Fox News personality Laura Ingraham is no stranger to controversy. From her days as a college newspaper editor to her current gig hosting The Ingraham Angle, she has often expressed disdain for various groups of people: pro athletes who support BLM, the LGBTQ+ community, and DREAMers.
It’s no secret that Ingraham is an unabashed conservative. She has faced blowback for her opinions on multiple occasions, including (but not limited to): the time she told LeBron James to keep his political beliefs to himself and “shut up and dribble,” ridiculing 17-year-old mass shooting survivor David Hogg, and making outrageous claims that President Obama sent aid to Africa during an Ebola outbreak because of his guilt over slavery and colonialism.
Given her worldview, you would think that Ingraham is the devoted wife of a fellow right-winger. Guess again! Ingraham isn’t married, and her love life has taken bizarre twists and turns over the years. Her list of former beaus might surprise you. While she’s been linked to noted conservatives like Lindsey Graham and Dinesh D’Souza, she’s also dated several prominent Democrats.
Laura Ingraham Has Been Engaged Twice
In 2005, Ingraham almost made it down the aisle with beer distributor and real estate magnate James Reyes. They got engaged in April, but Ingraham revealed that she was battling breast cancer shortly afterward. They broke off their engagement around the same time.
Ingraham was also once engaged to ultra-conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza. They reportedly met while attending Dartmouth University in the 1980s. Both worked at The Dartmouth Review.
D’Souza, a naturalized American citizen who hails from Mumbai, is behind the 2016 anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama’s America. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge for making illegal campaign contributions; four years later, he was pardoned by Donald Trump.
It makes sense that someone who has dedicated his life to smearing President Obama would fall in love with the blonde TV host. (Just as predictable? The fact that he also dated right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter.) “It was my mission to marry the all-American girl,” he told Vanity Fair in 2015. But apparently, he just wasn’t meant to be Laura Ingraham’s husband.
It’s Rumored That She Dated Lindsey Graham And Donald Trump In The ‘90s
Ingraham was also rumored to have dated a couple of major Republican power players. Back in 1999, she was spotted cozying up to North Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at The Palm steakhouse in Washington D.C. She initially denied a budding romance, then shifted to a “no comment” stance. Graham’s office also declined to comment.
Props to writer Yashar Ali for finding this little-known intel in old New York Post and Washington Post archives:
And is it any wonder she’s a hardcore MAGA disciple? According to The Atlantic, Ingraham once went on a date with Donald Trump. It sounds like it didn’t go well, but it paid off for her TV career years later. Anne Applebaum wrote:
“She has known Trump since the ’90s; they once went on a date, though apparently that didn’t go well—she found him pompous. (‘He needs two separate cars, one for himself and one for his hair,’ she told some mutual friends.) Nevertheless, she was an early supporter of his involvement in politics, even allowing him to rant about birtherism on her show. She has had special access to him throughout his presidency and is one of several people at Fox who speak with him regularly.”
Laura Ingraham Has Also Dated Some Big-Time Democrats
Perhaps the most shocking intel we’ve discovered is that Ingraham’s dating history includes a couple of outspoken Democrats.
According to The New Yorker, she once briefly dated sports journalist and outspoken Democratic pundit Keith Olbermann. But the former MSNBC host was cryptic about the reason things didn’t get serious.
“There were a few problems,” said Olbermann. “There were a few things that I could see were going to be impediments. Oddly, they were not political things.”
Since then, he hasn’t been shy about taking shots at her on social media:
Ingraham is also rumored to have dated New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli, as well as former Harvard University president Larry Summers. Her relationship with the latter was even confirmed in an article from the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.
Her Current Relationship Status
Ingraham never tied the knot and is officially single. However, her unwed status hasn’t stopped her from becoming a mom. She currently has three adopted children. The first is daughter Marie Caroline, whom she adopted from Guatemala in May 2008. She also added Michael Dmitri and Nikolai Peter—both from Russia—to the family in 2009 and 2011.
“I see purpose in the eyes of a beautiful three-year-old little girl whom I spent years attempting to adopt,” she said in a 2008 speech. “Last month, I was blessed to fly to Guatemala to finally pick her up and bring her home.”
Maybe Ingraham will eventually settle down one day. If she does, it sounds like she may surprise us with whom she picks.