Joan Jett Never Hid Her Sexuality, Yet Nobody Noticed
Joan Jett is one of the most iconic female rock artists of her generation. The icon has been at it since she was a mere 15-year-old.
She discusses her life in her music, which isn't a new thing to do. But she doesn't discuss all of it and left people to assume things about her personal life for many years.
People's assumptions about her sexuality and her enigmatic dating life have always been a subject of huge interest to rock fans and the public alike.
Is Joan Jett Married?
No, Jett isn't married. Not to the public knowledge, anyway. She's not had a husband or a wife yet (unless she's hiding things).
Jett hasn't really been the kind of person to discuss her romantic relationships in public, either. Much of her dating life is just rumors and hookups that did not become something more.
One of her first hookups dates back to the late 1900s. Jett had hooked up with Kira Roessler, an Emmy-winning musician and dialogue editor.
During an interview with Alice Bag in 2015, she revealed she had slept with Jett. "The only woman I ever had sex with was Joan Jett because she was/is so amazing," she said in the interview. However, that ended with that.
Jett's next fling was with Cherie Currie, her band member in The Runaways. Reportedly, according to a 2010 Hitfix interview, Jett and Currie had "experimented" together in 1976.
This was somewhat corroborated when Lita Ford, revealed in her memoir, Living Like A Runaway, in 2016, that she had once left the band after finding out all except one band member were interested in women.
Among these members included Jett and Cherie, who were "always together 'in a romantic way.'" She wrote, "I found out that Cherie was messing around with Joan. I was so freaked out that I quit the band."
This fling, too, doesn't seem to have resulted in anything long-term for either of them.
Her third widely reported relationship (if you could even call these that) came in the mid-2000s. This time, it was Jett and Carmen Electra, an American model and actress.
In November 2006, reports suggested Jett had been packing on the PDA with Electra after one of her concerts in Los Angeles. They apparently first got close after Electra appeared on Jett's music video in May that year.
A few reports followed which claimed that Jett had planned to attend the Dinah Shore Weekend in California, also known as the "lesbian prom," in March 2007, with her reported partner.
The alleged breakup wasn't the end of their friendship, though, as Electra appeared at a Jett concert as recently as March 2014 to support her reportedly former girlfriend.
ðŸŽ‚ Happy Birthday Joan Jett! @joanjett This is us doing the pogo at the Slash Magazine loft for the “Welcome To LA party for Devo. It was a wild night- lots of us wound up on the floor rolling around like maniacs ðŸ˜‚ Photo by Jenny Lens ðŸ–¤ðŸ§·ðŸ–¤#70spunk pic.twitter.com/sjsZP4qO8W — Pleasant Gehman (@PleasantGehman1) September 22, 2021
There are many other rumors about Jett's dating life, with people like Chuck Zito, John Lydon, Billy Idol, Dee Dee Ramone, Pleasant Gehman, Tom Petersson, and Danny Bonaduce, but nothing to suggest those actually happened.
Is Joan Jett a Lesbian?
Other than her dating life, Jett has also always refrained from making explicit statements about her sexuality.
From her early days in the spotlight, people have always speculated if she was lesbian or bisexual. However, she has never added to those rumors.
When talking to Out Magazine in 1994, she refused to put any label on herself and asked people to "assume away" instead. "I'm saying believe what you want," she said.
Joan Jett. (Photo: Instagram)
And in 2006, when asked if she was a lesbian, she said, "I never made any kind of statement about my personal life on any level. I never made any proclamations."
But in 2018, when a New York Times interviewer asked her to comment on her sexuality and how she had never come out publicly, she pointed toward her necklace, which was "Two labryses, or axes, crossing each other, inside of two women’s symbols crossing each other," and a similar tattoo on her lower back.
"I don’t know how much more you can declare," she snapped back but also didn't want to give people the satisfaction of having gotten to her.
"I’m not going to be told how to live and how I can be myself," she said. "The more you want me to say it, the more I won’t say it."