Michelle Williams Says Raising Her Daughter Alone 'Won't Ever Be Right'

Michelle Williams at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'Manchester By The Sea'
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It's hard to imagine how someone navigates life as a single parent after such an unexpected loss. Though the saying "time heals all wounds" might be true in some regards, actress Michelle Williams is opening up about being a single mother and how life without Heath Ledger, Williams's former love and father to their now 11-year-old daughter Matilda, "just won't ever be right."


It's hard to believe it's been almost eight years since Heath Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose, but sadly, it's a reality that still haunts Michelle Williams as her daughter Matilda will never grow up with her dad.

"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," Williams told Porter magazine (on newstands December 2). She continued:

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.

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Thankfully, this mom says she's found strength among fellow single parents that has helped her cope in more ways than one.

"I know a handful of women in similar positions [to me], it's kind of like a club. It's a s- -tty club and we don't want any new members … and all the current members are exhausted. But man, oh man, it's lifesaving to have [them]," Williams admits during her interview.

I can't begin to fathom what it's been like for Michelle Williams and other mothers who've lost someone too soon and have to raise their children as single moms -- because it's the only choice they have. 

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Growing up, I saw the sacrifices my mother made -- including long hours and odd jobs make sure we never went without -- for me and my younger sister. Though my father was an active parent and contributor in my life (my sister and I have different dads) as best as his schedule as a police officer would allow, becoming a mother myself has put so much into perspective.

... And yet, there are still many things I won't fully be able to understand.

There's never really a "fix" when it comes to losing loved ones as you can never replace their being and their spot in your heart (nor would you ever want to). I hope that families who experience this type of tragedy are able to feel peace and healing over the years -- and find ways to keep the departed's legacy alive some way, some how.


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