It’s gone too soon. Michelle Williams, Lea MicheleMore stars are speaking out about their grief after unexpected deaths in their personal life.
The Dawson’s CreekAfter they became husband and wife, the alum met Heath Ledger. Brokeback Mountain2004. The couple welcomed Matilda to their family in 2004. Williams and Ledger parted ways in 2007 just months before Ledger died from an accidental overdose aged 28.
Williams later reflected on dealing with the Australia native’s passing and how her daughter has kept her going.
“Every time I really miss him and wonder where he’s gone, I just look at her. I can talk about grief, because that’s mine, about single parenting, about trying to balance work and kids. But what I don’t have to talk about is what happened between Heath and me in our relationship,” she told VogueSeptember 2009. “Brokeback Mountain was an unrepeatable moment in time, a very charmed time in my life. I was in love. I was proud to have been a part in a movie with a beautiful, new baby. Everything was good in that moment.”
The Golden Globe winner also explained how Ledger’s death affected her. “Now, my life, our life, has a kind of repaired itself. [Ledger’s death has] changed how I see the world and how I interact on a daily basis,” she shared with the magazine in 2011. “It’s changed the parent I am. It’s changed the friend I am. It’s changed the kind of work that I really want to do. It’s become the lens through which I see life — that it’s all impermanent.”
Williams continued his work Phil Elverum when they secretly tied the knot in 2018 — calling it quits less than one year later. After working together, Thomas KailOn Fosse/Verdon,Hart was born in June 2020 after the couple got engaged. The Montana native confirmed her pregnancy for their second child in May 2022.
Michele for her part also developed a connection to Cory Monteith, a costar, after they appeared in the movie Glee together. After his tragic death in 2013, the Scream QueensAlums praised the time they spent together.
“We talked about a lot of things. We talked about children and what we would look like when we grew old, and who would be fat and how we would stay thin,” she told Glamour UK2014. “We talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. We were done. We were it.”
The Broadway star added: “When you’re at that place in your life with someone, you talk about everything. But today I feel like I was given the best part of Cory, and I’m thankful for that.”
The New Jersey native moved on Zandy Reich. They were engaged in 2018, and they exchanged vows a year later. The duo’s first child, son Ever, was born in August 2020.
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