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Michelle Williams opens up about raising her daughter without Heath Ledger: ”It won’t ever be right”

In an emotional interview, the actress talks about the death of her daughter Matilda’s father, the late Heath Ledger
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Eight years after his death, Michelle Williams has opened up about life without Heath Ledger, and raising her daughter without a dad.

In an interview with Porter magazine, the 36-year-old discussed raising her 11-year-old daughter Matilda following the death of her father Heath.

“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,” she told Porter.

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“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,” she said.

The single mother says she is ‘really sensitive’ about dating while focusing on providing Matilda a peaceful life.

“Not only are we OK, she’s happy. Life has brought us to a place that’s not just surviving, but thriving.”

The actress began dating Heath after meeting on the set of Brokeback Mountain in 2004.

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The following year Michelle gave birth to a baby girl who they named Matilda Rose, but two years later the couple called it quits.

Four months after the split, Heath died at the age of 28 from cardiac arrest brought on by prescription drug intoxication. His daughter was only two years old.

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“His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up in the best memories of him.”

In 2013 Michelle was interviewed by Vogue where she marvelled at the similarities between Matilda and her late dad.

“Every time I really miss him and wonder where he’s gone, I just look at her.”

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