Michelle Williams was not the only woman affected by Heath Ledger‘s death in 2008. Australian model-turned-actress Gemma Ward, who was dating Ledger just before his passing, is opening up in an interview about their relationship as well. Ward was linked to Ledger briefly for a just a few months, and has tried to stay quiet about their relationship until now. “I have taken a break from the media spotlight for the past few years and it was something spurred by Heath’s death,” she told the Herald Sun. “(Heath and I) first met in New York and we were both struggling with things that I won’t get into,” Ward said cryptically.
Ward was reluctant to start a relationship with Ledger, explaining “I kind of met him at first and said, ‘Listen my mum’s living with me right now and I’m kind of going through a hard time and I’m not interested in having a serious relationship with somebody right now’ and he was like, ‘You know, um, let’s just be there for each other through these hard times we’re both going through’. And we developed a relationship and we started seeing each other.” The two were both from Perth, Australia and spent their Christmas holidays together there in 2007. Ledger died soon after returning to New York. Ward, who was a model at the time, has also said that Ledger gave her acting advice, “He told me to always be a punk and ‘stand up for yourself.'” Sounds like it worked, she managed to nab a role in the next Pirates Of The Caribbean film which comes out later this year.
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