Who Is Jonathan Bailey’s Partner? ‘Bridgerton’ Star Says He's Dating a 'Lovely Man'

Including his dating history and relationship status

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The Duke of Hastings was all the rage in season one of Bridgerton, but sideburn king Anthony Bridgerton took the spotlight in the show’s second installment. Millions of viewers devoured the entirety of season two, which follows the 9th Viscount Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, and his love triangle with two sisters.

Since then, the British-born actor has continued to win over audiences with his appearances in the steamy Showtime series Fellow Travelers and the West End revival of Cock. Oh, and he will also portray Fiyero in both Wicked: Part One and Wicked: Part Two, which will premiere in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

But with all these romantic roles to his name, inquiring minds still want to know: Is Jonathan Bailey taken IRL? And if so, who is the actor’s partner? Well, we did some sleuthing à la Lady Whistledown and learned that the 35-year-old actor is indeed taken. Careful to avoid details, Bailey told The Standard that he is seeing a "lovely man" and that "it's not secret, but it's private."

Keep reading for details on Jonathan Bailey’s partner.

1. Who Is Jonathan Bailey’s Partner?

Bailey confirmed that he's currently in a relationship while speaking with The Standard in December 2023. However, he prefers to keep the details of his love life private.

According to the outlet, he didn't reveal a name, but Bailey did say that he's seeing “a lovely man.” He added, “Having a private life is, for me, completely critical. I don't know if I would be able to be as confident to speak out on other things if I felt that my whole life was up for grabs.”

2. What Is His Dating History?

Unfortunately, Bailey hasn’t shared details about his dating history. While speaking with GQ about his personal life, the actor explained why he originally hid his sexuality when breaking into the Hollywood industry. He recalled overhearing a fellow actor being told, “[There are] two things we don't want to know: if you're an alcoholic or if you're gay.”

Bailey said, “All it takes is for one of those people in that position of power to say that, and it ripples through. So, yeah, of course I thought that. Of course, I thought that in order to be happy, I needed to be straight.”

He continued, “I reached a point where I thought, ‘F**k this.’ I'd much prefer to hold my boyfriend's hand in public or be able to put my own face picture on Tinder and not be so concerned about that than getting a part.”

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3. Is He Dating James Ellis?

You may have noticed that Bailey casually referred to a “boyfriend” during his GQ interview in 2022. It’s likely that he didn’t use the term literally, but it’s worth noting that the Bridgerton star attended The Olivier Awards with James Ellis back in 2019. And in 2021, the two were spotted having dinner in Notting Hill, which sparked even more dating rumors.

In one notable moment, Bailey actually kissed Ellis before he walked onto the stage to accept his Olivier Award in 2019. Then, during his acceptance speech, the actor discussed the importance of his show, Company, in the history of queer storytelling. “You know, at a time where acknowledging the very existence of LGBTQ people in our schools is being questioned, we have been able to, as a company, show a lovely and celebratory snapshot of gay love,” Bailey said. “That LGBTQ people really aren't that different. We're not that different. We are just as anxious, and we're just as flawed and desperate to fall in love as everyone else. Thank you to the cast, this is for you!”

Despite kissing Ellis (and talking about love) at the Olivier Awards, neither Bailey nor his rumored partner confirmed that they were officially dating, so it’s likely that the two are just good friends.

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4. Did Bailey Date Pippa Bennett-Warner?

Once again, Bailey hasn’t publicly discussed his dating history, but he and British actress Bennett-Warner have been spotted at several outings together, with their most recent pics being taken in November 2018. Not surprisingly, fans were quick to label the two as a couple. But since neither confirmed that they were in a romantic relationship, we’ll take those rumors with a grain of salt.

5. Did Bailey Date Matt Bomer?

Although Bailey and Matt Bomer’s chemistry may be quite convincing on Fellow Travelers, that was all just acting.

Bomer has been married to publicist Simon Halls since 2011, and they've welcomed three children via surrogacy.

However, Bomer and Bailey appear to be friends based on their social media interactions. The White Collar actor is often seen commenting on Bailey’s posts, like this carousel, where the Bridgerton star showed off his tennis skills and Bomer commented, “That forehand!”

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6. Is It True that Bailey's Life Was Threatened for Being Gay?

The actor detailed a disturbing story about an encounter with a homophobic man at a coffee shop after he attended an LGBTQ+ event.

Per The Standard, Bailey recalled, "He got my cap, and he pulled it off my head and he threw it across the room and he said, ‘Get out of this f***ing coffee shop, you queer."

After putting his cap back on, the guy added, “If you don't take that cap off, I'm gonna f***ing shoot you.” Fortunately, a woman named Angela walked up and started to record the encounter. Bailey said, “Angela, she came up, and she got her phone out and she said, ‘I'm recording this message, I think you are welcome in this country. And what you're saying, I think, is appalling.’ That happened sort of five minutes in, and he left.”

The Bridgerton star continued, "My life was threatened. My body believed it; my brain didn't, and it took me a while to really catch up with it. But I've got friends and security. There are so many people that don't. They are surrounded by that every day, and the torment of what that must be like, the amount of fear that was generated... If that's what children are surrounded by, they're not going to be able to grow in any way. And of course, that's not just an American story. It's international. And it's terrifying, that [here in the U.K.] we're not looking after queer people, in terms of allowing them into the country. Because that is the reality; people’s lives are literally at risk.”

7. Will Jonathan Bailey Appear in Bridgerton Season Three?

Single or not, the actor is reprising his role in the show’s third season. During an interview with Deadline, Simone Ashley (who portrays Bailey's on-screen love interest, Kate Sharma) revealed that she and Bailey will be returning for the Regency drama.

“We’re going to be back!” Ashley said. “Kate and Anthony are just getting started...In season two, there was a lot of push and pull between Kate and Anthony, there were complications with the family, and then they find each other towards the end. I think everything is just starting. I’d like to see Kate just let go a bit more and play more in season three and kind of swim in that circle of love together. I think they both deserve it.”

But since the next installment will focus on Colin, Bailey will probably have a smaller story line. (You know, similar to how Daphne became a guest star after season one.)

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