To celebrate the release of Love Is Strange this weekend, we’ve taken a look at six gay celebrity couples whose relationships mirror those of the film’s main characters, played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.
In the film, Lithgow and Molina play a gay couple learning to adapt to life’s uncertainty and accepting its hurdles as opportunities to grow. Forced to live apart due to circumstances beyond their control, their love grows despite the space between them.
Check out the trailer here:
Now that the film is in theaters, let’s take a look at three more same-sex couples who give love a good name:
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Few believed DLB’s May/December romance with Olympic diver Tom Daley would last this long, but the couple has been going strong since at least December 2013, when Tom announced in a YouTube video that he was happily “dating a guy.” (They were most likely also dating when we found them at a coffee shop in LA the month before.)
“He makes me feel safe and happy,” Tom told E! in December. “I’d never felt the feeling of love. It happened so quickly. I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can’t get him out of my head all the time. I’ve never had it before where I love someone and they love me just as much.”
Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak
In the same 2012 New York Times article that he came out in, Parsons revealed that he had been dating his boyfriend Todd Spiewak for over 10 years. They’re still together, though they’re pretty dodgy on whether they’ll ever get married.
In 2012, Parsons told E!: “I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.
George Takei and Brad Altman
The love between George Takei and his 27-year partner Brad Altman is documented in this year’s To Be Takei, and further explored in an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” this weekend. In it, Takei explains that the pair kept their relationship a secret for 18 years before coming out together publicly in 2005.
They were one of the first couples to marry in California three years later, following Takei’s campaign of vocal advocacy for marriage equality. “He is my love and I can’t imagine life without him,” he wrote in a post on his blog. “Now, we can have the dignity, as well as all the responsibilities, of marriage. We embrace it all heartily.”