In an interview with Porter magazine, the 36-year-old was candid about the struggles of being a single parent, sharing that raising Matilda’s without her father “won’t ever be right.”
“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 said. “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 went on to say she never imagined herself as a single lady in her mid-thirties.
“Talk about a learning process,” she shared. “I think…God, what would I say about it? I feel really sensitive about it and certainly did not expect to still be dating at 36 with an 11-year-old.”
“I’m like a cat, I’m a very domestic creature,” Williams continued. “I just want to stay home and take care of people. But I’m also happy with myself and just because I might have a desire to be with someone…that won’t lead me to marry the wrong person.”
Williams and Ledger met on the set of Brokeback Mountain in 2004, bringing Matilda into the world the following year. In September of 2007, the two ended their three-year relationship amicably. Ledger passed four months later.
Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008 due to accidental prescription drug overdose. His death remains one of the most shocking and tragic losses in Hollywood to date. In 2009, Ledger received a posthumous Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. It is still considered one of the most prolific performances in the history of film.