In a recent interview, the 36-year-old actress opened up about raising the young girl without her late father, Heath Ledger.
“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,” Michelle explained to Net-A-Porter in November 2016. “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.”
Michelle and Matilda in 2009.
Matilda, now 11, was just a toddler when Heath sadly passed away at age 28 from an accidental prescription drug overdose in January 2008. The Brokeback Mountain star and his then-girlfriend, Michelle, dated from 2004 until 2007 and welcomed Matilda in October 2005.
Since his tragic death, Michelle has been working hard to balance her love life and motherhood. “Talk about a learning process. I think, God, what would I say about it?” she added. “I feel really sensitive about it and certainly did not expect to still be dating at 36 with an 11-year-old.”
Michelle later opened up about the difficulties of the selling the house the two lived in together. “At that time, I was inconsolable, because I felt, How will he be able to find us?” she said in January 2017.
“This is where we lived, and he won’t know where we are. And now I can’t believe I thought that,” the star continued. “Maybe that’s what’s making me cry is I feel sad for the person who thought he won’t be able to locate [us].” So sad.
In March 2017, it was revealed that Heath’s life will be celebrated in a new documentary. The film is set to air this May and will be brought to life by Spike-TV. Although no exact names have been confirmed, it’s been reported that those from The Dark Night will be interviewed for the piece. We can hardly wait!