Michelle Williams has broken her silence on the unexpected death of former fiancé Heath Ledger.
The grieving actress released a statement for the first time since Ledger’s passing and asked fans and media to allow her and the couple’s two-year-old daughter Matilda Rose Ledger to mourn in peace, E! Online reports.
“My heart is broken,” the statement released Friday reads. “Please respect our need to grieve privately.”
“I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father,” Williams said. “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 in the best memories of him.”
Williams has reportedly been devastated since she heard the news. It was announced that production on the actress’ next film, Blue Valentine, is on hold to allow time to mourn.
The drama co-stars Ryan Gosling and was scheduled to start shooting Feb. 25.