The Greatest Showman star, 37, recalled his passing while covering Vanity Fair’s September issue. “When you’re a single parent and that element of provider and protection is missing, it’s scary,” she told the publication.
Williams and Ledger met in 2005 while costarring in Brokeback Mountain. They welcomed daughter Matilda Ledger in October of that year and split in September 2007. Five months later, Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose at age 28.
Williams’ best friend, Busy Philipps, also reflected on Williams’ state of mind upon losing Ledger.
“Obviously, when Heath passed away and people had this insatiable interest in her and her child and their grief, it was overwhelming and incredibly painful,” said Philipps, 39, who costarred alongside Williams in Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2008.
The All the Money in the World star previously spoke about life as a single parent while covering Porter magazine’s December 2016 issue.
“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,” she explained. “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 has a support system with similar experiences. “It’s kind of like a club,” she noted. “It’s s—ty club and we don’t want any new members … and all the current members are kind of exhausted. But man, oh man, it’s lifesaving to have [them].”
Williams has since moved on with musician Phil Elverum — and revealed to Vanity Fair that they secretly tied the knot. “I never gave up on love,” she said. “I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.’”
She added: “Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship, but Phil isn’t anyone else. And it’s worth something.”
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