Michelle Williams Secretly Married

She revealed wedding plans with indie musician Phil Elverum to 'Vanity Fair'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2018 2:34 PM CDT
Michelle Williams Secretly Married
Michelle Williams attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Michelle Williams has, very quietly, gotten married. The actress revealed her plans to Vanity Fair, and in her profile on Williams, Amanda Fortini wrote that by the time the piece was published, Williams and indie musician Phil Elverum would have been wed in the Adirondacks in a ceremony attended by their two daughters and just a few friends. "I never gave up on love," Williams tells Fortini. After the 2008 death of Heath Ledger, with whom she had daughter Matilda in 2005, she says she used to tell Matilda, "Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes." She says she was looking for that same type of "radical acceptance" from someone else, and now she's found it: "I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free."

Elverum, a 40-year-old singer-songwriter who records and performs under the name Mount Eerie, lost his wife to cancer in July 2016, when their daughter was just 18 months old. This month, he and the now-3-year-old moved from Washington state to Brooklyn to live with Williams, 37, and Matilda, 12. Williams calls their relationship, which People notes was not public until the Vanity Fair interview, "very sacred and very special." She struggled with whether to discuss it with Fortini, but ultimately decided, "There’s that tease, that lure, that’s like, What if this helps somebody? What if somebody who has always journeyed in this way, who has struggled as much as I struggled, and looked as much as I looked, finds something that helps them?" To those people, she says: "Don't settle. ... If it doesn't feel like love, it's not love." Click for the full profile, which delves into more than her personal life. (More Michelle Williams stories.)

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