14 Stars Who Were Initially Opposed to Marriage & Where They Stand Now
Despite telling Esquire she had become more open when it came to tying the knot in 2012, the actress-turned-author claimed her views on marriage remained constant for most of her life. "It just wasn't the thing I was drawn to," Diaz told the magazine. "I certainly didn't want it in my 20s. Or my 30s."
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When you know, you know. That's what Diaz kept hearing time and time again – but it wasn't until she met now-husband Benji Madden that the star considered marriage. "You realize like, 'Oh right, this is what the real thing is, this is what real love is and this is what commitment and devotion is,' " she recently told Andy Cohen. "This is the person that you build your life with, and for me, it's like the rest of everything else just kind of like dissolves." The pair tied the knot in January 2015, (three months after getting engaged) in an intimate ceremony in their living room.
Known as the eternal bachelor, Clooney had previously stated he wasn't preoccupied with getting hitched – even though he was once married in the early '90s. "Marriage? Who knows? I've been married," he told PEOPLE in 2006, the same year he was crowned Sexiest Man Alive. "It's not something I'm looking out for. Things could always change, but it's not a consideration right now."
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But the actor's ambivalence soon dissolved upon meeting his now-wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The two wed in Venice, Italy in September 2014 in front of 100 guests. "It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love," Clooney said while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2014 Golden Globes. "Even better when you've been waiting your whole life, and when your whole life is 53 years … Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn't be more proud to be your husband."
LENA DUNHAM & JACK ANTONOFF
When the Girls actress appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently, she insisted she won't marry her rocker boyfriend of three years until gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states. "The idea of having a celebration that can't be fully shared among all the people in my life and all the people that we love just doesn't really feel like a celebration at all," she said, echoing those who've gone before her.
That following June, the Supreme Court reached a landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The news prompted Dunham to tweet Antonoff, hinting at a future engagement: "Get on it, yo." Your move, sir.
KRISTEN BELL & DAX SHEPARD
The two tied the knot in 2013, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned D.O.M.A. and Proposition 8 was scrapped in California. Shepard Tweeted, "Let's bring my big, gay marriage to [Kristen] to Life!!!"
BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE
Brangelina wed in 2014. What changed? A lot. "The kids are putting on the heat. They really are," Pitt shared on Ellen in 2011. The next year, he reiterated that fact to PEOPLE: "I am getting more pressure from my kids, and it is something I want to do within their lifetime … The time is nigh. It's soon. I got a good feeling about it."
HOWARD STERN & BETH OSTROSKY
For years, the shock jock said he wouldn't marry his longtime girlfriend out of fear that the marriage would dull the couple's spark. "We're very happy, and I don't want to f– it up," he explained in 2006.
As Joan Rivers, Barbara Walters, Billy Joel and Jimmy Kimmel looked on, the Sterns were married by Kelly Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos in 2008 at N.Y.C.'s Le Cirque. And Stern didn't f– it up, as predicted – the two are still together.
RICKY MARTIN & CARLOS GONZéLEZ
When asked about his plans to marry his partner of three years in 2010, Martin insisted he wanted to wait until they could legally marry in his birthplace, Puerto Rico. "Unfortunately, we don't have the option of marriage in our country. We could go to Britain or Spain or Argentina and do something beautifully symbolic, but that's not what I want," he told Attitude.
The relationship didn't survive the wait: Martin and Gonzélez split in 2014.
JODIE SWEETIN & MORTY COYLE
After the Full House star got engaged to then-boyfriend Coyle at her 29th birthday party, he said, "We want to wait until there's equality for everybody to get married."
Following a secret wedding in 2012, Sweetin filed for divorce (her third) in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.
DIANE KRUGER & JOSHUA JACKSON
Despite being together for over a decade – the actors got together in 2006 – Kruger (who was previously married once before) and Jackson have no intentions of heading to the altar anytime soon. "I can tell you why we're not married: We're not religious. I don't feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party," Jackson told Glamour in 2014. "We're both children of divorce, so it's hard for me to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you've grown up and are committed to another person. But it may change at some point. We may get married."
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While the couple remain together, there are still no signs of marriage – yet. "Welcome to my dilemma!" Kruger told Net-a-Porter's The Edit in a March interview, when asked about making things official with her longtime beau. The actress did, however, make a significant decision that impacted the duo's relationship – moving to New York City to live with Jackson.