Is Merritt Wever Married or in a Relationship? Why Was She Rumored as Being Gay?

The brilliance of a person who works in the acting industry shines through when their character is so convincing that the line between what constitutes their real life and what is not is completely blurred. One of the truest tests of this is when an actor or an actress plays a character who is very different from who they are in real life, one common trope of this in film and television acting is playing a character of a different sexual orientation. Merritt Wever is an actress who is known for playing pivotal characters in a number of television shows. In the highly acclaimed The Walking Dead, she played a character who is homosexual and this led to some speculations on what part of the sexual spectrum she actually belongs to.

How Playing Denise in The Walking Dead Led To Rumors About Her Sexuality

Denise kissing her girlfriend Tara in "The Walking Dead"
Tara and Denise in The Walking Dead – image source

In the wake of the LGBTQ movement, there has been a clamor for more representation of people who belong to this group in mainstream media, this includes television shows and movies. By doing this, it reflects the life of people who have barely gotten any recognition in media and it shows a wide audience that such relationships are so normal that even when the world ends because of a viral disease that makes people act like zombies, people of the same sex will still fall in love with each other.

The Walking Dead is recognized for its longevity, the creativity of its writers and the skill of the actors that make up its ensemble cast. In 2016, Wever had the opportunity to join this iconic television show and she was cast to play Denise Cloyd in the show’s sixth season. Denise Cloyd is a lesbian surgeon, who is dating Tara Chambler, one of the major characters.

The romantic relationship between Cloyd and Chambler is the exact kind of relationship that the LGBTQ community has been hoping to find on television shows. Merritt Wever, being the brilliant actress that she is, took her role in its stride and for the entirety of the time she was on The Walking Dead, she delivered a performance so convincing that fans were convinced that the actress is gay in real life. This has sparked rumors with regards to her sexuality with some fans totally hooked on the ideas that she is gay in real life while some still speculated on this.

Wever’s exit from the show happened with her getting killed (in the series), this death was not taken well by the fans who were outraged. Most of the anger came from the LGBTQ fans who considered her as one accurate representation of a person from the community and were angry that the show had taken away a character they could relate to. Their anger was also founded in the fact that Cloyd was the second homosexual character who had been killed on the show and this did not sit right with them.

Is Merritt Wever Really Gay?

Prior to and after her performance in The Walking Dead, Merritt Wever has played characters that have resonated with fans and is an award-winning actress. These two things she has been able to achieve because of her well she does her job, so it comes as no surprise that after seeing her on The Walking Dead one would believe that Wever is gay. But the actress is not and from reports, she has never been in a homosexual relationship.

Who is She Dating Or Married To?

Merritt Wever and Noah Buschel – image source

When Wever expelled the rumors of her being gay, she also had to deal with tabloids that instantly ran a story about her being married. Although Wever is not gay, she is also not married. However, she is in a committed relationship with Noah Buschel and both of them share a residence.

Buschel, just like Wever, also works in the film industry but as a writer and director. The rumors of her being married were publicized on a popular website that collates the biographies of actors and actresses, however, she would later debunk the claim in an interview.

It is not known how long both of them have dated for or when they met, but she did state that she is happy in her relationship to the director/writer.

Quick Facts About Merritt Wever

Date of BirthJanuary 07, 1980
Age37 Years 10 Month(s)
Husband/SpouseNot Yet
BoyfriendNot Disclosed
Is Gay/LesbianNo
MarriedNot yet
Height5 feet 8.5 inches (174 cm)
Weight74 kg
Children/KidsNot yet
Body MeasurementsN/A
Net Worth$4 Million



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