Michelle Williams revealed news of her recent marriage to singer-songwriter, Phil Elverum in the new issue of Vanity Fair.
The interview was conducted before the couple’s private wedding ceremony took place upstate attended by
“a handful of friends and their two daughters.“
Elverum is best known for having recorded and performed with The Microphones and Mount Eerie (present). He is also known for his artwork and photography, producing limited-run fanzines and song booklets.
Williams, 37, was with actor Heath Ledger and they had daughter, Matilda, prior to Ledger’s death in 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription medication.
“I never gave up on love … I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.’ Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship but Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something.
Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. 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.“
Elverum lost his wife, Geneviève Castrée, in 2016 to pancreatic cancer and they had a daughter.
Elverum wrote about the loss of his wife,
“Why share this much? Why open up like this? Why tell you, stranger, about these personal moments, the devastation and the hanging love? Our little family bubble was so sacred for so long. We carefully held it behind a curtain of privacy when we’d go out and do our art and music selves, too special to share, especially in our hyper-shared imbalanced times. Then we had a baby and this barrier felt even more important.
In May 2015 they told us Geneviève had a surprise bad cancer, advanced pancreatic, and the ground opened up. ‘What matters now?’ we thought. Then on July 9th 2016 she died at home and I belonged to nobody anymore…“
Williams too has worked to create an area of protection around her family life, said she decided to open up about her relationship on the possibility it could help other women.
“I don’t really want to talk about any of it. But there’s that tease, that lure, that’s like, What if this helps somebody? What if somebody who has always journeyed in this way, who has struggled as much as I struggled, and looked as much as I looked, finds something that helps them?“
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ConDRAGulations, Michelle & Phil!
(Photo, Collier Schorr; via Vanity Fair)