When the news broke that Emmy-winning actress Michelle Williams was not only engaged to Hamilton director Thomas Kail, but the couple was expecting their first child together, fans immediately started sending messages of congratulations on social media. Unfortunately, some were a bit confused about which Michelle Williams they should be happy for.
The Dawson’s Creek alum shares her name with Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, and she had to post a message to fans after she started receiving messages about an engagement and pregnancy.
Michelle Williams Is Pregnant and Engaged to Hamilton Director Thomas Kail https://t.co/kOomLluhbt
— People (@people) December 31, 2019
“A few comments are tricking [sic] in and of course I had to google to see what was goin on!” wrote the singer on her Instagram Story. “Congrats are certainly in order but for #dawsonscreek #fosseverdon #brokebackmountain #greatestshowman #manchesterbythesea ‘Michelle’ Ok bye.”
The singer and actress are often confused for one another, most recently when the actress won an Emmy for her performance in the FX drama Fosse/Verdon. The four-time Oscar nominee gave a passionate speech about equal pay for women when she accepted the award, but people were getting the two mixed up on social media and sending the singer messages of support, as well as criticism.
The singer called people out with a message on Instagram Live, asking people why they are tagging her and congratulating her, and wondering if they realize that she’s black.
“How come when y’all are tagging and congratulating a person, do y’all see that I’m black? When you go to my profile, you search for the ‘Michelle Williams,’ I am black. OK? I ain’t mixed with nothing, I ain’t mixed with Persian, Russian, I am black,” she said.
The singer added that she was trying to figure out why she was getting cursed out for the actress’ speech, which the singer thought was “awesome.” The singer also praised the actress for her performance in Fosse/Verdon, saying she played the role of “Gwen Verdon to a T.”
To clear things up…Emmy-winning actress Michelle Williams is engaged to Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail, and the couple is expecting their first child together. Williams is the mother of 14-year-old Matilda, who she shared with the late Heath Ledger.
Meanwhile, Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams ended her engagement to pastor Chad Johnson in December 2018, and she did not go public with a new romance this past year.