17 Celebrity Couples Who Are So Private No One Knew They Were Dating At First

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors (L-R) Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
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In an age where photos can be snapped and uploaded to the web in an instant, it's amazing that anyone can keep any aspect of their life truly private. But while celebrities may have the hardest time of keeping their private life on lockdown, some do get away with keeping the certain things out of the press — like, for example, their romantic relationships. Unlike, say, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, these stars aren't very open about their love lives — so much so that you may not even know these stars were ever a couple! Click through to find out which celebrity couples keep quiet about their romance. 

Eva Mendes

This couple kept their relationship as private as possible — a serious challenge, considering they’re both A-List celebrities. 

Ryan Gosling

And yet, it totally worked. Though it was common knowledge that the couple was item, no one knew how serious they were. Case in point: they didn’t tell anyone they were having a baby together until Mendes was eight months pregnant!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Dark Knight Rises actor is notoriously private about his love life and kept quiet about his very serious girlfriend for years… 

Tasha McCauley

Until she became his wife, of course. Gordon-Levitt quietly wed tech genius McCauley in late 2014. 

Emily Blunt

The Into the Woods actress doesn’t share much about her love life with this sitcom star. 

John Krasinski

Though these two are major celebrities — and are, as evidenced from the photo above, so cute together — they definitely don’t gush about their love life for the cameras. 

Rachel Weisz

The Fountain star must be taking her secrecy from her husband’s iconic character. 

Daniel Craig

Craig and Weisz, who had a small wedding ceremony in 2011, are just as stealthy as James Bond — at least, when it comes to keeping their relationship on the down low. 

Kerry Washington

Much like her Scandal character Olivia Pope, Washington can keep a secret. 

Nnamdi Asomugha

Like, say, her relationship with NFL player Asomugha. They married in 2013 in Idaho. 

George Clooney

Clooney might be the trophy husband in this scenario. 

Amal Alamuddin

Though the lawyer and activist met her now-husband in Italy, they didn’t go public with their romantic relationship until much later — when the press found the couple, they simply said they were discussing a satellite program over Syria. And, you know, their love. 

Kristen Stewart

Just because the tabloids were OBSESSED with this couple doesn’t mean that they were obsessed with talking about one another. 

Robert Pattinson

Obviously the Twilight co-stars were always in the press, but the couple rarely discussed their relationship for the cameras. 

Natalie Portman

Portman and her hubby keep their relationship out of the spotlight — and the United States. 

Benjamin Millepied

The Black Swan choreographer and his actress wife now life in Paris, where the paparazzi is less aggressive. 

Justin Timberlake

Though this couple is always in the press, they rarely discuss their relationship publicly. 

Jessica Biel

The “Mirrors” singer wed the former 7th Heaven actress in 2012, but, when it comes to the nuances of their relationship, the couple prefers to keep that stuff just between them. It seems to be working — they have a baby on the way!

Ben Affleck

The Gone Girl star and his actress wife avoid spending too much time together in front of the cameras. 

Jennifer Garner

Garner admitted that she doesn’t want to be known only as the “wife of” Ben Affleck, which is why she makes a point to walk the red carpet solo on occasion. 

Meryl Streep

You might not recognize the name of Mr. Meryl Streep right away. 

Don Gummer

The Oscar winner has been married to sculptor Gummer since 1978, and the couple have four children together. Though they support one another’s passions, they don’t chat about their relationship for the cameras. 

Allison Williams

The Girls actress told Glamour that she “doesn’t like to talk” about her new fiancee.

Ricky Van Veen

Williams believes that certain things — like her relationship — should be kept private, because so little gets to be “just yours” when you work in the spotlight. 

Jessica Alba

The Fantastic Four actress doesn’t like to chat about her relationship for the cameras. 

Cash Warren

Alba has been married to her producer hubby for seven years, and has said that their secret to a happy marriage is “communicating” with one another — the key term being “one another” and not “the press” for the typically private couple. 

Julia Roberts

The Pretty Woman actress keeps her relationship to her behind-the-scenes hubby quiet. 

Danny Moder

Though the couple met on a movie set, they’ve kept their 13-year-long marriage a private matter. 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

It was a major shock when Morgan had a baby with this CW actress. 

Hilarie Burton

 The One Tree Hill star announced that she was pregnant with the former Grey’s Anatomy’s star's child in 2010, but, at the time, hardly anyone knew that they were actually together — the couple stayed out of the spotlight for months. 


The most powerful couple in music is also one of the most private. 

Jay Z

These stars stay mum on their relationship, and have since the early days — they refused to acknowledge their relationship publicly for years, even though Jay Z later admitted that they had been dating since the early ’00s. 


The former That’s So Raven star likes to keep her private life just that. 

AzMarie Livingston

Though the actress admits that she’s in a “happy” relationship, she doesn’t want to confirm that it’s with her rumored longtime girlfriend Livingston.