Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup Relationship Timeline: How They Met, Fell in Love and Married

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Naomi Watts fans were delighted when she confirmed that she and her long-term partner Billy Crudup have secretly married in June 2023 after more than five years together.

The Australian actress and her American actor husband sparked rumors that they were married when pictures of them in formal wear and matching rings surfaced on June 9.

Paparazzi snaps showed Watts in a white lace dress and speculation was rife for days until she went confirmed the happy news with a popular photo she captioned “Hitched!”.

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Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup married in a private ceremony in 2023. (Instagram)

The famously private pair have been dating since 2017, after working together on the Netflix series Gypsyand they have been beaten ever since.

In celebration of their wedding, we look back at them relationship timelinefrom the moment they met to walking down the aisle.

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Running in the same circles, circa 2000s

Watts and Crudup ran in similar circles in Hollywood for years and crossed paths several times before their relationship ever became romantic.

Pictures from 2009 show the couple sitting together at a Broadway party, along with Liev Schreiber, Watts’ partner at the time, and actress Eva Mendes.

This photo from 2009 shows Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup sitting together at a Broadway party, along with Liev Schreiber, Watts' partner at the time, and actress Eva Mendes.
This photo from 2009 shows Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup sitting together at a Broadway party, along with Liev Schreiber, Watts’ partner at the time, and actress Eva Mendes. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Watts shared two children with Schreiber, Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pete, born in 2007, and Samuel Kai, born in 2008. Watts and Schreiber dated for more than ten years before parting ways in 2016.

Crudup also has a child from a previous relationship. He shares his son William Atticus with former actress partner Mary-Louise Parker, whom he dated until 2003.

He made headlines when he split from Parker while she was six months pregnant and began a romance with actress Claire Danes, whom he dated until 2006.

Romance on the screen in Gypsy2017

Watts and Crudup starred as a married couple in the 2017 series Gypsywhere Watts played a therapist who had a habit of getting too involved in her patients’ lives.

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Although the couple’s contemporaries had many problems in their relationship, there seemed to be a behind-the-scenes romance developing between the actors.

After the series hit Netflix, they were spotted together in New York City and by July 2017 they had confirm that they were going officially.

The confirmation came shortly after Watts announced Vogue Australia she was “single” and focused on co-parenting her two children with old Schreiber.

“Liev and I are on good terms and we are trying to do our best for the children, and we hope to keep moving forward in that way,” she said at the time.

“He is [a] a great father, a wonderful, wonderful man, and we still want the best for each other. So, that’s pretty much all I’ll say.”

Keeping their love lives private, 2018

The couple chose to keep their romance out of the limelight from the start.

In February they were seen leaving a post-BAFTA party in London holding hands and Watts attended the opening night of Crudup’s one-man show off Broadway. Harry Clarke.

Her appearance was kept low-key and when reporters asked Crudup about their romance, he made a point of “not making public comments” about his personal life.

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Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup, born in 2023, keep their romance largely private. (Instagram)

“I don’t particularly see the benefit of people knowing too much about me if I’m always trying to make them think I’m someone else,” he said. Entertainment tonight.

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Crudup’s awards speech will celebrate Watts, 2020

Although Crudup and Watts like to keep things private, the actor couldn’t resist thanking his partner while accepting the Critics’ Choice Award in 2020.

He won best supporting actor for his performance in it The Morning Showan Apple TV+ series in which he starred alongside Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

Billy Crudup wins outstanding supporting actor in a drama series at the Emmys.
Billy Crudup gave a shout out to Watts’ children Sasha and Kai when he won an Emmy in 2020. (Twitter)

“Thanks to them and… my son and my friends and my family and Naomi and everyone, so thank you,” he said as he accepted the award, according to People.

Crudup also gave a shout-out to Watts’ children Sasha and Kai with his own son William when he won an Emmy for the same role months later.

Make it official red carpet, 2022

The couple had been dating for over four years when they finally hit the red carpet together for the first time at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

    Billy Crudup and Naomi Watts attend the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California.
Crudup and Watts at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Getty)

Watts stunned in a sequined navy dress, which Crudup accessorized with navy accents in his own outfit for the February awards show.

Later in the year they hit the red carpet as a couple again for the Emmys, where Crudup let his leading lady take the spotlight in a black Prada dress with a white train.

Behind the scenes, they were present InStyle Laura Brown’s wedding ceremony combined and Crudup became more involved with the Watts children.

In June he joined Watts, her ex Schreiber and new girlfriend Taylor Neisen to celebrate Kai’s graduate school. Talk about a blended family!

Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup were joined by Watts' ex Liev Schreiber and her boyfriend Taylor Neisen to celebrate Kai's (center) graduation in 2022.
Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup were joined by Watts’ ex Liev Schreiber and his girlfriend Taylor Neisen to celebrate Kai’s (center) graduation in 2022. (Instagram)

Engagement rumors, early 2023

Watts became more public with her romance with Crudup on Instagram in 2022 and 2023, sharing selfies together to celebrate milestones like his birthday and Valentine’s Day.

She then sparked engagement rumors when she appeared with a sparkly ring on her left hand in April, although he avoided questions about the rock.

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Watts sports a large diamond on her left hand in April 2023. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty I)

“My eye hurts. There’s a big glint coming from some ring over here,” Today Show USA host Hoda Kotb joked when Watts appeared on the show that month.

“Hoda’s asking if you’re involved,” said Savannah Guthrie, Kotb’s co-host, but Watts just laughed and questioned about “brain fog” while avoiding the question.

Watts and Crudup say “I do”, June 2023

When photos surfaced of the loved-up couple returning home to their New York City apartment wearing formal wear and matching rings on June 9, fans were convinced they had gotten married.

Watts confirmed that she and Crudup had tied the knot in an Instagram post a few days later, where she declared that they were “Buddy!” and share photos from the ceremony.

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The actors married in a secret ceremony in June 2023. (Instagram)

She wore a lace Oscar de la Renta Sweetheart Water Lilly Guipure Dress for the special day and admitted that she accidentally picked up her bouquet from a local deli.

Crudup was wearing a navy suit and a big smile in the photos Watts shared, as well as a single white flower pinned to his lapel to match Watts’ bouquet.

Their news sent the internet into overdrive and famous friends came in to congratulate them, including Watts’ ex Schreiber who said on her Instagram : “Congratulations! Gorgeous!!!”

Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup got married
Naomi Watts wore Oscar de la Renta Sweetheart Water Lilly Guipure lace. (Instagram)

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