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The 10 Most Misunderstood Polyamorous Celebrity Relationships

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Most celebrity polyamorous relationships, like non-celebrity ones, are misunderstood to some degree. Celebrities are under more scrutiny than others, even though they are just trying to figure out their relationships like everyone else. Here are the most misunderstood polyamorous celebrity relationships.

There are several types of polyamorous relationships, including throuples (groups of three who are all in a relationship), hierarchical polyamory (where someone has one primary partner and several others who are lower priority), and solo poly (where one person is dating multiple people but considers themselves their primary partner).

Even though one in nine Americans have been polyamorous at some point, there is a lot of stigma surrounding polyamory, with some people assuming that those in these relationships aren't as committed or devoted to their partners as those who are monogamous. However, there are many types of poly relationships that are very deep and meaningful. Thankfully, these 10 polyamorous celebrity relationships are helping to clear up these misconceptions.

1. Bella Thorne, Mod Sun, and Tana Mongeau

Bella Thorne dated rapper Mod Sun and YouTuber Tana Mongeau in 2017. "I love loving two people at once. I love sharing stories with three people in one room," Thorne told Cosmopolitan in 2019. "At this point in my life, I want to find what makes me the happiest."

She says that many people will start off confused about polyamory, but then be excited about it once they realize what it actually is.

2. Frankie Grande, Daniel Sonasohn, and Mike Pophis

In 2018, Frankie Grande opened up about dating a married couple—lawyer Daniel Sonasohn and doctor Mike Pophis—making the three a throuple. (The third partner in a throuple is sometimes known as a unicorn in dating.)

He told Us Weekly, “Mike and Daniel are both extraordinary people and I think the world of them. Each of them complete me in different ways and I am honored to be in this very special, very fun relationship.”

3. Willow Smith

While she didn't reveal who she was polyamorous with, Willow Smith said on "Red Table Talk" that she had practiced polyamory.

"With polyamory, I think the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that's what everyone around you says is the right thing to do, " she said. "I was like, how can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind?"

4. Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller has talked about being in a polycule—a group of people who are all dating one another.

He told Playboy that his favorite thing about this is belonging to a group where he fits in: “I’m trying to find queer beings who understand me as a queer being off the bat, who I make almost a familial connection with, and I feel like I’m married to them 25 lifetimes ago from the moment we meet. And then they are in the squad — the polycule. And I know they’re going to love everyone else in the polycule because we’re in the polycule, and we love each other so much.”

5. Yungblud

Yungblud came out as polyamorous in 2020, saying that he misunderstood the label himself before he embraced it.

“I probably would say now, I am polyamorous. Before I didn’t f***ing know what I was,” he told Attitude. “I was meeting people and learning… by meeting them and talking about sexuality and gender, I [was] going, ‘Oh my f***ing God, maybe I’m this.'"

6. Kehlani and YG

After her partner YG was caught kissing another woman—an incident portrayed as a scandal in the media—Kehlani clarified that this was allowed in their relationship. She explained on "The Breakfast Club": "I'm lowkey saying sh*t can go down, as long as everything is communicated because everyone's adults."

She described their relationship as an "open relationship"—something similar to polyamory, except that connections with others tend to be primarily physical rather than romantic.

7. Bob the Drag Queen

In a 2020 YouTube video called "My Two Boyfriends," Bob the Drag Queen introduces his partners, Jacob and Ezra. He explains, "We're not a throuple." Instead, he dates each of them separately.

8. Derrick Barry

Derrick Barry, another RuPaul's Drag Race alum, and his two boyfriends were featured in the documentary RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue. His throuple includes him, artist Nick San Pedro, and drag queen Mackenzie Claude had existed for eight years. According to Barry, "throuples are the new thing."

9. Nico Tortorella and Bethany Meyers

Younger actor Nico Tortorella and their spouse Bethany C. Meyers have described their relationship as "queer polyamorous." Meyers wrote on Instagram, "We became polyamorous without ever really trying, and we let each other go so often; I guess we finally realized it’s the reason we are impenetrable. It’s hard to break something that bends.”⁣

10. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

While not strictly polyamorous, Will Smith has said that he and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, are non-monogamous.

“We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way," he said in an interview with GQ. "And marriage for us can’t be a prison. And I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”

Open Your Mind to New Possibilities

As Will Smith points out, polyamory isn't for everybody and often requires more work than monogamy. However, for many people, it can fulfill needs for sexual and romantic variety, flexibility, and more. If you're interested in exploring a polyamorous relationship, you can use a dating app like BeNaughty, eharmony, or any of the best LGBTQ+ dating sites, and express this interest on your profile.

If you're in a relationship and think you may want to go down this road, read this article about what a unicorn is and how to find one.

Take it from these celebrities: Once you open your mind, you may discover things about yourself that you never expected.

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Suzannah Weiss is a writer, certified sex educator, and sex/love coach.