"I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free"
Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum and actress Michelle Williams have married in secret.
According to Vanity Fair, the two were married earlier in July in what was described as “a secret ceremony in the Adirondacks, witnessed by only a handful of friends and their two daughters.”
Williams described their relationship as “very sacred and very special.”
She added: “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 [her daughter] feel free to be herself, and I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free.”
The actress had a child with the late actor. Heath Ledger.
Ledger, who starred in The Dark Knight movie and won an Oscar post-humorously, died on January 22, 2008 from an accidental intoxication of prescription drugs, six months before the release of the Batman movie.
Like Williams, Elverum also lost a partner when his late wife, illustrator and musician Geneviève Castrée, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 just four months after the birth of their daughter.
Elverum deals with themes of loss and grief on his last two acclaimed albums, ‘A Crow Looked at Me’ and ‘Now Only.’
Williams, who has been nominated for an Oscar four times, added that she “never gave up on love” but has spent the ten years since Ledger’s death looking for the “radical acceptance” she felt in her relationship with him.
“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.”
The star said that whilst she struggled to open up about her past, she felt doing so would help others.
She added: “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?”
The actress also talked about pay inequality after it was revealed in January that Mark Wahlberg was paid over $1million more than Michelle Williams for the same shoot.
“You feel totally de-valued,” Williams said of the experience, adding: “but that also chimes in with pretty much every other experience you’ve had in your workplace, so you just learn to swallow it.”
The singer, who was paid less than one-tenth of 1% of her male-co-stars fee, said she hoped the “private humiliation” would become “a public turning point.”
After the news broke, Wahlberg donated his fee to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Williams later responded to the donation, saying: “My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted.
“If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment.”