Inside Michelle Williams' Love Life Since Heath Ledger: From Jason Segel to Her New Husband
A Life Full of Love
Michelle Williams, 37, shocked fans on Thursday when she revealed that she secretly married indie musician Phil Elverum, 40, in a new Vanity Fair profile.
Take a look back at the actress' love life, from Heath Ledger to Jason Segel.
Heath Ledger, 2005-2007
Williams and Ledger met on the set of 2005’s Brokeback Mountain and later welcomed daughter Matilda, now 12, in October of that year. The two dated for three years before breaking up in late 2007 — just five months before Ledger was found dead of a drug overdose in January 2008.
After his death, Williams bought a house in upstate New York where she raised Matilda. Williams spent the 10 years since Ledger’s death wanting the “radical acceptance” he offered her — and made the point to not settle.
“I never gave up on love,” Williams said to Vanity Fair. “I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.’ ”
Spike Jonze, 2008-2009
Williams started dating Spike Jonze in July 2008, six months after Ledger's death. She later admitted in a Vogue cover story that she realized it was too soon after his death for her.
"The timing was impossible," she said. "I thought falling in love again was the only thing that was going to save me from the pain. This erroneous idea: It just makes things more complicated."
Jason Segel, 2012-2013
Williams started dating Jason Segel in early 2012 after meeting at a party through BFF Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein. The two hit it off and dated for over a year, with Segel growing close to Matilda and even watching her for Williams while the actress worked.
The broke up in mid-2013, but the actress spoke positively about the relationship just weeks before news broke.
"I didn't actually realize who he was before I started dating him," she admitted to In Style. "I saw The Muppets movie, and I thought, 'Oh, that's cute,' but the truth is I didn't realize he made a lot of very popular, funny movies or was on a TV show."
Andrew Youmans, 2017-2018
After a brief relationship with author Jonathan Safran Foer in 2016, Williams started dating Andrew Yourmans in 2017.
Youmans was first spotted with Williams in July of that year when the couple strolled the streets of Rome while she was filming All the Money in the World.
Though the actress was spotted wearing a sparkler ring finger earlier this year, she denied being engaged to Yourmans and said it was simply jewelry.
Youmans is a graduate of not one, but two Ivy League universities — Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School — according to his profile on Handel Group. He started his own operations management and consulting firm, Yomo Consulting, and served as president for 15 years before stepping down in 2011.
Phil Elverum, married summer 2018
The actress is married to the indie musician after a “very sacred and very special” — and very secret — courtship.
The actress appears on the latest cover of Vanity Fair where she confirms her marriage to Elverum for the first time. Williams and Elverum got married in a secret ceremony in the Adirondacks with a few friends and their daughters present. (Elverum has a 3-year-old daughter from his first marriage.)
“Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship,” she said. “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.”
Busy Philipps, forever
Williams and Philipps have been inseparable since working together on Dawson's Creek. They often attend award shows together and gush about each other in the media.
Williams even told PEOPLE in 2016 that Philipps is the real love of her life.
“I’m so in love with her. She’s proof that the love of your life does not have to be a man! That’s the love of my life right there,” she said.