Is Michelle Williams Dating This Famous Writer?

by Maitri Suhas
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Michelle Williams, star of Manchester By The Sea, brought her best friend Busy Phillips as her date to the Golden Globes, but who's she bringing to the Academy Awards? Who is Michelle Williams dating, if anyone, and will they accompany her as she walks the red carpet as an Oscar nominee? Apparently, the actor has been with author Jonathan Safran Foer since 2015. Or at least she was the last fans heard.

A source told Us Weekly back in July of 2015 that Williams met Safran Foer through mutual friends, and that they were a great match because Williams loved... to read? "I’m not surprised that Michelle is attracted to him. She loves books. She reads almost every day!" the source said. Well, he himself is not a book, but I understand the sentiment.

It makes sense in a lot of ways. Safran Foer, who's known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, is known for being a quintessential hipster writer, and Williams has been quite an indie darling in Hollywood with films like Blue Valentine. Oh, and she likes to read.

In August 2016, Safran Foer was profiled in Time to promote his new novel Here I Am, and the piece confirmed that at that time, he was still with Williams.

Williams, of course, was with the late Heath Ledger from 2004 to 2007. This was soon before his death in January 2008, leaving Williams to raise their daughter, Matilda, who is now 11. Afterwards, Williams dated Spike Jonze and Jason Segel, but she has said many times how difficult Ledger's death was (and continues to be).

Williams is a very private person, so there's no real telling if she and Safran Foer are still together. In an interview with Wall Street Journal Magazine on Jan. 23, she said about dating, "I’ve not gotten married because I have not had a person to whom I would — so I have not let my sense of conformity or duty override my instincts." Whoever she's with, Williams is a woman all her own, though I'm sure she's using that Safran Foer connect to get tons of free books.