In an interview before Heath's death, the actress opened up about their breakup
“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,” the 27-year-old – who split with Ledger, the father of their 2-year-old daughter, Matlida, last September – says in the just-published interview. “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.”
The former Dawson’s Creek star said she was throwing herself into life as a single parent, cherishing time with her daughter and nesting in her Brooklyn brownstone (the home she once shared with Ledger).
“I love domestic life,” she said. “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.
And while the breakup was painful, Williams said she had managed to find one silver lining: Less attention from the paparazzi.
“When you’re in a relationship with somebody who is also a public personality, then it doubles the attention from the media,” she explained. “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.”
That peace is certainly a distant memory now as Williams – just back from Ledger’s funeral in Australia – settles back into life in New York.
In her only public statement since then, Williams said, “My heart is broken.” But she vowed that Matlida – who is the “spitting image of her father,” says the actress – “will be brought up in the best memories of him.”