Did William Shakespeare have more wives than 2 or 3 (secretly) pretending he was gay?Would like to know if somebody found out something about these facts. If they are just wild guesses or have come...

Did William Shakespeare have more wives than 2 or 3 (secretly) pretending he was gay?

Would like to know if somebody found out something about these facts. If they are just wild guesses or have come up in any writing by his or someone elses?
Thank you

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Contrary to popular belief, we know more about William Shakespeare's life than we know about many other people who lived during the Elizabethan period other than people who actually lived in the royal court. What most biographers seem to agree is that he may have been unhappy in his marriage. He married a woman who was eight years older than he was and she gave birth to a daughter six months later. Two years later, his wife gave birth to twins, a boy, who died at the age of 11, and a girl. Perhaps this, combined with a general unhappiness in marriage, led him to leave Statford-on-Avon for London, the center of English theater. We have absolutely no proof that Shakespeare ever married another woman. Much speculation has occurred over the years because he dedicated 127 sonnets to a young man and the other 23 to "the dark lady". However, efforts to find the identities of these individuals is open to much speculation and little hard evidence. So the answer to your question is "probably not". This speculation is probably part of the many fanciful conjectures, not based on fact, that have sprung up over the years.