You’ve got to hand it to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. How many other mega-watt celebrities can get married in a ceremony with all the trimmings, in front of their six children, right under the paparazzi’s nose and not get caught until days later? Well, actually, quite a few of Hollywood’s couples have pulled off secret weddings, as you’ll see…
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Back when she was a Hollywood wild child Drew Barrymore surprised everyone by suddenly marrying Welsh bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994 when she was just 19. A psychic married the couple in a 5 a.m. Los Angeles ceremony and they split less than two months later.
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After the debacle that was his public romance and almost wedding to Jennifer Lopez, who could blame Ben Affleck for wanting to slip away and marry Jennifer Garner in secret? The showbiz couple caught gossip columnists by surprise by marrying in a low-key ceremony on the Turks and Caicos Islands in July 2005.
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It seems that in Hollywood you’re nobody until you’ve married two celebrities in secret. Enter Ryan Reynolds who not only slipped away to a secluded Canadian resort to marry his first wife, Scarlett Johansson, in 2008, he did it all over again – this time in South Carolina – to quietly marry his second wife, Blake Lively, in 2012.
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Not only were they able to quietly marry in 2010 without drawing the attention of the world’s media to the event, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz were able to keep their wedding a secret for nearly a month.
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Mike Myers’ 2011 wedding to girlfriend Kelly Tisdale was so secret that it wasn’t public knowledge for five months. The actor’s rep told the New York Post that it was a “beautiful” ceremony.
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They’d been dating for years so Megan Fox’s wedding to actor Brian Austin Green wasn’t unexpected, but it was a surprise. The couple slipped away to marry in an intimate – and small – ceremony on a Hawaiian beach in June 2010.
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Brad Pitt may be Angelina Jolie’s third husband but he’s the second one that she married secretly. Back in 2000 Billy Bob Thornton’s fiancée at the time, Laura Dern, was shocked to learn (along with the rest of the world) that the actor had married his Pushing Tin co-star in a hush-hush Las Vegas wedding.
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Jennifer Lopez’s 2004 nuptials to singer Marc Anthony were such a secret that even their family and friends didn’t realize that the “beautiful afternoon party” they had been invited to that June was actually a wedding.
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“Me and Amber got married today…Thought I’d let y’all know.” That’s how rapper Wiz Khalifa announced his surprise union to model Amber Rose on Twitter in July 2013.
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“Hopefully, it can happen and slip by unnoticed by everybody. I guess we have to be sort of sneaky about it…” That’s what Mandy Moore said about her plans to wed Ryan Adams. The actress got her wish by marrying the singer in a surprise wedding in Savannah, Ga. in March 2009.
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith married his princess, Jada Pinkett Smith, in a secret New Year’s Eve ceremony in 1997 at Baltimore’s Cloisters Mansion. Despite rumors to the contrary, 17 years later, they’re still going strong.
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Like Brad and Angelina, Olivier Martinez and his bride Halle Berry chose to secretly exchange vows in France. These two sneaky lovebirds reportedly married in a chateau in July 2013 while the former Bond girl was pregnant with their son, Maceo.
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When it comes to romance Janet Jackson could easily work for the Secret Service. She is another repeat offender when it comes to keeping her weddings off the radar. In February 2013 she revealed she had already married her husband Wissam Al Mana back in 2012, and in 2000 the “Nasty” singer announced she was divorcing Rene Elizondo Jr. after a nine-year secret marriage.
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Kate Winslet had no fuss, no frills and a minimum of guests when she married her third husband, Ned Rocknroll, in December 2012. But what she DID reportedly have in the secret New York ceremony was Leonardo DiCaprio walking her down the aisle.
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Remember when Beyoncé and Jay Z were so secretive about their relationship they wouldn’t even admit they were a couple? This musical power duo married in a surprise ceremony on April 4, 2008, back in the days when they rarely spoke about their romance.
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A month after their engagement was announced in June 2010, Orlando Bloom secretly married Miranda Kerr. The couple has since split, but at the time the Australian model revealed that she had “an intimate ceremony and honeymoon” with the British actor.
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Two pop culture icons – Indiana Jones and Ally McBeal – were united when Harrison Ford secretly married Calista Flockhart in a private ceremony in Santa Fe, N.M. in June 2010
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“Wife coffee tastes way better than regular coffee in the morning :)” That’s what Dax Shepard tweeted in October 2013, ending speculation that he had married his fiancée of four years, Kristen Bell, undetected. A few days earlier the couple turned up at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s Office to get a marriage license and had an impromptu wedding the same day instead when a court employee offered to officiate.
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In July 2002 Julia Roberts and her then-boyfriend Danny Moder pulled that sneaky trick where they invited family and friends over to their house for a party and surprised them with a wedding instead. Nine years earlier the Pretty Woman star had surprised the world by secretly eloping with country singer Lyle Lovett who few people even knew she was dating.
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Like her friend Queen B, Gwyneth Paltrow slipped away and married her – now estranged – husband Chris Martin with minimum fuss in 2003. Not even Gwynnie’s mom Blythe Danner attended the top secret Santa Barbara, Calif. wedding.
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Kerry Washington’s 2013 secret wedding to NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha was especially shocking because not only did no one know they were engaged, few of her friends even knew they were a couple!
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Would you expect anything less from James Bond? Daniel Craig – the notoriously private actor who plays the legendary secret agent – married actress Rachel Weisz in a simple 2011 ceremony attended by only four people.
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In 2013 (when many people thought she was in the “off” period of her on-off relationship with actor Bradley Cooper) Zoe Saldana secretly married someone completely different – Italian artist Marco Perego, in London. In March 2014 she told Net-A-Porter’s The Edit: “I’m not a private person, but I am discreet so getting married in secret felt right.”
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Britney Spears made everyone’s head spin in January 2004 when she suddenly married a man nobody had even heard of in a Las Vegas chapel. The man in question was her childhood friend Jason Alexander, and 55 hours later the blink-and-you’ll-miss it marriage was over when it was annulled.
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Renée Zellweger’s 2005 beach wedding to country singer Kenny Chesney also threw fans and friends for a loop. Their relationship was the very definition of a whirlwind romance. They married that May after less than four months of dating and had their union annulled just before Christmas.