Michelle Williams dumped Jason Segel because ‘she wasn’t ready to commit’

Here are some photos of Michelle Williams at last night’s UK premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful. She’s wearing Burberry Prorsum, one of my favorite labels to see on any red carpet. I’ve been staring at these photos of her dress for a while, trying to figure it out. Is her entire dress made up of peacock feathers? Or are they faux peacock feathers? Whatever is happening, it’s a gorgeous and lux effect. My least favorite part of this look? Her hair. But I won’t complain about it too much because Michelle recently admitted that she’s growing it out and this current mid-stage is “insufferable”. I don’t really understand why she felt the need to give herself such a close crop in the back, but whatever.

This publicity tour for Oz comes during the same week in which Michelle’s breakup with Jason Segel was announced. Coincidence? Or is all part of Michelle’s PR? And trust me – Michelle engages in PR and media games just as much as any other celebrity. I feel the same way about Jennifer Garner – it’s not that I don’t believe Garner loves being a “normal mom,” etc, I just think that some part of it is also a media strategy, an angle, a public persona. And so to with Michelle – her public persona is The Widow Ledger, the Brave, Fragile, Virginal Single Mom. When Michelle first began dating Jason, Us Weekly ran a suspicious story which completely white-washed Michelle’s post-Heath dating past and promoted this “Brave, Fragile Widow” image (which went hand-in-hand with her Oscar campaign last year too). And now that Michelle and Jason are over, a new strategy is in play:

From the outside, it seemed as though Michelle Williams couldn’t get enough of boyfriend Jason Segel. In reality, the actress may not have seen him as forever material.

“She cares a great deal for Jason but is not ready to make a commitment,” a source tells PEOPLE. “Maybe if they were together day-to-day, she would have more confidence in a future. But not at this time.”

Dating for a year, PEOPLE confirmed on Tuesday that the pair called it quits, citing long distance as the primary reason.

“Jason never got rid of his place in L.A., and Michelle’s life with [daughter] Matilda was and has always been in New York,” a second source says. “While Jason made every effort to make them a priority in his life – and they were top priority – he still couldn’t drop everything and leave his life and career in L.A.”

The road to romance has not been an easy one for Williams, 32.

The actress’s ex, Heath Ledger, was found dead of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008, less than a year after they split. Left to care for their daughter alone, Williams stayed out of the spotlight, but began dating director Spike Jonze for about a year. Following their split, she didn’t have a public romance again until Segel, 33, in 2012.

[From People]

Will people stop liking or caring about Michelle if they learn that she’s slept with more than two dudes since Heath? Really? Is that what Michelle’s publicist thinks? Because Michelle was dating other men after she and Heath broke up, and she also dated Cary Fukunaga after Spike Jonze. But I guess they don’t count because it wasn’t a “public romance”. As for the “reasons” why Michelle and Jason split – sure. That’s coming from her publicist, you know. Which makes me suspicious because… why does Michelle need to put that out there? But sure, I’ll buy that she didn’t feel like doing the long-distance, bicoastal thing. How long will it be until Michelle is talking about Heath and how fragile she is again?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. RocketMerry says:

    Which is totally understandable, and good for her for realizing it before getting hitched.

    Also, for once I LOVE what she’s wearing! Amazing dress, the colour is just perfect on her! Let’s hope her “pure and sweet” fashion period is over for good.

  2. Liv says:

    Girl, really?? If you love him, get your act together! He was so sweet with Matilda!

    • flor says:

      He seemed like the perfect person for both of the girls. I don’t think she will find someone who loved her and was okay with the fact that she has a daughter. Plus, he took care of Matilda and looked after her like a champ.

      • Diana says:

        I’m pretty sure she’ll be okay. Plenty of people find love who have kids from a previous marriage.

        I mean, ultimately, only she can make the determination if she wants to stay in this relationship or strike out on her own. None of us are the ones who’d be marrying him and picking up his dirty socks from the floor.

      • nikko says:

        I totally agree with you. She won’t find another Jason. he was wonderful with her daughter. I think she made a big mistake.

    • bluhare says:

      There’s a blind up somewhere about a couple about to break up where it said they’d give the usual excuses, but the real story was that he wanted to adopt her child. And she didn’t want that.

      If you know something’s coming down, you can make stuff up, but still an interesting theory.

      • Lyn says:

        If that story’s true, I think it’s sketchy for him to push to adopt after only a year, when they lived on different coasts and weren’t even engaged. I wouldn’t blame her if that set off alarm bells.

  3. Downton fan says:

    I never really understood what was it about her that made her a “thing”… She’s rather blah and comes off as insincere

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t think she was a big thing until she got together with Heath. Then everyone seemed to take notice of her. That whole thing reminded me a lot of when JA got together with BP…TV star lands A-list hottie and suddenly she’s also in demand.

      • Ms Kay says:

        Except that Michelle Williams can act and makes interesting career choices. She has 3 Oscars nods and other major awards nods and it isn’t thanks to Heath. Sure they met on Brokeback Mountain (so she didn’t get cast because of Heath) a film that was pivotal in both personal professional lives but at the end of the day, she was a good supporting act in the film, and a deserved recognition, the fact they were a couple was a bonus and the media milked on the fact they were together *and* both Oscar nominated, the picture perfect family portrait etc.

        And after the break up and Heath tragic death, she still is in the spotlight because of her career and other acting chops, she may not be a Meryl Streep but she is doing well, she hasn’t made her way to the top career wise because she was Heath Ledger ex.

        That’s the big difference and I believe it’s unfair on her not to dissociate the two.

    • Mazunte says:

      She is just one of the most talented actresses of her generation. If that’s irrelevant to you, to me it means a lot. Besides, I find her very cute and unique. She’s one my favorite actors at the moment.

    • testington` says:

      I think she’s done lots of great work over the years. I really enjoyed her work ink Me Without You, The Station Agent, Brokeback Mountain, Wendy and Lucy, Blue Valentine…and she was always the best actor on the Creek even though the writers clearly loathed her character and/or her.

      That’s why her Widow Ledger act has bothered me so much 1) they had been broken up for over a year and each were dating other people when he died 2) she doesn’t need to rely on that bullshit because she has talent.

      • Liv says:

        I thought they had broken up for just a few months when he died?!

        Anyway have you ever experienced a great love? It doesn’t matter if you are seperated for quite some time. You still love that person. Especially when you seperated because the other person had issues with drugs or something and not because you didn’t love that person anymore. I totally get that she’s still somehow in love with him and always will be. And I don’t think she used his death to get positive PR. I actually think she was very reluctant to talk about him and keeps her daughter away from the spotlight.

  4. Darcy says:

    She has Kate gosselin hair, and I’m sorry but if you don’t think someone’s “forever material”, don’t introduce him to your kid. Things don’t work out sometimes, but that just makes her look bad as a mother.

    • Simmy says:

      That seems harsh. Michelle and Jason were together for a while. Was she supposed to hide it from her daughter? How committed do you have to be before introducing someone to your kid? Considering living together? Considering engagement? I don’t see anything wrong with Michelle feeling that Jason was an important person in her life and allowing him to spend time with Matilda. Just because she introduced her daughter to someone she wasn’t planning on spending her entire life with doesn’t make her a bad mother.

    • Jayna says:

      To you it does. She has never “looked like a bad mother” to me.

    • Annie says:

      Waaaay harsh. WTF. A mother can’t date now? Just because it didn’t work out doesn’t make her a bad mother. And she shouldn’t hide from her kid who she’s with.

      Besudes, Jason is a very needy man-child. He scares away every woman he dates. Maybe he didn’t fit in with their life. He’s in LA and they’re in NY. He could’ve made an effort.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        Whoa Annie why are you putting the onus on him? Did you forget that How I Met Your Mother tapes in LA throughout the year? What do you want him to do, quit his job just to be with Michelle?

    • Samigirl says:

      Super harsh. These people had known each other for 10 years. They were friends before they dated. For all we know, she, Heath, Jason, and Busy all hung out together once upon a time. Matilda had perhaps already known him. And, although we have an idea of when they started offically dating, we don’t know the exact timeline. They could have been dating a full year before it became public.

      The relationship between a child and the parents significant other is very important and can (and has) broken relationships. We have picture proof that Jason and Matilda were great friends. Unfortunately, the relationship between Michelle and Jason is over, and that’s a shame, but I doubt Michelle regrets the time Matilda and Jason spent together.

    • Darcy says:

      I didn’t mean to be harsh. My point is that if–and this a big if. It was a tabloid article after all–she wasn’t that serious about him, she should have moderated his attachment to her daughter for Matilda’s sake.

  5. Eleonor says:

    She should seriously riconsider the image of the “widow who can’t get over her great lost love”, is boring.

    • Stormy says:

      It is.

    • amanda says:

      I second this. They weren’t even together when he died. Time to stop milking your ex’s death.

      • Pandora says:

        They have a child together…. Of course part of her will always have feelings for him..
        The insensitivity of some people never ceases to amaze me.

    • testington` says:

      also they weren’t together when he died. He had been dating Gemma Ward for a few months.

  6. brin says:

    I love the dress on her. I really hope she doesn’t revert to her “grieving Heath” interviews.

  7. Charlotte says:

    Why is she wearing Donald Trump’s hair don’t??

  8. Meow Mix says:

    I so want that dress. Think it might be even more beautiful if it was full length.

    • Esmom says:

      I love it, too, but I like this length because it shows off those adorable shoes.

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      I love this dress. Finally something not pale and not boring from her. LOVE! Her make-up looks really good here too, except I think a red lip would have been nice.

  9. MrsBPitt says:

    Love her dress…but I have just never really cared for Michelle Williams and her Shirley Temple, I’m sweeter than candy routine!

  10. marie says:

    I like the dress, and even think her hair is cute.

    As for the rest I don’t care who she dates, although I thought her and Jason were pretty cute.

  11. Ms Kay says:

    Hehe I love her mini ankles, mine are the same and it’s a pain to get those buckles tight around, I usually have to make another hole to avoid wobbling in there.

    I don’t buy the story. Because if anything, Michelle Williams is notoriously private; so unless Jason speaks, we don’t know what really happened.

    And people should give her break about Heath, just because she allegedly isn’t ready to commit it doesn’t mean it has to do with Heath, it could be many other reasons. It’s the media trying to push the widow image like she can’t move on, they should stop as well.

  12. Maritza says:

    Good for her, why get married if she isn’t ready. I think she looks gorgeous!

  13. another nina says:

    I think that she is already past her prime in terms of acting, so I wonder why she did not move in with Jason in L.A. so that he can remain focused on his projects. I seriously believe that Matilda could have benefited greatly from a kind, smart and devoted Dad.
    Finally, she is not Heath’s widow. They broke up several months before his death, he dated different girls after her, his friends (co-directors of his last movie) insisted that she was very nasty to him in the end, so I absolutely hate that she now uses Heath’s memory for publicity purposes. Yes, I understand that it’s a curse to deal with an addict, and that probably he was indeed a love of her love but it’s a different angle altogether.

    • Annie says:

      Huh? What a sexist thing to say. She was only nominated for her Oscar last year. She is not past her prime at all. She shouldn’t give up a career like that so that her ~Man~ can focus on his idiotic flop comedies.

      No woman should sacrifice her career to please a man. Welcome to 2013.

      • Ms Kay says:

        *high five*

        And better she is a 3 times Oscar nominee actress and got nominated 2 years in a row and is quite a sought after actress, who chose to stay in Brooklyn rather than LA frenzy… Indeed she is doing fine, she didn’t get a career because of Heath nor did she bagged Oscar nods thanks to him, but her acting skills.

      • another nina says:

        What a childish reaction, Annie…
        I refer to the fact that she is not motivated by her career anymore — she said herself last year that going forward she wanted to make one movie per year and focus on her daughter. And trust me, Brooklyn is not the only place in the world to have such life, this could be done on the West coast as well. And Jason is a decent person, who cares about Matilda. I see nothing outdated about thinking about the needs of your kid. Welcome to the adult life.

    • Esmom says:

      If anything I’d think he’s more past his prime than she is.

      • another nina says:

        I guess he has never been much of an actor, but he does have books and scripts in work, which require his frequent West coast presence…On the other hand, she wants to make one movie per year — is it crucial to stay in Brooklyn??

    • Em says:

      I am sorry anothernina but michelles career is way better than jasons. She is 3 time oscar nominee. Jasons has a small part in this is 40 and did that muppet movie. I dont see why she should take a backseat to his career at all. And the reason she stays in nyc is because she has a child you know? And the child has a life in nyc and perhaps thats were michelle wants to raise her.

      • another nina says:

        I have already responded to all these arguments above…What’s a point to write a comment if you don’t read first?
        Brooklyn is not a centre of the Universe. Trust me, I know 🙂

    • Stellax2 says:

      Whether or not she was unpleasant with Heath in the end, she had a child with him. I think they had been broken up for what 8 months? Addiction is scary and often powerless over the non addicted half. I don’t think she’s necessarily grieving anymore but thinking what if?
      I don’t pretend to know what goes thru her mind? She stands on her own merit.

      Now, when Jason re-upped with HIMYM for it’s last season? I suspected there was trouble in the water. He’s stationed in LA and she has made it perfectly clear that she is a NY girl and that is that. I doubt we will ever know what exactly what happened but if it’s meant to happen, perhaps they will reunite?
      I liked them as a couple. Life’s not perfect.

      He appears to be a good guy. She’s a private person who happens to be a good actor.

      PR machines will always be at work.

      I with them both the best.

  14. Cinnamon says:

    my hubby and i were long distance for 4 years in college. it CAN work if you try. and by try i mean every other weekend make that 8 hour drive because you just couldnt possibly go longer without seeing them and know that eventually you will be together everyday.

  15. rjennica says:

    She looks fantastic. Funny, I used to find her insufferable before Heath died. Now I like her. As for the hair, it is a pain to grow out. I favor the crop look for me but when I grow it out I find that it is best to keep the back as short as possible so the front can catch up. There is nothing worse than an out of control hair. She will have to look like Kate Gosselin for awile. The price we pay to grow out hair.

  16. bea says:

    That dress is amazingly beautiful. I also love the shoes she’s wearing with it. A MUCH better look than her usual baby-doll thing.

    Her hair looks like a comb over to me – not loving it. Growing your hair out is a beeyach.

  17. bns says:

    She’s the best dressed on this press tour. Love what she’s wearing.

  18. Mimi says:

    This post, in my opinion, was a bit nasty. Michelle’s not an angel, but I’m sure Heath’s death devastated her. I don’t think she fakes those feelings. And if she wants to talk about it, that’s her right.

    • Stellax2 says:

      I co-sign with you. Sorry, regardless of what was going on at the time, her child lost her biological and by all accounts, loving father.

      I do like her dress and shoes. She or management team should take a cue from positive comments regarding her clothing and move from there. I don’t like the buttercup routine.
      She’s an adult woman and she should show it.

  19. SportsGal says:

    If she marries someone else, it seriously lessens her ability to play the “dead baby daddy” card to help people understand how sensitive and fragile she is.

    I just can’t with her.

  20. lamamu says:

    She’ll start talking about Heath and her fragile state when she’s nominated for an Oscar again.

  21. anonymous fan says:

    I really like Michelle and I think Jaoson’s funny.I feel like she really tried to fall for him because he is such a good guy an nice but just couldn’t.You need sparks,sexual chemistry, Idk I just think he was never her type to begin with.When you saw them out together you could tell he was way more into her.And the sad thing is the whole “grieving widow” image is not an act.I think she really is hung up over Heath Ledger,and looking for another man that is just like him.

    • Justyna says:

      I have always thought about him as a good guy/relationship material type but I’ve read numerous stories, including a comment section here on CB, about him being known as a huge player. One of his ex-girlfriends is Lindsay Lohan (she was already a crackhead when they were together) and before Michelle he was apparently changing girlfriends faster than George Clooney.

      • Em says:

        Lohan is not his ex girlfriend, thats an overstatement. There was a rumor that they had a one night stand, which his publicist denied. The guy really hasnt had that many long term girlfriends, but yeah i heard he is a player too. Which is funny because everyone thinks he is the good guy. I have to say he looked a lot better since he got with michelle. He was kind of fat and unhealthy looking before their relationship.

  22. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    Sick of her. Sick sick sick sick. I can only hope this Oz thing goes nowehere so I can stop seeing her stupid twee hair everywhere again.

  23. Darlene says:

    I love her hair.

    There was a Blind Item about how he wanted to adopt Matilda and she didn’t want that. I understand why she didn’t; he would have all kinds of legal rights to her, her resources, visitation, etc if they divorced…that he saw her hesitation as a lack of commitment to him and it was a source of conflict so they broke up. If my husband were to die, I’m not sure I’d ever let another man adopt our daughter. It wouldn’t mean I didn’t love him, but it’s a tricky situation.

  24. Suze says:

    I don’t know. I think Heath Ledger’s death really would mess you up for years. Maybe she doesn’t need to talk about it so much publicly (if she does, I don’t know that she does), but I can see where it would send shock waves through your life for years.

    She and Jason never really gelled as a couple in photos. Maybe something was coming through there.

  25. Tig says:

    They were a cute couple, but I agree that her relationship with Heath Ledger is getting a lot of white-washing as time passes. I vaguely recall an article where Terry Gilliam was criticizing her for not sending Matilda to visit him on set- this when she was 2-3 and apparently he was using. I remember thinking- what mother in her right mind would do that? So I think that she had/has a lot of unresolved feelings over him and his death. But, I hope she gets some closure bef long.

    • Em says:

      I thought it was uncalled for by heaths friends to attack michelle like that in public. Micelle and Heath were in a relationship and had a child together and with the problems heath had at the end of his life you can see how it was complicated. Any break up is complicated especially when it involves a child. For the friends and a director to say that about the mother of his child in an article well i think that was uncalled for. And obviously biased.

    • Bijlee says:

      That’s disgusting. I’ve never understood why men go on and on about all these awful mothers not letting them see their kids. Are you kidding me? Most mothers would have no problem letting their kids see their fathers, if said fathers were actually responsible and not narcissistic aholes. Yes, there are great fathers out there whose crappy ex-wives, girlfriends, mother of children whatever who are not allowed to see their kids for no reason at all. But they are by and large the minority.

      Michelle had EXCELLENT reason to minimize the interaction with Heath and Matilda. Even if he did love her so much it does not excuse his behavior. Sorry, Heath was a great actor, but his drug addiction could have really damaged the perception his daughter had of him. Poor girl has to deal with this drama for the rest of her life now though.

      • Liv says:

        I totally agree. I don’t think she’s one of these women who can’t let their child have a healthy relationship with their dad. I think she was super careful because of his drug problem.

    • Embee says:

      Exactly. My daughter’s father started using while I was pg and by the time she was 1 I had to leave him because his tirades were too frightening and his behavior/hygiene/irresponsibility created a poor environment for a child.

      His family reviles me to this day but a sober parent must limit the exposure.

      It gives me chills to see those photos of Heath and Matilda playing on the streets just before he died. The ragged appearance combined with his obvious love for his daughter. Crap, it’s what I see every time I allow a visit with my now 3 year old and her dad.

      Michelle’s behavior is very understandable to me.

  26. Stormy says:

    I agree that the I am the poor heartbroken widow of Heath Ledger train needs to stop. I feel for her since it has to be hard losing the father of your child. However, you two broke up. You had both moved on. Unfortunately Ledger hooked up with Crackie, one of the Olsens, etc. so everyone that pretty much whitewashed his and her image and acted like they had the best love ever needs to let that train go.

    I liked Jason Segal and frankly think he is better off. He really cared about her and her daughter but I just don’t think that Michelle is ready to give up her widow’s persona since she thinks that translates into fans liking her more and getting an Academy award.

  27. GossipG says:

    Jason looked like he was ready to carry the baby himself. Poor guy..

  28. Samigirl says:

    I was really hoping they would make it. I liked them together so much.

  29. Alli says:

    I’m not quite sure what this article is about because I can’t seem to look at anything on the page other than her dress.

  30. hex says:

    I like the material of the dress, but it makes her look like she doesn’t have a waist.

  31. RobN says:

    Hard to imagine how tragic this would have been for Michelle if she had been, like actually dating Heath when he managed to kill himself. It must have been very awkward for whomever she was dating to watch her play the widow.

    I find her entire routine very dull.

  32. fd says:

    I think her hair looks cute. And the reason she probably cut the back is because that part grows the fastest (I have grown out short hair myself many times), the part that takes forever is the top, that’s why she is keeping the top long.

  33. Asiyah says:

    Someone mentioned here the other day that she looks like the type who likes dark guys who struggle with inner demons. Maybe those guys she dated after Heath were all rebounds and maybe when they didn’t fit her type it ended. Maybe, just maybe, that “Heath widow” act is not an act. Maybe it’s REAL, but she never played it before because she never saw a reason to. Then Harvey Weinstein got his hands on her and said play it like a fiddle. Anyone who says she’s acting like a virgin is reaching a bit. It is possible that she still loves Heath. She may have had sex with other guys after him, but has she loved anyone after him? We don’t really know so we can’t say all of this is a complete farce. Or maybe it didn’t hit her how much she loved him until the time of his death. I’m not a fan or hers but let’s cut her a bit of slack here.

  34. Shira says:

    Not a fan but my god, she looks stunning here.

  35. Original A says:

    Heath and her had a complicated relationship. Some of his friends really acted like douches towards Michelle after his death. They would acknowledge that Heath was using drugs, and then get all huffy because Michelle was reluctant to let Matilda spend one on one time with Heath because of his drug use. Nevertheless, didn’t some of his friends insinuate that they thought Heath and Michelle might have eventually reconciled if he hadn’t passed away? I think they had been broken up for less than a year before he died, too. My point is that all of that may have been weighing on her mind when she dated pre-Jason, because that kind of drama could take years to get over. I don’t buy that it was ever an act.

  36. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Gorgeous dress. She is so pretty and seems really sweet…which I guess is what we’re supposed to think? lol it’s working

  37. Dani says:

    No one thinks is just a little selfish of her to request that he leave his life/career behind to fit her needs? If you ‘love’ each other, you’d make sacrifices. You can’t expect someone to give up their life for you, yet you give nothing in return.

  38. Lulu says:

    Her Widow Ledger act grates on my nerves. Gemma Ward must be rolling her eyes big time at it. Old, tired and boring. It’s also very hypocritical of her to gloss over the fact that they were only speaking through lawyers when he died. The unofficial break up happened a few months before they announced it so it wasn’t a few months, it was almost a year before he passed. Heath was on location shooting The Dark Knight in Chicago and playing the field all summer long while Michelle was in NYC with Matilda. And he kept on playing the field up until November when he got so hung up on Ward he was basically stalking her all through NYC until she finally caved in. Then he went with her home in Australia for their holidays. Let’s stop this romanticizing of Heath and Michelle’s relationship and call a spade a spade. Dude was a player with no intention of settling down with Michelle or probably anyone else until much, much later in life if at all. Had he not knocked her up quickly – six months into the relationship – they would’ve probably lasted as long as Michelle and Jason. He said Matilda wasn’t planned in Rolling Stone. Why even say that? And it sure didn’t take him long to get back on the prowl after they broke up. Old timers didn’t forget about it.

    • another nina says:

      No, I read that the story was slightly different 🙂 The dude was a player BUT as a part of his game he offered kids and mutual co-habitation to pretty much every girl he dated 🙂 That was his narrative… Michelle was the only one who took him serious for that (Actually, Naomi Watts also did want to have his kids for real but he was very much against it, but then again there was a huge age difference).
      But when Michelle got pregnant, he seemingly was enthusiastic about it and obviously loved his daughter very much. I met them relatively often on subway late at night at the beginning of their life in Brooklyn — they were on the way from the city — they probably enjoyed the normalcy of their life and looked happy…
      Anyway, I’ve never heard that he was exclusive with Ward.

      • Lulu says:

        “No, I read that the story was slightly different The dude was a player BUT as a part of his game he offered kids and mutual co-habitation to pretty much every girl he dated That was his narrative… Michelle was the only one who took him serious for that (Actually, Naomi Watts also did want to have his kids for real but he was very much against it, but then again there was a huge age difference).”

        This is definitely true from what I’ve read. Heath had quite a track record for a 28 year old guy. He was a Casanova, knew what to say. He fell in love fast and out of love just as fast. I know he worshiped his daughter and tried to make it work with Michelle for a while. But a leopard can’t change its spots, he wasn’t the family guy type no matter how much he tried to pretend during the Oscar season they were both nominated in. There are a few stories out there of him stepping out on Michelle, she either didn’t know or looked away probably because it suited her. Let’s be honest, the relationship with him put her on the map. As good an actress as she is nobody cared about her until him. Even now after she got 3 Oscar nominations a lot of people only know her as his baby mama. Her last two Oscar campaigns were built on the “grieving widow” image so she or her PR or both is/are aware she has only to gain from it. As for him and Gemma Ward, he was apparently pretty serious about her. He was bordering on stalkerish with her for a while until she gave him a chance, then she met his daughter and each other’s families as his girlfriend. Wouldn’t have happened IMO if he hadn’t been serious about her. Either way, it was obvious he had no intention of getting back together with Michelle. I don’t think she had any illusions either, hence the nasty custody battle.

      • another nina says:

        All True, Lulu, All true…

        And really, I first noticed her when she got pregnant…
        Just one point, which I forgot to mention — apparently he introduced ALL his girls to his parents 🙂 So, I guess each time there was an Oscar worthy trifecta of “let’s meet my family — live together– and have kids” Plus half of Australia stayed at his house in Cal (was it LA?) AND had keys to it. Then Williams happened…

      • Lulu says:

        LOL @Oscar trifecta. Indeed true, which goes to show he was serious about Ward as much as he was serious about all of his girlfriend he brought home to his family, including Michelle – 1-2 years, that is ;). Yeah, he gave away keys to his home(s) like candy, before Michelle and after. 😀

    • Ms Kay says:

      First, Heath Ledger really loved Michelle Williams, as much as it didn’t work out, he did love her, so trying to deny there was any love and put it all on “they were together only because of Matilda” is stupid. How? Go back and read all the things Heath Ledger was saying about Michelle, and also the tattoo he had inked after Michelle wrote Old Man River on his arm… To name a few examples. They loved each other but it didn’t work out. Indeed Heath went back to his old ways but make no mistake that because he was seeing other girls it means he never loved Michelle Williams. People have a way to drown their sorrow that is all.

      Second no one is trying to romanticize their past relationship and put in in the present. It is as simple : Heath is forever remembered through his daughter Matilda and Michelle Williams is the mother. And the media went on a hound to get the nasty details went he died, Michelle handled it better than expected. People act as if she self proclaimed herself his widow and walked over people with that, it’s the media who branded her that way, given that it was Heath last serious relationship and a child involved. She talked about his death nearly 3 years after his death if I recall and indeed it was during the Oscar campaign for Blue Valentine.

      Third, Gemma Ward and Heath went on casual dates, she was more of a booty call and they got close because both were coming from Oz and he was going through hard times but it was casual, he wasn’t in love with her as people try to be hung up on the word “relationship”. And also odd how Gemma went on to talk about their “relationship” right when she had a film to promote.

      Also Michelle Williams is a good actress, as I read you wrote above she got Oscars nods because of her relationship with Heath… Ah… It means Ben Affleck got an Oscar nod because of his family life, Hugh Jackman got an Oscar nod for talking about his mother abandoning him, Joaquin Phoenix because of his brother death and perpetuate the Phoenix legacy? Point is Michelle Williams is where she is because of her acting chops as well, don’t diminish that just because she was in a relationship with Heath Ledger.

      • Lulu says:

        1) I never said Heath didn’t love Michelle in the beginning. I’m sure he did but to me that relationship would’ve ended much sooner if not for Matilda.
        2)Yes, people are trying to romanticize their relationship by acting like they had this epic love story that ended because of drugs even though neither wanted to break up. In truth they’d been over for close to a year before he died and in all this time he jumped from one woman to another until Gemma Ward who he was indeed serious about (read “another nina” @ 1:46pm and my reply for Heath’s MO with his girlfriends). Heath didn’t show any inclination he wanted to get back together with his baby mama and Michelle was going for sole custody in full force at the time of his death. Based on this neither wanted/thought they would get back together. Yet most folks talk like his p-hounding, his budding relationship with Gemma which granted was kept private by all parties, the nasty custody battle, Michelle’s relationships after Heath never happened. This is called romanticizing and glossing over.
        3)Heath didn’t take his casual dates home to his family. He did this only with girls that became his official girlfriends. + she met his daughter.
        4)I also think she’s a good actress and I said as much but I think the “grieving widow” helped secure her last two Oscar nominations. Both times she used this narrative and voila! I thought Gosling was better but he didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Blue Valentine. IMO Michelle wouldn’t have either without the “Widow Ledger”.

      • Ms Kay says:

        1) “Dude was a player with no intention of settling down with Michelle or probably anyone else until much, much later in life if at all.” to quote you, so enlighten me here, aren’t you saying that he wasn’t into her? And the child theory doesn’t work out because if the “old trick” theory is so dated, he was adult enough to know what he wanted and discerning things to make his own decisions, so he could have left her way sooner and just be a single Dad.

        2) Like I said you are negating the fact they loved each other by saying “people are trying to romanticize them”, because again the facts are they were together, they loved each other, they had a child and they split up and Heath tragic death *only* emphasized that, no more no less facts. It has nothing to do with being the great love story, you are the one seeing it that way. Michelle and Heath will always be connected because of Matilda and clearly it seems to bug you and you at it as if she should be forgotten by using the derogatory term “baby mama”.

        3) Meeting parents doesn’t mean the “relationship” is serious, plenty of casual dates meet parents, in which world are you living in? Plus they were both from Oz remember? Now if his fling joins him back in Oz and they spent some time together so what? And you are trying to put things as if Michelle is less important than Gemma Ward, which is frankly laughable. And hello just because she met his daughter doesn’t make your point stronger, as if she was a stepmother to be. He was trying to make the most of it during his time with his daughter who was barely 2 since he and Michelle split, so if Gemma Ward happened to be around, so be it. Probably the Olsen sisters met Matilda as well.

        4) You make my point. You can’t see past that she is talented and recognised by her peers (in Blue Valentine, she and Ryan Gosling were equally good, too bad he didn’t get nominated but it’s not her fault) and say her Oscar nods are solely based on Heath Ledger. So like I said you should apply the same to Ben Affleck and his family, Hugh Jackman and his mother who abandoned him, Joaquin Phoenix and his brother tragic death etc. Because following your logic they are there because of milking for sympathy and not their talent…

      • Liv says:

        Lulu, if he was in love with Gemma Ward, why was Mary Kate the first person who was called when he died? In my opinion his affairs with Lohan, Ward, Olsen just make sense if you see him as a player who lost track after he was cut out of Matilda’s and Michelle’s life. Plus Michelle was at his funeral, not Gemma…I guess his family knows better than us who was an important person in his life.

  39. shannon says:

    Jen Lindley! love everything about her look except the shoes. The Widow Ledger lol.

    • Stormy says:

      Yeah I think if she keeps that up she is going to start to get backlash a la Hathaway. It was not the greatest love story ever told. I am still laughing at people saying Gemma was just a booty call. Nah he was straight up obsessed. It doesn’t mean he didn’t love Michelle at one time. Heck the man was with Naomi Watts for how long?

      Acting wise. My week with Marilyn was boring (at least to me). I think she can act but I wish she stop running around only discussing Ledger when she is campaigning.

      Though yes the dress kicks butt and I want it.

  40. Andrea says:

    Let me tell you something about growing out short hair.

    I had really short hair for a while and it was awful to grow out. You see when its growing out, the back sometimes will look like a mullet. My hair ended up how her looks now, you end up cutting up the back for a while till the front grows longer and it becomes easier to cut all your hair into a bob style or something like that.

  41. Apples says:

    Wow, her makeup is stunning and I love the dress. But, her hair…even given that haircut, there is no excuse for the way her hair was styled. Yikes.

  42. NEENAZEE says:

    She’s adorable, has great red-carpet fashion sense and this look is fabulous. I’m kind of sorry that she’s growing her hair out… she won’t look interesting or even different anymore. Ultimately she’ll probably blend in to the rest of the blond Hollywood babes like Manolo had the guts to say last week (IMO he probably shouldn’t have named names tho… ) But I’ll cut her a break b/c all ladies need to switch things up once in awhile.

  43. CF98 says:

    In the end we rarely if at all know why any couple in Hollywood breaks up most of it is speculation. That being said better to end it now than delay the inevitable.

    Regardless I have never particularly cared about Michelle Williams personally she claims to hate the fame aspect of being an actress and yet she doesn’t hate it that much if she’s still a part of it.

    I do think she’s a talented actress though despite it.

  44. SMH. says:

    Everyone stop acting as if you know them personally. Mostly everything you hear is rumors which are made up by magazines. Do you really believe everything you read? God damn.

  45. muppet_barbershop says:

    Those feathers are dyed. …Well. Maybe this is a sign that she’s not a default “vulnerable adult” and can afford to be choosy if she likes, he? She did what she did for her own reasons. Best to them both in the future. They seem like great people.

  46. Sara says:

    In my honest opinion, Jason and Michelle should stay together and even get marry.They’re a great couple, very down to earth, very sweet with each other and they love each other.It shows.And Matilda loves Jason and Jason loves her back.They are the perfect family.I wich they get marry.Trully.

  47. mimi says:

    I am sure that must be very difficult for her to raise her child alone knowing the father has died.

    She doesn’t need to be a widow for that fact to be tragic and a source of pain in her life.

    I was saddend when I heard Jason and her broke up, and I hope she will find a guy who will treat both her and her daughter right and will be willing to step in as a father.

    That child should have a real and present father figure in her life.

  48. Ravensdaughter says:

    Noooooooo! Poor Jason-he was so lovely to her and Matilda. I’ve always thought she was full of herself-now I know.