Who Is Ian McKellen’s Husband? Does he Have a Partner?

Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH CBE is an English actor and director.

He has appeared in plays ranging from Shakespearean and contemporary theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction throughout his career.

However, his sexual orientation is subject to a lot of controversies.

Many fans of the now-83-year old wonder if he has any children or, for that matter, a partner. 

As you know, The Lord of The Rings star is an open book. But do you know his partner?

Is Ian McKellen in a Relationship?

Currently, Ian McKellen doesn’t have a partner.

The talented actor has managed to keep his relationships very private, away from the clutches of the media and the public.

Ian McKellen’s Husband

Ian McKellen was married twice.

First to Brian Taylor, then to Sean Mathias.

Both relationships ended in bitter divorces.

Looking at the actor’s romantic relationships, he has never maintained one for a long time.

‘I’m Going to Marry Patrick’: Stewart McKellen Relationship Explained

McKellen has had a long relationship with X-Men star Patrick Stewart, whom he openly admitted he would “marry.”

Only McKellen and Stewart know the meaning of this since nothing has leaked to the public so far.

However, the two have a long-lasting bromance that could mean they are in a serious relationship.

On the other hand, the rumor seems far-fetched since Stewart married McKellen and his first wife.

Maybe their friendship emerged from the nemesis roles each played in the 2000s blockbuster X-Men film!

The Fight For Gay Rights

“Gandalf” came out in 1988 when he made an impassioned plea for gay rights on BBC Radio Thamesmead. In his plea, he promoted public awareness about AIDS prevention during the Royal College of Nursing Congress. 

Later that year, he co-founded Stonewall UK, which is a British LGBT rights organization. The entity sought to support equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and trans people across Britain. Its membership entailed the likes of Michael Cashman, Patrick Strudwick, etc.

See: Not Hugh Jackman but THIS Actor Was The First Choice to Play Wolverine in The X-Men

Ian McKellen’s Dating History

After coming out in the open while talking about his sexuality, Ian went on to date his assistant director Nick Cuthell.

Consequently, the actor dated his long-term partner and stage manager at London’s Old Vic theatre, Sean Mathias, a British Theatre Director and former artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company.

He was 21 years younger than him, but they broke up their relationship in 2010 after 26 years. However, some sources say it wasn’t actually over, as both were spotted kissing each other in 2012!

But we can only hope so as he has never been seen with anyone else since then despite turning 84 next year! It seems no one will step forward now until Sir McKellen says anything about it himself.

End notes

Despite being a prostate cancer patient, McKellen doesn’t show it.

He is always out and about enjoying his life and success as one of the most revered actors in the world.

You can only wish him the best as he gave us his best as an actor!