Runaway Bride…and Groom: Celebrity Couples Who Married In Secret

October 1, 2014  |  
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Stealth is important when it comes to most celeb weddings, unless you’re the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple and you want everyone to know about your grossly overpriced wedding. But aside from Kimye, these celebrity couples have gone to great measures to keep details of their nuptials a secret, doing everything from eloping in Vegas, to hiding away in the Bahamas.


Janet Jackson And Husbands James DeBarge, Rene Olizondo, Jr. Wissam Al Mana

Michael Jackson’s baby sis secretly wed Wissam Al Mana, a 37-year-old billionaire in 2012 (he’s now 39 to her 48). And rather than showering one another with lavish gifts, the two decided to offer financial contributions to their favorite children’s charities after their private and quiet ceremony. That’s not the first time Jackson has married under the radar. She secretly married husband Rene Elizondo, Jr. in 1991 and married James DeBarge under her family’s nose in 1984.

Kerry Washington & Nnamdi Asomugha

Scandal’s Kerry Washington and former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha shared a small ceremony in Idaho on June 24, 2013, only inviting family members and close friends.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt, 50, and Angelina Jolie, 39, had a discreet wedding in France. Nine years and six children later, the wedding was held at their chateau in Provence. Pitt designed the wedding ring that Jolie now wears, and Jolie’s veil was adorned with drawings made by her children. News didn’t get out about their wedding until early the next week.

Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez

Storm, I mean, Halle Berry, married French actor Olivier Martinez last July as she was preparing for the arrival of her second child, their first as a couple. There were only 60 guests invited to the intimate affair, and no pictures ever got out aside from an image of her riding in a car in her bridal gown.

Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego

Colombiana star Zoe Saldana had a top-secret ceremony in June of last year. The secret wedding in London was so well-guarded that fans didn’t know that hubby Marco Perego “put a ring on it” until months later.

Beyoncé & Jay Z

The fierce power couple didn’t share images from their wedding ceremony until they went out for their “On The Run” tour this year. They married in Jay Z’s New York apartment back in 2008 in front of guests like Kanye West and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Rosie Perez & Eric Hayes

White Men Can’t Jump star Rosie Perez got hitched in Vegas to her boyfriend, artist Eric Hayes. They decided to tie the know while attending a Floyd Mayweather fight in Vegas and got married the very next morning on the low.

Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa

Now, Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa are getting divorced, but not too long ago Wiz Khalifa shocked fans last July with the tweet, “Me and Amber got married today. Weddings this fall. Thought I’d let yall know.”

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon snuck away and had a low-key wedding in the Bahamas in April of 2008. For each year after, the two were known for renewing their vows in a secure and lavish way. Unfortunately, the two have now separated and we didn’t hear anything about vows getting renewed earlier this year…

Alicia Keys & Swizz Beat

The abundantly talented Alicia Keys married Swizz Beat in a covert wedding in the Mediterranean back in July of 2010, surprising their fans. They had announced their engagement and her pregnancy, but never said anything about specific wedding dates or locations.

Waka Flocka & Tammy Rivera

Waka Flocka and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta‘s Tammy Rivera skipped the drama and all the planning their mothers had in order and headed straight to the altar, marrying on May 26 of this year. The ceremony was deemed “cute” by Waka’s mother, even though wasn’t happy about the arrangement because she missed out on it.

Kimora Lee Simmons & Tim Leissner

Kimora Lee Simmons and investment banker Tim Leissner’s quiet marriage probably would have stayed hidden from the public if Kimora’s ex-husband, Russell Simmons, hadn’t spilled the beans all over Twitter: “All of us love@OfficialKimora but the fact is she is happily married. Tim has been family for a while now.”

Bobbi Kristina & Nick Gordon

Daughter of the late and great Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina married Nick Gordon, the union garnering quite a bit of negative attention once the news came out in January. Before her death, Whitney Houston had informally, not legally, adopted Nick when he was 12, raising him alongside Bobbi Kristina. The two aren’t blood, but still…yikes.

Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

Honey star Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren shared a casual wedding on May 19, 2008. She wore a blue frock and a sleek ponytail to the ceremony that took place in a Beverly Hills courtroom. A staffer at the courthouse acted as their only witness.

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