Michelle Williams, star of Dawson's Creek, Brokeback Mountain, and lately Fosse/Verdon, has remained almost totally tight-lipped about her romantic life. Williams' most high-profile relationship was, of course, with Heath Ledger, with whom she had a daughter, Matilda, before their separation in 2007 and his death in 2008. Williams has been spotted with other A-listers including Spike Jonze, Jason Segel, and Jonathan Safran Foer in her quest to find love, but what's her current relationship status now?
Wonderful news: At the very end of 2019, People revealed that Williams is engaged to Hamilton director Thomas Kail, who directed her in Fosse/Verdon, and she's pregnant with the couple's first child together. Williams' 14-year-old daughter Matilda is apparently partially responsible for the union: "Williams’ daughter Matilda, 14, played matchmaker," according to People. You can see some adorable photos of the couple together here (opens in new tab).
Williams and New York financier Andrew Youmans met in 2017 and got engaged, reportedly, in 2018 (opens in new tab). It wasn't confirmed, Williams said it was just "beautiful jewelry," and the pair ended up splitting.
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And then was married to Phil Elverum in 2018.
Williams THEN apparently dated and then wed Phil Elverum, the producer and musician, in 2018. Elverum lost his wife, Geneviève Castrée, to cancer after they welcomed a daughter—eerily a lot like Williams' story with Ledger.
Williams doesn't often talk about her relationships (especially after she and Ledger split), but she did speak about the relationship, saying it helped her believe in love again. "I never gave up on love. I always say to Matilda, 'Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes,'" she told Vanity Fair when she also announced her surprise nuptials (opens in new tab). The two also apparently moved in last summer.
"Obviously I've never once in my life talked about a relationship, but Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something...Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment. I parent to let Matilda feel free to be herself, and I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free," she explained.
The pair split in April 2019.
All this context makes this news particularly sad—after Williams was seen without her wedding ring for a few public appearances, a source confirmed the news: "Michelle and Phil separated at the beginning of the year. It was an amicable split and they remain friends." So the wedding was over before a year had elapsed, which sounds...devastating, to be honest.
Luckily, Williams still has the "love of my life" Busy Phillipps to rely on, no matter what happens.
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Katherine’s a Boston-based contributor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle—from “Clueless” to Everlane to news about Lizzo. She’s been a freelancer for 11 years and has had roles with Cosmopolitan and Bustle, with bylines in Parents, Seventeen, and elsewhere. It’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.
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