Finding love in Hollywood has proven to be a tricky process for many actors and actresses. Not only must they maintain a semblance of normalcy within the relationship, but they must also deal with being under the constant scrutiny of fans and paparazzi.
Although some celebrity couples have found a way to survive together in showbiz, many others have found themselves breaking up or divorcing multiple times over.
However, in the midst of the many Hollywood breakup stories. X-Men star Michael Fassbender and Tomb Raider lead Alicia Vikander may have found the right balance to sustain a happy relationship.
Meeting briefly in 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival, the future couple reunited on the set of The Light Between Oceans the following year. Whiling working to accurately portray the love between their characters Tom and Isabel Sherbourne, they found their own special chemistry that translated into true love.
The two began dating soon after and have maintained a relationship for almost three years since then. Despite having other public relationships in the past, the couple continues to keep a solid bubble of privacy around their personal lives.
With no intention of profiting from their fame as a couple, Fassbender and Vikander try to live as a normal couple as much as possible.
In this article, we will reveal more secrets behind the couple from their early beginnings to their latest gossip headlines.
Here are the 16 Secrets Behind Alicia Vikander And Michael Fassbender’s Marriage.
16 Michael's Many Short-lived Relationships
Since making his debut in Band of Brothers in 2001, Michael Fassbender’s career steadily grew over the years from his TV appearances.
Expanding his stardom with both roles on TV shows and TV movies, it took almost five years before making his first big screen debut. Playing Stelios in Zach Snyder’s 300 in 2006, his movie career benefited from roles such as Bobby Sands in Hunger and Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method.
However, his role as Magneto in X-Men: First Class brought a new level of popularity and fame for the German-Irish actor, making him more of a household name for the American public.
As such, he began to catch the interest of fellow actresses in Hollywood which led him down a path of several short-lived but noted relationships over the years.
According to ABC News, Fassbender’s past love exploits included First Class co-star Zoe Kravitz and Shame co-star Nicole Beharie, with the latter relationship ending after only seven months.
His romantic past also included women outside of Hollywood. These included rumored romances with Olympic heptathlete Louise Hazel and Romanian model Madalina Ghenea.
Fassbender was speculated to have romantic entanglements with supermodel Naomi Campbell back in 2014.
Even Fassbender admitted to his history of short-lived romances, sharing with GQ, “I think the longest relationship that I've been in was two years," he said. "I started doing this [acting] when I was 17, so I guess in my dating, adult life, that kind of covers it.'"
15 Alicia Almost Got Married
Around the same time that Fassbender debuted on the big screen, his future wife Alicia Vikander began her acting career.
Although initially admitted into law school, Vikander decided to pursue a career in acting. Her career began in her native home of Sweden with several short movies and TV shows.
She gained significant fame thereafter, starring in the Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn for two years. Her movie career took a little more time to develop than her husband, slowing developing in 2010 with her appearance in Pure.
However, by 2014, Vikander’s role as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth brought her a lot recognition.
During her rise to stardom, she found time to pursue love with True Blood actor and fellow Swedish native Alexander Skarsgård.
However, unlike her husband’s brief romantic escapades, her relationship with Skarsgård almost led to a lifetime commitment. IB Times reported that he felt that “he's met his best friend and can really see himself marrying Alicia.”
Considering the fact that this statement came after only one year of dating, the two seemed to be getting very serious, very quickly.
Unfortunately, the couple did not last and they eventually ended their relationship. However, this opened the door for Fassbender and Vikander to begin their own link in the next few years.
14 Their First Meeting Was On A Dance Floor
Given that their rise to fame began at significantly different times (and locations in the world), Fassbender and Vikander would not have seemed likely to cross paths.
Fassbender’s acting career started taking off with American movies while Vikander was just beginning to reach a more international audience.
However, as fate would have it, they eventually found each other in the midst of their acting pursuits.
In 2013, the Toronto International Film Festival brought the two stars together to the same location for the first time.
Fassbender attended as part of the cast for 12 Years A Slave, while Vikander made an appearance thanks to her role as Anke Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate. The two stars met for the first time at this event and even managed to share a tender moment together unexpectedly.
Years after they began their relationship, Vikander and Fassbender shared the story of their first meeting.
They told ET, “'We had met at Toronto Film Festival and just on the dance floor." Fassbender chimed in, "I thought [I was a good dancer] until she started dancing and then I felt like I had two left feet.'"
As romantic as this chance encounter was, this did not spark the beginning of their romance. However, it did serve to introduce them to one another and eventually led to their relationship.
13 Alicia was A Fan of Her Future Husband Before They Met
Given the 11-year difference in their age, Fassbender certainly has a head start in acting. As his body of worked continued to expand beyond his TV appearances, more critics took notice of his acting abilities.
Beginning in 2008, Fassbender started receiving nominations and award for his roles in various projects. His recognition included British Independent Film Awards, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.
He even received the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his role in Inglourious Basterds in 2009.
His varied body of work made him a desired casting choice in Hollywood and turned him into a valuable asset to any project. His attachment to the movie adaptation of M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans caught not only the attention of the entertainment world, but also of his future wife as well.
Vikander admitted to being a fan of her future husband long before they met in 2013. In fact, it was his significant body of work and acting talent that got her interested in becoming involved in The Light Between Oceans.
According to Vogue, she “knew that Michael was attached to play Tom, and I think he’s one of the most brilliant actors out there ... I was up for the game, but I was very nervous.”
Thankfully, her pursuit was not in vain and her talent won over casting directors, leading to her playing Isabel opposite Fassbender.
12 They Reconnected On The Set Of Their Movie
Even after their chance meeting in 2013, Fassbender and Vikander did not initiate a romance afterwards. They continued on their separate career paths without any further interactions.
However, with the final casting for The Light Between Oceans completed, they were finally brought back together on set. During the long hours of rehearsals and filming, the couple began spending a lot of time together.
As their characters grow to love one another in the movie, the two stars began a parallel relationship in real life.
They worked to build a convincing romance for the movie by spending time with one another and becoming more comfortable on set.
Vikander even noted that she initially felt “terrified and very alone" when she first arrived on the set of The Light Between Oceans but was immediately put at ease by Michael. In fact, one of the ways that they spent time together connected back to their initial meeting just a year prior.
In an interview with Glamour Magazine UK, the couple stated that they would spend time dancing together onset.
“After that, the pair got close while filming The Light Between Oceans and often had a little boogie in the mornings [on set] to keep warm," they said.
The 27-year-old actress said, ‘There was a load of dancing in the mornings, actually.’
According to Fassbender, it was extremely cold and thus the two found themselves spending more and more time together.
11 The Chemistry Was Immediate Between Them
When an actor and actress are brought together on a project that involves a romantic theme, they try their best to portray an on-screen couple as best they can.
Whether this means spending time together onset or simply working rehearsal time, they do what they must to build the type of on-screen chemistry that will make audiences swoon.
In The Light Between Oceans, Fassbender and Vikander portray characters from two walks of life who fall in love with one another. While they hoped to convey their passion accurately on-screen, they also soon developed feelings for each other behind the scenes.
Although it took almost a year for the future couple to reunite, they still kept the same chemistry from their initial meeting. Their time onset together reminded them of how attracted they were to each other, which resulted in a fiery on-screen portrayal.
Heavy reported that Fassbender recalled that “the chemistry was immediate, the spark, the intensity. I said early on, ‘This girl frightens me.' The Academy Award nominee added that Vikander was ‘so fierce and brave... it kind of bowled me over.’”
Their natural chemistry made working together much more comfortable and helped to create an unforgettable on-screen performance.
10 They Lived Together On Set For Over A Month
Unaware of the previous encounter at the Toronto International Film Festival, director Derek Cianfrance approached the on-screen couple about their on-screen portrayal.
Although they both felt the makings of something more profound between them, Cianfrance was unaware of the budding on-set romance.
He was set on creating the best on-screen romance that he was capable of molding, and thus he took drastic measures to ensure Fassbender and Vikander developed the kind of relationship that audiences would fall in love with.
Although typical methods usually involve additional rehearsals and bonding exercises, Cianfrance decided to pursue a different approach to being the two stars together. E! News detailed how the director helped to develop their on-screen chemistry.
Vikander explained that the two were "forced to live together for a month in the middle of nowhere while filming The Light Between the Oceans.” Although Fassbender was initially hesitant about the idea, he eventually gave in and accepted their “unique bonding process.”
Cianfrance only tried this method for the benefit of his movie, but their time together had lasting effects on their personal relationship and helped to build more chemistry between the two stars.
Although their romance began while filming the project, the couple did not announce that they were officially dating until December 2014.
9 They Made Their Awards-Show Debut as a Couple in 2016
After their time together on The Light Between the Oceans, Fassbender and Vikander officially began dating in 2014.
Although their initial relationship remained relatively under the radar, the press soon began speculating that their on-screen romances had become an off-screen love affair.
The filming process for the movie took several years to complete, giving the budding couple time to get to know one another and spend hours together on set.
While their real-life relationship benefited from all of the time they spent together, so did their characters’ natural chemistry in the movie. The couple spent months together, with filming taking place in Australia and New Zealand.
Even after production concluded, they continued to pursue their romance in privacy, giving very few details to the press over the years. Fans of the couple had to wait patiently for them to come out as a couple in Hollywood.
The time finally arrived with the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. Fassbender and Vikander appeared together as a couple and even shared a table during the awards ceremony.
Not only did they arrive for the first time as a couple at the awards show, but both stars were also nominated for awards.
People Magazine reported that Vikander was nominated for roles in The Danish Girl and Ex Machina with Fassbender being recognized for portrayal in Steve Jobs.
8 They Are Both Academy Award Nominees With Vikander Making History
Although Fassbender began as the most recognizable star, Vikander’s fame continued to rise over the years. After finally making it in film, her roles in the late 2010s made her more recognizable to audiences outside of Sweden.
Starring in notable movies such as Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, and Jason Bourne helped her gain a name for herself.
Soon, she became recognized not just for her looks, but also for her talent as an up-and-coming actress in Hollywood.
Eventually, the couple became well-recognized actors in show business with undeniable acting skills. In fact, both stars have been nominated for several awards, including the prestigious Academy Awards.
While Fassbender received nominations for Best Supporting Actor in 2014 and Best Actor in 2016, Vikander managed to best her husband with a win. In 2016, she walked away with the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl.
Not only is she the only Oscar-winner in their household, but she also holds a district recognition in her home country of Sweden.
According to IMDB, Vikander is “one of six Swedish actors to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others are Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Ann-Margret, Lena Olin, and Max von Sydow.”
In addition, she is the first Swede to win an Academy Award since Ingrid Bergman achieved the feat in 1975 for Murder on the Orient Express.
7 They Moved In Together During Her Filming of Tomb Raider
As is often the case with many Hollywood couples, relationships can become strained when two famous stars try to maintain a healthy relationship.
Since the start of their relationship in 2014, the couple continued to work on building stable careers in Hollywood. Fassbender continued his work with recurring roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and a new role in Assassin's Creed.
Although Assassin's Creed as a whole wasn’t well received, his role in Alien: Covenant still made a huge impact on his career.
Expanding not only her career but her presence in Hollywood, Vikander opened her own production company in 2016 called Vikarious and starred in its first movie Euphoria.
Vikander later accepted the lead role as Lara Craft in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise.
However, the couple's acting pursuits made it difficult for them to spend adequate time together. With the two being three years into their relationship, they decided to take the next step as a couple.
The Daily Mail reported that in 2017 that “Michael and Alicia have moved in together officially after she had to spend so much time in the UK filming the new Tomb Raider movie. He'd never properly lived with a girlfriend before, but they are seriously loved up. They have a lot of places they call home but this is the only place that is officially both of theirs, and they are thrilled.”
6 They Have Intentionally Kept Their Relationship Private
Fassbender and Vikander grew as both performers and lovers over the years. Early on in their careers, both were involved in highly publicized relationships that gained a lot of attention from the media.
While Fassbender dated many actresses in Hollywood, Vikander gained attention for her long-term relationship with Skarsgård.
However, as many Hollywood couples discover, the best way to maintain a healthy relationship in showbiz is to preserve as much privacy as possible. The couple took this advice to heart and did whatever they could to keep their private life just that: private.
They chose to maintain their stardom separately and kept their appearances together at a minimum.
Vogue noted that “Despite the fact that in 2016 she was nominated for The Danish Girl and him for Steve Jobs, a veritable fait accompli, they did not deign to grant joint interviews to any red carpet reporters. In a confusing twist, they don’t seem to want to use their relationship for personal gain.”
Not only do they cherish their relationship enough to keep to themselves, but they also respect each other’s respective careers.
Although a few stories and pictures of them together have been leaked by tabloids, they continue to develop their relationship behind closed doors.
5 They Were Rumors That the Couple Had Broken Up in 2015 and 2017
Even as they continued to be perceived as the perfect private Hollywood couple, gossip magazines and tabloids began to scrutinize their every move.
From off-set photos to their brief interactions at red carpet events, the paparazzi and press became more determined than ever to capture the couple together.
In addition to writing stories about their very private yet happy relationship, some publishers decided to take an opposite approach and spread rumors about the couple that did not maintain their “fairy tale” story.
Back in 2015, US Weekly reported that the couple has split up after just nine months of dating. Whether their “source” was accurate or not, the couple seemed to continue their relationship after the article was published.
However, they found themselves in headlines again in 2017, when rumors of their split resurfaced again. This time, the story came from Celeb Dirty Laundry and focused on how the 2017 Academy Awards was proof of their split.
They reported that “the assumption was that they were still together, until the Oscars this past Sunday. It seems like the expectation was that with Alicia Vikander back at the Oscars as a presenter, people assumed that Michael Fassbender would be joining her as her date. But alas, he was nowhere to be found in her vicinity. In fact, forget being Alicia’s date, he wasn’t even at the Oscars to begin with.”
However, Gossip Cop published a story stating the opposite, noting a source who said that the couple was still together and very happy.
4 Alicia’s Bachelorette Party Involved Kidnapping
In late 2017, more rumors spread about the couple, but this time, the news was connected to a happy event.
The couple supposedly got engaged secretly and were in the midst of planning their nuptials. Just like the years of keeping their budding relationship to themselves, most of the details of both their engagements and upcoming wedding were kept out of the gossip magazines.
In fact, details of their special day weren't revealed until after the couple had been officially married.
Vikander decided to share some of her experiences with the engagement and wedding with the press in the aftermath. While revealing the details of her wedding, she shared an interesting story about her bachelorette party, which took place just a few weeks before the couple officially tied the knot.
W Magazine detailed the events as told by Vikander: “I was there [in Paris] for the Louis Vuitton show and suddenly got a text that says, 'Go out. We need you right now… They kidnapped me for 24 hours!"
The magazine further shared that, “while getting kidnapped in Paris sounds like a situation only Liam Neeson could free you from, Vikander's friends released her willingly after a fun-filled day and night.”
It sounds like it was well worth the kidnapping.
3 They Secretly Married in Ibiza and Honeymooned in Italy
Although the news of Fassbender and Vikander’s impending wedding managed to be leaked to the public, very few details were shared of the couple’s happy day.
They decided to marry in October 2017 in Ibiza, a location that the couple had previously vacationed at earlier that year. Although paparazzi managed to snap photos of their previous visit, the wedding itself never made it to any papers.
Vikander shared with Brides that their privacy is of the utmost importance to them. She stated, "It's not about being secretive."
She continued: "It's just about choosing the few things that you keep private."
This privacy has, apparently, served the couple well: "I feel I'm more happy and content than I've ever been.”
The few pictures from the wedding show the couple taking pictures with their guests in very casual attire.
It was even reported that they got married in an eco-friendly hotel. After their weekend wedding with friends and family in Spain, the couple flew to Italy for their honeymoon.
Though most of the details of their trip remain a secret, paparazzi did capture photos of the two together donning their new wedding bands and looking very happy together.
It wasn’t until after their honeymoon that the couple did a few select interviews to confirm that they had, in fact, tie the knot.
2 Guests were Given Specific Secret Instructions For The Wedding
Despite some “sources” leaking details about their wedding, the attendees of the wedding have remained tight-lipped about the events that occurred.
Not only were they given limited details about the event itself (aside from the date and time), but their expected arrival to the event was kept a secret as well.
Moreover, out of respect for the loving couple, the guests went along with the secrecy to help keep their special day just between their loved ones.
The Mirror reported “the details of the party are being kept under lock and key,’ the insider explained, before revealing some details about the supposed nuptials. Guests have been told to arrive in Ibiza on a certain date, and they will then be collected and taken to the hotel. He’s [Michael] splashing out big time, and it’s going to be the party of the year.”
The few photos released of the wedding (thanks to the paparazzi) show guests and the happy couple in very casual beach attire happily taking pictures together.
Given the fact that they had spent more than three years keeping their relationship out of the tabloids, it is good to see that their loved ones care enough to respect their privacy.
To this day, no additional photos have been released of the ceremony.
1 Domestic Abuse Allegations Against Fassbender
Despite a few breakup rumors back in 2015 and 2017, Vikander and Fassbender have maintained a relatively scandal-free relationship.
Along with retaining some distance while sharing the spotlight, the couple has managed to keep the details of their developing relationship out of the tabloids. However, recent allegations against Fassbender have dragged both him and his new wife into an unfavorable spotlight.
Indiewire reported that Fassbender’s former girlfriend, Sunawin “Leasi” Andrews, stated that she was abused by the actor back in 2009.
They stated that “Andrews filed a restraining order in March 2010, requesting Fassbender stay at least 100 yards away from her and her two children. She also sought $24,000 to pay for medical bills that were the result of the injuries she says she suffered after Fassbender abused her on multiple occasions.”
The report further details several instances of abusive behavior by the actor, which included Fassbender dragging her outside of a moving car and striking her with a chair, breaking her nose.
The events took place right before Fassbender rose to fame thanks to his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.
Fassbender has never formally commented on the various allegations or the restraining order in question.
However, given the latest #MeToo movement calling out the abuse that continues to occur in Hollywood, we don’t see this story disappearing anytime soon.
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