Michelle Williams is engaged to Chad Johnson!
No, not the “Manchester by the Sea” actress or the Cincinnati Bengals NFL wide receiver. Destiny’s Child member Williams is getting married to Pastor Johnson, whom she met last March.
“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said, according to People. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”
And so Williams, 37, attended a spiritual retreat in Arizona run by Johnson. “When we met, both of us were in very similar places on a personal level,” said Johnson, 40. “Michelle was coming off the heels of a really bad relationship, and I was just in a place of despair as well.”
“I mean, he was cute,” Williams admitted, “but I did not go to flirt with the pastor!”
Nevertheless, the two exchanged numbers and began to develop a friendship. Johnson tried to flirt via text to mixed success: “I tried to roll in with some mac daddy game — and I tried to flirt a little bit and said something like, ‘How about you and I connect sometime?’ And right away, she texted right back with one word and six question marks behind it: ‘Connect??????'”
“I thought she had dissed me,” the pastor continued. “So I was embarrassed, and I didn’t reach back out to her because I thought I’d ruined the friendship.”
Fortunately for Johnson, the text chain eventually blossomed into a romance.
“What kept drawing me and drawing me at first was, I felt like I could be myself,” said Williams. “My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra: just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself.”
As for the wedding, no date is set but the couple expect it to “be very traditional. We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private.”