Michelle Williams on BFFs: ‘the love of your life doesn’t have to be a man’

Celebrity relationships are kind of a dime a dozen, aren’t they? Once you get used to these celebrity couples, they break up. Solid celebrity friendships, however, seemingly last a lifetime, as evidenced by Michelle Williams and her BFF, Busy Philipps. The two have been each others’ dates for loads of red carpet events, most recently at the screening of Michelle’s critically-acclaimed movie, Manchester by the Sea. Michelle told reporters at the Sunday screening at New York’s Crosby Street Hotel that. “I’m here with my best friend. 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.”

Michelle, 36, and Busy, 37, have been friends since their days working together on Dawson’s Creek. As a testament of their long-standing friendship, Busy posted a side-by-side picture of the two of them from 2001 and today. She notes in the caption for the photo, “I love that we almost always stand on the same side of each other.” Helping you show off your best side is what friends are really for. Side note: they look amazing, but Busy’s throwback pic makes me miss Freaks and Geeks. Kim Kelly, 4-eva.

Michelle also took Busy as her date to the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards (where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Manchester by the Sea), and couldn’t resist the chance to pose for a bathroom selfie (who couldn’t? I know more people have seen my bathroom than any other room in my house. There’s just something about that lighting…)

Michelle and I like this picture of ourselves in a porta potty better than any red carpet pics we saw. So here you go.

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Oh, and if that’s not enough, Michelle helped re-pierce Busy’s ear after the ceremony. I get squidgy when I lose the back of my ear hole when I’m putting earrings in myself, so I can totally appreciate this selfless act. The video of the two is just too cute, with Busy asking, “You guys, why are we like teenagers? This is so dumb!”

So, could Michelle and Busy be dates for the Oscars in 2017? We can assume Michelle is definitely going to be there, as Manchester by the Sea has been racking up the awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination for Michelle. Displaying the humility that she always has, Michelle told PEOPLE she didn’t choose the project for accolades or money, stating, “You don’t make a movie like this because of any sort of clear benefit to your career or your finances. You do it because you can’t avoid doing the thing that you love.” I haven’t seen Manchester, but from what I’ve read from critics (the movie currently has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes,) Michelle may want to clear off some space on her mantle.

And, hey, I would think when you go to a big event like an awards ceremony with a friend and not a romantic partner it’s better, because I don’t know about you, but just seeing old Christmas party pictures with exes in my Timehop makes me a little melancholy. I love that these two are still the best of friends, and I think more celebs should tout the value of friendship. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go call my BFF. I think there’s a little something in my eye.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Love their friendship. Isn’t there a saying that if you’re friends for seven years you’ll be friends for life? There’s nothing like a true blue bff

  2. MariGold says:

    A positive story about friendship and love on another shite day of terror and politics. Thank you.

  3. Heat says:

    I love their friendship so much…and I also miss Freaks & Geeks, immensely.

  4. grabbyhands says:

    Holla-love this. I’ve probably said I love you more to my besties than I have any boyfriend, or anyone outside of my immediate family.

  5. hey-ya says:

    …cutie cute but they’re lucky…many friendships rise n fall quicker than romanticals…thats supposed to be the point of biblicals…a vow to be with each other…still those two are one up on katie which is what the cast of dawsons were about….

  6. ell says:

    love this. i have a bff and 2 sisters, and all my girls are super important to me. i don’t ever get women who don’t have female friends.

    • InVain says:

      This. I don’t have sisters, and never wanted one – but I do have female friends and cherish those relationships. I always question women who don’t have female friends or are incapable of maintaining a drama-free relationship with at least one.

      • Kate says:

        Eh. I grew up with brothers, then studied and entered a field that’s extremely male dominated. My hobbies and interests are things that are again primarily male dominated, and I don’t have children, so no female friends through baby groups or play dates either. I’m not opposed to having female friends, but I’ve never felt the need to specifically seek out close female friendship inorganically either. I have some amazing male friends, a great friendship group at work and a wonderful husband. That’s more than enough for my introverted self.

        I don’t get why it’s an issue. Most women I know don’t have any close male friends. I don’t get how that’s ok and never questioned, but a woman without a female BFF is treated like a freak or some predatory monster looking to screw everyone’s husband.

    • rahrahrooey says:

      Me either!! It boggles my mind when women say ” i don’t have female friends.” It drives me nuts. Like are they just saying that so that guys think they’re cool and one of “the boys?” It’s weird.

      • Kitten says:

        Meh. I wouldn’t make that assumption. I have a ton of close guy friends (more than women) but I wouldn’t trade my few female friendships for anything.
        I also wouldn’t stoop to generalizations about women who have mainly male friends.
        Live and let live ya know?

      • Jess says:

        Agree with you kitten, I don’t like that generalization, I’ve had many guy friends and still have a close group of girlfriends. I think I’m able to get along with men because my dad raised me and my younger brother while my mother was in and out of our lives. There are times when I don’t feel as comfortable around certain women because I’m not overly feminine, I wish I was at times, but I’m just not. With my guy friends I could just let it all out and not worry about being “girly” enough, and they could come to me with their questions or complaints about women. We all relate to each other differently and that’s ok! 😄

      • Wilma says:

        I have more male friends than female friends and I kind of resent the sentiment here. My male friends aren’t ogres you know? They’re sensitive and nice people.

      • Betsy says:

        I get what you’re saying rahrahrooey. There are women who, with a note of pride, that they aren’t friends with women, like their own sex is this totally alien and inferior species. There’s nothing wrong with men (generally speaking). There is something wrong with the implication that there’s something inherently less good about women.

  7. smcollins says:

    My best friend & I have been friends for 19 years. We’ve been through so much together, all of it a mixture of good times and not-so-great times, but our loyalty to our friendship has never waivered. And even though we’re both married with children now, and live 2 hours apart, our friendship is still as strong as ever. I’m closer to her than either of my sisters (she’s an only child), and our friendship is one of the most important relationships in my life. Three cheers for friendship!

  8. Esmom says:

    Lovely ladies who have gotten lovelier with age.

    I really want to see Manchester but I thought Casey A was problematic? I don’t know the story but that’s the buzz I remember catching wind of here recently in a fly by.

    • smcollins says:

      He was accused of and settled a case of sexual harassment that allegedly happened while he was filming that weird Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” some years ago. It’s old news that was reported on at the time, and is now being rehashed because of the attention he’s been receiving for the movie. Now, I’m not saying what he was accused of wasn’t disgusting and shouldn’t be discussed, but it’s not a current event is what I’m getting at.

  9. Lindy says:

    Best friends really are the best. Mine have been the constant in my life through grad school, moving, career change, kid, divorce… I think it says something good about both Michelle and Busy that they have maintained such a strong friendship all these years. That’s some real loyalty, patience, and support for each other.

  10. GingerCrunch says:

    Awww…Thanks for the feel-good post!

  11. InVain says:

    I count some of my friendships as important as my marriage. Neither are easy, and they both require a lot of work, but it ends up being worth it, doesn’t it? I often marvel at the fact that my best friend and I have not only known each other for over a decade, but have remained close through all the changes/moves/frustrations in our lives. It’s said that if you’re able to maintain a friendship for 7 years, it’s a keeper for life. I hope that’s the case with the women in my life now who I have been friends with for that long.

    RE: Busy + Michelle – we often see Hollywood starlets claim to be best friends and you get to see them together a handful of times, but then it sort of fizzles out. These two aren’t faking it and it’s clear they love each other.

  12. Jess says:

    Yes! Girlfriends are just as important sometimes. I call my best friend one of my soulmates, that’s what she is and I can’t imagine this life without her. We have our ups and downs but we have 21 years of shenanigans behind us. I didn’t know Michelle and Busy were still so close, that’s just adorable, good for them!

  13. DesertReal says:

    This makes me miss my BFF so much. We text, but I’m up here in Pittsburgh and she’s still hanging in our old stomping grounds in SC. I feel a road trip coming on…

  14. I Choose Me says:

    Awesome post. I love their friendship and Busy is so right. Looking forward to seeing my BFF in May next year for her graduation. No matter how far away we live from each other, we always keep in touch.

  15. serena says:

    That’s really so sweet of them!

  16. Who says says:

    As my mom use to tell me. It is better to have one close girlfriend that you can tell her your inner most thoughts than 10 acquaintances.

  17. Jellybean says:

    It is lovely, but can we also accept that men can be bff without being dismissed as bros or closet cases.

    • Kitten says:

      Definitely. I also think it’s weird how women seem so suspicious of other women who have all-or-mainly male friends. Sometimes it just works out that way due to a profession that is male-dominated or simply common interests. It’s not automatic evidence of a deeply-held mistrust of women or a need for male attention, you know?

  18. tealily says:

    I will ship this friendship until the end of time.

  19. MAC says:

    This is nice to see. My BFF died and I have not found another one. It leaves a very big hole.

  20. Neelyo says:

    Busy was Michelle’s date when she was nominated last time so probably this time too.

  21. QQ says:

    I Clicked on this so fast!! I Love GFs Love!! is like no one loves and big ups you like your girls! … this super reminds me of hearing Gayle and Oprah talk about each other with pure love and awe!… *sigh* i miss my boos cause we turn into young girls when me and my gfs get together!

  22. Original T.C. says:

    Thanks for the TV show reference, I had no idea who BUSY Phillips is. I thought she was one of those empty people famous for doing nothing. That’s a nice friendship story. Happy for them.

  23. Nicole says:

    My best friend means the world to me. She is my sister. She and her baby live with my fiance and I at the moment. We love her and our godbaby. Would do anything for them. And she accepts me and all my crazy! I have no boundaries and embarrass her daily.
    And I miss Freaks And Geeks like a mad woman!

  24. Granger says:

    I’ve had the same group of besties for 26 years now. We live in different parts of the country, but for the last 15 years, we have busted our asses to spend a long weekend together at least once a year (twice since our kids got a little older and are less work for the husbands at home!). We email each other all the time, even just little check-ins every couple of weeks to see what everyone is up to. Friendships take work, just like any other relationship. If you don’t connect regularly, they crumble. I refuse to let that happen. I love my husband and we have a solid marriage, but he isn’t my “best friend,” plain and simple. We are partners for life and I’d go to the moon and back for him, but I’d do the same for any one of my girlfriends, and he knows it. They are a rock for me and I wouldn’t be the same without them.