Katey Sagal has been gracing our screens with her matriarchal presence for decades. It seems like she’s always someone’s wifey, mother, or both. Queen, mom, wife, from Married with Children to Sons of Anarchy, Sagal actually has had quite a busy love life in the real world, too. Three men have held the enviable title of Katey Sagal’s Husband.
Katey Sagal Was Torn Between Two Men
The one on the right and another guy, folks. Stanley had nothing to do with it.
Katey Sagal’s first marriage was in 1977 to musician Freddy Beckmeier. Frederick “Freddie” Kears is a bassist and singer-songwriter who is known for playing in a couple of different bands. He started a funk band with his brother called The Beckmeier Brothers. He also played with Full Moon (also known as the Larsen-Feiten Band) and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Sagal and Beckmeier met in 1975 and dated for two years before marrying. They got married in a private ceremony on May 1, 1977. After four years of marriage, they divorced in 1981. While married, in 1979, Beckmeier played a role as a band member in the film The Rose. And in 1978, Sagal was a backup singer on Gene Simmons’ solo album.
Katey Sagal says she was also in an on-again-off-again relationship with Gene Simmons before getting hitched to Beckmeier. Allegedly, after Beckmeier proposed to her, she approached Simmons and gave him an ultimatum. Either he could marry her, or she was going to marry Beckmeier. Allegedly, Simmons laughed at Sagal, and she stayed true to her word and got married to her first husband.
Sagal wrote in her memoir, Grace Notes: My Recollections, that she met Simmons at a Santa Monica bar. She was a singing waitress and decided to take him home.
“At first, I thought Gene was really weird,” said Sagal. “I took him home with me that night because he was quite persuasive, and I like men.”
Katey Sagal’s Husband #2 Was to Drummer Jack White (Not the White Stripes Jack White)
Jack White was a drummer for Ike and Tina Turner and Rick Springfield. Sagal and White tied the knot in 1993 and were married for seven years. They got pregnant together three times but the first child, Ruby Jean, was stillborn. Due to complications, Sagal needed to get a cesarian section before the baby was full term, which ultimately led to her untimely death. That was in October of 1991, prior to Sagal and White’s marriage.
When Ruby Jean was born, Sagal was playing Peggy Bundy on Married with Children. The show wrote her pregnancy into the script initially. But after Ruby Jean’s death, they shortened the pregnancy into a dream sequence. After that, with her other two pregnancies, the show continued to adapt to Sagal’s needs. But they didn’t mention pregnancy and they didn’t show her belly. She would be filmed from the waist up or heard making a call on the telephone while traveling around the world.
The couple had two more children, Sarah Grace (born in 1994) and Jackson James (born in 1996). When they divorced in 2000, they cited irreconcilable differences.
Husband #3: Sons of Anarchy Creator, Kurt Sutter
The SOA creator himself, Kurt Sutter, has been on the Katey Sagal Husband throne for longer than anyone else. In an interview with E! News, Sagal revealed that the two met through a mutual friend and he asked her out for coffee. But Sagal was a little preoccupied with her kiddos and spaced.
“And then I was kind of was out of touch because I had my little kids and was running around with my children,” she admitted. “And then he called me like a couple months later and asked me to coffee, and we went and kind of never left each other after that.”
The couple has been married since 2004 — four years before Sons of Anarchy first premiered. They are still happily married and even have a child together. Esme was born in January of 2007, via surrogate. Sagal was 52 at the time of Esme’s birth and says that she and Sutter had contemplated adoption but ultimately decided to go with a surrogate.
In her memoir, Sagal spoke about how Esme was a miracle for Kurt and her.
“We went through the whole in vitro fertilization process and our embryos were not really strong, but we thought, Let’s give it a shot and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,’” she wrote. “And if it wasn’t, we weren’t going to do it… But then our little Esme came through… That’s why we call her our little miracle, our beautiful miracle.”