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Heath Ledger broke off his engagement from Michelle Williams in September, 2007. Heath Ledger is now deceased.

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Heath Ledger

Entertainment - Actor

Why Famous: Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight, films

Age: 28 (4/4/1979 - 1/22/2008)

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Michelle Williams

Entertainment - Actress

Why Famous: the teen series Dawson's Creek and Brokeback Mountain

Age: 38 (b. 9/9/1980)

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Michelle Williams' Relationships (8)

Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating 6/2004 --
Engaged n/a --
Broken Engagement 9/2007 --
 Total3.2 years

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Matilda Rose 10/28/200513 yrs.FemaleBiological

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Where and/or how did Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams meet?

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams met on the set of Brokeback Mountain and began dating in June, 2004.

Why did Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams break up?

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams ended their relationship because of Heath's desire to move back to LA from Brooklyn, N.Y. where he lived with Michelle and their daughter, Matilda. Supposedly he missed the parties and his friends.

Other Relationship Information about Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams:

Now that they are living apart Heath calls every day to check on Michelle and their daughter. Although Michelle does look forward to the calls, she doesn't miss the tension between them.

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Classic Quotes by Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams about their relationship:

"Our love for each other grows. We had a really good relationship [before Matilda]...and we still love, respect and are patient with each other. Even with all the new demands, pressures and challenges we still work really well together and it doesn't break us." Michelle Williams
"Michelle and I are like two peas in a pod. When it's true love, it feels like something you're rekindling. As if you've met the person before. Everyday I just fall deeper, and deeper and deeper in love with my two girls." Heath Ledger
"Matilda is adorable, and beautifully observant and wise. Michelle and I love her so much. Becoming a father exceeds all my expectations. It's the most remarkable experience I've ever had - it's marvelous." Heath Ledger
"I think the lovely lady standing to the left of me is the greatest gift I've been given, for sure...and the lovely lady at home (daughter Matilda)." Heath Ledger 2007
"My life changed certainly from meeting Michelle." Heath Ledger 2007
"Please respect our need to grieve privately. My heart is broken. I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. 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 with the best memories of him." Michelle Williams 2/1/2008
"I think the interesting thing about Heath, which maybe people have only really fully discovered in his death, is how vulnerable he was. You can pick it up on it in his performances, but it's easy to overlook because he was so physical and beautiful and strong and masculine. But there was always that underlying sensitivity. That's who he was. He had a talent for everything that he put his mind to. He didn't know limits. For as long as I'd known him, he had bouts with insomnia. He had too much energy. His mind was turning, turning turning, always turning." Michelle Williams 3/13/2008
"It's so sad. I guess it's always changing. What else can I say? I just wake up each day in a slightly different place - grief is like a moving river. It's a strange thing to say, because I'm at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It's just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone. In some ways it gets worse. That's what I would say. I don't want to work while she's in school. I want her to have a routine. I want the plainest, simplest, most ordinary, habituated routine possible." Michelle Williams 11/24/2008
"She looks like her dad. We started promoting the movie about three weeks after she was born, which was too soon. I'm just learning lessons now, like learning how to be a working mom." Michelle Williams 1/27/2006
"[She's] the perfect mom." Heath Ledger 1/27/2006
"We're thinking of traveling while we can, before Matilda's older. She's been on 10 planes in three months. She's an excellent traveler. Something about the cabin pressure and hum really knocks her out." Michelle Williams 3/6/2006
"First there's Matilda. And every day I'm more besotted with her, and it's harder and harder to detach myself from her. So I don't know. Maybe I'll just wave at all these opportunities as they go by. I'm deep in the world of every woman. I'm in the throes of learning how to be a parent. My experience is very special and dear to me. But it's the same as any other mother's: all the highs and all the lows." Michelle Williams 3/6/2006
"We try not to talk about [our relationship]...It's obviously very sacred." Heath Ledger 4/2007
"I live in Brooklyn, I travel by subway, I take care of my daughter and I love reading stories. My daughter is the center of my life...My last three years have been incredible." Michelle Williams 11/6/2007
"We have a very, very sweet life there. The thing I hope the most is that it stays the way it is." Michelle Williams 2005
"When Michelle is working, I'm the manny, and when I'm working, she's the nanny. [My family is] everything to me, the most important thing I do. Before, I felt like I was floating through life, like a ghost; I may not have even existed." Heath Ledger 2006
"Obviously so much has changed for me in the last few months that I don't really have an idea of what my life is going to be. I thought I knew certain things and it turned out that I didn't, so I don't really try and anticipate so much anymore. I'm not making any bets on the future. I love domestic life. There's been a lot going on in my personal life and part of me is...I don't know. I shouldn't talk about it, but it's like I'm re-emerging back into the world or something. When you're in a relationship with somebody who is also a public personality, then it doubles the attention from the media. When you minus that equation, it's just less enticing. That's been a real bonus. It's the plus side of the break-up for me." Michelle Williams 2/14/2008
"I didn't know where to go [after we broke up]. I couldn't imagine any place in the world that was gonna feel good to me. When I have too much free time, that's when things start to get a little messy...She's bigger to me than any relationship, bigger than the awards. She's what came out of it." Michelle Williams 3/17/2008
"Absolutely we'll give [Heath's Oscar] to Matilda." Michelle Williams 2/22/2009
"Every time I really miss him and wonder where he's gone, I just look at her." Michelle Williams
"I'm amazed I only have one. I feel there must be a brood of dirty-clothes-makers living under the stairs". Michelle Williams

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