The Most Secretive Celeb Relationships Right Now

Try as they might, a celebrity can't always hide from the prying eyes of paparazzi or hardcore fans. Especially when a celebrity is in a relationship. Some romantic pairings stay somewhat under the radar for the fact that only one half of the couple is famous, such as WWE star-turned-actor John Cena and his wife, Canadian engineer Shay Shariatzadeh. Other times, breakups are more newsworthy than the relationship itself, like Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes. Following Holmes' marriage to Tom Cruise, she and Foxx dated for about six years before calling it quits, according to Entertainment Tonight. During that time, their hush-hush relationship was often "shrouded in mystery, with split rumors and, conversely, secret marriage rumors abounding."

Similar speculation and rumors are often the case with other famous Hollywood couples too. Some appear together in red carpet events together but share little personal details. Others tried once again with someone else in the limelight, only to reel in the public information when striving for long-lasting love again. With seemingly endless amounts of money, these couples sometimes go to great lengths to have virtually no photos together out in public, with unnamed insiders as the only source of gossip. But not enough to completely hide from fans and stans of these 'ships.

These are the most secretive relationships right now.

Zendaya and Tom Holland high-flying romance

Comic book fans rejoiced when two actors in the MCU, Zendaya and Tom Holland, connected in real life. Both were cast in the rebooted Spider-Man franchise, starting with the 2017 film "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Their characters in the series develop romantic feelings for one another, and eventually, life imitated art: After starring in the sequels, Holland and Zendaya were spotted kissing in a car. As reported by Page Six, the two actors locked lips in 2021 while sitting in Holland's Audi. Paparazzi also spotted Holland and Zendaya together with her mom.

Rumors of the two started as early as 2017, when they may have begun dating. An insider told People about the pair, "They've been super careful to keep it private and out of the public eye but they've gone on vacations with each other and try and spend as much time as possible with one another." Around this time, Holland connected with Zendaya who was already a star and helped him deal with the rapid fame as Spider-Man. "We are like the best of friends. She's so great and amazing," Holland told People. According to the source, both "have a really similar sense of humor and love joking around together."

In a 2021 interview for InStyle, Zendaya alluded to her special relationship with Holland without specifically calling him a boyfriend. "Yeah, he's a fun time. Very charismatic, can make anybody feel comfortable and have a good laugh and a good chat," she said.

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling pined for each other

While filming the 2012 film "The Place Beyond the Pines," the on-screen romance between Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling didn't end after the cameras stopped rolling. Looking back, Mendes revealed that she didn't go into the project expecting more than a business relationship with Gosling. "It was the furthest thing from my mind," she explained to Women's Health. Mendes added that out of nowhere, "Ryan Gosling happened." The "Hitch" actor said of becoming a mother of two, "I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have...not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him." When Gosling earned the award for Best Actor at the 74th Golden Globes, he took a moment during his acceptance speech to honor Mendes for her incredible effort in raising their daughter while pregnant with number two, all while also caring for her brother who had cancer. On the red carpet, Gosling said about his entire family, "It's a dream and they're angels."

According to OK! Magazine, Mendes and Gosling prefer to focus on their family life and raise their children outside of Hollywood. As of 2021, the couple were reportedly considering a move to Canada, Gosling's home country. A source explained he and Mendes "have always avoided the public eye, but they want even more privacy now that the girls are getting older." Evidently, Canada would be "the perfect place for them to grow up away from the spotlight."

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody's teenage dream

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody both had their big breaks thanks Josh Schwartz, the creator of two of the most popular teen dramas of aughts, "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl." Portraying Seth Cohen on "The O.C.," Brody found his perfect mate in Rachel Bilson's character Summer Roberts. On the other coast in New York City for "Gossip Girl," Meester's Blair Waldorf ended up with Ed Westwick's character Chuck Bass. In the real world, Meester and Brody linked up. According to Us Weekly, the couple first started dating in 2013. By 2014, Meester and Brody were married. Later, the former drama stars had a daughter together named Arlo. Though they appeared at red carpet events together, Meester and Brody still enjoyed keeping parts of their relationship all to themselves. She told People about her time off spent with Brody, "We basically just try to disconnect enough so that we don't have to talk about logistics." She added that for date nights, "We go to dinner. That's basically all we end up really doing, going to dinner."

As for entertainment, the couple united on screen in the ABC sitcom "Single Parents." As People noted, Brody had a recurring role as the "deadbeat ex-boyfriend" to Meester's character. She said about working together on set with her husband, "I love being at work, and then having my best friend come and work with me is just like the best thing ever."

Alison Brie and Dave Franco's Big Easy love

The meeting of Hollywood stars Alison Brie and Dave Franco didn't happen on a movie set but rather at one of the biggest yearly events in the US. Brie revealed to Metro, "We met at a restaurant, through a mutual friend, in New Orleans at Mardi Gras." According to E! News, the two started dating in early 2012, but the couple stayed quite secretive about their courtship, rarely appearing together outside of paparazzi photos. For example, both attended the 2015 Met Gala but didn't take photos together. Later that year, the couple finally appeared at an event together — the Dior Men's fashion show in Paris, per Just Jared Jr. Then, while on the red carpet for her movie "Sleeping With Other People," Brie showed off an incredible engagement ring. Previously, Brie told Metro about marrying Franco, "Probably about a year into our relationship I was like, 'Oh wow, this thing I thought I maybe never would do, I could definitely see myself doing it with you.'"

As a married couple, Brie and Franco both co-wrote the script for a rom-com called "Somebody I Used to Know." Franco said about creating the film, "Alison and I love romantic comedies and were inspired by the classics from the '80s and '90s," per Deadline. This was the second movie with Franco behind the camera as a director with Brie as one of the film's stars following the 2020 film "The Rental."

No drama for Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha

At first, only true sports fanatics knew of Nnamdi Asomugha. The former NFL cornerback told NPR that his position in football was "one of the most difficult positions in all of sports to play." After dominating in his role on the field for the Oakland Raiders, he transitioned into acting. This also gave him something in common with his future wife, Kerry Washington. As reported by the New York Daily News, Asomugha went to see Washington performing in the Broadway show "Race." Reportedly, "Kerry told Nnamdi that she didn't date athletes, and he told her he didn't date actresses, but they got together anyway." Reflecting back on those early days, Washington said to Marie Claire, "The last time I did theater, it completely transformed my life. That's where I met my husband."

The couple married in 2013 during a private ceremony with almost no press coverage. Washington told Glamour, "I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me." After their marriage, Washington and Asomugha often kept details about their relationship a secret. She provided a general overview to Marie Claire that she loved spending time with her family, especially her children. "My days off look like homework, reading and watching stuff. Just hanging out, doing things we love to do," Washington explained.

Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard clicked

Supermodel, actor, and entrepreneur Emily Ratajkowski has a history of keeping her private life low-key. She dated Jeff Magid, a music producer, for about three years and the two lived together in a Los Angeles apartment. A source told New York Daily News, "While Emily did not make a big deal publicly about them living together, it was common knowledge among her friends." Additionally, she and Magid reportedly "used to be inseparable although she tried to play down things in public." But things became complicated between the pair in early 2018 and both ultimately split. This opened the door for new love for Ratajkowski, which she found in a long-time friend. According to Us Weekly, Ratajkowski linked up with producer Sebastian Bear-McClard. "Emily has known Sebastian for years," an insider explained, adding that the two "were all in a friend group. ... He wasn't a stranger." The two married in February of 2018, only weeks after news that Ratajkowski reportedly no longer lived with Magid.

The couple welcomed their first child together in 2021. Ratajkowski posted a photo with her newborn on Instagram with the caption, "Sylvester Apollo Bear has joined us earth side." She added that the birth was "the most surreal, beautiful, and love-filled morning of my life." Ratajkowski previously told Vogue that she didn't want to reveal the gender of her child. "I like the idea of forcing as few gender stereotypes on my child as possible," she said.

Emma Stone and Dave McCary went from laughs to love

When Emma Stone went to New York City to walk away with some laughs as the host of "Saturday Night Live," she ended up with so much more. Per Us Weekly, during Stone's third time as host in 2016, she met director Dave McCary, who filmed her sketch called "Wells for Boys." McCary had been with the venerated comedy show for three years as a segment producer and is longtime friends with "SNL" stars Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett. Prior to meeting McCary, Stone was with Andrew Garfield for four years until the they split in 2015. After Stone and McCary showed up together at the premiere for McCary's film "Brigsby Bear," the couple became official in October of 2017. The two hid many details of their relationship with only insider sources explaining that their love grew stronger. For example, a source told Us Weekly Stone and McCary were "attached at the hip" at a "roller-skating holiday party" hosted by the actor.

In 2019, McCary posted a photo on Instagram with Stone, who showed her newest stone — an engagement ring. The couple had a secret marriage in September of 2020 after postponing their originally scheduled March wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Page Six. Then, TMZ reported that Stone gave birth to her first child in March of 2021. Reportedly, the two named their little girl Louise Jean McCary as "a tribute to Emma's grandmother, Jean Louise."

Emma Watson and Leo Robinton's sweet story

Outside of a London bakery in 2019, actor Emma Watson was spotted kissing "a handsome mystery man," the Daily Mail reported. Later, fans learned that she linked up with Leo Robinton, but much of their relationship remained a question mark. As of 2021, the only photos of the two are sneaky paparazzi shots. Per the Daily Mail, Watson was spotted buying furniture in the Los Angeles area in addition to numerous sightings with Robinton in 2021. Reportedly, she already had homes in London and New York but considered moving to Hollywood. Naturally, rumors of a possible engagement also surfaced. One day after the Daily Mail article dropped, Watson posted a clarifying statement to her Twitter account. "Rumours about whether I'm engaged or not, or whether my career is 'dormant or not' are ways to create clicks each time they are revealed to be true or untrue," she said in the caption.

Soon after, Us Weekly reported that the couple were still going strong. "Emma is so loved up with Leo and this is the happiest anyone's seen her in a relationship by a million miles," a source told the publication. Allegedly, Watson and Robinton were "so connected in every way and spend all their spare time together." The source further detailed that while getting married in the future wasn't off the table for the couple, "it doesn't take a ring or piece of paper for Emma to be happy."

Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford were pen pals

While there is no specific proof, actor Carey Mulligan and musician Marcus Mumford — the lead singer of the group Mumford & Sons — first crossed paths as kids. As reported by Vogue, Mulligan met Mumford when she was twelve because the two Brits "went to the same Christian youth camp." Evidently, the youngsters stayed in touch as pen pals and were married in 2012. Per The Cut, Adele sang at the reception and Mulligan's father officiated the ceremony.

Prior to tying the knot, Mumford and Mulligan were both linked with other celebrities. Mulligan briefly dated Shia LaBeouf and potentially Eddie Redmayne, E! News recapped. She was later spotted with Jake Gyllenhaal, including once after a private Mumford & Sons concert. (Gyllenhaal would go on to attend her wedding to Mumford.) The band leader was recently single after ending a relationship with another British singer, Laura Marling, in 2010. Not long after the show, Mulligan reportedly relocated from New York to live with Mumford in London. The two make a point to keep their personal time as private as possible. She told Vogue, "Marcus is the only thing that's mine that I can keep totally away, so I try to."

In 2021, Mulligan hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time. During her opening monologue, Mulligan revealed that she spent the previous year quarantining in the English countryside with her husband and their two children. Mumford, who had been a musical guest thrice on the sketch comedy show, was in the audience to support his wife.

RuPaul and Georges LeBar's tall drink of meet cute

Thanks to "RuPaul's Drag Race," the host became a household name. Behind the scenes of the long-running reality competition show is an even longer-running relationship for RuPaul. According to the Daily Mail, the Emmy winner connected with an Australian rancher named Georges LeBar in 1994, but their marriage wasn't confirmed until a 2017 episode of "Hollywood Today Live." Noting that he hadn't yet addressed his nuptials on TV, RuPaul shared, "We got married this year on the anniversary of when we met."

In a video for Vanity Fair, RuPaul said, "I met Georges on the dance floor at the Limelight Discotheque in 1994." At the dance party, the tall RuPaul spotted the even taller LeBar dancing and towering over most people from wearing huge platform shoes. The "Cover Girl" singer approached and asked LeBar, "Can I hug you? ... I've never been able to put my arms around someone's shoulders who was taller than me." This started the romance between the two.

RuPaul also revealed that he and LeBar were in an open relationship. He called traditional marriage a "hoax" and believed it was a myth that "monogamy is actually something that can actually happen." Another reason for the open agreement was because RuPaul said he didn't want to put restraints on LeBar, who he called his best friend and the person he loved "most on this planet." With full confidence, RuPaul said of his husband, "that man loves me more than anything else in this world."

Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant keep it cool

In 1999, the same year that "The Matrix" premiered, Keanu Reeves and actor Jennifer Syme had a stillborn daughter. The two reportedly separated the following year but then in 2001, Syme died in a car crash. In the aftermath of these two tragic events, Reeves told People in 2006, "When the people you love are gone, you're alone. I miss being a part of their lives and them being a part of mine. I miss all the great things that will never be." But the actor didn't close his heart to love and was determined to one day get married and have children. He appeared to be one step closer when he began dating Alexandra Grant, a visual artist. A source told Us Weekly that the "low-key and cool" couple started dating "since at least summer of 2017" after first meeting in 2009. The two reportedly started out as friends, but by 2019, Reeves and Grant became red carpet official after appearing together at the LACMA Art + Film Gala.

Few could argue that Reeves was distracted by other women, thanks to his politeness while taking photos. A user on Twitter posted several pictures of Reeves next to women, like famous country star Dolly Parton, with his hand clearly not touching their bodies. As he said on "The One Show" in 2011, he learned "good manners" from his British mother. 

Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley's secret start

After her breakthrough role in "The Wolf of Wall Street," actor Margot Robbie decided to live in London. But even as a big name movie star, her accommodations were not exactly private. As she recalled in The Guardian, she was one of seven people residing together in a three-bedroom home in London. This included five assistant directors and Robbie's friend from Australia Sophia Kerr. As Robbie explained to the outlet, she and her friends thought about the arrangement, "Wouldn't it be funny if we all lived together?" But things became more complicated when she started a relationship with one of her housemates, Tom Ackerley. "We kept it a secret. Because we weren't really taking it seriously. 'Oh, whatever, we're just mates, we're just mates,'" she said. Robbie admitted that after the rest of the house found out, things were briefly dramatic or as she put it, "s*** hit the fan." Fortunately, the actor revealed "the dust settled, and it was all good" between the housemates and they remained friends.

In December of 2016, Robbie and Ackerley tied the knot. To announce the marriage, Robbie posted a since removed photo on Instagram of her kissing her new husband. In her wedding dress, Robbie is pointing up her ring finger at the camera in place of her middle finger, via Inside Weddings. The ceremony was held in Robbie's home country of Australia. Though their relationship is rather private, Robbie revealed to Net-A-Porter that "being married is actually the most fun ever."

Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid's Gen Z love

In 2019, singer Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid were spotted getting cozy together at a music festival. A source told TMZ that before the public appearance, both had been dating. Reportedly, Hadid reached out to Lipa after learning about a recent breakup of hers. After connecting over a date, "Anwar invited Dua to his 20th birthday party" and according to other attendees, "something was going on between them, as they looked very much so like a romantic pair." One connection was clearly music: According to TMZ, Anwar told Lipa he was a fan of her songs, and Lipa said she liked his album "Bleach."

After the limited initial information about the couple, Lipa started showing off Anwar on through social media. "We have all these incredible memories and experiences, and if there's something that we want to share together, then OK, that's fun," she told Vogue. "But at the same time, we're quite private — we'll only show you as much as we want you to see," Lipa added about posting photos online.

Though Hadid is private about his relationship, being tied in with famous sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid means that he can never quite escape the public eye. For example, he showed support for Gigi after her ex and baby daddy Zayn Malik pleaded no contest to harassment charges against their mother Yolanda Hadid, per Us Weekly. As a result, Anwar and Bella unfollowed Malik on Instagram.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden met later in life

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden were two of the hottest stars in the early aughts for completely different reasons. Diaz was ruling the big screen in films like "Charlie's Angels" and as the voice of Fiona in the "Shrek" films. Meanwhile, Benji and twin brother Joel Madden were rocking stages in the punk band Good Charlotte with songs like "Little Things" and "The Anthem."

On Anna Faris' podcast "Unqualified," Diaz explained about how she first linked up with the rocker. "I met [Benji] through my now sister-in-law and brother-in-law. I met them first and then they didn't set us up but we were in the same room because of them and then we found each other," Diaz explained. Her sister-in-law, of course, is actor Nicole Richie who happens to be married to Benji's brother Joel. Diaz clarified that even though both guys looked almost identical, "they're very, very different, obviously."

The couple married in 2015 and welcomed their first child together in 2020, daughter Raddix, per People. In an interview for InStyle, Diaz talked about the special romance between her and the musician. "I don't know if I was ready [when I got married], but I knew Benji was special," she said. The actor called Benji "a good man. There's no bulls***. It's really refreshing. I'm really grateful for him." She said getting married in her 40s to Benji was the "best thing that ever happened to me."

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn really work together

Throughout her career, Taylor Swift has been connected to stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston, John Mayer, and Joe Jonas. Providing perfect content for her songs about heartbreak, Swift often immortalized these past relationships in her lyrics. However, she went in the complete opposite direction with British actor Joe Alwyn. As recapped by L'Officiel, the two were first linked in 2016 after both appeared to attend the same Kings of Leon concert in New York City, and then the same after-party. 

After Swift and Alwyn began dating, the couple rarely were seen at public events. He told Vogue in 2018 that even though the public wanted to know more about his relationship with Swift, "I think we have been successfully very private, and that has now sunk in for people." Naturally, it was a very big deal when Swift opened up just bit about Alwyn when chatting with Paul McCartney for Rolling Stone in 2020: "I think that in knowing him and being in the relationship I am in now, I have definitely made decisions that have made my life feel more like a real life and less like just a storyline to be commented on in tabloids."

In "Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions" (via Billboard), Swift confirmed Alwyn helped write multiple songs like "betty" and "champagne problems" from her albums "folklore" and "evermore." Swift told Zane Lowe in an interview that "Joe and I really love sad songs. We've always bonded over music." They write together and they're right together.