Michelle Williams and Dustin Yellin leaving a Met Gala afterparty (Splash News)
Williams on the red carpet earlier in the evening (Getty Images)
Michelle Williams looked like a punk princess at the Met Gala on Monday with her black Saint Laurent gown, Fred Leighton diamond-encrusted tiara, and Olympia Le-Tan punk poster clutch -- and it looks like she may have ended the evening with her new Prince Charming.
For the first time since she ended her relationship with Jason Segel in February, "The Oz: The Great And Powerful" star, 32, was seen holding hands with a new fella -- Brooklyn, New York, artist Dustin Yellin. The 38-year-old was seen clutching the single mom's hand as they left an afterparty at the Boom Boom Room in Manhattan early Tuesday morning, leading her to a car.
Williams, who had her head down but appeared to be smiling, walked behind Yellin as he guided her through the paparazzi. When they reached the car, she certainly appeared comfortable, curling up and draping her coat on her lap as they drove away.
Yellin at an art benefit in NYC on April 23 (Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
Yellin's building, which he purchased for $3.7 million in 2010 and has ambitions of turning into a non-profit art space, was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last fall. The timing couldn't have been worse -- he had just done a total renovation on the space. In an interview with Bloomberg News following the storm, he said he had suffered millions of dollars of damage and much of his artwork had been destroyed.
Yellin, whose work is a hybrid of painting/collage and sculpture, has quite a few celebrity fans -- in addition to the blushing Williams. According to a 2012 profile on him in the New York Times, some of his buyers include Ben Stiller and Lance Armstrong. (His glass sculptures typically sell for $25,000 to $100,000.) A native of Aspen, Colorado, where he was raised by his single mom, he is represented by Vito Schnabel, the art dealer and curator who reportedly dated Demi Moore and is a good friend.
Although Yellin is an artist, he has also been dabbling in the world of showbiz. He recently directed a documentary called "Little Grandfather," which is about a remote Amazonian tribe.
With all that, we're not sure if he has time for romance -- but, judging from the photos, he could possibility have found it with Williams.
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