With celebrities like Elle DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris kicking down the closet doors, more and more celebrities are coming out as gay with little to no damage to their careers. But it hasn’t always been this easy and simple. In LGBT culture, the term “beard” is slang for a person who is used, knowingly or unknowingly, as romantic partners for to conceal one’s sexual orientation. Many famous women were, and still are, beards for their closeted spouses. Here are 15 of the most famous women who married gay men:
Porsha Stewart & Kordell “Slash” Stewart
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams, also known by her former married name Porsha Stewart, married former NFL quarterback Kordell “Slash” Stewart in 2011 in an elaborate ceremony that was broadcasted on Platinum Weddings. The marriage skyrocketed Porsha to fame, landing her a role on Real Housewives and a stage musical. The couple began experiencing marital problems in 2012 and Kordell filed for divorce in March 2013. Porsha said that she was “totally blindsided” and that the reason for their divorce was that Kordell was gay. Porsha received non of his property or earnings through the settlement.