Michael is Will's ex-boyfriend.


Michael dated Will for seven years, (from 1989 to 1996) and they lived together in Will's apartment during this time before breaking up.

It is heavily implied that Michael broke up with Will.

He is seen in Hey La, Hey La, My Ex-Boyfriend's Back when he hires Grace to decorate his apartment. Will mistakenly believes Michael is trying to rekindle their romance when he comments that Will "looks really good", but it is later revealed he is dating a new guy.[1]

Throughout the first couple of seasons, Will is frequently referenced as still pining over Michael.


"It's Gay-ja vu."


  • He once went Buddhist with Grace for a week.
  • Before breaking up with Will, he bought him a twelve dollar scarf.[2]


Michael:Oh, Grace, one thing. I want the powder room to be kinda butch.
Grace:Well, let's start with not calling it the powder room.
— , Hey La, Hey La, My Ex-Boyfriend's Back


  1. Hey La, Hey La, My Ex-Boyfriend's Back
  2. Secrets and Lays

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