Mom of one Michelle Williams is now a stepmother to one, too.
News of the actress’ recent, private wedding was revealed in a Vanity Fair cover story.
The magazine spoke to Williams before she married singer-songwriter Phil Elverum and, according Vanity Fair, the small ceremony was witnessed by “a handful of friends and their two daughters.”
Like Williams, who shared daughter Matilda with the late Heath Ledger, Elverum also lost his parenting partner far too soon.
“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, and the two very private artists went public with a GoFundMe page to help defray medical costs. Castrée died 13 months later, in July 2016, leaving Elverum with an 18-month-old daughter,” Vanity Fair reports.
Matilda was just 2 years old when she and Williams lost Ledger in 2008. In the decade since, Williams has always put her daughter first, but also hoped to find the same kind of of accepting love she once had with Ledger.
“I never gave up on love,” she told the magazine. “I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.’ ”
She goes on to say that the way Elverum loves her is the way she wants to live her life.”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,” she explained.
Williams has been fiercely protective of her private life with Matilda since her daughter’s father died, but decided to speak about her current relationship in the hopes that other women facing a similar journey might find hope in her story.
She never gave up on love, and clearly, it found her again. What a beautiful blended family.