Shay Mitchell Doesn’t Want to Get Married but She’d “Love to Have a Commitment Ceremony” in 10 Years

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Shay Mitchell’s onscreen love life made headlines when she portrayed Emily Fields in the popular “Pretty Little Liars” series from 2010 to 2017. During that time, she was also navigating her real life, which included a high-profile relationship with Ryan Silverstein.

While Mitchell may not have always been vocal about her relationships, one thing she’s spoken out about is how she doesn’t plan on labeling her sexuality. “When I started, people were like, ‘What are you?’ I’m like, ‘Right now I’m dating a guy. I don’t know what it’s going to be in three years,'” she told Cosmopolitan in May 2016. “I could be 50 and dating a woman and then what? I said I was straight and now I’m not?”

“You love who you love: black, white, polka-dot. That’s what my dad always said,” Mitchell added. “I’m never going to label myself.”

Another thing Mitchell isn’t into is the idea of getting married, though she has two daughters, Rome and Atlas, with partner Matte Babel. “A lot of people ask, it’s never been something I really cared for,” she told Entertainment Tonight in June 2020. “And I love weddings, love weddings. I can watch them all day long. I love attending, I love being a part of my friends’ [weddings], anybody’s to be quite honest. It’s just not something I care for for myself and it’s something that Matte and I have spoken about.”

Throughout her adult life, Mitchell says she’s been lucky in love, due in part to her confidence. “We’re developing so much in our 20s and what we are learning, who we are,” she said during a “Call Her Daddy” podcast episode in May 2023. “And when you get together and you’re married, you grow as a unit, you know, and sometimes that’s great, but sometimes it’s detrimental to your own development.”

“And I think the reason why I’ve been very lucky to be in, for the most cases, great relationships,” she added, “is because I’ve always felt pretty secure and confident with who I was first before getting into a relationship.”

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