Boris Johnson, J-Lo and other famous people who got married in secret
The (almost ex-) Prime Minister of the UK and his beau, Carrie Johnson, got married in Westminster Cathedral, just down the road from Downing Street, in May 2021. The ceremony marked Boris Johnson's 3rd wedding but was only revealed the day after it took place.
Some of the other celebrity marriages on this list didn't last the test of time, and some couples benefitted from the secret nuptials. Read on to see which famous people got married on the sly.
Kate Winslet walked down the aisle with Edward Abel Smith, popularly known as Ned RocknRoll, the nephew of Sir Richard Branson. Although the couple did not make much of a splash in the media, they tied the knot in New York in early December 2012.
After becoming engaged in 2002, breaking it off, marrying others then finding each other again; the couple got married in an intimate wedding in Las Vegas. It was a surprise to many, including the pastor, Ryan Wolfe who told 'People', "So they walked in, and I know Jennifer Lopez, of course. But you don't expect to see Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez walking through the door every day." He went on to say that you could see the love they had for each other.
Christina Ricci married actor James Heerdegen in an intimate family ceremony on 26 October 2013. The reception was held in a century-old mansion in an exclusive New York City neighborhood. However, at the end of January 2021, the actress managed to get a restraining order for physical and emotional abuse, after filing for divorce in the previous summer for the same reasons.
Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher got married in mid-March 2010. The comedian surprised everyone with the news and revealed that the ceremony had taken place in Paris.
Tom Hardy married his girlfriend Charlotte Riley on 4 July 2010, but it wasn't until 2014 that the world found out he was no longer a single man. The ceremony took place in a small chateau in the south of France.
Mary Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy lasted almost three years as sweethearts until they decided to get married on 27 November 2015 in a private ceremony at their Manhattan home. The party was attended by only 50 people. However, after five years of marriage, the couple ended their relationship.
The couple married on 6 January 2015 in Los Angeles and only invited their closest friends.
This loved-up couple married on 4 July 2015 at a party held at the home of a very close friend of Ashton's.
Zoe Saldana married artist Marco Perego in September 2013. The wedding was confirmed six months later.
The couple tied the knot in February 2009. The details of their 'unseen' wedding were published by the model herself in her memoir 'Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life. The book reveals that there were only 40 guests.
The couple married in an extremely private ceremony in September 2012. The wedding took place in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
They started dating in 2007 and little was known about their romance until they decided to get married in July 2010. The wedding took place in the Bahamas, on Johnny Depp's property, during a break from filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4'.
They began their relationship in 2004, but it was not until 2010 and after a separation that they decided to get married. Of course, it was all done with the utmost discretion, on a trip to Hawaii and with very few guests.
The kings of the music industry tied the knot in 2008 in a top-secret wedding in their favorite city, New York.
This handsome pair married in 2010, in an intimate ceremony among friends and family. In 2013 they announced their separation, though on good terms. In fact, Miranda has a very good relationship with Katy Perry, the actor's current partner: "When Orlando started dating Katy, I remember he invited me over more than once and she was there, and we immediately hit it off."
The American singer married a German executive with whom she had been dating for 27 years. The ceremony took place in the privacy of their home in Kusnacht, Switzerland.
Natalie Portman married the father of her son Aleph in a private mansion on a cliff overlooking the ocean on the coast of Big Sur, California.
Alejandro Sanz and Raquel Perera had a surprise wedding. The couple invited their closest friends to the celebration of their son's christening, without revealing that they would take advantage of the event to get married.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married in October 2014. The news was expected after a nine-year relationship, but the ceremony was unknown to many. It was only revealed when the actor was seen wearing a ring and they shared that they were married at the family-owned Chateau Miraval in the French village of Correns. In September 2016, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce. It was one of the most expensive and longest divorces in Hollywood history.
Although Ashley publicly announced her engagement to the musician in August 2013, the big day was always the big unknown, until she herself shared a photo of the wedding day via her Instagram account.
Justin's birthday was the perfect pretext to host a secret wedding in the comfort of their home on August 5, 2015, after five years of dating. Around 70 guests are known to have attended. And, after two and a half years in the relationship, the couple ended their marriage.
The actress took to her Instagram account to announce that she and her girlfriend, dancer Emma Portner, had married in a secret ceremony. However, after three years together, the couple decided to divorce.
The singer announced that he had married his boyfriend, referring to him as his husband: "We exchanged vows and did all the swearing that needed to be done. We signed all the papers we needed to, the prenup and everything else."
The Australian actress married the British director in a ceremony in Australia. The world found out the news when she posted it on Instagram.
The acting couple celebrated an intimate wedding in Ibiza, surrounded by large security teams to safeguard the intimate moment.
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow tied the knot in Southern California, in a wedding so intimate that not even her family attended, Vanity Fair magazine revealed.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married in 2012, in the same Italian place where the artist had proposed to her. The bride, groom, and guests flew in by private plane. They would later sell the exclusive images for thousands of dollars.
Foster secretly married fellow actress Alexandra Hedison in April 2014 after more than a year of dating. The news was confirmed by Foster's spokeswoman, although no details were provided.
They had an intimate ceremony in June 2005, in Turks and Caicos, when Garner was pregnant with their daughter Violet.
They were married on New Year's Day 1997 in a secret ceremony in Baltimore. The couple took extreme security measures to prevent information about the wedding from leaking out.
These two actors celebrated one of the most intimate ceremonies in the world. They got married in 2011, together with their children and two friends who were their witnesses.