Actress Michelle Williams weds in secret, never giving up on love after death of partner Heath Ledger 10 years ago

LOS ANGELES • Actress Michelle Williams (above) has quietly married, telling Vanity Fair magazine she never gave up on love after the death of her partner, Heath Ledger, 10 years ago.

Williams, 37, the fiercely private Oscar-nominated star of Brokeback Mountain (2005), told the magazine in an interview published on Thursday that she married American indie musician Phil Elverum at a private ceremony earlier this month in the rural Adirondacks region of upstate New York.

She described her relationship with Elverum, whose first wife died of pancreatic cancer, as "very sacred, very special".

Williams had a daughter, Matilda, with Ledger, but the couple ended their three-year romance a few months before his 2008 death at age 28 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

"I never gave up on love," she said. "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."

Williams spoke of how she and Matilda were hounded by media in the months after Ledger's death.

"I'll never forget going to the post office and seeing a sign hung on the wall for anyone with information about myself and my daughter, to please call this number.

"Um, so I took that down," she told Vanity Fair. The interview appears in the September edition of Vanity Fair.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline 'Actress Michelle Williams weds in secret'. Subscribe