Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh has rightfully been a heavy hitter for years. And while most movie buffs know a fair amount about the Malaysian actress and skilled stuntwoman's vibrant career, which has spanned almost four decades, her personal life is another story.
More specifically, fans are curious as to whether the Everything Everywhere All at Once star has a romantic partner. Here's a look at her relationship history.
Michelle Yeoh was married to Dicksoon Poon from 1988 to 1991.
After performing under the name Michelle Khan in the mid-'80s — receiving praise for her roles in films like 1985's Yes, Madam and 1987's Magnificent Warriors — the Miss Malaysia 1983 winner took a step back from acting. Why? Well, she set her sights on an entirely different dream: motherhood.
"In 1988, I got married to a wonderful man called Dickson Poon. At 28 years old, I decided maybe it was time to settle down, get married, and have a new life," she told Bustle in a 2022 interview.
She "looked in awe at some of the actresses who were able to juggle being a mother, take the kids to school, and act or produce," but ultimately decided those worlds couldn't collide in her life, as she's "not a good multitasker."
However, as noted in a 2018 profile on Michelle by You Magazine, billionaire Hong Kong businessman Dickson Poon — aka the founder of luxury goods company Dickson Concepts — requested that Michelle leave acting.
"It was a choice I made," she clarified. "I believed that [getting married] would be so that I could have a family. Acting was never my burning ambition — it fell into my lap — and [after marriage] my priorities changed. Of course, after a while certain things did not happen; then you have to consider, what’s next? We were married for three years. Although it didn’t work out [we] remained friends. He’s an amazing man."
Those "certain things" involved children, as her attempts at building a family never came to fruition. Sadly, she believes this reality is part of the reason her marriage fizzled.
"If I’m being honest with myself, I didn't want for us to be bitter 10 years down the road. Because in Asian families, people want to have sons and daughters [because] they are an extension and a legacy. And when you have the realization [that you can’t have kids], you have to deal with it. You deal with the curveballs that are thrown at you," she told Bustle.
Michelle Yeoh found love again with Jean Todt, whom she married in July 2023 after a 19-year engagement.
Years after she returned to acting in the 1990s (openly grateful to the Hong Kong film industry for welcoming her back with open arms), the Crazy Rich Asians star fell for French motor racing executive Jean Todt.
Jean Todt is the retired president of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, "the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organizations," as well as the former CEO of Ferrari.
The two met in Shanghai in 2004 and got engaged a year later. In 2022, Michele said they were "thinking" of tying the knot, but life seemingly got in the way.
“He counts the number of days rather than the years,” Michelle told Town & Country. “I’ll ask him, ‘What is the present for 6,725 days?’” Sweetly, she also shared with the mag that home is "wherever the people that I love are." More specifically, it's "wherever Jean is.”
In July 2023, after a 19-year engagement, Michelle and Jean finally got married. The news made the rounds after Brazilian motorsports racing driver Felipe Massa posted about the beautiful day on Instagram.
One of the photos shows a card that was on display at the wedding. It featured a lovely photo of the happy couple along with the following message:
"We met in Shanghai on 4th June 2004. On 26th July 2004, J.T proposed to marry M.Y and she said YES! Today after 6992 days on 27th July 2023 in Geneva, surrounded by loving family and friends, we are so happy to celebrate this special moment together!"
Per the Daily Mail, the reason for their getting married in Switzerland is likely because the two own a home in Geneva together and consider it their primary residence when they're not away for work.