You may have missed their comings-out or just assumed that they were either gay or straight. And some of them may even have just hinted at the possibility of an attraction to both men and women, perhaps in a bid to keep their private lives as mysterious as possible. These 40 female celebrities, though, are all bisexual – whether they embrace the term or not.
40. Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson’s arguably most high-profile relationships have been with people of the same gender, but she’s dated men as well. Regardless of her bisexual experiences, though, the American Horror Story actress has refused to label herself as such, saying instead, “The situation is fluid for me.”
39. Carrie Brownstein
Sleater-Kinney guitarist/vocalist and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein was outed by a magazine when she was just 21 as having dated her bandmate Corin Tucker. Since then, the media has continued to discuss her sexuality, but Brownstein is happy to clear up the matter herself, having told Portland, Oregon paper Willamette Week in 2010, “I’m bisexual. Just ask.”
38. Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry’s most high-profile relationship has definitely been with her Blondie bandmate Chris Stein. In 2014, however, the singer admitted that many of her past romances had been with women, whom she deemed as being “more sensual” than men. She’s also a vocal advocate of LGBT rights.
37. Kristanna Loken
“I connect with an aura, with energy. And if the person with whom I connect happens to be female, that’s just the way it is,” Kristanna Loken told lesbian magazine Curve in 2006. The Burn Notice actress was once romantically linked to her BloodRayne co-star Michelle Rodriguez and has since had relationships with both men and women.
36. Amber Rose
Amber Rose has become quite the tabloid mainstay thanks to her relationships with Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. What’s somewhat less reported, though, is the fact that the model’s next romance could be with someone of another gender. As she commented to magazine Complex in 2009, “I’m extremely open with my sexuality. I can be in love with a woman, I can be in love with a man.”
35. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore gave an interview in 2003 that revealed her true sexuality. “Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. I have always considered myself bisexual,” the movie star told Contactmusic.com. And it was a statement backed up somewhat by xoJane editor Jane Pratt, who asserted in 2007 that she’d dated Barrymore back in the 1990s.
34. Gillian Anderson
In 2015 Gillian Anderson nonchalantly admitted to The Telegraph that she wouldn’t be averse to her next relationship being with a woman. The X-Files star explained, “I wouldn’t discount it. I did it before and I’m not closed to that idea. To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant.” Sounds like she’s pretty much bisexual, then, even if she doesn’t use the word.
33. Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon may be married to a woman, but she doesn’t define as lesbian. The Sex and the City star has reminded the world that she was once in relationships with men, although as she told The Daily Beast in 2012, “I don’t pull out the ‘bisexual’ word because nobody likes the bisexuals… We get no respect.”
Black Eyed Peas star Fergie made her bisexuality public in 2009, and it was something that naturally didn’t go unnoticed by media outlets around the world. The singer cleared the reports up somewhat in an interview with The Advocate that same year, though, explaining, “The funny thing is that I was very open and honest about that from the very beginning, and everyone was acting like it was some new trend… I think women are beautiful, I’ve had a lot of fun with women, and I’m not ashamed of it.”
31. Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne has had a couple of relationships with high-profile women, leading people to label her as either a lesbian or a heterosexual girl experimenting. In a 2015 interview with The New York Times, however, the model-turned-actress set everyone, well, straight by saying, “My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am.”
30. Zoe Saldana
In 2013 Zoe Saldana told website Hollyscoop, “If one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life.” No mention of the “b word,” perhaps – but safe to say that the actress could define as bisexual if she so chose.
29. Megan Fox
Megan Fox has never been backwards about coming forwards with personal detail, so it may not have surprised that many when in 2008 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star told GQ that, as a teenager, she once fell in love with a stripper. The following year, Fox would also say to Esquire, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
28. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has said that she knew she was bisexual from a young age – all the way back when she was Hannah Montana, in fact. And these days, as the controversial pop star told Paper magazine in 2015, she’s “down with any adult – anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love [her].”
27. Anna Paquin
Although it’s not something that she mentions all the time, Anna Paquin nevertheless doesn’t make a secret of her sexual orientation. In fact, the True Blood star took to Twitter in 2014 to voice her support for equal marriage rights in the U.S., revealing in the process that she is “proud to be a happily married bisexual mother.”
26. Evan Rachel Wood
Follow Evan Rachel Wood on Twitter and you’ll be clued in as to how she identifies. Take one of the Westworld star’s tweets in September 2015, for example. “Bisexual people are the largest single group within the LGBT community, yet we are hardly recognized,” she wrote ahead of that year’s Bisexual Awareness Week.
25. Amber Heard
Before Amber Heard dated, then married Johnny Depp, she was in a long-term relationship with LA photographer Tasya van Ree. And the actress has defined as bisexual in the past, telling The Times in 2015 that that is still the case but that she “[doesn’t] want to be defined by” her orientation.
24. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has been slammed in some quarters for apparently faking her bisexuality – something that understandably infuriates the pop star. “It’s not a lie that I am bisexual… and anyone that wants to twist this into ‘she says she’s bisexual for marketing,’ this is a f**king lie,” she angrily told those in attendance at a Q&A session in Berlin in 2013.
23. Michelle Rodriguez
People used to assume that Michelle Rodriguez was lesbian – an assumption that the Furious 7 star quashed when talking to Entertainment Weekly in 2013. Rodriguez explained, “I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f**king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.” The following year she would go on to publicly label herself as bisexual.
Kesha didn’t hold back about her sexuality when she was interviewed by Seventeen magazine in 2013, revealing, “I don’t love just men, I love people. It’s not about a gender.” The pop star went on to say that she was firmly – and admirably – opposed to any sort of bullying of the LGBT community.
21. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s marriages to men don’t erase her romances with women, among them her ’90s relationship with model and actress Jenny Shimizu. And when in 2003 the A-lister was asked whether she would define herself as bisexual, she answered without hesitation, “Of course.”
20. Shailene Woodley
In 2014 actress Shailene Woodley told The Hollywood Reporter that she is attracted to people “based on who they are” and “not based on what they do or what sex they are.” It was also reported by OK! magazine that she once dated Ellen Page.
19. Denise Richards
Denise Richards was married to Charlie Sheen for four years and has three kids, but in 2011 she told Howard Stern that she has also been in a relationship with a woman. She wouldn’t reveal her lover’s name, though – only that she was “a girlie-girl” and “beautiful.”
18. Brandi Glanville
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Brandi Glanville is happy to disclose that she’s had relationships with both men and women. What she’s less willing to do is label herself – but since Eddie Cibrian’s ex claimed in a 2014 interview with HuffPost Live that she’s “not a lesbian and… not straight,” it’s safe to say she falls somewhere in the bisexual middle.
17. Angel Haze
Bisexual rapper Angel Haze hit the tabloids when her relationship with Ireland Baldwin went public in 2014, and she’s since used that exposure to do some good for the LGBT community. On MTV’s show Truce, in fact, she helped a homophobic mom reconcile with her bisexual daughter.
16. Monica Raymund
In 2014 Monica Raymund came out on Twitter as bisexual – something that her nearest and dearest had actually known for more than a decade. It was around that time that the Chicago Fire star divorced her husband of three years, writer Neil Patrick Stewart. In 2015, meanwhile, she revealed that she was now in a same-sex relationship with “the love of [her] life,” cinematographer Tari Segal.
15. Olivia Thurlby
Juno and Dredd actress Olivia Thurlby revealed her bisexuality in 2011 when she participated in a photography project featuring individuals who define themselves as “anything but 100 percent straight.” And when interviewed about her appearance in the series, she emphasized its importance by saying that “no one should have to hide their sexual orientation.” Amen.
14. Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera famously played a lesbian on Glee, and there’s good reason to believe that she’s not straight in real life, either. That’s mainly because of Rivera’s reaction to a segment when she was a The View guest host in 2015. In it, Rosie O’Donnell mentioned a study in which research apparently revealed that bisexual women are more prone to deal with psychological health issues than lesbians. Rivera’s response? “Rosie, no wonder I’m crazy.”
13. Mel B
Mel B has been married to movie producer Stephen Belafonte for over eight years now, but in interviews she’s still happy to talk about her past relationships – including at least one romance with a woman. “I had a great five-year relationship with a lovely lady who I still talk to to this day,” the former Spice Girl divulged to the British magazine Attitude in 2014.
12. Zelda Williams
Zelda Williams has been even more open about her bisexuality than her Teen Wolf character Caitlin, speaking freely about her sexual orientation in interviews in recent years. In 2014 she even took to Twitter to label herself, with refreshing candor, as “an openly bi, gun-shooting, home owning, second-gen feminist.”
11. Maria Bello
Grown Ups star Maria Bello revealed her bisexuality in an article written for The New York Times in 2013 titled “Coming Out as a Modern Family.” In it, the actress describes the process of informing her 12-year-son that she had fallen in love with a woman called Clare and also charts her previous relationships with men.
10. Vanessa Carlton
Singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton made the unusual move of coming out on stage, although her choice of event would have ensured a pretty receptive crowd. “I’ve never said this before, but I am a proud bisexual woman,” she told those attending Nashville Pride in 2010, later admitting that she was prompted to make the admission after spotting two women together in the audience.
9. Mary Lynn Rajskub
Actress and stand-up comedienne Mary Lynn Rajskub had briefly mentioned her sexual orientation in media appearances prior to 2012, but it was in an episode of podcast Kickin’ it Mary Lynn Style released that year that she really opened up about the matter. “I am bisexual and women are beautiful,” she said, adding, “I have had a lot of experiences with women.”
8. Saffron Burrows
Mozart in the Jungle actress Saffron Burrows has been openly bisexual since 1999 and is currently married to Ellen DeGeneres Show writer Alison Balian. She has previously dated actor Alan Cummings, who is also bisexual and who has gone on record as saying that Burrows also helped him come to terms with his own sexual orientation.
7. Kim Zolciak
Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann’s engagement and eventual marriage were so exhaustively documented on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and spin-off Don’t Be Tardy that any previous romances the reality star has had have been rather overshadowed since. Let’s not forget, though, that in 2010 Zolciak revealed that she was in a relationship with DJ Tracy Young – and came out as bisexual in the process.
Rising electropop star Halsey is so comfortable with being an out bisexual that fans can actually watch two versions of the video for her viral hit “Ghost” – one in which she is shown canoodling with a woman, one with a man. What’s more, she once described herself as “tri-bi” – bisexual, biracial and bipolar.
5. Alison Goldfrapp
When asked about her romantic history, British musician Alison Goldfrapp has said, “I don’t like to be defined by my sexuality, which swings wherever I like to swing.” In recent years, though, it’s swung towards women – or, rather, one woman in particular. The Goldfrapp frontwoman is currently in a long-term relationship with movie editor Lisa Gunning after having previously only dated men – facts that could definitely see her labeled as bisexual.
4. Bai Ling
In a 2009 interview actress and singer Bai Ling related an incident, which occurred not long after she first came to the U.S., in which the pronunciation of her first name caused a tiny bit of confusion. As she recounted, “When I was asked, ‘Are you bi?’ I said, ‘Yes, I am Bai.’ Do you like men? ‘Of course!’ Do you like women? ‘Why, yes!’” Ling later confirmed that, yes, she is bisexual and that hiding it has never been a thing for her.
3. Azealia Banks
Rapper Azealia Banks defines herself as bisexual, but that didn’t stop her from thinking twice about using a gay slur towards a flight attendant in 2015. In fact, in lieu of an apology Banks used her own sexuality as a reason why she couldn’t be homophobic, which understandably didn’t go down well with many members of the LGBT community.
2. Rowan Blanchard
Girl Meets World actress Rowan Blanchard came out in early 2016, at the tender age of 14. She told her fans on Twitter that she identified as “queer” and was “open to liking any gender in future” – so, despite her shying away from the bisexual label, her future relationships, for sure, could very well be with self-defined men or women.
1. Amandla Stenberg
In January 2016 Hunger Games actress and activist Amandla Stenberg was asked to briefly commandeer Teen Vogue’s Snapchat profile, and she used the opportunity to make a bold statement. “#I’m very bisexual” was the hashtag she used – while also revealing that she “identifies as a black, bisexual woman.”