Singer Michelle Williams Has a Message for Those Confusing Her with Actress Michelle Williams

On Monday’s episode of the “The Real,” the ladies spoke about actress Michelle Williams’ impassioned Emmys acceptance speech on the Hollywood gender pay gap.

“The next time a woman — and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her. Believe her,” she pleaded to the audience after winning an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. “Because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it. Thank you.”

Well, in case you were confused about which notable Michelle Williams spoke those powerful words, former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams is here to set you straight. Since Sunday night’s award show, it seems confused social media users have been sending her a barrage of messages about the OTHER Michelle’s statement, so she took to Instagram Live to address the mix-up!

“Let’s get one thing clear. 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 or tag? Like, when you search for the Michelle Williams? I am black, okay?” Michelle asked the Internet.

The Grammy winner went on to express her bewilderment over receiving misdirected backlash, and even defended the Emmy-winning Michelle’s message, saying, “I’m trying to figure out why in the world am I getting cursed out in my comments for Michelle Williams’ speech, which I thought was her truth. I thought it was awesome. I thought she was factual — I could be wrong!”

Michelle also added that she told a woman on Instagram, “I’m so sorry that my namesake upset you!”

Actress and four-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has spoken about being mistaken for the singer before. “It gets me one step closer to Beyoncé, so I’m pretty good with it,” she told HuffPost in 2018. “Now I’ll have an ice breaker if I ever get to meet Beyoncé. I’ll talk to her about the old days of Destiny’s Child. So thank you, because I’ll obviously be tongue-tied if and when that ever happens, and now I’ll know exactly what to say.”

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