Go Your Own Way
On Valentine’s Day, it can seem like love takes only one form: the trifecta of chocolate, roses, and marriage — making it the perfect day for DailyWorth to highlight famous women who’ve bucked that trend. From Mindy Kaling to Oprah Winfrey, here are 11 famous women on not saying “I do.”
"Actually, Stedman asked me to marry him, and at first I said 'Yes!' but it turned out that I wanted to be asked to be married more than I wanted to be married.... It just felt like the wrong thing for me."
—Oprah Winfrey on her partner, Stedman Graham Jr. (O, The Oprah Magazine, 2012)
“It’s not like I’ve grown up having this dream of a fairy-tale wedding. My mother married twice and had two divorces. And Liev comes from the same kind of background. Maybe one day we’ll just wake up and go, ‘Hey, let’s do this.’ And maybe not. He and I have a family. We’re very much together. We just don’t have that certificate, and that’s okay with both of us.”
—Naomi Watts on her partner, Liev Schreiber (Parade, 2009)
"I definitely don't want to get married just for the sake of getting married. This is my life. I don't need a piece of paper to make it a family unit."
—Kourtney Kardashian on her partner, Scott Disick (on Keeping Up With the Kardashians)
“I’ve never been proposed to, and I don’t know that that’s in my future . . . I don’t know that I’m marriage material. I don’t know if I would ever want to be someone’s wife.”
—Chelsea Handler (More, 2012)
"Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don’t believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. There’s no paper that will make you stay."
—Diane Kruger, on choosing not to marry again (Glamour, 2011)
"Nowadays, why get married? Nobody else does. It’s not like I want to have children. I tried that, didn’t work, unfortunately.... It helped me because now I work with all kinds of children all over the world. Brain-damaged children and I work with kids with AIDS and that’s how I’ve rationalized [not having kids]. I was meant to do something else."
—Liza Minnelli (Access Hollywood Live, 2012)
"I actually think it's really sexy to be with someone in your fifties and sixties and be like, 'That's my boyfriend.' I think husband and wife is just ... very unsexy."
—Eva Mendes (Chelsea Lately, 2011)
"I'm not that big a fan of marriage as an institution, and I don't know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings."
—Marisa Tomei (Manhattan magazine, 2009)
"When I was younger, I wanted so badly to be married and have kids in a rush. I loved my parents' relationship. The way my father was with my mother when she was dying was so moving. It was such devotion. I don't know that that will happen for me, but I like it.… I don't need marriage. I don't need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires. I can take care of them myself now."
—Mindy Kaling (Good Housekeeping, 2015)
"Marriage was never something that was important to me. I don't know the exact reason for that. I really want for myself a long-term relationship and I have been in long-term relationships…. That's the kind of union that I want. The actual ceremony is not something that is important to me — but I see the importance for other people."
—Charlize Theron (Piers Morgan Tonight, 2011)
"Little girls who say, 'I want to get married': I was never one of those little girls. It is not that I wouldn't, but I don't see that I must do it or be unhappy. I don't know if I'll ever get married. I'm perfectly happy [with] my single self."
—Kristin Davis (The Early Show, 2008)