Michelle Williams Secretly Got Married—and the Backstory Is a Tearjerker

Surprise: Michelle Williams had a top-secret wedding that nobody knew about until now. Williams shared the news in her new Vanity Fair cover story, revealing that she married singer-songwriter Phil Elverum in a small ceremony in the Adirondacks.

Of course, you already know that Williams lost her former partner and father to her child, Heath Ledger, back in 2008. But Vanity Fair explained another backstory to her marriage that’s quite the tearjerker: “Her new husband, an indie musician who records and performs under the name Mount Eerie (and, before that, the Microphones), also lost a partner in tragic circumstances while parenting a small child. His late wife, illustrator and musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with inoperable stage-4 pancreatic cancer in 2015, four months after the birth of their daughter … Castrée died 13 months later, in July 2016, leaving Elverum with an 18-month-old daughter.”

Williams also discussed Ledger in her new cover story. “When I ask Williams about this time, she makes a slight throat-clearing noise, as she does whenever the hurdle of a difficult subject presents itself,” Vanity Fair writer Amanda Fortini said. Williams’s response: “When you’re a single parent, and that element of provider and protection is missing, it’s scary.” 

In the interview, Williams also discussed how she balances speaking out against pay inequality and maintaining privacy. “It’s a very hard thing for me to navigate,” she told the magazine, “because my instinct is to keep my life very, very private. But I also need and want certain things out of my career that demand I assume a more public voice.” Scroll down to preview Williams’s new cover shoot and head over to Vanity Fair for more.