Raven-Symoné has never been one to shout it from the rooftops when she enters a new relationship (which explains why Raven-Symoné’s reported dating history is so short and sweet). So when the actor suddenly announced on Instagram that she was not only in a relationship, but had actually gotten married to her now-wife Miranda Pearman-Maday, it was a double shock — albeit a really fun and exciting one.
The marriage marks a happy ending for the once-closeted star, who’d said in an interview for the It Got Better docu-series that she never thought she’d be able to come out. “I never thought I would … because my personal life didn’t matter,” she explained. “It only mattered what could be sold as part of the Raven-Symoné brand.” The star admitted realizing she was gay at age 12, yet she pushed herself to try and be attracted to boys, thinking she would eventually marry one. It wasn’t until she went to college at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco that she was finally able to fully be herself and embrace her sexuality. “I had support there beyond belief, and that was the first time I felt like I didn’t have to have a beard," she said. "I didn’t have to have a man standing beside me because I [was] in love with a girl.” It was then that Raven-Symoné decided she had to come out to her family and the rest of the world.
Here are the people that the Raven’s Home star has reportedly dated along the way.
Orlando Brown (2003)
Raven-Symoné reportedly dated her That’s So Raven co-star Orlando Brown, who played her best friend Eddie during the first season of the show. While Raven-Symoné has not spoken about the relationship, Brown confessed to still having feelings for his former co-star as recently as 2018, going so far as to have her face tattooed on his neck (she was unimpressed by the gesture). And in an interview on Dr. Phil, Brown revealed that he intended to ask Raven-Symoné to marry him. (Elite Daily reached out to Raven-Symoné’s rep for comments on her reported romance with Brown, but did not hear back by the time of publication.)
Lil J aka Jonathan Richard McDaniel (2003-2007)
Brown’s not the only That’s So Raven co-star that Raven-Symoné was connected to. She and Lil J (who Raven-Symoné now appears alongside on the series reboot Raven’s Home) reportedly dated for four years. (Elite Daily reached out to Raven-Symoné’s rep for comments on her reported romance with Lil J, but did not hear back by the time of publication.)
Jussie Smollett (2007-2011)
Following her reported relationship with Lil J, Raven-Symoné reportedly dated her Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, although she has since set the record straight on the rumored relationship, telling The Hollywood Reporter that they were best friends. “We never had a romantic relationship, but we definitely, living in method-acting worlds, acted how we normally would. It was very natural and easy," she told the publication. "I’m happy that he was as excited to work with me as I was excited to work with him. We had never really worked together. We did a little music together prior to him being on the show, but as my best friend, normally we act like that when we’re out in a club having fun.” Smollett also came out as gay on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015.
AzMarie Livingston (2012-2015)
Raven-Symoné came out on Twitter while celebrating marriage equality in August 2013, saying “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.” The following year in October 2014, Raven-Symoné opened up about her relationship with model and actor AzMarie Livingston to Oprah Winfrey on Where Are They Now. “I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner, a woman. On the other side, my mother and people in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible, but I am proud to be who I am and what I am,” she told Winfrey, although the star resisted labeling her sexuality. “I don’t need language. I don’t need a categorizing statement for it. I don’t want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled,” she said. Raven-Symoné and Livingston split in October 2015.
Miranda Pearman-Maday (Married June 18, 2020)
Taking a look back at Raven-Symoné’s dating history really puts into perspective how surprising it was that she shared her marriage update so publicly, but also why, although welcome, it seemed to come so totally out of the blue. In her Instagram announcement, Raven-Symoné revealed that she had tied the knot with Miranda Pearman-Maday in a private backyard ceremony. She shared a photo of the newlywed couple all smiles, with the caption: “I got married to a woman who understands me from trigger to joy, from breakfast to midnight snack, from stage to home. I love you Mrs. Pearman-Maday! Let’s tear this world a new a**hole!!! I’s married NOW."
The marriage announcement marked the first time that either Raven-Symoné or Perman-Maday had posted about their relationship. This of course means that everything from how the two first met and fell in love, to how they ended up walking down the aisle, is still a mystery. Honestly, insisting on privacy and keeping us all on our toes, well, that’s so Raven-Symoné.
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