Rickman had been living with his girlfriend, Labour party councilor Rima Horton, since 1977, but they never got married. At least, they never told the public they got married until right before Rickman’s death. They married in a private ceremony and kept the news to themselves.

They were together since 1965 when they were 18 and 19. This is truly the most tragic love story I’ve ever heard.

Hugh Grant

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Hugh Grant got married in almost every romcom he was ever in, but he never took the leap in real life. He was in a 13-year relationship with model and actress Elizabeth Hurley. He’s still the godfather of Hurley’s child even though he cheated on Hurley multiple times.

Grant has a child of his own with Tinglan Hong, a woman with whom he reportedly had a brief affair. Then he had a child with a Swedish television producer. Followed by another child with Tinglan Hong. Then he had two more children with the Swedish producer (Anna Eberstein). Anna and Hugh got engaged in May 2018 and reportedly got married later that month, so it took him a while, but he did eventually get married.

Al Pacino

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Al Pacino may have three children, but the Godfather actor has never been married. Pacino has one child with his acting coach Jan Tarrant and two with Vacation actress Beverly D’Angelo. He has also dated Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, Jill Clayburgh, Marthe Keller, Kathleen Quinlan, and Lyndall Hobbs.

It looks like Al Pacino is meant to be an eternal bachelor. Even though he never got married, he still became a father (not just a godfather).

Bill Maher

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Comedian Bill Maher has never been married, but he has been in some serious long-term relationships. Maher has dated Playboy Cyber Girl Coco Johnsen, author Karrine Steffans, and neuroscientist Cara Santa Maria.

Maher shared his ideas about marriage on his personal website, stating, “I’m the last of my guy friends to have never gotten married, and their wives—they don’t want them playing with me. I’m like the escaped slave—I bring news of freedom.”

Adrien Brody

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Adrien Brody has never tied the knot, but he has dated A-listers like Tori Amos, Keira Knightley, and January Jones.

He dated Michelle Dupont, a music industry personal assistant, from 2003 to 2006. She was also his date to the 2003 Oscars. He began dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in 2006, and the couple lived together in a gorgeous home until 2009 when they went their separate ways. Brody is still in his 40s, so he still has time to get married if he wants to.

Sheryl Crow

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Musician Sheryl Crow has never been married, but she has been in relationships with some of the biggest names in film, music, and sports. Crow has been notably involved with actor Owen Wilson, musician Eric Clapton, and cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong were actually engaged at one point, but they broke up before they could make their relationship official. In 2007, Crow adopted a son whom she’s raising by herself.

Winona Ryder

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Winona Ryder has never been married, but she was engaged to Johnny Depp in 1990. Ryder also dated Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner as well as actor Matt Damon. Even though Winona’s been through quite a few rocky relationships, she’s been with her current partner, Scott Mackinlay Hahn since 2011.

I know a lot of you still ship Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp, but that is so over. Plus you only really ship her with a young Johnny Depp, not a present-day Johnny Depp.

Lauren Graham

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Lauren Graham has been in a relationship with her Parenthood co-star Peter Krause since 2010. The two actors played brother and sister on the show, but their relationship off-screen definitely isn’t familial. Graham and Krause currently live together in Los Angeles.

In the past, Graham has also dated actors Tate Donovan, Matthew Perry, and Marc Blucas. None of those relationships ever led to marriage either. Maybe marriage just isn’t something Lauren is interested in.

John Cusack

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John Cusack has managed to date several famous actresses while keeping his high profile relationships out of the public eye. Cusack has been involved with Neve Campbell, Minnie Driver, and his Say Anything co-star Lili Taylor.

Even though he starred in a lot of ’80s romantic comedies, Cusack is well-known for being a bachelor. I guess he’s just not as romantic off-screen as he is on-screen. When asked in 2009 why he had never married he answered, “society doesn’t tell me what to do.”

Diane Keaton

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Diane Keaton is sure that she likes men, and she thinks she would like to get married if she could only find somebody who wanted to marry her. At least, that’s what she told Ellen DeGeneres. Keaton has dated several famous and talented men, but she never tied the knot.

She has been involved with Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, and Al Pacino. Keaton has two adopted children, Dexter and Duke.

Tim Robbins

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Tim Robbins has never been married, although he was in a 20-year relationship with Susan Sarandon. The pair had two children together during that time, but they never wanted to get the law involved in their partnership. Sarandon was married previously to actor Chris Sarandon.

Robbins and Sarandon’s relationship was something of a sure thing in Hollywood, or so everybody thought. They broke up in 2009, so I guess it was a good thing that they never got married.

Kylie Minogue

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Australian dance-pop superstar Kylie Minogue has never been married. In the late ’80s, she dated INXSfrontmann Michael Hutchence, and she also dated actor Olivier Martinez from 2002-2007.

Minogue was in a relationship with model Andrés Velencoso from 2008 to 2013. In November 2015, Minogue confirmed she was dating British actor Joshua Sasse. In February 2016, The Daily Telegraph announced that the couple was engaged, but the pair ended their relationship the following year before they could walk down the aisle.

Marisa Tomei

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Though Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei has been in relationships with several famous leading men, she never got married. Her rumored exes include Robert Downey Jr., Christian Slater, and Lenny Kravitz, and she was rumored to be engaged to Logan Marshall-Green, although her representative later denied this.

In 2009, Tomei said, “I’m not that big a fan of marriage as an institution, and I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.”

Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey has never been married, although she has been dating her partner, Stedman Graham for over 25 years. Winfrey also dated film critic Roger Ebert in the mid-80s.

Winfrey and Graham were engaged to be married in November 1992, but the ceremony never took place. I guess they decided that they didn’t need to throw a big wedding to fully commit themselves to each other. Marriage isn’t for everybody.

Matt Dillon

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Matt Dillion famously dated Cameron Diaz from 1995 to 1998. He’s also been involved with other Hollywood stars such as Melanie Griffith, Brooke Sheilds, Denise Richards, and Heather Graham.

Dillon has been dating film choreographer Roberta Mastromichele since 2014, but we aren’t seeing any sign of a ring yet. Matt Dillon has never been married, but do you think that Roberta could be the one? They have been together for a really long time…

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm and his ex-partner Jennifer Westfeld looked like the happiest couple in Hollywood. We were all shocked when they broke up after almost 20 years of dating.

When asked about Jennifer, Hamm said, “We may not have a piece of paper that says we’re husband and wife, but after 10 years, Jennifer is more than just a girlfriend. What we have is much deeper and we both know that.” The couple announced their split in 2015.

Garry Shandling

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Comedian Garry Shandling died suddenly in 2016. He died without ever marrying. Shandling rarely discussed his personal life with the media.

He shared an apartment with his fiancée, Playboy model Linda Doucett from 1987 until 1994. On The Larry Sanders Show, Doucett played Darlene, Hank Kingsley’s doting assistant.Shandling also dated Sharon Stone and he’s rumored to have dated Calista Flockhart. Garry had a full and wonderful life even though he didn’t marry or have kids.

Wilt Chamberlain

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Wilt Chamberlain was too much of a player to settle down with one woman. He never got married or had children, but he did claim that he had been intimate with over 20,000 women in his lifetime.

One of Wilt’s lovers said, “I think Wilt hit on everything that moved…[but] he never was bad or rude.” Many of Chamberlain’s personal friends testified that he once had 23 women in 10 days.

Matthew Perry

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You probably know Matthew Perry best as Chandler Bing from Friends. On the show, Chandler married Monica, the love of his life, but in real life, Matthew Perry hasn’t been able to settle down with “the one.”

Perry has dated actresses Julia Roberts, Yasmine Bleeth, and Lauren Graham. He was in a relationship with younger actress Lizzy Caplan from 2006-2012, but they never got married. Maybe there will be a marriage in Matthew’s future.

Dana Delany

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Dana Delany is in her 60’s and she’s never been married. In a 2006 interview, Delany stated, “I turned 50 and I’m ready to get married… I don’t know who he is yet but I’m ready… He has to be smart, funny and kind.”

She added a year later: “Marriage has never been a big deal for me… But I think I’m ready now… I got to have all the fun in the world, to experience a lot of people and figure out what I really like.”

Condoleezza Rice

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Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has never been married. Rice was engaged to NFL player Rick Upchurch in the ’70s, but the relationship didn’t work out.

According to biographer Marcus Mabry, she left Upchurch because she “knew the relationship wasn’t going to work.” Being a political figure in the public eye can make it really difficult to find a suitable match, especially for a woman. Condoleezza is now in her mid-60s, and it doesn’t look like she’s getting married any time soon.

Jeremy Piven

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Jeremy Piven is an actor best known for his role as Ari Gold in the series Entourage. Hehas dated several women but has never been married. He says, “It was never my masterplan still be single at this age. It just kind of worked out that way. But I’m ready to not be single.”

Piven has been getting in trouble with the media lately as a number of women have come forward accusing him of bad behavior.

Coco Chanel

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Designer Coco Chanel never married. She also did not have any children. Chanel was the mistress of some of the most influential men of her time. She had significant relationships with the poet Pierre Reverdy and the illustrator and designer Paul Iribe. After her romance with Reverdy ended in 1926, they stayed friends for over forty years.

She was involved with Iribe until his sudden death in 1935. Chanel was something of a rebel, even in her day.