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Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup set off rumors that they might have tied the knot after she was seen wearing what looked like a wedding band on Friday.
The Mulholland Drive star and the Almost Famous actor, both 54, were seen arriving at an apartment in New York City in pictures obtained by Page Six, but Naomi looked particular resplendent in a white Oscar de la Renta dress with gorgeous lacy floral designs, which could have been used as a wedding dress.
But it was the gold wedding band on her ring finger — which appeared to have been newly added alongside her rumored engagement ring — that made fans wonder if she and Billy might have tied the knot.
So far, Naomi and her new love have stayed mum about rumors that they had gotten engaged, which began flying after she appeared on the Today Show wearing a massive diamond ring on her left hand.
The couple looked particularly sweet as they returned from their outing on Friday, and Naomi even ramped up the secret wedding rumors by carrying a lovely yet reserved bouquet of white roses and other matching flowers.
Secret nuptials? Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup, both 54, set off speculation that they might have gotten married when she was seen with him on Friday in a white floral dress with a gold band next to her rumored engagement ring in photos obtained by Page Six; seen in October 2022 in LA
Naomi’s gorgeous white look was an Oscar de la Renta Sweetheart Water Lilly Guipure Dress, which sells for around $5,000.
It featured thick lacy floral-design straps, and its sleeveless design exposed her toned arms.
The 5ft5in beauty elevated her stature, wearing a set of gold open-toe heels underneath her ankle-length skirt.
She completed the semi-casual summery look with chunky cream-colored cat-eye sunglasses, and she wore her lovely blond hair in a playful, wavy bob.
Billy was dressed somewhat more casually, but he still looked fairly elegant.
The Watchmen actor had on a navy blue suit, and he looked dashing with his clean-shaven visage and his shaggy salt-and-pepper hair swept back dramatically.
Billy brightened up the ensemble with a simple white dress shirt sans tie, and he wore classic black dress shoes.
Interesting, he had his arms full as he carried what appeared to be two overnight bags, one black and another an attract red leather bag.
Packed for a trip? She looked lovely in a $5,000 Oscar de la Renta Sweetheart Water Lilly Guipure Dress, while Billy wore a navy suit. He also carried to overnight bags to the apartment
Sparkler: The British–Australian actress appears to have sparked rumors that she and Billy had gotten engaged earlier this year, when she debuted an enormous diamond with a tasteful marquise cut, along with a diamond-encrusted band; pictured April 4 in NYC
Stunning diamond: She has worn the ring multiple times on public outings and at red carpet events; seen May 9 in NYC
Mum’s the word: Hoda Kotb even asked her about the ring on the Today Show, but Noami deflected and refused to admit a possible engagement or even to deny one
The addition of the overnight bags didn’t do anything to dispel rumors that the couple might have quickly gotten hitched.
The British–Australian actress appears to have sparked rumors that she and Billy had gotten engaged earlier this year, when she debuted an enormous diamond with a tasteful marquise cut, along with a diamond-encrusted band.
So far, Naomi doesn’t appear to have commented on her ring, even after Today co-anchor Hoda Kotb directly referenced it during a late April appearance on the iconic morning talk show.
Toward the end of Naomi’s segment, Hoda joked that he ‘eye was hurting’ from the ‘big glint coming from some ring over here.’
‘It just struck me, but it’s beautiful,’ she added.
Lest there be any doubt about her implied question, Hoda’s co-host Savannah Guthrie added: ‘Hoda is asking if you’re engaged.’
But Naomi simply replied, ‘So, the brain fog…’
Savannah went on to compliment the ring’s design, but Naomi avoided saying more about her ring, while also not outright denying that she had gotten engaged to Billy.
So far, the Morning Show star has also avoided discussing the potential engagement.
Naomi appears to have worn the ring at least as early as March, and she was spotted displaying the sparkler on the red carpet at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills.
All eyes on her: Naomi appears to have worn the ring at least as early as March, and she was spotted displaying the sparkler on the red carpet at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills; pictured in March in Beverly Hills
Work romance: She and Crudup met on her 2017 Netflix series Gypsy, which they costarred in. They began dating that year but have stayed under the radar; pictured together in October 2022 in Pacific Palisades
She and Billy met on the set of her 2017 Netflix series Gypsy, in which she starred as a therapist who uses an alias to develop close (and unethical) relationships with people intimately connected to her patients, while Crudup played her husband.
The costars began a relationship later in 2017, a year after she had split from her partner of 11 years, the actor Liev Schreiber.
The friendly exes share two children: Kai, 14, and Sasha, 15.
Watts and Schreiber began their relationship in 2005, shortly after she dated the late actor Heath Ledger from 2002–2004.
Despite having ended their years-long relationship, Watts and Schreiber still attend events together to support their children, and they were even seen smiling together with their current partners in photos taken at Kai’s graduation.
In a 2019 interview with PorterEdit, she admitted the parents were ‘doing something very differently.’
‘I’m pretty proud of us, corny as that may sound. We’ve made it our absolute priority to be good and kind to each other and we’re absolutely committed to that.’
Schreiber announced earlier this year that he’s expecting his first child with girlfriend Taylor Neisen, who is a model.
Crudup was long infamous for the terrible timing when he ended his multi-year relationship with Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker.
He separated from the actress, whom he began dating in 1996, in November of 2003, when she was seven months pregnant with their son.
Naomi has remained friends and co-parents with her ex-partner Liev Schreiber (2nd to L), and they were seen beaming with Crudup (back center) and Schreiber’s current girlfriend Taylor Neisen (back R)
Out of the spotlight: They didn’t make their red carpet debut until the 2022 SAG Awards, though she occasionally shared romantic photos of herself and Billy to social media
He subsequent began a relationship with Claire Danes that ended in 2006.
Crudup seems to have kept any subsequent romances prior to his relationship with Watts under the radar.
Since they began dating, Naomi and Billy have kept their public appearances to a minimum and have largely avoided commenting on their relationship, though she has occasionally shared sweet photos of herself with her actor boyfriend on social media.
They waited several years to finally make their red carpet debut at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards, at which Billy was nominated for his role on Apple TV+’s drama The Morning Show.