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Spending 16 years together in ABC's medical drama meant becoming closer with castmates, even to the point of meeting their real-life partners. Which Grey’s Anatomy actor was nearly fired for their extra-marital activities? Who met their real-life spouses on set? And why does Caterina Scorsone split from her husband after welcoming a third daughter? Take a look at the cast's real-life relationships!
She may play a larger than life surgeon who has no trouble speaking her mind or dishing out truth bombs, but this actress is actually incredibly private. Despite being with the same man for over three decades, we don’t know anything about her significant other. Seriously; she’s never publicly confirmed that they are married.
In addition, we don’t even know her partner’s name! All we know is that the actress shares three kids with the mysterious Mr. Wilson – Sarina, Joylin, and their son, Christopher. Interestingly, her eldest daughter was diagnosed with a rare disorder that had her mom and doctors baffled until they made the diagnosis.
Inspired by this, Wilson pitched an idea for a Grey’s episode featuring the disorder, which you can see in season nine. But is it possible we can expect another addition to the Wilson family? In the sixteenth season, Miranda Bailey discovers that she’s pregnant.
With other Grey’s actresses hiding their own baby bumps (keep watching for those details!), fans couldn’t help but ask if Chandra was really pregnant. The answer? We have no idea. The actress hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, and without any social media accounts to stalk, it’s likely we won’t know until Wilson dishes the deets.
He might have joined the Grey’s cast as a love interest for Cristian Yang, but since then, the trauma surgeon has had love affairs with Amelia Shepherd, as well as with his long-time friend and baby momma, Teddy. But off-screen, the actor’s love life hasn’t been a piece of cake, either.
In fact, his first marriage to Jane Parker started to unravel in 2015, after seventeen years and two children together. Though the couple was separated at the time, their breakup was only finalized in 2017. That’s probably why, when McKidd was spotted in 2016 getting cozy with a woman who was definitely not his wife, fans weren’t impressed.
At the time, his extra-marital activities almost seriously jeopardized his role on Grey’s Anatomy. However, the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, decided against firing the Scottish actor to give him a chance to prove himself onscreen. I guess he’s pretty lucky he’s such a good actor, or he would have gotten the boot!
Since then, the actor seems to have found love again with his new wife, Arielle Goldrath. McKidd married the private chef in 2018, in a ceremony in which he wore a kilt, and she sported a baby bump. A month after the nuptials, they welcomed their first child together, Aiden. And in July last year, the couple announced the arrival of their second child, daughter Nava James.
But when he’s not on set saving lives, or changing nappies off-screen, McKidd is being a different kind of hero through his other talent – singing. The Scot actually wrote and recorded the Grey’s finale song, ‘Leave a Light on’ with his former band, Speyside Sessions. The proceeds from the music will go to a fundraiser for COVID relief efforts.
She may have left Grey’s in season 14, but this actress’s love story is too sweet not to mention! Despite the rumors that Drew may have had an off-screen involvement with Jesse Williams in 2018, the actress has been happily married to UCLA lecturer Peter Lanfer since 2002.
The two met when they were camp leaders in their teens. But that didn’t stop the future lecturer from wooing her like it was the 1800s. In an interview with Livingly, she recalls that "He pursued me with handwritten letters for like eight months.
It was incredibly romantic and old fashioned. I fell in love with him through the letters." And not only did this tactic get him the girl (and later the wife and two kids), but it was also the inspiration for one of Drew’s acting projects.
Drew appeared in Lifetime’s 2018 holiday flick, Christmas Pen Pals, as the founder of a dating app who meets her future beau through being his pen pal in the town’s Christmas Cupid event. Of course, this was inspired by her own relationship, because as she says:
"There's something really profound about communicating that way because it takes time. There’s no instant gratification.”
Like his on-screen role, Jesse Williams was married. In 2017, he split from his wife of five years, Aryn Drake-Lee, with whom he has two children. In an interview with People Magazine, Drake-Lee explained that the marriage fell apart for several reasons, and notably because the family moved from New York to California for Williams’ career.
The couple also had a very drawn-out custody battle in which Drake-Lee wanted sole custody, and Williams fought for joint custody. Thankfully, a judge ruled that the parents would have shared custody. Williams’ love life has featured prominently in the media.
Shortly after their breakup, when the actor was once again single and ready to mingle, the Internet was obsessed with who the star was dating. From rumors that he and co-star Sarah Drew were an item in 2018 (spoiler: they’re genuinely just friends), to speculation about his short-lived relationship with Minka Kelly, it’s no wonder he’s been so hesitant to actually speak out.
The actor is currently dating actress and dancer, Taylour Paige, who he met when she landed a small guest role in Grey’s Anatomy in 2016. They first made their relationship public early in 2019, when they appeared together at a red-carpet event. Paige is known for her role as Ahsha Hayes in Hit the Floor, and we’re wondering if her next role will be as Mrs. Jesse Williams.
The star married entrepreneur Christopher Gavigan 16 years ago and today the couple is raising 4 wonderful children. Jessica carried three of her children to term while acting on Grey`s Anatomy! And while her family life couldn't be better off-screen, it has been quite a different story for her character.
After 10 years of portraying Dr. Arizona Robbins, Jessica was written off the show along with her colleague Sarah Drew. The official reason is that Capshaw and Drew’s exits were based strictly on the show’s creative direction.
By the way, did you know that Jessica's stepfather is the highly acclaimed Steven Spielberg? Despite having the opportunity to ride off of her name and connection to Spielberg, the actress made it a point to learn the ropes all on her own.
Justin Chambers met his love during his early years of modeling for ‘Calvin Klein’. His future wife Keisha was working there as well and today she has become the mother of 5 kids with her loving husband.
The man loves his kids more than anything and you can even spot tattoos of their names on his body. The Chambers have been together for more than 25 years and, unlike Justin`s life on screen, his real relationship seems to remain steady and peaceful.
Can you believe that Chambers is actually 50 years old and his youngest child is already 18? In an interview with People, the actor shared that he loves his kids: "I don’t know what I would do without them. The joy of having them is incredible".
He may not be McDreamy, but DeLuca is definitely eye candy, and as of last year, he’s no longer on the market! In April 2019, the actor tied the knot with makeup artist Nichole Gustafson. The two said their I do’s at a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Rome, after two years of dating.
The lovebirds met in Italy, on a cover shoot for an Italian magazine. She was the beautiful makeup artist and the only non-Italian at the shoot, and he fell for her immediately.
In an interview with Hello Magazine, he admitted: “We met on set that day and never looked back.” And the wedding itself was every bit as glamorous as the couple, featuring a costume change for the bride and groom and a sparkler send-off early the next morning.
So what’s next for these two? While it doesn’t seem that the couple has any plans to start a family, we’re kinda hoping that they’re using their rescue dog Jazz for practice. They would certainly make amazing parents that's for sure!
There is no better female friendship than the one Cristina and Meredith had. It was a pure shock when Sandra Oh left the show. At least we can now enjoy her acting on Killing Eve. Is Sandra Oh married?
The actress could very well be an intelligence agent herself, as she is brilliant in keeping her private life low-key. Sandra rarely reveals any details on family or romantic relationships. On a rare occasion back in 2004, Sandra Oh revealed in an interview with New York Times, that she rejected the attention of a filmmaker, Alexander Payne, for eight months before finally agreeing to go on a date with him.
They were in a relationship for approximately five years, separating just two years after their official marriage in January of 2003. Neither of them has ever commented on their split, although excerpts from the official papers turned up online. Sandra explains that she chose not to react to the rumors, because, however ridiculous they are, they still can knock her off from “being her authentic self.”
Since then Sandra Oh became extremely choosy about the interviews she accepted. She prefers being known as an actress instead of being known as a celebrity: “I know many actors who don't consider themselves celebrities and I want to publicly make that statement and that differentiation," she explains.
And if you think that after a breakup Oh focused solely on her career instead of her personal life, it’s not exactly true. Rumor has it that in 2007 she was in a relationship with musician Andrew Featherston. Always true to herself, Sandra never confirmed nor denied it.
But in early December 2018, while shooting the second season of ‘Killing Eve’, Oh was spotted in Rome, strolling around and holding hands with a photographer Lev Rukhin. It seems that the couple have been together since at least 2016 when they were photographed together, attending the State Dinner for Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House.
Rukhin is a Russian-born artist, known as a contextual artist who prefers “drive-by” documentary shooting. So far, there’s no official information about their relationship. But in last year’s interview with Marie Claire, the 49-year-old actress opened up about the idea of having kids of her own.
Sandra revealed that she was considering having children in her mid-30s, and decided not to have any. “I have an extremely fulfilling life as an aunt," she said, "Not only to my nieces and my nephews but also to a lot of my friends’ children.” So, we can safely assume that Sandra Oh is living a balanced life she enjoys to the fullest.
Alex Karev may have abandoned Jo in Grey’s Anatomy, but actress Camilla Luddington has no such concerns about her own husband, actor Matthew Alan, who appeared on the show in 2017 as a patient’s father.
The same year, the couple welcomed their daughter Hayden to the world, and Alan proposed to Camilla on New Year’s Eve 2018. The actress admitted on Instagram that "I’m not sure I even let Matt get through his proposal before I started yelling YES YES YES!! Of course it was a yes!"
In 2019, they married on the beach in California, and she walked down the aisle to a song by The Temper Trap (as an ode to their first date in 2008, in which the couple went to a Temper Trap concert).
Thereafter, the couple once again took to social media to announce Luddington’s second pregnancy, and man did they do it in style. With the help of a literal Disney Princess, the actress broke the news that Hayden would be getting a sibling. And in August, the happy mother and her husband welcomed their son, Lucas.
The actress explained that she spent her time isolating during the lockdown to prepare for the baby’s arrival, and added "Once I hit 37 weeks, I was willing him to come. Our bubble feels complete now that he's here." Of course, with the pandemic, the birth was far more stressful than her first, and Wilson admitted to People that she had concerns.
Things are not so peaceful in the real life of Chyler Leigh. At 16 Leigh met her future husband West at a tryout for a TV series. The series soon flopped but the couple's romance continued. They moved in together and everything still seemed fun and easy, but then things slowly got out of control.
The low point came in 2001. A friend invited them to a service at a nondenominational Christian church. And that actually turned the life of the young couple around. Today, the married couple is raising 3 kids, enjoying their life in Los Angeles, and celebrating each new year of sobriety.
The life of the Grey`s Anatomy star changed drastically last year when he split from his wife Rebecca Gayheart after 14 years of marriage! The split came as a surprise to fans as the couple was seen on a romantic getaway to Hawaii just months before the news hit.
Eric has recently been opened about his ongoing battle with depression to The Today Show. The actor said that it was very unclear for him as he didn't feel like he had anything to be depressed about.
Eric revealed that he had gone to multiple physicians feeling there was 'something physically wrong' that influenced his state of mind. Obviously, Eric needs his fans' support now more than ever, and we all hope he'll feel better soon.
The chief of cardio may have had some relationships up and downs on-screen (including twice dating the same guy as her sister…. Awkward) but this actually allowed her to meet her real-life husband, Pete Chatmon. In case you’re wondering how that’s possible, allow us to explain: Chatmon is one of the show’s directors!
After meeting Chatmon on the set while filming in 2017, the two decided to keep their relationship under wraps. That was until they got engaged when McCreary finally admitted she was seeing someone on social media! In May last year, the two tied the knot in a beachfront wedding, and they both posted several pictures and videos of the day.
They’ve gone back to being pretty tight-lipped about their relationship since then. However, we do know that she's a dog mom and that the first year of marriage has treated her pretty well, so we’re hoping for many more!
Patrick Dempsey, on the other hand, is having the best time and their family of five is now as strong and happy as ever. But it was not always sunshine and roses in the actor`s personal life, as in 2015 his wife Jillian decided to split.
The couple released a statement that said: "It is with careful consideration and mutual respect that we have decided to end our marriage." But! Just a few months later, the two were spotted holding hands, riding bikes, and having romantic evenings in Paris. And fans later found out that the two had gotten back together!
Patric is an avid racer. And according to the actor, he sacrificed his time on the race track to give more attention to his marriage and children — and it paid off. Now, the couple agrees that their marriage has had a "new beginning."
Dempsey’s admitted that spending more time with his family has made him not only more relaxed, but happier, and that’s the kind of thing we love to hear!
James Pickens Jr. is one of the few actors who`s been on the show since the very beginning. He is definitely soaring to new heights in his professional career and his personal life isn't much different either.
James has been living a happy life with his wife Gina for 36 years now, and the duo still has strong feelings for one another. The couple has 2 children, who are grown-ups now and are pursuing their careers in showbiz.
Bailey wasn’t the only doctor to find out she’s pregnant on Greys! Amelia also welcomed a baby with fellow doctor Link. Despite her troubled background with babies, we’re sure she’s going to be an amazing mom!
Caterina Scorsone was already a mom of two daughters, 3-year-old Paloma and eight-year-old Eliza, and her on-screen baby bump was a clever cover for her third pregnancy! In January this year, she and her husband, singer-songwriter Rob Giles, announced the arrival of their third daughter.
Though she was originally named Arwen (like the Lord of the Rings character), Scorsone announced in April that she and her hubby decided to call the baby Lucinda (or Lucky) instead. Sadly, in May this year, just five months after the birth, Scorsone and her husband decided to end their marriage. The announcement came one month ahead of their 11th wedding anniversary.
Though details on the split are limited, Scorsone apparently decided to end their marriage to irreconcilable differences. According to a statement released to Refinery29, they are officially separated, and “they remain friends and are committed to co-parenting their children in a spirit of love.” Hopefully, it won’t be too upsetting a process for the children.
The character Link may be a popular heart-throb at Grey Sloan Memorial, but the actor behind this role is a one-woman man! Carmack met his wife, Erin Slaver while working on the show, Nashville and the two have been inseparable since then! The couple was friends for a year before dating. In 2016, he popped the question and even added music to the moment.
In fact, music has played a big part in their life. In an interview with People, Carmack recalled, “I proposed on a rooftop at a hotel in New York. I hired a little gypsy jazz quartet to play some of our favorite songs. I even fooled her into dressing up so we could take nice pictures.”
A few months later, they welcomed their first daughter! The couple officially said their I do’s in 2018. Erin admitted, “Chris and I are overjoyed to now be husband and wife! The wedding, although a blur, couldn’t have been a more perfect beginning to the adventure that lies ahead.” Since tying the knot, the couple has stepped things up.
They started a band - Life on Eris (which could be a play on their names, Erin and Chris). Slaver explains, "[We] just wanted to give people something that was a real look into a marriage, a relationship, something they can relate to.” Carmack agrees, “We are a husband-and-wife duo, and we bring all of the drama into our songwriting.”
As the titular character of the hit medical drama, Meredith Grey’s love life with all its ups and down has been carefully documented for years. But offscreen, the actress behind the longest-running medical drama in history has only ever had one love story, and it’s a great one!
After meeting music producer Chris Ivery in a grocery store in 2003, the two became good friends before they started dating six months later. In 2007, they got hitched at a secret ceremony at New York City Hall, because – as the actress recalls “At that point, I was really dying for privacy”. Thankfully, she got it.
Since then, the couple has had three children, Stella, Sienna, and Eli, and have always been each other’s biggest fans. Despite Ivery not watching Grey’s Anatomy regularly (I mean, who would want to see their wife hooking up with a bunch of good-looking doctors?), he has always been supportive of his wife’s career and has no problem with the demand of her work.
In an interview with Queen Latifah, Pompeo admitted that “My husband is a fantastic guy, and very, very secure. I think that’s probably why I’m so into him — because he’s got so much swag. He’s just so secure that nothing shakes him."
So what is this couple’s secret to success? Quality time. The actress explains that: We go out to dinner sometimes, but date nights really kind of happen inside at home. And actually, we both go to bed pretty early, so we do a lot of lunch dates, too.”
She may have found love with Richard Webber, but before that, Catherine Avery was no stranger to heartbreak. And this is a testament to Debbie Allen’s amazing acting talent. Off the camera, she’s been happily married for nearly four decades! In 1984, Debbie married an NBA player, Norm Nixon. 36 years and two children later, they’re still going strong!
But despite the longevity of her marriage to Nixon, if things had worked out differently, she may never have had met the love of her life, the charming Norm! Before meeting him, Allen was married to Win Wilford for eight long years. She seems to like men with alliteration in their names.
The couple actually split due to irreconcilable differences. But if they had stayed together, Allen never would have met the love of her life, Nixon. That simply wouldn’t do. And we would not get to admire the photos from their epic anniversary parties! Here’s hoping that they have more decades together!
Teddy’s relationships with Owen and Tom may be complicated and messy, but fans were shocked to discover that her true love was a woman called Allison! When asked about Teddy’s newest reveal, Raver explains, “For Teddy, love is love. It’s very complicated. It’s very scary. I think what’s interesting about it is it’s helping us understand the complexity of love.”
While the actress admits that the news about Allison has given fans a chance to know more about Teddy, it’s vastly different from the actress’s own love story. Raver first met her husband, French film-director, Manuel Boyer in the late 1990s, in a pool in New York. If you think that is a strange way to meet, you’re not alone.
When asked for details, Raver told Women’s Health Magazine, “That first meeting is kind of sacred, so I think I want to keep it to myself.” But they married in 2000 and welcomed their first son in 2002, followed by a second son in 2007. So, she has some great inspiration for playing Teddy as a new mom.
The expressive, sometimes even rough, but truly passionate and VERY hot Callie Torres is the one we will start with. Turns out that Sara Ramirez was recognized as the longest-running queer series regular in TV history!
The relationship between Callie and Arizona was perfectly written, touching, inspiring, and genuine. And what about Ramirez's real life? Is her love-story that much of drama as well? Heck no!
The actress has the most low-key and peaceful relationship ever! Back in 2012, Ramirez married her long-time boyfriend, a business analyst named Ryan DeBolt. The Grey`s Anatomy star revealed in an interview with Latina magazine that she felt a connection with her now-hubby from the very first time they met.
Nowadays, the couple tries to keep their intimate life as private as possible, which unfortunately leads to baseless rumors about their separation. These rumors are fueled by the fact that Ramirez came out as bisexual. She was speaking at a Seminar for homeless LGBT youth and decided that was the perfect opportunity to come out.
But it didn't mean that she was looking for a new girlfriend! While her style has changed drastically, it just shows us her strong passion for advocating for the LGBT community and does not give us a reason to doubt her marriage.
George has spent nearly a decade being Miranda Bailey’s boo and the actors have such great chemistry that it’s tough to imagine him with anyone else. But offscreen, he has been married to an award-winning poet, Vandana Khanna for over twenty years. The two met at college, where they shared the same dorm building.
Once, after an ape impersonation, he saw Vandana in the hallway. He refused to break character. “I look down the hall and I see her and I just picked her up and threw her over my shoulder.” After literally sweeping her off her feet, they started dating. In 1999, they were married, and soon welcomed twins to the world.
So, what is this couple’s secret to success? Honesty…and a safe word. In an interview with Closer, he admitted that they have a safe word to end any argument. George explained, “When I yell, ‘Cauliflower,’ we stop arguing. We walk away. Neutral corners.” And with the longevity of this marriage, that seems to be pretty sound advice.
Neurosurgeon Koracick may have suffered the devastation of losing his family, but thankfully that’s not something that Germann has any experience with. In fact, his family actually helped him prepare for his role as the no-nonsense Koracick. He’s been married to a real-life doctor, Martha Champlin since 2013 and he admits that she helps him with the medical jargon.
Though the couple has no children together, Champlin has three children from her previous marriage and Germann has a son from his first marriage. Before he married Champlin, he was actually married to actress, Christine Mourad. After marrying in 1994, he and Mourad welcomed their son, Asa in 1997 but separated shortly thereafter.
And while Germann has done his best to keep his son from the public eye, it seems the acting bug is genetic. Asa has just appeared in his first film – Two Little Boys, which was released this year and we can’t wait to see if he’s as good an actor as his dad!
Before featuring in Grey’s Anatomy, Elliot was just a fan, like the rest of us. She grew up in France and though she didn’t initially plan to be an actress when she discovered theatre as a high-schooler, she was hooked.
Thinking back to that time, she explains, “When I graduated high school, some people convinced me to try out for a theater school. Once I got accepted, my path was pretty clear from then on. I knew what I wanted to do.” Just as Helm has a hardcore crush on Meredith, the actress is a major Ellen Pompeo fangirl.
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, Elliot admitted, “We don’t know if she’s in love with Grey, but also, does it matter? It could be true and it could also not be true. Whether she’s gay is not necessarily the point. I think it’s just about who Meredith is.” That’s one ship we would love to see.
Elliot agrees that she and Helm have a lot in common but does this extend to her offscreen relationships? We have no idea what Elliot looks for in a relationship. And though it seems that she’s single, we’re hoping that when she’s ready, she’ll meet someone who looks at her the way Helm looks at Grey. With love.
He might be Grey’s Anatomy’s newest love interest for Meredith, but offscreen, McWidow is happily married. Before landing the role of Cormac, Flood dabbled in various projects, including a 2012 crime series called Crossing Lines, alongside Italian actress, Gabriella Pession. Though the two played colleagues onscreen, behind the scenes, they were all about the romance.
Pession recalls, “We fell in love on the set of Crossing Lines, and we went together to Los Angeles, then on the set of the second season of Crossing Lines, I was pregnant and I gave birth in Ireland.” In 2016, they married. Because his family lives in Italy, Flood travels between Europe and America to work on Greys.
He admitted that “I’m trying to find a way to manage it. With Greys’, hopefully, they can come out here for an extended period next year. Whenever I get a gap in my schedule, five or six days, I’m back over to Italy. I mean, it’s a bit of a trip but it’s so worth it.”
If ever there was a case for art imitating life, Jake Borelli is the perfect example. The actor used his character’s sexuality as a chance to embrace the representation of homosexuality in the media. After the episode in which Levi gets hot and heavy with Nico was aired, Jake took to social media to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.
He explained that the episode was “exactly the kind of story I craved as a young gay kid growing up in Ohio." Though Borelli admits that he didn’t start dating until he was 20, he seems to be taking his time finding Mr. Right. It seems like he is currently single (even saying that any dating rumors were not true).
We’re hoping that he’ll get his happy ending when the time is right. Until then, he’s focusing on his career and on being his best self. He explained, “I don't know what tomorrow's gonna look like. But right now, I'm just focused on being honest and authentic.” Way to go, Jake!
This Italian beauty wowed audiences when she debuted on Greys as Andrew De Luca’s sister. Since then, she has become such a firm favorite, that she’s just been promoted to a Station 19 regular! Spampinato began her career as a dancer and traveled the world as a back-up dancer for stars like Kylie Minogue and Leona Lewis.
She ended up flying to LA to try her hand at acting. It’s obvious that she has a talent for acting, but she’s also branching out into directing. We’re expecting big things from this talented lady! And while she’s played a bit of a heartbreaker on Grey’s, the actress’ real love life is totally different.
Not only is Stefania incredibly private, but she refuses to discuss her love life – which is why we still don’t know if she’s seeing someone or playing the field. Though it is unclear if she’s dating someone, there is someone with a special place in her heart – her dog. Awww!
When he’s not playing a jacked-up hunk of a doctor, Landi is actually a martial arts expert and model who’s hoping to revolutionize the way Asian men are portrayed on screen. And that includes romances. Though the actor is straight in real life, he doesn’t think that has any bearing on his ability to portray a homosexual man.
He went on to elaborate, "I want to do the best job I can in any role, regardless of my own personal sexuality. The best actor wins. It’s acting at the end of the day. I just want to do this role proud for the LGBT+ and the Asian communities.”
He thinks that an actor should be comfortable doing any role, as long as they give it everything. Although he’s vocal about redefining stereotypes of Asian men, he’s not as forthcoming about his own love life. While he doesn’t seem to be in a relationship, he’s got some adorable company, who goes by the name Ninja!