Felicity Huffman Refused To Marry William H. Macy For 15 Years Because She Was Scared Of Marriage

December 26, 2017

Felicity Huffman, 55, and William H. Macy, 67, are one of the strongest couples in Hollywood. In 2017, they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

But turns out, it took them nearly 15 years of dating off and on before they managed to take that final walk down the aisle.


Love at first sight

The couple first met back in the '80s. Young actors, who were truly passionate about what they do, William and Felicity, had a lot in common. In an interview with Daily Mail, the Desperate Housewives star admitted that she fell for Macy since the day one.

We did meet at the Atlantic Theater Company, and it was love at first sight for me.

Their common love for acting helped William and Felicity build that special bond. As the Shameless star said to Closer Weekly, they often work together and always read each other's scripts.

We both love acting — it’s the only language that we have.

But it took them a lot of time to get their union to the place where they both felt confident enough to trust and rely on each other.

Almost 15 years of refusal

The couple was taking it slow at first, but at some point, William popped up the big question to Felicity. And the Transamerica star turned down his proposal.

The actress was terrified at one thought about marriage, reports Tribune News.

I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would've preferred to step in front of a bus.

After a few years of being in relationships, Huffman and Macy broke up. They seemed to move on, but five years later, the celebrity couple got together once more. And once again, William asked Felicity to marry him. Only this time, she finally said “yes.”

In an interview with Tribune News, the actress recalled that Macy asked her to marry him “several times over several years,” and at that point, she was ready to take the next step.

I was finally smart enough to go: 'I'm going to marry this guy or really lose him for good'.

The couple tied the knot in September 1997.

Celebrating 20 years together

Felicity and William managed to build a strong team in both their personal and professional lives. Today, they have two lovely daughters, Sophia and Georgia.

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The spouses often work together on different projects and support each other every step of the way. And when they don't work, they enjoy spending time with one another.

Sometimes, we go away. We find a hotel, and we just get away for a weekend.

And on September 6, 2017, Felicity and William celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

In her post on Instagram, the Emmy-winning actress paid a touching tribute to her husband:

You took me home in 1985. You married me in 1997. You give me a thrill every time you walk through the door. Thank you for marrying me 20 years ago today.

The story of Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy shows that you need to face your fears and get out of your comfort zone in order to move to the next level. And for this loving couple, the reward was totally worth all the struggling.

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