Michelle Williams isn’t here for your deeply personal questions about her love life, OK?
If you believe what everyone tells you, there’s only one way to live your life: first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage.
However, as we all know, that simply isn’t the case: the year is 2018 and more women than ever before are choosing not to get married. In fact, statistics show that 2 in 3 women under the age of 30 are choosing to remain single – and that they are not living with a partner.
There is no one right path, after all. In fact, to paraphrase the great Leslie Knope: “If you want to get married, that’s great. If you want to avoid the institution, for whatever reason, that’s great too. Do both, or neither, it doesn’t matter, just don’t judge what someone else has decided to do.”
Yet, despite feminist truth-bombs like this being scattered throughout 21st century pop culture, many unmarried women still find themselves under a harsh spotlight, often being grilled by friends and strangers alike asking deeply personal questions surrounding their life choices.
And, naturally, it’s worse for women in the public eye: they don’t just have to explain themselves to their friends and family, but to journalists and (subsequently) the world, too.
So, when Michelle Williams recently found herself being quizzed about her relationship status, she decided to address the issue once and for all.
During an otherwise brilliant interview with Harper’s Bazaar, during which she discussed the likes of Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, Williams was asked whether she’s seeing anyone at the moment.
After shooting her interviewer a ‘mockingly stern look’, she replied: “I’m happy. What else can I say? Everyone’s happy.”
Her meaning was clear: this topic is off-limits. However, the interviewer probed a little further and specifically asked Williams if there was someone special in her life.
Cue the sort of killer response we wish we’d been quick enough to come up with the last time Great Aunt Muriel asked us about our marital status over the dinner table.
“Hey,” said Williams, “let’s not define this story by a man again.
“I’m happy, and happy to live without defining myself by a relationship.”
It is not the first time that Williams has addressed the rigidity of societal expectations.
In 2016, the All The Money In The World star – who shares a daughter, Matilda, with the late Heath Ledger – touched upon the difficulties of dating as a single mother, explaining that she has found it “really sensitive” and something of a “learning process”.
“I certainly did not expect to still be dating at 36 with an 11-year-old,” she said. “This is not what I imagined.”
However, she added that, while she would consider getting married in the future, she is fiercely independent – and, as such, will not be rushing into anything just for the sake of it.
“Just because I might have a desire to be with someone… that won’t lead me to marry the wrong person,” she said firmly.
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