Donald Glover and his girlfriend, Michelle White, were first spotted together in Hawaii in January 2016
Donald Glover is protective of his relationship with girlfriend Michelle White.
The pair were first spotted together in January 2016 during a vacation to Hawaii. The couple welcomed their first child that same year, a son named Legend. Since then, Glover and White have welcomed two more sons together.
Despite their long-time partnership, the pair prefers to keep their family life out of the spotlight and rarely make public appearances together. In April 2022, Glover revealed in an interview with himself for Interview Magazine why he values his family’s privacy.
“I don’t think life is real unless some things are just for you. Things that should not or cannot be shared,” he said. “I think the younger generation is going to have a hard time distinguishing whether something is for them or for others, and I think it could play out as a diminished sense of self. You really have to know what you would do if no else was watching.”
So who is Donald Glover’s girlfriend? Here’s everything to know about Michelle White and her relationship with the musician and actor.
She’s Glover’s long-time partner
Glover has been dating White since at least 2016. According to E! News, the pair were first spotted together in January of that year while on a trip to Hawaii. Though White was unidentified at the time, she was visibly pregnant with their first child.
Since then, the couple have maintained a long-term partnership. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in August 2017, the Atlanta star said that while he does believe in love, he doesn’t believe in marriage.
“It doesn’t serve the purpose that I would want it to serve,” he told the outlet.
Still, during an interview with Entertainment Tonight at The Lion King premiere in July 2019, while discussing his son’s interest in the movie, the actor referred to White as “my wife.” His choice of words fueled speculation that the pair had secretly tied the knot, but neither have confirmed the marriage.
She’s a mom of three
White and Glover are the proud parents of three boys.
They welcomed their first son, Legend, in 2016. However, the musician didn’t reveal their child’s name until the following summer, when he sang a track off of his Childish Gambino album Awaken, My Love! at the Governors Ball.
“This song is dedicated to everybody in this crowd and my young son, Legend,” Glover told the crowd before performing “Baby Boy.”
A few months later, Glover announced that he was expecting his second child with White during his acceptance speech at the 2017 Emmys. “I want to thank my baby, my son, for just being the joy in my life,” he said. “I want to thank my unborn son — we’re listening to Stevie [Wonder] tonight.”
In January 2018, Glover confirmed the birth of his second child to PEOPLE but did not provide any details about his name or his birth date. That same month, he also updated Entertainment Tonight about his girlfriend’s health post-birth.
“She’s great. She’s good,” Glover told the outlet. “Baby’s born, so she’s happier now.”
The couple became parents for a third time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Glover revealed in a September 2020 GQ interview with actress Michaela Coel. The star shared that his youngest son is named Donald after his father, who died in 2018, and was born amid the nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death.
"It was such an intense, weird moment, because I’m watching that video and it’s like eight minutes long, so you’re sitting there and I had just had this amazing, joyful, expanding moment, plus my dad had passed away recently, so [my son] was named after my father," he explained. "I don’t even know what, really, the word is to describe it. It was just expanding: the empathy and compassion and the terror and the joy of it."
During the interview, Glover also spoke about potentially expanding his family again after Coel mentioned that she was freezing her eggs.
"That’s great. I feel like it’s gonna become more and more [common]. Because I’ve actually had that thing where I’m like, 'Maybe I should just get a vasectomy and just freeze those assets,' " he said. "Because adopting kids, my family adopting kids ... And we actually have been talking about [it], because we have three boys so I’m like, 'Oh, it might be nice to get a girl in there.' So I think all those are great options. But it is hard."
Glover thanks her in his acceptance speeches
Although Glover rarely speaks about his relationship with White publicly, he makes sure to give her a shout-out in his award acceptance speeches.
In January 2017, the star took home the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy for his role in Atlanta. His moving acceptance speech included a brief nod to his partner and son.
"I really want to say thank you to my son, and the mother of my son, for making me believe in people again and things being possible," he said. "So, thank you."
Glover also mentioned White and their sons in his second speech at the 2017 Emmys, where he took home the awards for outstanding director of a comedy series and outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.
“Yo, I’m so happy, wow. Thank you guys so much, this is nuts. I want to thank my mom and dad, the city of Atlanta, FX,” he said. “I want to thank Michelle, my partner, you love me no matter what. I want to thank my son, [and] my unborn son — we’re listening to Stevie [Wonder] tonight!”
They made their red carpet debut in 2023
On March 14, 2023, the private couple made their first red carpet-appearance together at the Los Angeles premiere of Swarm.
White wore a black off-the-shoulder dress with a ruched bodice, which she paired with nude platform heels and a classic red lip. Glover opted for a more vibrant look in a pastel yellow shirt and matching trousers, which he accessorized with cream-colored loafers and gold chains.
While this was the couple’s red carpet debut, they were previously photographed inside the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in 2022 and 2023, as well as the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018.
She’s very supportive of Glover’s career
In addition to the occasional public appearance, White is very supportive of Glover behind the scenes.
The Swarm creator told PEOPLE in January 2018 that fatherhood hadn’t changed his lifestyle too much because of his girlfriend’s dedication to their family. “I think my partner, she does all the hard stuff, to be honest,” he said. “She’s just very supportive. I haven’t really had to change anything. But it’s given me definitely another perception on what life is. It gives me a lot of context.”
White also provided Glover with a lot of support when his third season of Atlanta received a high volume of criticism in 2022. Speaking with GQ in April 2023, he said that he was upset over the backlash, which prompted encouraging words from his partner.
“You do punk things, you get punk results,” he recalled her telling him.
She’s not on social media
Despite her partner’s high-profile career, White prefers to stay out of the spotlight and has no public social media accounts.
Glover has accounts on Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter), but only shares photos of his work.
Recently, he wiped both of his accounts to feature one post about the job openings at his new multimedia studio, Gilga.
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