Michelle Williams is a sneaky one. After engagement rumors started swirling about her and her former boyfriend Andrew Youmans at the beginning of the year, everyone was certain she’d found the one. But now it’s been confirmed that Williams is married to someone else entirely: Phil Elverum. The two met just a few months ago and, after a whirlwind romance, decided to tie the knot. So, who is Phil Elverum? And how did Williams manage to keep her nuptials a secret from so many people?
Elverum is a singer-songwriter who hails from Anacortes, Washington and performs under the stage name Mount Eerie. He and Williams met earlier this year through a mutual friend. While that friend hasn’t yet been named, there are some theories that it could be Busy Philipps, who was photographed with Elverum at March for Our Lives.
Like Williams, Elverum is a single parent. His late wife, Geneviève Castrée, passed away in 2016, just over a year after giving birth to their daughter. So, Williams and Elverum definitely have some deeply personal things in common.
In any case, Williams described her relationship with Elverum to Vanity Fair as “very sacred and very special.”
Here's a look at Elverum (in the middle) with Busy Philipps (on the right):
As many of you know, Williams had previously had a longterm relationship with the late actor Heath Ledger with whom she had a daughter named Matilda. Although Williams and Ledger split in 2007, they remained amicable. But after Ledger passed away in 2008, Williams kept her love life as private as possible.
But in her cover story interview with Vanity Fair, due out in September 2018, Williams insisted she “never gave up on love”:
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 also opened up for the very first time about how Elverum makes her feel and how that’s changed her outlook on life:
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.
It’s pretty clear that Elverum feels the same way. In July 2018, he left his hometown of Anacortes to be with Williams in Brooklyn. The two have reportedly bought a new home there and they’re committed to having a bright future together.
While Williams remains notoriously private about her personal life, she did want to open up about love for the sake of helping others:
I don’t really want to talk about any of it. But 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? … Don’t settle. Don’t settle for something that feels like a prison, or is hard, or hurts you. If it doesn’t feel like love, it’s not love.
Let that be your words of wisdom for the day!