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Michelle Williams Talks Raising Daughter Without Heath Ledger

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Michelle Williams at the 7th AnnuThere was a time, not too long ago, when Heath Ledger was the talk of the town. His star power was rising and every performance he delivered seemed to get better and better. When he was cast as the Joker in The Dark Knight, there was so much excitement. The anticipation only grew when audiences got glimpses of his inspired performances through video clips and trailers.

Ledger’s Death

He took that movie (and role) to the next level and even won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2009. Unfortunately, he died before he could see how much the viewers loved and appreciated his talent. A combination of prescription medications led to his untimely demise.

After a tumultuous relationship with actress, Michelle Williams, the pair had welcomed a daughter, Matilda. She was just two years old when her father passed away in January 2008.

“Won’t Ever Be Right”

In speaking with Porter magazine, Williams discussed what it is like raising Matilda alone. She explained: “In all honesty, for pretty much everything else, I feel like I’m a believer in not fighting circumstances, accepting where you are and where you’ve been. In pretty much all senses but one – I would be able to go totally down that line of thinking were it not for Matilda not having her dad. You know, that’s just something that doesn’t… I mean, it just won’t ever be right.”

Williams’ Life Today

The former Dawson’s Creek star also touched on the fact that she’s “really sensitive” about the “constant challenge” of being a single mother. She says that she “certainly did not expect to still be dating at 36 with an 11-year-old.”

Her friend, Busy Phillips, had some interesting logic when trying to explain Williams’ position in life. Williams recounts: “My friend Busy and her husband Marc [Silverstein] said, ‘Michelle, you’re in like a blackout zone, everybody is now partnered up and you have to wait for people to start getting divorced.’ Oh my f–king God. Are you kidding me? I’m just sitting around and waiting for marriages to crumble? Oh wow! No!”

That seems a bit unreasonable and ridiculous, to be honest. It’s just a matter of her finding the right fit for her life and, truthfully, that might be a bit of a tall order. It’s not unbelievable that a new man could feel intimidated to live in Heath Ledger’s shadow. It certainly doesn’t mean, however, that Williams needs to just wait for someone to be so ruined by their own failed marriage that they are ready to be in a relationship with her!

It could also be that Williams is not actually ready. She describes herself saying: “I’m like a cat, I’m a very domestic creature. I just want to stay home and take care of people but I’m also happy with myself and just because I might have a desire to be with someone… that won’t lead me to marry the wrong person.”

It sounds like she knows who she is and is not willing to settle. It seems that a lot of people could learn from that example…

Michelle Williams Talks Raising Daughter Without Heath Ledger

Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne has been a celebrity blogger for eight years and also teaches psychology at the college level. In addition to her passion for mental health, she is an avid reader, hockey fan and mother of four.

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Croteau, J. (2016). Michelle Williams Talks Raising Daughter Without Heath Ledger. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 23, 2020, from


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