Are Michelle Williams & Busy Phillips more than just platonic best friends?

As I said during this past awards season, I liked the idea of Michelle Williams bringing her BFF Busy Phillips as her “date” for the big events. I think they are truly best friends, and I think their friendship transcends Hollywood press and photo ops and image consulting and Oscar campaigns. I like that Michelle brought a girl-date who would be a lot of fun, and she wouldn’t have to think about the sexual politics of everything. So, what’s the problem? Well, first of all, Busy was Michelle’s date for everything! Like, Busy went everywhere with Michelle throughout January and February. Busy has a husband and a daughter, and it started to feel a little bit weird that Busy was always “on call” for Michelle. Second problem: Michelle’s Oscar campaign seemed to include a “second virginity clause” where Michelle acted like she was much too delicate to even allow a boy to touch her fragile body. In plain terms, she acted like her grief over Heath Ledger had re-virginized her. And it was sketchy.

Still, Busy and Michelle’s friendship took no hits. Michelle lost out on most awards, but whatever happened, Busy kept Michelle’s spirits up. Plus, Busy is a good enough friend to know that she could never look better, style-wise, than Michelle. So Busy always under-dressed. Perfect date! But just how perfect? Dun dun dun. The Enquirer claims that there are now “rumors” about Michelle and Busy’s “close” relationship:

Men come and go, but women who are best friends last forever! That’s the mottor of Michelle Williams, who is stuck like glue to Busy Phillips.

“Michelle and Busy have a mutual girl crush on each other,” an insider told The Enquirer. “They’re soul mates who do absolutely everything together. Lots of people whisper behind their backs, speculating that their relationship is more than just platonic. But they’re just the best of friends.”

Busy has been married to screenwriter Marc Silverstein since 2007, and they have a 3-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, Michelle is mother to daughter Matilda, age 6. Michelle has dated on and off since Heath Ledger’s death in 2008, like a post-Heath romance with indie director Spike Jonze. She was also recently spotted out with actor Jason Segel.

“But there’s nothing serious going on,” said the source, adding, “ Nothing will ever touch the feelings she had for Heath. He was the love of her life.”

Recently, Michelle sparked rumors when she took Busy as her date to several awards season events, but the source says: “The truth is that Michelle is reluctant to dive back into the dating scene… frankly, she’s more comfortable having Busy by her side.”

[From The Enquirer, print edition]

I think they probably are nonsexual-girlfriend soulmates. They seem to have a lot of love for each other, and I hope (hope hope) that it goes both ways between them – that Michelle listens to Busy’s problems as much as Busy is listening to Michelle’s problems, you know? So… yeah. Whatever. I don’t think Busy and Michelle are anything but best friends. As for Michelle being “reluctant to dive back into the dating scene”… for the love of God. She’s had several boyfriends since Heath died! Why is Michelle pretending like that never happened? The jig is up!

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Bite me says:

    I love the idea of them being soulmates… I buy their friendship

    • sugar says:

      I have a best girl friend like this. She and I have been tight for over 20 years and we’ve had many many life experiences together. She lives in another state now and I’ve missed her terribly. If we were in the same proximity I would see her probably 3-4 times a week. It’s a blessing to have a friend as a soul mate who is always there for you and never judgmental but gives heart felt love and advice and a shoulder to lean/cry on. this is something men are simply NOT wired to do and so we women are each others outlet and confidants. till death do us part!

    • corny says:

      I buy it too..but I’m gullible

  2. heyhey says:

    didnt she date spike jonze for a while???

  3. sarah says:

    and if they are? so what. Personally i think they look adorable together and would make a very cute couple.

    Good for MIchelle to have a friend like that.

  4. paola says:

    Why on earth women can never be good friends but there has to be always something more?!

    • YuYa says:

      Right? My sis is my best friend and we do everything together, many times without my husband! Seriously folks.

    • HA! says:

      You are so right! I’m glad Michelle has a BFF…and it really sucks that some people have to turn a close and special friendship into a sexual one. My best friends , 2 only (but i trust them with my life), they are so close to me they know almost everything there’s to know. It is one of the traits hat makes us women very different from men. We can be girlfriends, trust each other on just about everything, can communicate, we even know each other’s bodies imperfections, can be vulnerable and accept constructive criticism without it making us feel uncomfortable or like we are sexually attracted. A lot of men on the contrary have the hardest time getting a BFF bcs most of them feel inadecuate and sort of homophobic.
      I don’t get it: some stars get criticized for not having a girlfriend to hang out wih or to confide in. Now that Michelle has a close BFF some idiots want to make it into a lesbian frienship, seriously? it had to be a man who started this stupid rumor, and this particular male is very far from ever graspig the depth of a friendship among women. Maybe jealousy and envy, if it was a woman who stared the rumor.

    • biteme says:

      lol excatly, like women cant hang together w/o it turning into some pillow thorwing sexual thing. ( i wish men would grow up) btw I love Busy’s stye in these pictures.

  5. The Truth Fairy says:

    This wouldn’t be anything new in Hollywood – remember that most of our early day legendary screen sirens and leading men were lesbian, gay or bisexual.

    Curious from a blind item I read, I put “Viggo Mortensen Orlando Bloom” in Google images and I have to say, looking at photo after photo of them kissing and flirting made me think they were more than just friends at one point.

    The only potential issue with the Busy-Michelle romance is that Busy is married with a child. So any fall out from this relationship could hurt her family. Otherwise, they make a super cute couple.

  6. Aiobhan says:

    Ehh… I just think that they are really close friends. Their is nothing sexual about them as a couple. With the way that Michelle looks sometimes I am surprised that she does not faint if someone even mentions sex.

  7. dahlianoir says:

    I don’t buy either, I had some really strong female friendship in the past , without anything sexual. BUT a lot of people would pay zillions to see that :)

  8. tia says:

    So what? If they are, they are a super cute couple. The only thing is the child.. splitting up a family is tough, so I hope they handle it well if they are.

  9. Sloane Wyatt says:

    C’mon! They easily could be besties with a little extra affection thrown in. That doesn’t mean they are having a full blown ‘thing’.

  10. Mimi says:

    Ha! This actually made me lol. I love both of these girls. They seem to have a real friendship and genuinely care about each other. Just like me and my best friend.

  11. Marianne says:

    Oh Jesus..can’t someone just be friends without the media making them out to be secret lovers? You can be close to someone and NOT have sexual feelings.

  12. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    For the love of God! I’ve taken more vacations with my best girl friend than my husband over the last ten years. Hell, we even share a hotel bed if it gets us a better deal! And hubby would be the first to suggest I take her for a stroll down a red carpet before inviting him (not that THAT is anywhere in my future).

    Girl friends just “get” you in a way that many men aren’t always able to–so why do we have to question it or make it the subject of behind-the-back gossip? Good for them that they have each other to go through life with. Not everybody is lucky enough to have that.

  13. k says:

    Busy was recently quoted (TMZ) as saying she needs a new job, since Cougartown is ending. I think (in part) that Michelle is trying to improve her friend’s public exposure. I watch too much TMZ.

  14. horizonte says:

    this is silly. my best friend died almost 5 years ago and, until then, she was my date to everything! we had sooo much fun together, and when neither of us was in a relationship, we could keep each other company and help each other navigate through life. i miss her like crazy!
    besides, it’s really smart to go with busy, that way a) she can have her moment in the sun without everyone making it all about her new man and b) if she’s dating casually but doesn’t have anyone huge in her life, she can have someone that she loves next to her in all the pictures. i’ve had to photoshop my cousin’s ex out of my brothers wedding pics for example. it happens hahaha. you want someone for keeps in all the pics.

  15. Talie says:

    I think it’s nice to see a healthy friendship between women in that town. There aren’t many actresses who would take another actress with them to awards shows to share the attention.

  16. lucy2 says:

    That’s ridiculous that 2 women can’t be close friends without silly rumors like this.

    Why are we attributing the “reluctant to jump back in the dating pool” idea to Michelle? It’s from a “source” to the NE, hardly direct from her or her camp. If she says as much herself, then yeah, that’s silly as she’s had boyfriends since, but I think that’s just more tabloid nonsense.

  17. aenflex says:

    I feel the same way about my best friend. I would rather take her anywhere.

  18. MJ says:

    Busy looks so cute in all of these photos. I love that grey gown and the little blue dress!

  19. Alice says:

    Well they SAID that this was the only time they got to really visit with each other so I can see being together and being so supportive-have you ever HAD to have a date to go somewhere? I’d rather have a friend too.

  20. WillyNilly says:

    “Why is Michelle pretending like that never happened?”

    She’s NOT. Her PR person is…so dumb.

  21. OlsenTriplet says:

    Oh goodie! Our culture’s new favorite pastime–speculating on the sexuality of other people and then patting ourselves on the back for declaring it would be so cute if it were true.

    Wake me up if they get papped making out. I wish we would wait until people shove their sexuality in our faces before we start talking about it.

  22. D1 says:

    I don’t know…Michelle’s haircut is definitely bi-curious. *nods knowingly*

  23. Alexis says:

    They would make a beautiful couple, but they’re probably just friends.

  24. Sophi says:

    I agree that 2 woman shoild be able to be friends without rumors that they are gay. Stupid. If either one of them didn’t have a female friend I am sure the rumor would be that they are sluts who steal all the other girls boyfriends/husbands and no other woman want to be around them. Can’t win. (Well maybe Michelle wouldn’t be accused, she would probably be labeled a bit*h.) ;-)

  25. vanessa says:

    My best friends and I are like this! It happens when you have a friend, who is truly a good and loyal friend. Girls are able to express it more then men so of course it would get misconstrued as something more.

  26. FeverDream says:

    Why can’t people just allow two women who have a beautiful, significant friendship have it without lez rumours?

  27. velourazure says:

    the last photo is hilarious. michelle holding her daughter like a baby when the daughter is almost as big as she is…

  28. M79 says:

    I bet if Michelle Williams had longer hair, this rumor would have never started. LOL. Leave the woman alone.

  29. colt13 says:

    It’s cool to have a BFF that has your back. A true friend. Busy and Michelle, keep doing what you’re doing!

  30. Daisy says:

    Did anyone ever accuse Audrey Hepburn of being gay because she had short hair? It’s ridiculous that a hair style would imply something so ridiculous.

  31. Kim says:

    Slow news day or what? This story is so stupid. So if 2 women are super close we should assume they are gay? Women friends, especially best friends, usually are super close, closer than most women are with their spouses.

    Im sure Busy helping Michelle deal with death of Heath only brought them way closer.

    I LOVE their super close bond. Reminds me of me and my bestie.

    You go girls!!!!

  32. iseepinkelefant says:

    Maybe I’m getting history mised up but were Heath and Michelle even that serious? Don’t get me wrong, yeah they had a kid together, but I seem to recall it was unplanned and Heath always seemed like he wasn’t in it (the relationship with Michelle). It was also kind of like he was her springboard back into acting (she was still Michelle Williams Dawson’s Creek girl at the time). I never got the “soulmates” vibe from them and when they did finally breakup he wasted no time getting between the legs of any model/actress/socialite that loked in his direction.

  33. Dagmar says:

    Aha the lezzo rumors are circulating again. A long while back at the start of Dawson Creek there were stories of Michelle batting for the other team and then she had all those hetereo relationships so I thought maybe they were untrue rumors. Hmmm

  34. Ally says:

    They are the new Gayle & Oprah; best friends whose frienship no one can process. Though Busy did say she doesn’t talk to her husband at dinner — they both just play with their iPhones. Dun-Dun.

    I don’t buy this. Williams just seems like she invests into her relationships with men and doesn’t sleep around. Shocker!

  35. Maritza says:

    They probably have best friends forever bracelets too. They seem happy together, good for them.

  36. wunder says:

    They are clearly happy. Nice to see!