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19 Celebrities Who’ve Tried Online Dating (Feb. 2024)

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Celebrities, they’re just like us! They walk their dogs. They go grocery shopping. They work out. And many celebrities online date as well.

You may think that’s crazy and that online dating could never work for someone famous, but actually a lot of them have given swiping for love a try. Some have even gone on dates and found partners because of it! Here are 19 of the best stories:

1. Mariah Carey

After her 2014 divorce from Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey jumped head first back into the dating pool by joining Match, which she revealed in her music video “Infinity.”

“I hope every woman who is single and listens to this song goes out and finds her infinity, whether on Match or the traditional way,” Mariah said in a press release.

2. Martha Stewart

Match was also Martha Stewart’s top pick when she tried online dating in 2013. The team at the “Today” show even helped her set up her profile.

Photo of Martha Stewart

The queen of domesticity, who has been divorced from Andrew Stewart since 1990, received over 20,000 pageviews and 1,000 responses. She went on two dates, one with an executive in the international steel trade named Larry, and one with a filmmaker named Stan.

Martha told Matt Lauer: “They did a really, really nice job of being dates. This got me to sort of think about dating as a nice thing to do on a regular basis.” She also said she would “absolutely” go on another date with both men.

3. Halle Berry

Initially, Halle Berry remained anonymous while chatting with people online in 2007. “I have gone online before in search of anonymity and an attempt to leave celebrity out of it and just have a normal chat,” she told the BBC.

When she revealed who she was to the people on the other side of the screen, she said that didn’t go so well. “When I decided to say ‘Oh, by the way, the person you’ve been chatting with for a week is me, Halle Berry,’ they thought I was just some kook. They were like ‘Right, sure, get out of here.’ They didn’t really believe me at that point. So chatting hasn’t gone that well for me.”

4. Katy Perry

Before Katy Perry was attending concerts and festivals, wearing couples Halloween costumes, and taking lavish vacations with her fiance Orlando Bloom, she was a big fan of Tinder.

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When asked if she was single and on the popular dating app, she told Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club: “Uh, yes I am, hello. I’m really deep on Tinder, so I don’t have a whole lot of time.”

Katy’s past relationships include a one-year romance with actor Johnny Lewis, a two-year romance with Travis McCoy, co-founder and lead singer of the rap-rock band Gym Class Heroes, a 14-month marriage to actor and comedian Russell Brand, and a three-year romance with singer-songwriter John Mayer.

5. Adele

Vocal powerhouse Adele admitted in her 2012 memoir, “Adele: The Biography,” that she tried online dating after breaking up with the man who inspired her second album, “21.”

“I signed up for eharmony,” she said. “I can’t put a photo of myself, so I don’t get any emails.” Guess there are some downsides of being famous.

Her time on eharmony didn’t last long, though. She has been with Simon Konecki, a charity entrepreneur and Old Etonian, since summer 2011.

6. Lindsay Lohan

One of the biggest fears online daters have, besides being hurt, robbed, or catfished, is that they’ll come across a relative on the site or app they’re using.

That’s exactly what happened to Lindsay Lohan when she was on Tinder.

She saw her brother on the app and jokingly posted a screenshot of his profile on Instagram, which also revealed to the world that she used Tinder as well.

Actor Wilmer Valderrama, DJ Samantha Ronson, and Russian millionaire and real estate agency owner Egor Tarabasov are some of Lindsay’s former love interests.

7. Hilary Duff

After divorcing Mike Comrie, a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player, in 2015, Hilary Duff was on Tinder for a hot minute. Her music video “Sparks” actually shows her going on Tinder dates in real life, including racing go-karts.

“In my life, I’ve always had really serious boyfriends. I’ve always met people through work, and I’ve never been on a blind date. And so… what’s the worst that could happen?” she told the “Valentine in the Morning” radio show.

At the end of the video, though, she states that she’s no longer using the app. Today, she’s in a relationship and expecting her first child with singer, songwriter, and producer Matthew Koma.

8. Ashton Kutcher

I’m one of those people who loves Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis together — they’re so cute, and everyone is always joking how great it is that Kelso and Jackie are married in real life and have children.

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But, for this article, we’re going to go back to a time when that wasn’t the case.

It’s 2012, and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have recently divorced. Hollywood.com reported that the actor was trying online dating, but not for the reasons you may think.

His profiles were those of his alternate personalities (e.g., Raj, the Bollywood producer), and the whole stunt was part of a Popchips campaign via the Facebook app WorldWidelovers.com.

9. Jenny McCarthy

At the 2011 American Music Awards, Jenny McCarthy, who was 39 at the time, revealed that she had signed up for Match. She said she was looking for “just a nice guy” between the ages of 35 and 48. She also said she hadn’t disclosed her real name or other personal details to avoid prematurely revealing her true identity on the site.

“It’s so hard out here [in Los Angeles]. The guys are like chicks here. There’s no real guy guys, so maybe importing from somewhere will be smart. Anyone not from LA, I think,” she told the Huffington Post.

10. Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on ABC’s “Modern Family,” is another Tinder alum.

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He tried the app in 2014 and shared his story on Howard Stern — telling the host he met “a decent amount” of women through Tinder and even had some same-day hookups.

“On Tinder, there’s a decent chance [of a date], but it’s all based on immediate physical attraction. So you just swipe through people and you see pictures and you either say ‘like’ or ‘nope,'” he said. “I’ve gone out with a couple girls in LA that I met on Tinder, like on real dates. It’s hard to meet people.”

11. Andy Cohen

Host of Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Andy Cohen, has expressed his love of Tinder in the past.

“I have no shame in my game. I’m there. I’m swiping. I like it. It’s fun,” he told People magazine. “You know, it’s to me: Where am I going to meet an architect who lives in Brooklyn besides Tinder at this point? It’s the modern-day singles bar.”

12. Carrie Ann Inaba

“Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba had an online dating success story of her own when she met her future fiancé Jesse Sloan on eHarmony.

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He proposed on “Live With Regis and Kelly” with Regis pretending to answer a fan letter about how to propose to someone, and violinists were playing in the background. However, they called off their engagement in 2012.

Carrie Ann told Access Hollywood about her time on the dating site and with Jesse: “I was dating all these younger guys. I was like, ‘Maybe I need to change it up a little.’ In his picture, I felt like I already knew him. He took a risk because he didn’t know what I looked like or anything.”

13. Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake is probably most famous for her talk show, but did you also know she’s a famous online dater? She didn’t say which site she joined in 2009, but she did say that her friends were skeptical.

“When I was single two years ago, I decided I wanted a boyfriend for my birthday. My friends thought I was crazy for online dating,” she said in an interview with Newsweek. “For somebody famous, it’s weird anyway to meet someone because they have a preconceived notion of who you are. There was something anonymous that I liked about being online.”

However, it was happily ever after for Ricki.

“I found this narcissist online and started a whirlwind relationship where I was delusional. He was English and considered himself a poet. I was going to marry him, so he could get a green card,” she said. “I found out from my housekeeper that he would be nice to my children in front of my face but would cringe about them behind my back. As soon as I saw the light, it was over.”

14. Adam Duritz

During a HuffPost Live segment in 2014, the lead singer for the rock band Counting Crows Adam Duritz talked about his time on Tinder.

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He admitted he didn’t go into it with high hopes.

“I don’t think most people would even have me on their [age] range,” he said. “Most people my age aren’t on [Tinder]. They don’t even know how to use a phone.”

Adam has previously been linked to Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Monica Potter, Samantha Mathis, Winona Ryder, and Emmy Rossum.

15. Deborah Ann Woll

Match strikes again! Deborah Ann Woll, who you may have seen as Karen Page in Netflix’s “Daredevil” or Jessica Hamby on HBO’s sexy vampire show “Trueblood,” met her boyfriend, comedian E.J. Scott, on the site in 2008.

She joked with “Good Day LA”: “I feel like we should get some money out of this.” When talking about E.J.’s choroideremia, a rare eye disease that causes blindness, she added: “He put it up on his profile, and I thought that was so brave, that he was so open about it.”

16. Jenelle Evans

Jenelle Evans (formerly Eason) is probably best-known for being one of the original moms on MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom 2.”

Photo of Jenelle Evans

When she and her former fiancé Nathan Griffith, whom she had met on a dating site, broke off their engagement, she immediately joined Tinder, Radar Online reports.

Her profile read: “Local, Surfside area. Medical assistant. Mother of two boys. Going back to school for surgical tech soon. Vacationing and looking to be thirsty for the night? I’m not the girl to talk to.”

Her profile photos included a mirror selfie, red carpet photo, and picture of her in a bikini.

17. Ronda Rousey

Professional wrestler, actress, author, and mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey gave Tinder a shot in 2015 under the name Brynn Campbell, but she told Sports Illustrated she didn’t have any luck. “S***, the only person I’m making out with is my dog,” she said.

Ronda’s past relationships include UFC fighter Brendan Schaub, and today she’s married to UFC fighter Travis Browne.

18. Hannibal Buress

Stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, who has also appeared on shows like “The Eric Andre Show,” “Broad City,” and “BoJack Horseman,” has joked about Tinder at some of his shows:

Photo of Hannibal Buress

“Everyone’s talking about Tinder,” he said. “They’re saying things like, ‘I got chlamydia from a chick off Tinder,’ or, ‘I matched with this girl on Tinder, but she turned out to be a bot advertising a TV show about online dating.'”

In 2015, he told Cosmopolitan he’s actually tried the app but didn’t really enjoy his experiences.

“I’ve used Tinder, but I have never met anybody from it,” he said. “I’ll match with people, and then they’ll reference my character from ‘Broad City,’ and then that feels weird. They’ll be like, ‘Is this really Lincoln?’ And I’m, like, ‘That’s not my real name. You see my name. It’s on the profile.’ So I’ve been on it, but I just haven’t met anybody from it.”

19. Lily Allen

British singer-songwriter Lily Allen admitted in 2015 that she loves Tinder; she actually uses it to make new friends.

“I’m a touring artist wanting to meet people abroad who don’t want to talk about the industry formally known as entertainment,” she told E News!

As of June 2018, Lily and builder and decorator Sam Cooper were divorced and sharing custody of their two children.

When It Comes to Looking for Love, We’re All in the Same Boat

It’s comforting to know celebrities have somewhat similar lives to ours and have gone through some similar experiences, especially in terms of dating. If Martha Stewart, Katy Perry, and Eric Stonestreet can put themselves out there like that, so can you. Good luck!

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