“In your 20s, you’re still so jagged and fractured, and I feel like everything has sort of cohered,” she told the magazine. Williams would only share (“I would tell you everything…but the internet’s an a–hole,” she pointed out) that she and Elverum, a singer-songwriter who performs as Mount Eerie, were planning to wed in a small ceremony in the Adirondacks.
They had met through mutual friends. Elverum was a widower, having lost his wife of 13 years in 2016, and a father of a then 3-year-old daughter. He was based in Washington but packed up for Brooklyn, where they all moved into a new home.
“I never gave up on love,” Williams told Vanity Fair. “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.”
Heath’s father, Kim Ledger, told the Sydney Morning Herald in their native Australia that his family was “terribly happy” for Michelle. He added, “She’s very private and I don’t really like to make too many comments about her, but we are very happy.”