Celebs who married in secret

Love is a beautiful thing, and when celebs find it, they, just like us regular folk, want to shout it from the rooftops both metaphorically and literally. Sometimes, when two stars love each other very much, they decide to get married in front of their friends and family and make it official, as far as the government and their religion is concerned. A wedding is by definition a public expression of that love.

But then there are some celebrities who don't want to go that route and get hitched in complete secrecy. Yep — they completely deny us getting to see photos of their fancy, movie star wedding and the bride's presumably amazing dress. It only makes sense: Actors and actresses live so much of their lives out in the open, baring their souls and using their bodies as vessels to bring characters to life for our entertainment. Of course, they're entitled to keep the big moments of their lives just for themselves. Some even keep their new marital status private for weeks, months, or years. Here are some celebrities who successfully tied the knot without the world having a clue.

The bride wore Bodak Yellow

Cardi B was been extremely busy since her rise to fame — she became the first female rapper ever to score two No. 1 hits ("Bodak Yellow" and "I Like It"); she dropped some rhymes on songs by the likes of Bruno Mars, Migos, and Juicy J; her debut album Invasion of Privacy debuted at No. 1; she co-hosted The Tonight Show; and she performed on Saturday Night Live ... where she dramatically and charmingly revealed her baby bump. Somehow, during her trip to the top of the charts, Cardi B also found time to pull off a wedding.

Cardi B was romantically linked to rapper Offset of the group Migos even more closely than anyone had imagined. In June 2018, Cardi B revealed on social media (via E! News) that she and Offset had gotten hitched nine months earlier in September 2017 — after TMZ broke the news, sharing their marriage certificate with the public. "There are so many moments that I share with the world and there are moments that I want to keep for myself! Getting married was one of those moments!" Cardi B wrote.

That means the two rappers had already been married for a month in October 2017, which is when Offset proposed at a concert in Philadelphia.

He made an honest child out of her

There are lots of reasons why a celeb couple may want to keep their wedding a secret. Maybe they don't want paparazzi swarming the event and ruining the big day, or maybe these people who live their lives in the public eye want something just for themselves and their true love. Or, in the case of R. Kelly, perhaps the wedding is a hush-hush affair because he married a young lady who was 15 years old.

In 1994, Aaliyah was one of the biggest new stars in pop and R&B, thanks to a hit album with the retrospectively terrible title of Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, spawning hits "Back and Forth" and "At Your Best." That album's producer: R&B superstar R. Kelly. Now, while Aaliyah (who died in 2001) never confirmed she actually married Kelly, several news outlets published the Illinois state marriage certificate. At the time, Kelly was 27 and Aaliyah was 15 ... although her age is falsely listed on the document as 18. Once Aaliyah's family found out about the marriage, they asked for — and got — an annulment.

Denise loves Aquaman

The "law of attraction" states that like attracts like, and, in the case of Lisa Bonet, it's true. The attractive hippie married fellow attractive hippie Lenny Kravitz in the late 1980s. Years after that relationship ended, another smoldering long-haired dude entered Denise Huxtable's orbit: Jason Momoa, best known as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones and Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe.

According to People, "it was believed that" Bonet and Momoa got married in November 2007, shortly after the birth of their daughter, Lola. (Momoa even referred to Bonet as his "wife" back in 2013.) That assumption merely threw the world off the scent when they got married for real a good ten years later. In November 2017, a source close to the couple told People that the duo got hitched a month prior in a small wedding attended by very few people besides their immediate family. One celebrity of note was in attendance, however: actress Zoe Kravitz, Bonet's daughter.

The Boss takes a bride

After the release of Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen was easily the biggest rock star in the world. When the man they call "the Boss" got married in 1985, he had to do it in secret to retain some modicum of privacy and normalcy. 

The woman who won Springsteen's heart: Julianne Phillips, a model-turned-actress best known for her roles in the made-for-TV movies Summer Fantasy and His Mistress. The pair met in late 1984 and decided to make it official in May 1985. Springsteen and Phillips planned to marry in Lake Oswego, Ore., a suburb of Portland where Phillips' parents lived. It was supposed to be a quiet, attention-shunning affair on an undisclosed date, but then the florist the couple hired blew up their spot and told a Portland radio station that the wedding was set for May 15. Numerous media outlets rushed to Lake Oswego, while Springsteen's people went into damage control. "As far as we're concerned, there's no wedding," the Boss's agent lied. 

What's a couple to do? They moved up the date, getting married just after midnight on May 13. Springsteen and Phillips snuck out under the cover of night to a Lake Oswego church and exchanged vows in front of a few relatives and E Street Band members.

When Tosh 1.0 became Tosh 2.0

Carly Hallam writes for Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as well as for Comedy Central's The Soup riff, Tosh.0. That show is hosted by the playfully acerbic stand-up comedian Daniel Tosh ... a man who also happens to be the husband of Carly Hallam. The pair married each other in a private, intimate ceremony in Malibu in April 2016 — news that the public didn't know about until June 2018.

"Sources close to the situation," so likely either family members or Tosh.0 coworkers, let TMZ know that the comedian and the writer got hitched more than two years prior. Reps for the couple didn't respond to a request for comment, so almost nothing is known about the ceremony itself, or why the two kept the wedding — and marriage — quiet. It's not even widely known how the two met ... although Hallam has written on Tosh.0 for six years, according to IMDb, so that's more than likely the source of their meet-cute.

He's livin' la vida married

Ricky Martin is both a pioneer and a survivor. After finding fame as a teen as a member of old-school boy band Menudo, he disappeared for a while, only to return in the late '90s as a leather pants-wearing super-stud who helped launch the "Latin Pop" explosion with propulsive hits like "Livin' La Vida Loca." In 2010, he bravely and publicly announced that he was gay. "These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within," Martin wrote on his website (via Rolling Stone).

And when one learns to love themselves, one can find love with another, as Martin did with artist Jwan Yosef. The pair first connected in 2015, and they got engaged a year later. But where was the big celebrity wedding? It didn't happen, because Martin and Yosef quietly exchanged vows on their own. Martin made the announcement to E! News quite off-handedly, while also explaining plans for a future reception. "I'm a husband, but we're doing a heavy party in a couple of months," Martin said, glossing over the really pertinent info.

That '70s couple

Now here's a unique relationship trajectory. From 1998 to 2006, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis played on-again, off-again TV couple Michael Kelso and Jackie Burkhart on Fox's That '70s Show. In character, these two were all over each other — in fact, Kunis says that an on-screen smooch with Kutcher was her first kiss. Between shots, however, the two reportedly didn't get along. "Ashton and Mila were absolutely not friends during much of the making of That '70s Show," a friend of both actors spilled to Radar Online in 2014. "In fact, they couldn't stand working together."

Also happening off screen: Both Kutcher and Kunis experienced long-term, high-profile romances. Kutcher was married to Demi Moore, and Kunis dated Macaulay Culkin for years. But those relationships ended, and the universe pulled these two co-workers back together. The celebs were first spotted running errands and vacationing together in 2012. Before long, a real-life love story was off and running, with Kunis giving birth to a daughter named Wyatt in 2014. Marriage speculation kicked off on New Year's Day 2015 when Kutcher posted, "Happy New Year from the Kutchers," on his Facebook page. Finally, about three months later, Kunis showed off her wedding ring on The Late Late Show with James Corden, confirming that she, indeed, was a Kutcher now.

It's gonna take Ilana love

Ilana Glazer is famously one half of one of the best comedy duos of our time. Alongside close friend and professional partner Abbi Jacobson, she's a creator and star of Broad City, a web series that became a hit show for Comedy Central. Off screen, she partnered up too but with a sense of privacy and secrecy that's quite the opposite of her wildly free and open TV alter ego.

And it's likely few would have known about her February 2017 wedding to David Rooklin either, if it weren't for a social media slip-up from her friend, Two Dope Queens podcaster and comedian Phoebe Robinson. "Belated congrats to these beautiful [angel emoji] on getting hitched," Robinson captioned an Instagram post of the newlyweds. "Love you hard and deep. You're truly #RelationshipGoals and inspire me." 

Who even is David Rooklin? Well, he's a scientist who did a postdoctoral study at New York University on molecular modeling. So, you know, he's smart.

When Rory Gilmore met Pete Campbell

These two do everything in secret. Vincent Kartheiser met Alexis Bledel in 2012 when she guest-starred on his show, Mad Men, as Beth Dawes, a neglected young wife with whom Kartheiser's character, odious ad man Pete Campbell, starts a hush-hush affair. Us Weekly confirmed the pair started dating shortly after Bledel completed her arc on Mad Men, and the magazine broke the news in March 2013 that the two were engaged. The wedding went down in Ojai, Calif. in June 2014 ... although the media didn't hear about it for two months.

Not only did these two get married without the Hollywood press machine finding out, but they also had a baby under a shroud of secrecy, too. Bledel gave birth in the fall of 2015. News later broke about her major life milestone when her Gilmore Girls co-star Scott Patterson, who played Luke Danes, casually mentioned in an interview with Glamour that he enjoyed talking about child-rearing with his TV step-daughter, whom he called "a proud new mother." Nevertheless, Bledel's people didn't confirm that news until about six months later.

The bride was GLOWing

Vincent Kartheiser's TV wife from Mad Men also cherishes her privacy, especially as it pertains to marrying the second-most famous (but far less troubling) of the Franco brothers. Dave Franco must be quite the guy because he got Alison Brie to marry him — something she wasn't sure she was into. In 2012, she told ELLE Canada, "I don't even know if I want to get married. I've never been the girl who's planning my dream wedding."

ELLE reported that the Community and GLOW star and the 21 Jump Street and Neighbors actor had been a couple for about three years prior to their engagement in 2015, having met at Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans. In March 2017, they moved from "going to get married" to "filing joint tax return" status when Brie's rep confirmed news of the celebs' nuptials to Us Weekly. Details about the wedding itself have remained under wraps.