Does Bill Maher Have a Wife or Girlfriend? His Relationship History Explored

Bill Maher does not have a wife and has never been married, however, he has been in a relationship with Anjulie Persaud, an Ontario-born singer who has been his girlfriend since 2014. He has also dated several other women in the past, including Coco Johnsen, Karrine Steffans, and Cara Santa Maria.

Bill Maher, like many other comedians, has courted controversy and gotten into trouble for the things he has said. Unlike most comedians, though, he continues to forge ahead and carve a niche for himself. He has gained a reputation as a fearless political commentator and mastered the art of infusing comedy into discussions about real-life events.

Bill Maher’s private life is also filled with drama and interesting occurrences ranging from his preference for black women to his comments about the institution of marriage. All of these are why Bill Maher is a fascinating and controversial public figure.

Bill Maher Has Mostly Dated Black Women

Of the many women that Bill Maher has been romantically linked to, he has only dated one non-black woman, the famous science commentator, Cara Santa Maria. On every other occasion, it has been with a black woman. As a result, fans and the media began speculating that Maher might be into black women only.

In response to these claims, Maher revealed that he is into women who are real and honest, and it is a coincidence that these women happen to be black. Based on his comments, it would seem that he is not actively searching out black women to date.

The comedian has dated more than his fair share of women so far. While his relationships do not last, they are certainly not short on drama. He has been in a relationship with no fewer than 26 women and the following are the significant ones.

Bill Maher and Coco Johnsen (2003 – 2004)

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In 2003, he began a relationship with Coco Johnsen, an African-American who was a former playboy cyber girl. The relationship lasted for a year and a half, ending in 2004.

Bill Maher’s life is an entertaining one that is not short on drama. For instance, he got hit with a lawsuit after his relationship with Coco came to an end. She brought a $9 million palimony lawsuit against the comedian, claiming she was subjected to verbal and physical abuse, including denigrating racial comments.

Further claims by Coco include a promise of marriage which made her quit her job as a flight attendant. Maher denied claims of abuse in any form, neither did he admit that he promised her marriage.

He cited his very public views on marriage as evidence and also denied promising financial support to her. Before the comedian, Coco had accused an ex of kidnapping and rape in 1997. On May 2, 2005, Coco’s case against Maher was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Bill Maher and Karrine Steffans (2005 – 2006)

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In 2005, Bill Maher began dating another African-American woman, Karrine Steffans. At this point, Maher was 50 years old, and Steffans was 26. Karrine Steffans is the author of the Vixen books series. She also worked as a video vixen and wrote a book called Confessions of a Video Vixen.

The book detailed her numerous sexual encounters with rappers, actors, and athletes. Steffans had nice things to say about Maher after their breakup and was especially impressed by his willingness to bond with her son and keep himself open and honest.

Bill Maher and Cara Santa Maria (2009 – 2011)

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Bill Maher dated Cara Santa Maria from 2009 to 2011. She is a science commentator and host of various podcasts, including Talk Nerdy and The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe.

She is known for battling major depressive disorder and taking antidepressants daily. The decision to break up was a mutual one and was very amicable. Despite their breakup, Maher and Santa Maria have remained friendly and continue to support each other’s respective endeavor.

Who Is Bill Maher Dating Now?

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Bill Maher began dating Canadian singer and songwriter, Anjulie Persaud in 2014. She is of Indo-Guyanese descent and has collaborated with musical heavyweights like Drake, Kelly Clarkson, and Nicki Minaj. The two have remained together to date.

Bill Maher May Not Be Getting Married Anytime Soon

Bill Maher is proudly not a fan of marriage, he holds the belief that it is a form of slavery. The TV host once revealed that he is the only unmarried person amongst his group of friends. As such, their wives want him to stay away.

The comedian is not worried about that. As far as he is concerned, he has escaped the slavery of marriage and would extend his salvation to others by spreading his message of freedom.

His stance did look like it would shake a little while he was dating Cara Santa Maria; it circulated that he was considering getting married to the science communicator. That didn’t happen and Bill remains a bachelor.


Is Bill Maher Married?

Bill Maher is not and has never been married. Speaking of marriage, he is quoted on his website as saying that he is the last of his guy friends to have never gotten married, and their wives do not want them playing with him. “I’m like the escaped slave—I bring news of freedom.”

Is Bill Maher Gay?

Even though he has not said so, there is absolutely nothing that indicates Bill Maher might be gay. He has a record of dating women, especially black women, and he is currently in a relationship with singer Anjulie Persaud whom he started dating in 2014.

Is Bill Maher Trans

Bill Maher was born a male on January 20, 1956, and has remained a male to date, so he is not a transgender.


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