Michelle Williams is pregnant & engaged to ‘Fosse/Verdon’ director Thomas Kail

In July 2018, Michelle Williams announced something very surprising in her Vanity Fair cover story: she had quietly married a widower named Phil Elverum. His wife had passed away and he was a single father with a small child. He’s an indie musician and the whole thing felt like it made complete sense, and like they were on the same journey. Less than a year later, Michelle announced her split from Phil. My antenna went up immediately. She had recently completely Fosse/Verdon and her chemistry with Sam Rockwell was off the charts. Playing Gwen Verdon seemed to bring out another side of Michelle as an actress and a woman too. Turns out, I was right to think there was something odd about the story, but I was wrong about Sam Rockwell. No, it looks like Michelle fell in love with the director of Fosse/Verdon, Thomas Kail. They’re engaged. And she’s pregnant. And she gave the info to People Magazine exclusively AND did a photoshoot with Kail. What.

Michelle Williams is engaged — and expecting! The four-time Oscar nominee, 39, is engaged to the Tony Award-winning director of Hamilton, Thomas Kail, a source confirms to PEOPLE. The two are also expecting their first child together, the source adds. Williams’ daughter Matilda, 14, played matchmaker, the source says. The actress and Kail, 42, were photographed together in London where she is busy filming Venom 2. Williams was spotted buying baby clothes at Seraphine’s maternity boutique in Kensington.

A rep for the actress has not commented.

The actress shared Matilda with the late actor Heath Ledger. Kail directed Williams in the drama Fosse/Verdon, for which she won the Emmy Award for lead actress. The director is close friends with Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed his musical In the Heights on Broadway. He also won an Emmy for directing Grease: Live.

[From People]

“Williams’ daughter Matilda, 14, played matchmaker, the source says.” Oop, Matilda was playing matchmaker when her ma was married to Phil Elverum?? I’m going to need to see the timeline on all of this! I also need to know what’s going on in Thomas Kail’s marriage to Angela Christian. Are they… still married? Did they get a divorce? Were they fake-married? The reason I’m asking is because in exchange for this exclusive info (and photoshoot), People Magazine must have agreed to completely write Phil Elverum and Angela Christian out of the narrative entirely. Which says to me that there’s something there, some overlap and some drama.

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  1. Tiffany27 says:

    This is messy. Yikes!

    • Devon says:

      Yikes is right!

    • Mia4s says:

      Yeah I never heard anything about him getting a divorce and he and his wife were definitely together as little as a year ago (Kennedy Center Honors). Although his Wikipedia just says he was “in a relationship” from 2006-2019. So yeah…I smell damage control. Which is likely an even worse idea; if you were messy bitches, own it. We are all going to find out anyway!

      • EB says:

        That’s interesting…last night when the story was first being reported, his wiki still had him married to Angela. I guess someone got hard to work trying to clean this up for him and Michelle? Ew.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        I guess it makes me an old-fashioned prude in thinking if you’re married or *with* someone, and you meet someone else, either let it go (as we *all* can feel an attraction to anyone at anytime and just *feel* it), or BREAK UP YOUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP BEFORE GETTING INTO A NEW ONE.

        While I know breaking up a family is NEVER “easy”, it is so much more respectful to the person you’ve professed to love and are with, rather than sneaking around and then blindsiding them with a “fait accompli”. Esp. when there are kids involved. They need some time to adjust before getting a new (step)parent. Maybe they were “separate but still together”, or “on a break” (thanks, Ross! lol), we don’t know….but still… soooo messy!

        Makes me sad for his wife/family. Esp. to have this so “in your face”.

      • Carol says:

        I am having major flashbacks to Michael Douglas announcing his engagement to CZJ while still married to wife #1 because CZJ was starting to show. The more things change the more they stay the same.

      • lucy2 says:

        Michael Douglas and his first wife had been separated for a few years before he started dating CZJ though, it just took forever to actually get divorced.
        This unfortunately sounds like both people were in relationships or married to others when it started.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        To be fair, we don’t know that they didn’t tell their significant others before they started the new relationship. The public doesn’t get informed at the same time that the people in the relationship do! It is possible there was “cheating”, but it is also possible that there wasn’t.

      • EB says:

        Tiffany

        Given that Michelle did a pap stroll with a big diamond sparkler for People and their exclusive completely glossed over the end of his marriage and the start of their relationship, I would bet real folding money there was cheating. These are not the actions of a couple with above-board beginnings; these are the actions of a pair who are trying to get out in front of a bad story and put their own spin on it.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        I don’t think it will be that big of a deal. Maybe in small circles but he’s not that big of a name and she’s more of an indie actress so it’ll be a little gossip but nothing major. I just don’t think this is gonna last tho. I don’t understand what Michelle is thinking. This looks like more lust than love to me and they got surprised by a baby.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “These are not the actions of a couple with above-board beginnings;”

        That’s a huge assumption. I think it is the actions of a couple who want to clear the air before they appear at an awards show together for the project they worked on together. The turn around was tight, which might be uncomfortable, but it isn’t conclusive proof that there was cheating. Many times the “this isn’t working” conversation comes waaaaay before a public announcement or changes in living arrangements, etc.

    • Jamie says:

      Definitely messy. And I particularly don’t care for the fact that they allowed Matilda to be drawn into their mess. Whether she was really a matchmaker or not, they could’ve easily left her out of the narrative. She’s only 14.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        IKR,it’s as if they threw the daughters name out there as some kind of buffer??The daughter has no part in this even if she is very happy about it now.

      • minx says:

        I’m not liking that either. I know relationships overlap and things aren’t always neat and tidy, but don’t drag a child into this.

    • minx says:

      Very messy. I misread it, too, as an affair with Sam Rockwell. Also is Kail married or not? Divorced or not?

    • Jadedone says:

      Not to mention her husband who she left is a widower with a small child. I hope for his sake she didnt cheat on him a d their was no overlap. Smells shaddy

    • Back Pain says:

      50 is a little old fo her to be having a baby

  2. runcmc says:

    On DM (I know I shouldn’t read that trash, I’m sorry!!) there’s a picture of the two of them in February. She didn’t announce her separation until April. Definitely smells like there is an overlap!!

    I want to say I’m happy for her because every baby is a blessing, but it’s really gross when public figures flagrantly have affairs, even more so when both parties are married. I’m not the morality police it’s just like… would it kill people to break up/separate/get a divorce before moving on?

    • SM says:

      Add to that Matilda who lost her father and the kid of this ex husband of hers, that should have been confused by all this mess. And if this guy is still married that the mess will drag on for quite a while and holding hands on the cover of People will not fix this whole mess

  3. BellaBella says:

    In any case, all I want to say is I wish all the best for Michelle. She was extraordinary in Fosse/Verdon. I hope this man and marriage makes her very happy.

  4. theothercleo says:

    I mean…Am I the only one weirded out by this? When did Michelle Williams become that person who gets engaged (and married!) to someone she’s been with for a few months every year and gives picture to People? I’m just really surprised I guess.

    • Arizona says:

      I think she’s actually secretly a pretty messy person, she just isn’t often super public and acts in prestige stuff.

      • Embee says:

        And she surrounds herself with even messier people so she looks normal by comparison. She’s one of those people whose angelic/delicate appearance provides cover for her normal human messiness. This is some good, old fashioned show business drama!

      • Meg says:

        Good point

      • A says:

        I’m sure she’s messy like rest of the Hollywood. That’s not a place for people with decent moral standards.

      • VS says:

        Congrats to Michelle on her pregnancy; Wish her well

        @A — how can you just say that Hollywood is not a place for people with decent moral standards? given, we are talking about a neighborhood, there are much worst neighborhoods in the US, which at the surface, will be deemed to have ‘decent moral standards’;

        I might be misreading but I am always afraid of certain people having or not having ‘moral standards’, given the history of the US, those with supposedly moral standards have done worse things than bed hopping……of course I do acknowledge being biased by the history of my country

      • lucy2 says:

        I always laugh a little at that, like every other industry doesn’t have people in it who have messy personal lives. The only difference with Hollywood is the people are in the public eye and we talk about them.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “That’s not a place for people with decent moral standards.”

        That is some seriously hypocritical “salt of the earth” BS right there. Good people don’t judge others like that.

        Lucy2 is exactly right. “Messy” can be found from the smallest town to the largest city, in every industry (including religious organizations).

      • A says:

        @VS, Lucy2 and Tiffany
        This is literally the first time I’ve seen someone get defensive over Hollywood’s non-existent moral standards LOL. I got nothing to say except Happy New Year! May Michelle raise her PR team’s salary ASAP. They deserve it, especially when they patrol comment sections ;)

    • Kittycat says:

      I’m surprised as well. Bizarre

    • Sarah says:

      I’m surprised as well! I actually said “What?!” out loud at the exclusive photos. So much gloss over what is likely a big mess.

  5. M says:

    I wonder if maybe she was pregnant in 2018 and that’s why she married the other dude? And then maybe she had a miscarriage and so the relationship tanked because it wasn’t really strong to begin with? Just an idea.

    There is still some super sketchy timing though. And the photoshoot is gross and has never been her style. I wonder how long this one will last?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      She’s 39 and hasn’t been public about a pregnancy in 14 years. Maybe it plays a role.

    • Michelle says:

      She’s nominated for a Golden Globe, which means she has to walk the red carpet on Sunday, so this is probably her getting ahead of speculations (she’s most likely showing already).
      Maybe they want to walk the carpet together?
      Anyway, this is tacky and messy and I feel bad for all the children involved.

  6. Originaltessa says:

    She seems to fall in love a lot and then things fall apart just as fast. Sort of reminds me of Scar Jo in that way. Like, their personal lives are pretty messy, but they’re never talked about.

    • Em says:

      Well they don’t really run to the tabloids so it does die down pretty fast. It’s one of scarjo’s few redeeming qualities imo.

  7. crogirl says:

    Well she’s lucky the guy wasn’t married to Jennifer Aniston… since his wife isn’t someone very famous there will be no repercussions

    • BBBhill says:

      @cro

      I’m having flashbacks to Julia Roberts & her ‘A Low Vera’ tshirt she wore purposely to be papped in 😬

  8. Eva says:

    I love Michelle and I wish her all the happiness but I never ever would have expected her to sell couples pics for a magazine. She was always so private.

    I wonder what’s going on here? There’s gotta be a massive PR angle to this.

    • VS says:

      This!!!!!!! She is a very private person for someone with her celebrity status……..I am more surprised by her doing this photo op……….strange!!!

    • Holly hobby says:

      Yeah that was so out of character for her! We didn’t even know she was engaged to the other guy until the marriage announcement and now we get this in your face news?

    • Nic919 says:

      Either she would be visibly pregnant at the Golden Globes and is making this public to get ahead of the story or perhaps one of the exes made threats to go public. I agree with others who say she wouldn’t be doing this had the Globes been on Sunday.

  9. Hannah says:

    Just googled the ex’s wikipedia and it’s been edited very recently…sadly we’ve been pulled into yet another hollywood personal breakup story that is undoubtedly uncomfortable and painful for at least one party, in exchange for magazine sales & positive PR to avoid future Oscar nom damage.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron did release a record that sort of talks about the divorce so I guess Phil has accepted it and is moving on (went to the show last month and he seemed to be doing what he loves and looking forward to get back to the US and see his kid).

  10. Ainsley7 says:

    The fact that her daughter is described as the matchmaker really rubs me the wrong way. How about you don’t blame your apparent affair on your kid. Are they hoping it’s a cute enough detail that it distracts from the fact they were both married or what?

    • SM says:

      You are probably right. She does like to reinforce a narrative of a widow who lost the love of her life and wow, look now even her daughter who lost a father wants mom to find happiness to yay, let’s all just forget about the damage done to others. It sometimes felt like she is just over acting her fragile, innocent, single mom persona, if she approved this narrative in People, throwing her kid under the bus, she is even more vile that I thought.

      • A says:

        I don’t pay much attention to her but she does get extra emotional over Heath Ledger in interviews whenever she’s a part of the award season. I’m not saying she doesn’t miss him or anything like that but timing is everything.

      • kerwood says:

        @A, Williams drags Ledger out whenever it benefits her. She never mentions that she and Ledger were done by the time he died and were going through a pretty messy divorce.

        Williams has the ‘delicate White woman’ down to an art form and it allows her to get away with incredibly shady shit. She uses the love that so many had for Heath Ledger (I still miss him) as a shield. I’ve always wondered what Matilda’s life must be like.

      • Myriam says:

        @kerwood

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger were even married. They were engaged for awhile, but by the time Ledger died, they were broken up for almost a year, yeah? But she holds on to the “Ledger widow” label like a badge of honor.

      • Originaltessa says:

        Yeah, they were never married and long over when he died. Obviously, raising his daughter gives her a connection to him that other women didn’t have… but they weren’t romantically involved when he died, and she rarely corrects people that assume they were.

      • kerwood says:

        I stand corrected. They WEREN’T ever married. It doesn’t really matter because they have a child together.

      • BBBhill says:

        @SM @Kerwood

        The crazy part is he & Michelle weren’t even together when Heath died (ofc it affected her profoundly still since he IS the father of her child. He was actually with an Olsen twin at the time….doing drugs

      • Evie says:

        Heath was dating an Australian model when he died. He and Michelle never married, she was wanting full custody because of his use of drugs. Suddenly he dies, and she uses the widow’s narrative in her favor.

  11. Ali says:

    Someone else culled this timeline:

    *2018 Jul: Michelle Williams marries Phil Elverum
    *2018 Nov: Fosse/Verdon begins filming
    *2018 Dec: Thomas Kail and Angela Christian attend Kennedy Center honors together
    *2019 Mar: Fosse/Verdon ends filming
    *2019 Apr: Michelle and Phil separate
    *2019 Dec: Michelle and Thomas are engaged and expecting?!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      My biggest take away from that timeline is that the pregnancy clearly happened AFTER the show was done filming and after she had broken up with Elverum. (Unless she is past-due).

      • Tiffany says:

        …or her and Kail were getting on, getting on during filming. Yeah, something tells me that they did not start up in April after she separated from Phil. Her and Kail are the reason both of their marriages are over.

  12. A says:

    They gave People magazine that exclusive as a price for not running the affair story. That’s how gossip mags usually work imo.

  13. Myriam says:

    It won’t last. There, I said it.

  14. Meg says:

    Hollywood seems to attract or create people with messy personal lives

    • KL says:

      A loooooong time ago, someone in the industry (not in front of the camera) told me movie and limited series shoots were like summer camps for adults — everything is super emotionally intense, everyone spends all their time with a small group of people, you feel like you’ve had life-altering experiences only they can empathize with etc. So you form what feel like really intense bonds really quickly. I could relate; I had a couple camp experiences, especially artistic camps, where I felt like I’d met the people I was MEANT to have in my life.

      “But what happened when camp was over?” he asked me when I said this, and I thought about it: too hard to make room for those people in my regular life, or if I made room somehow it wasn’t the same, there wasn’t the same intensity or connection and that almost made everything harder than just accepting how my regular friends could bore me. “Exactly,” he replied. “And a lot of people in this industry have been working since they were young — that’s their normal, not just a yearly thing. They don’t know how to build something reliable, or even learn to appreciate it over the new and intense.”

      I don’t think that’s any kind of excuse for bad behavior, but wow, Hollywood’s perpetual gossip machine has made a lot more sense ever since.

      • ChillyWilly says:

        The summer camp analogy makes perfect sense to me. It explains why so many co-stars end up falling for each other.

      • bub244 says:

        This is so interesting, thanks KL.

      • Mo says:

        Also why people will defend their directors, despite any and all evidence. I did some movie set work a while back. We’d get talking about who was good to work for. The career people were spectacularly bonded to Mel Gibson, especially the ones who were in the AA/recovery groups he had on his shoots. One quiet, kind of mousy guy would have taken a bullet for Gibson.

        I always keep that experience in mind when hearing people talk about their directors and co-stars. I never really expect people to publicly turn on their families.

      • sunny says:

        This is super insightful.

  15. Lena says:

    I’d like to be happy for her but really look at the above timeline and she just looks like someone desperate for a man. Add to that timeline the 6 months she was with financier Andrew Youman in late 2017 and the diamond ring she was wearing on her left hand at the GG in January 2018. She should just continue going to awards shows with Busy Phillips because as someone said above this ain’t gonna last.

  16. Starbuck says:

    I was completely shocked when I saw this last night. I immediately checked Wikipedia on him and saw the wife and was aghast. This is messy as f*ck. And the magnitude of the messiness is in the pure fact that she did pictures and gave a People exclusive on it, which is completely against her usual MO. To completely scrub his wife from his story is vile. I mean at least come by your messiness honestly. To try and dupe the public into believing she doesn’t exist just makes this and them grosser. I feel bad for the ex-husband who lost a wife to cancer with a small child and then had to endure this heartbreak right after. The persona that Michelle Williams has spent years creating is going to come crashing down just like that. I wonder if she is attending the Golden Globes and wouldn’t have been able to hide it, hence the timing (also, slow part of the year, etc). This is really low-classy of her, I am just totally shocked.

    • Eldy says:

      Both his wiki and Angela Christian have been edited today. Coincidence ? They both now appear as ‘being in a relationship’ and ‘partnered’ instead of ‘husband and wife’. Curiouser and curiouser.

    • meg says:

      many great points there. I remember an old, old story on celebitchy about michelle getting plastic surgery and her people scrubbing old pics of her from the internet which seems impossible to do but I guess people noticed her people tried. so recreating history is in her past behavior.
      and how are they going to cover that her fiancé was married-correction is still married to someone else? filing divorce papers will at least be picked up by TMZ so how do they expect people not not find out they were legally married? the opposite happened with Jennifer Anniston and Justin. this is 2019 nearly 2020 and Hollywood is still doing fake ‘marriages’ and denying marriages happened for press, not just flings for a few months for press. this is ridicules

  17. HELEN says:

    these kinds of *blatant*/*obvious* PR photoshoots (tho she’s not above setting up a stealth pap shoot) are most definitely not michelle williams’ style – so something is up, for sure for sure!

    • Call_me_al says:

      She looks like she is playing a character. It is SO weird. Plus, she looks not very cute. The pic of her at Golden Globes is gorgeous, though.

  18. Isa says:

    The separation was announced in April that her and her husband had separated earlier that year. We don’t know exactly when. It could be slightly messy or it could be REALLY messy. But someone posted that she did the exclusive to bury the affair story and that seems to make the most sense.

  19. OSTONE says:

    Eww this makes me think less of her (I am not familiar with the man’s work) I am sorry for the wife and her ex-husband.

  20. Allergy says:

    Fosse/Verdon was one of those shows where you can feel the actors stopping exactly on their marks, trying to act natural about it, even if they have to twist their body in a weird way.

  21. dothedougie says:

    I get the sense MW is a huge cheater. Google the photos of her and producer Kevin Walsh when they were in Rome during filming of All The Money in the World. Some intimate photos taken at the same time she was dating the financier. Publicists wrote it off as “just friends.” Days later -the first photos of her at Andrew Youmans together. She’s a mess – just hides it well.

    • Right. And we all seem to forget — or she has pushed to make it a minor part of her and Ledger’s myth — that they were not together when he died. They had split up.

      • lucy2 says:

        I always got the impression that they’d split up because he was having substance abuse issues, and she left to protect herself and their kid, and maybe push him to get better with some tough love before they’d get back together.

        Her personal life in recent years has definitely been messy though.

      • waitwhat says:

        That’s what I always thought, too, Lucy2…but with this mess, I’m thinking that narrative was at least somewhat contrived.

  22. bobess says:

    I feel bad for the ex spouses, and MW’s ex, Phil Elverum but mostly his daughter & Michelle’s daughter, Matilda!! Before marrying Michelle, his wife of forever had died at home from pancreatic cancer, his description of taking care of her in her final days was absolutely heartbreaking. Then, MW walks in, only long enough to wreck more havoc in their lives. Plus Michelle’s daughter supposedly thought of him as her new dad so she’s just causing so much damage to TWO kids here, uprooting them and putting them both through all her chaos. geez.

  23. perplexed says:

    I think she might be the type to fall in love easily. Whether that’s because she lost Ledger, I’m not sure. But I think she might be like that regardless. Men probably like taking care of her do maybe she’s a magnet for guys.

  24. Lila says:

    You’ve got good instincts, Kaiser. I remembered You speculating in the divorce announcement article.

    People Magazine bent over backwards to scrub all trace of past relationships from their article. I feel bad for the kids, though. Blending two families, then yanking them back apart less than a year later has to be rough.

  25. S says:

    Messy AF and bringing the 14-year-old into it in print is just…Nope.

  26. TheOriginalMia says:

    So messy. Why can’t folks wait to actually divorce before babies and engagement? Just thanking the fandom gods this doesn’t involve Sam Rockwell. I love him and Leslie.

  27. vertes says:

    I don’t know about Michelle’s other relationships but she & Heath were never married. That’s why there was such heavy litigation over the distribution & control of Ledger’s estate.
    His parents & siblings in Oz are trustees for Matilda. Michelle didn’t get nearly as much as she wanted. It’s much harder to convince the courts that you’re a “widow” when there was only an engagement that failed before the wedding.

    • Sila says:

      There’s a reason why Heath’s family doesn’t like MW and it’s because she uses Heath’s death to sell herself. MW also only lets Heath’s family see Matilda when it suits her. MW isn’t this delicate flower that she likes to portray. She has a rep of cheating with married men for years, she just hides it well.

      • kerwood says:

        Wasn’t Heath still with Naomi Watts when he got with Michelle? If he did cheat on Naomi, that’s on him but going after an ‘unavailable’ Heath might have been part of her pattern.

        I always liked Heath and Naomi together. I think of Naomi as Heath’s widow because she seemed to love him so much and was really devastated when he died.

  28. jenner says:

    I feel bad for her teenage daughter. This situation sounds like a hot mess, and this glossy People photo spread is trying to convince us otherwise.

  29. JoJo says:

    She presents as extremely guarded,, fragile, innocent and demure, but she’s always seemed like a mess to me, not to mention her blatant attempts to forever be cast as “Ledger’s grieving fiancé,” when in fact they had been very messily broken up for a long time by the time of his death.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      IIRC Ledger was not at all happy she got pregnant, he supported them but if the gossip of the time is to believed he thought it was done deliberately and it contributed to the messy ending of their relationship (he wasn’t ready to be a parent) – she was far more into Ledger than he was her.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        Digital Unicorn I’m not sure about Heath’s feelings before the birth but once Matilda was born, he dove headfirst into parenthood. He even said something like he was sending Michelle out to work so he could stay at home with Matilda. And when he and Michelle broke up, he was upset that Michelle wouldn’t let him see Matilda so often (though to be fair, he was abusing drugs at the time). They had been broken up for a few months, like maybe 6, when he died.

      • tcbc says:

        Um, Michelle is super messy, but if Ledger did not want a child he should have worn a condom. When he chose to have unprotected sex, he became equally responsible for the consequences, “deliberate” or not.

  30. Rachel says:

    I hope Michelle is happy. She has had a lot happen to her this year.

  31. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I have no respect for men and women who have no respect for men and women. And spouses and children and families and friends and life. I get the urges. I get the fast heartbeats. I get feeling like you’ve never felt before. But none of that matters if it causes you to trash people’s lives, and if that’s okay with you, you deserve the mountain of shit that follows lol.

    I don’t know her whole story. Maybe she’s an innocent sweet thing. 😒

  32. Ally says:

    People Magazine literally pulled her quotes in Vanity Fair about her previous marriage to use them as though she was talking about her new fiancé exclusively to them. Pretty nuts.

  33. Hmm says:

    This is hilarious to me!

    Did they really do a PR rollout of what looks like an affair, and while both of them are still married to other people? Is she officially divorced? Isn’t he still with someone? WHAT?

    Also, I love that Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child went on social media and was like, This is not me!! She tagged like five of this Michelle’s movies. #dawsonscreek #fosseverndon #manchesterbythesea.

    This is all the funniest end of 2019 drama!!

  34. Nina Simone says:

    People are also forgetting that she and Heath were broken up! He spent his last days with an Olsen Twin, Lily Cole and supposedly even Lindsay Lohan. While I get she was his child’s mother, Michelle has certainly leaned into this ‘fragile blonde widow’ shtick for years. It’s a shame because this won’t let her be properly called out for this. She’s been messy for years! Had an affair with Ewan McGregor amongst others. I’m also concerned bout how her daughter through all of this. So she will have 2 dads in one year….?

  35. Sidewithkids says:

    I like Michelle (great actress and she seems smart, book sense smart) but what is she doing? It’s clear she had an affair w/ this man and got pregnant (surprise baby) and now she’s marrying him b/c she thinks that’s what she’s suppose to do. This will end too, I give it about five years or so. She’s not great at picking her partners. She’s bad at yet actually. I don’t think she was in love w/ that Phil guy either and I guess that’s more clear now since she got w/ this dude.

  36. Cf86713 says:

    Why are people so surprised by this from her? People seem to forget that she was pregnant with Matilda while Heath was with Naomi watts. I feel bad for the kids this won’t end well.

    • kerwood says:

      I thought there was an overlap between Naomi and Michelle in Heath’s life. There was a lot of talk during the Brokeback Mountain press tour that Heath and Michelle were the love affair of the century but I never got the feeling that Heath felt that way. He REALLY loved Naomi Watts and Michelle was probably an on-set fling. Sleazy but not intended to be permanent. When she got pregnant, he did the ‘honourable’ thing but I never believed he was happy with her. He was happy being a daddy though. Friends always told me about seeing Heath and baby Matilda around Brooklyn. That’s the real tragedy of his death. A little girl lost the father who ADORED her. He should have loved her (and himself) enough to get help. When I heard that he had died, my first thought was that I had been looking forward to so many more brilliant performances from him.

  37. Lens horne says:

    They will have a baby as nd get divorced in a few years.

  38. Lea says:

    I think Michelle Williams has always been pretty messy, she just kept it on the down low and I think people saw her as « Widow Ledger » and didn’t really notice it. She dated trouble guys and I think most of her relationships didn’t last that long.
    That being said, this is as messy as can be.

  39. Erin says:

    I’m never surprised by adults doing messy things: affairs, cheating, quickie divorces etc. (I’m neither condoning it nor policing it, I’m just saying I’m exactly zero percent shocked) but what does surprise me, is how often they end up doubling down on the first questionable choice with getting pregnant. Like, “ah, things in our personal life are kind of a dumpster fire, let’s now, of all times, add a baby to the mix!” It’s just seems like an unbelievably complicating factor, and yet, SO often it’s the step 2 that follows step 1.

  40. Godwina says:

    Oh dear.

  41. emmy says:

    She was so smart keeping quiet about her personal life for years. Nobody dared disturb the fragile “widow” but if this is her now, it was her before. The narrative around her always bugged me. People were so stoked when she got with Jason Segel, as if she finally found someone. What a load.

    What I wanna know is how do you go from dating one guy to being married to another to being pregnant and engaged to yet another in 2 years? I don’t have the time or the emotional capacity and I don’t even have a kid.

  42. GamerGirl says:

    It says a rep for the actress didn’t comment. I think People just licensed some photos and extrapolated some info here.

  43. Le4Frimaire says:

    This is such a classic Hollywood quadrangle. Star leaves her husband for married director and now having his baby. She was barely married to her husband when she took up with this guy. Messy and dramatic. Only thing missing from the plot are big diamonds and furs. And where is his wife in all this, or the ex husband?

  44. Liz version 700 says:

    Omg on blaming her 14 year old daughter for her messiness. Yikes

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Yea that is awful. Why say Mathilda set them up rather then a simple, we fell for each other. Plus her soon to be ex has a young child? Yikes. So messy.

    • cf86713 says:

      That’s why she sucks here sure celebs are messy and most expect and don’t care most of the time. When you drag your kids into it? That’s another story and she should be dragged endlessly.

  45. Bananas says:

    Ooh, methinks I spot another pearl engagement ring!

    I like this new phase of pearls and colourful precious stones. I’m really pleased we’re moving away from the standard diamond solitaire ring that dominated the last 30 years. Finally a bit of creativity and individuality.

  46. Derriere says:

    Okay, so this is messy, but honestly it could have been done quietly with gossip blog speculation. Instead, we get a whole People exclusive plus gossip blog speculation. I’ll never understand celebs.

  47. Ellis says:

    Perhaps her “chemistry” with Rockwell was the result of her pouring it on for the watching director?

  48. Whatnow says:

    Just going to put this out there for whatever it’s worth. In my family when my aunt divorced after over 30 years of marriage she changed immediately back to her maiden name. She wanted nothing to do with her ex and his new wife. She said she did not even want an overdue library book notice that could have accidentally been sent to her if she had kept his last name.

  49. Rosie says:

    I wonder what her friend Busy Phillips thinks about this, considering she’s comparatively much less messy in her personal life? I haven’t seen them together in a while, but I don’t follow Busy on social media, so they could still be friends and I’d never know.

    • prettypersuasion says:

      Busy posted a story/photo of her w/ Michelle in NY a few weeks ago, so they definitely still hang out.

  50. B says:

    The NY Post broke it down: Michelle gets married in July 2018, shoots Fosse/Verdon from Nov 2018-March 2019, announces divorce from new hubby in April 2019.

    Thanks for the babysitting, Phil. Sure freed Michelle up so she can, um, focus with the director.

    I bet she is very visibly pregnant at the Golden Globes next week. #damagecontrol

  51. Earthbound says:

    This is kinda shady I feel for the wife and I love Phil Elverum as an indie/unique artist. But commenters on here talking shit about Williams acting like she is or was disengenious about her grief when Ledger died. SMDH.
    She was in her mid twenties and no doubt must have had a complicated relationship with the father of her kid who was drug riddled. They were together a few years and had a child together. So it’s not hard to believe she had/has complicated grief when he died. Shes not trotting that crap out, that was her life. Her daughter also looks exactly like the man she loved. She cant escape that part of her life. Also it hadn’t been that long after their break up that Ledger overdosed.

    • cf86713 says:

      This would be believable if she didn’t go out of her way to edit out the fact she’s moved on to other men since Heath died… also they weren’t together when they split.

      People probably wouldn’t bring this sort of thing up if she didn’t mention Heath during awards season….

      She chose to craft this narrative… I don’t feel bad that its biting her in the ass.

      • Earthbound says:

        You dont believe she was upset the father if her child died. That’s weird to assume. It was the father of her young child. I’ve known two women who lost the father of their child or children and even had horrible break ups but guess what ,they grieved. In fact they still do- For their kids but themselves too. And editing out other men … seriously ? It’s been how many years? I don’t follow her close but I know that’s not true that she acts like she hasn’t or doesnt date etc.

  52. cf86713 says:

    @Earthbound sure I can believe she’s sad for her daughter etc but to act like she hasn’t move onto other men since him is rather laughable since she has gotten her team to edit out the fact she dated other men since Heath. I mean really nobody would be bothered by it if she didn’t go out of her way to cover it up.

    Its the coverup is worse than the crime so to speak…

    In this case she sucks for dragging her daughter into her messes and now another innocent child.