‘Shameless’: Are Ian and Mickey Gay in Real Life? A Look at Their Off-Screen Relationships

Showtime’s critically acclaimed Shameless Season 10 premieres next Sunday night, November 10, 2019. Fans are disappointed that Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) will not be back, but they are excited for the return of some of their favorites. 

The most anticipated couple to be reuniting on screen this season is Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey Milkovich (Noel Fisher). The couple who fans call, “#Gallavich,” reunited in prison in season 9, and fans raved about it. In anticipation of the return, let’s take a look at the couple’s relationship status in real life.

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Monaghan is rumored to be single

Fans will be both happy and sad to hear that Monaghan is still an eligible bachelor. He is not dating Fisher in real life, although the sparks on Shameless tell us otherwise. That does mean that Monaghan is still on the market. However, he is not gay in real life. We will let that sink in. 

Fans are generally shocked when they find out that Fisher is heterosexual in real life because his acting is so genuine. 

His last confirmed relationship was to actress and model Peyton R. List. The duo met on the set of Anthem of a Teenage Prophet, which they co-star in. They went public with their relationship in September of 2017, with a sweet photo of the pair in Disneyland. Their break-up was reported exclusively with E! News in January of 2019. 

Before List, Monaghan dated Shameless co-star, Ruby Modine form 2016 to 2017. Modine played Lip Gallagher’s (Jeremy Allen White) love interest, Sierra. 

Although Monaghan is not dating Fisher in real life, at least the female fans can delight over the fact that he is currently single and looking for love.

Fisher is happily married to his longtime girlfriend

In 2017, Fisher put a ring on it. Fans will be disappointed to hear that it was not on Cameron Monaghan’s hand, unfortunately. Fisher married actress Layla Alizada on July 15, 2017. 

The pair met back in 2005 when they were both in the make-up trailer in the TV series Godiva. They didn’t connect officially until the wrap party of the show. 

The duo married in an intimate, magical wedding with just 60 of their close friends and family members. 

Fisher and Alizada told People, “We always wanted a wedding that was small and intimate. It was a magical day and even more special, having so much of it put together with the help of our loved ones.”

Fisher and Alizada celebrated their second anniversary this summer. Fisher posted a sun-kissed photo of the two in front of a beautiful ocean, with the caption, “Put a ring on this beautiful lady two years ago today! #HappyAnniversary my love!”

Monaghan and Fisher only agreed to come back to the show for #Gallavich

When Monaghan left Shameless in 2018 after over eight seasons of acting, he felt good about the “logical conclusion” the writers took his character in. However, he told producers the only way he would return to the show would be to explore the relationship between Ian and Mickey further. 

“That was something that felt worth going back to,” he told EW. “There’s still a lot of story to tell. We’ve never really had these characters just together in a somewhat stable environment for very long, so that’s been fun to explore.”

Fisher will be a series regular for the first time since season 5, and he is happy as well. 

The series will catch back up with the pair in prison, where they were reunited in season 9. You can watch new episodes with the beloved #gallavich on Showtime beginning Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 9 p.m. eastern.