Michelle Williams dating director Spike Jonze

Michelle Williams, Heath Ledger’s ex-fiancé and mother of his child, is dating again, according to the Daily Mail. Michelle and Heath broke up last September, and he passed away four months later in January.

Michelle didn’t seem to date publicly after the breakup, and definitely hasn’t been seen dating since Heath’s death. Which makes perfect sense. Most people would need a good deal of time to get over the ending of an engagement, especially when the couple has a child together. I cannot even imagine what it must take to move on after your former fiancé dies tragically.

But it seems Michelle may finally be finding some happiness in life again, in the form of director Spike Jonze. The pair have known each other since 2006, and seem to have become an item recently.

Seven months after the sudden death of her ex-fiancé Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams appears to have found happiness again. A U.S. magazine reports the former Dawson’s Creek actress, 27, has started dating film director Spike Jonze, ex-husband of Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola.

Williams and Jonze, 38, have been spotted together several times near the film-maker’s £1.5million New York apartment in recent weeks. … now it appears she finally has something to smile about again, thanks to a burgeoning romance with Jonze. American magazine Star reports Williams was seen kissing Jonze outside his Lower East Side Manhattan apartment on July 2nd.

An onlooker told the publication: ‘Michelle kissed Spike with a closed mouth on the corner of his lips. There was definitely a bit of caressing going on. She was clutching his arm. The body language was very romantic.’

Williams first met Jonze in 2006 when she auditioned for his film adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children’s book Where The Wild Things Are. She was offered a part, but later withdrew from the film. But last year, the pair finally worked together on Synecdoche, New York in summer 2007 and struck up a friendship.

[From the Daily Mail]

It’s good Michelle is moving forward with her life. I don’t think you can ever really get past what she’s gone through, but she certainly deserves happiness. It seems like she’s done a good job of focusing on Matilda and creating a supportive, stable environment in which she’ll grow up. It’s heartbreaking to think it won’t happen with Heath around, but it seems like he’d probably be proud of how everyone in his life is handling it.

Here’s Michelle at the photocall for the ‘Synedoche, New York’ Premiere in Cannes on May 23rd, along with Samantha Morton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener. Images thanks to WENN. Spike Jonze is shown at a Fahrenheit 9/11 screening in 2004. Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

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  1. daisy424 says:

    Good :-) She looks great in these pictures.

  2. Jessica says:

    I loved her in the movie “Dick” with Kiki.

  3. duda says:

    Everyone deserves to be happy!!!!
    Life is too short to stop living..

  4. Syko says:

    Good for her. He’s a cutie, isn’t he? I hope everything goes well.

  5. Sol says:

    I wish her and Matilda nothing but the best.It would be nice to see her happy and smiling again especially for her daughter.And Jessica i agree with you Dick is a great fun movie i saw it so many times and always end up laughing like crazy hahaha.
    Go Michelle!!!

  6. Bodhi says:

    Good for her! Everyone deserves to be happy. I bet tehy are so cute sitting together!

  7. Kaiser says:

    I’m happy that Michelle is moving on with grace, and in her own time. But I kind of think Spike Jonze is one of those too-cool-for-school douches. I hope Michelle finds love with a real man who will take care of her – not some self-absorbed boy-genius type.

  8. Lauri says:

    @kaiser: I agree with your opinion of him, but not every guy one dates has to turn into a great romance. Maybe she’s just enjoying a little lighthearted fun now, without any expectation that it will turn into anything more. After what she’s been through, I hope she is just having a good time.

  9. Kaiser says:

    @Lauri – Agreed. She needs some fun. And I don’t see the Spike Jonze thing lasting very long.

  10. Nan says:

    There’s an old Chinese (I think) saying. To be loved, be lovable. I think this woman looks so lovable and has charisma. I hope life brings her everything she deserves. She’s an adorable little sweety. You can just tell.

  11. Oh bleurgh says:

    Oh come on ladies, stop oozing fake sincerity and gushiness and admit that these two were just standing next to each other politely and someone made a story up about them. Happens all the time.

  12. Mairead says:

    What have you heard to the contrary Bleurgh?

  13. NIKKI says:

    Oh bleurgh:
    July 24th, 2008 at 7:40 pm
    Oh come on ladies, stop oozing fake sincerity and gushiness and admit that these two were just standing next to each other politely and someone made a story up about them. Happens all the time.
    LOL. That’s exactly what I was thinking…for one, the “spotter” says: ‘Michelle kissed Spike with a closed mouth on the corner of his lips….’ Which could mean anything…including a platonic relationship…

  14. christine says:

    After what she’s been through Michelle does deserve some happiness but I can’t help but feel a little sorry for Heath’s parents. If Michelle finds a new love they will surely lose contact with Mathilda especially since they live so far away in Australia. Moving forward is the most difficult thing one has to do after losing a loved one but it’s necessary if life is to go on.

  15. JP says:

    Who would’ve thought that Michelle Williams would be the last “man” standing from the Dawson’s Creek ensemble?

  16. mollination says:

    @ Christine: I don’t think that’s necessarily true. The two things (Michelle having a partner, and matilda seeing her grandparents) aren’t mutually exclusive. My mom remarried and I still saw my grandparents from my dad’s side (and yes, he died).

    Secondly, it bothers me that the article keeps reiterating that Michelle has now “refound happiness” in life because of a blossoming romance. I do believe she never lost happiness in the form of her child and extended family. She may have “refound LOVE” perhaps, but happiness is the wrong word.

  17. jess says:

    i thought michelle and heath ended up actually getting married?

  18. Izzy says:

    There’s something about Michelle Williams that just makes me want to go hug her. She seems so nice, and she focuses on Matilda a lot more than her publicity that’s wonderful compared to most Hollywood mothers. I wish her all the best, she deserves to be happy. I know getting over Heath couldn’t have been easy, but it’s great to know she’s getting on with her and Matilda’s lives.

  19. Dee says:

    I’ve got the feeling that Michelle is just a nice ordinary girl, who lost the father of her child too soon – just like many others. We must remember that Michelle and Heath had well and truly broken up before he died, and as sad as the whole thing has been, she has not lost her ‘partner in life’. Heath was the father of her child (Perhaps if he had been able to get off the drugs, there MAY have been a chance for a future – we’ll never know) There is no reason that Michelle shouldn’t move on with her life, and find happiness for herself and her daughter. The best of luck to her. A death like Heath’s, on the world public stage, would be very difficult to bear – even though they weren’t together. She carried herself with dignity and discretion throughout, and rightly kept her place as Heath’s EX; the mother of his child. Most people get new relationships after seperation or death! Live with it, Ledgers! Everyone else has to! :mrgreen:

  20. Jenny says:

    Well I’ve read lots of blogs with posters saying how they hate Michelle Williams because she is quite nasty and manipulataive and they think she tried to trap Heath but he wasn’t having any of it. He did an act for a while, but not for very long and he was out of there as soon as he could. Good for him.

  21. Snowblood says:

    Wow, I don’t and never have picked up even a hint of “nasty and manipulative” vibes from Michelle Williams, not at all. Those “blogs with posters” that you’re reading a lot of, they sound like a miserably disgusting lot, themselves.

    Talk about nasty and manipulative, Jenny, your “blogs with posters” sound like they’ve got that market cornered, trying to manipulate the way the public thinks about her and nastily vomiting bilious conjecture all over her reputation and that of her now-dead former love.