While some celebrity couples shocked us by announcing their quiet separations, others have amazed fans with their abilities to get together and break up without raising a hint of suspicion. Kaley Cuoco has had a handful of public relationships, but the romance with her “The Big Bang Theory” co-star Johnny Galecki was surprisingly sneaky.
The two first met on set and began dating in 2008, but they insisted on keeping their relationship private for the sake of the show’s fans. “[Galecki] was very protective of what the fans would think, because we wanted them to want Leonard and Penny together so badly, that if they saw us together in real life, it could ruin the fantasy,” Cuoco explained while speaking on “The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series.” After almost two years together, Galecki and Cuoco called it quits in late 2009. Thankfully, they didn’t let their relationship impact their ability to work together, and the stars remained close friends to this day.
It wasn’t until September 2010, nearly a year since they split, that Cuoco finally revealed that she and Galecki had dated. While speaking with CBS Watch! Magazine (as reported by People), she said that the secrecy around their relationship began to eat at her, saying, “Everyone was always asking, and we deny-deny-denied. … That’s not the kind of relationship I want — I don’t want to be hiding. We couldn’t do anything. It wasn’t as fun as we wanted it to be.”