Donald Glover has had quite the busy year. Between gearing up for Season 2 of Atlanta, preparing for his role as Simba in The Lion King live-action reboot and promoting his Childish Gambino album Awaken, My Love!, he’s had a lot on his plate.
On top of that, he welcomed a new baby with his partner, Michelle, earlier in January. But who exactly is Michelle? Glover has shared little information about his girlfriend and mother of his two children, so she has largely remained shrouded in mystery.
However, we did a little digging to learn a bit more about her in advance of the 2018 Grammy Awards, where Glover’s album is nominated for five trophies. What we found out for sure is that Donald Glover excels at keeping his family life private. We respect that, but our curiosity admittedly got the best of us.
Here’s what we know about Donald Glover’s girlfriend so far.
1Michelle gave birth to the couple’s first child, Legend, in 2016.
Shortly after paparazzi first spotted a pregnant Michelle with Glover outside of a grocery store in Hawaii, they welcomed their first son into the world. Up until then, no one knew Glover was seeing anyone, let alone that he was a soon-to-be father.
2Donald Glover has mentioned her in his award acceptance speeches.
When Glover won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2017 Emmy Awards, he thanked Michelle and their son. He also announced the impending birth of their second child.
“I want to thank Michelle, my partner, you love me even with how crazy I get,” he said. “I want to thank my baby, my son, for just being the joy in my life. I want to thank my unborn son, we’re listening to Stevie [Wonder] tonight.”
Glover also thanked his family at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, where he took home a Best Actor statuette for his work on Atlanta.
What else do we know?
3They’re not married…or so we think.
Glover routinely refers to Michelle as his partner, and no one has been able to verify the couple’s legal relationship status.
4Michelle does not work in the entertainment industry.
Though Glover is a very public figure in Hollywood and the music industry, Michelle’s history and professional background largely remain unknown. Despite being a celebrity, Glover is relatively quiet on social media. The future Lando Calrissian in the untitled Han Solo film generally stays out of the spotlight.
5Glover clearly loves and respects Michelle.
In an interview with Us Weekly earlier in January, Glover shared that despite being a father of two, life hasn’t changed too dramatically for him. He also expressed extreme gratitude to Michelle for being a caring mother to his two sons.
“My partner, she does all the hard stuff to be honest,” Glover said. “I haven’t really had to change anything. It’s given me another perception of what life is. It gives me a lot of context!”
Good luck to Glover and his alter ego, Childish Gambino, tonight!