Michelle Williams opened up about her heartbreak when she moved out of the home she shared with Heath Ledger

It’s — pretty unbelievably — been nine whole years since Heath Ledger’s death. And in the February issue of The Wall Street Journal, Michelle Williams revealed her heartbreak about leaving the home she once shared with Ledger not long after he passed.

"At that time, I was inconsolable, because I felt, ‘How will he be able to find us?’ This is where we lived, and he won’t know where we are. And now I can’t believe I thought that. Maybe that’s what’s making me cry is I feel sad for the person who thought he won’t be able to locate [us]," she said in the interview.

We can’t even begin to imagine how emotional this must have been, but the sentiment that Williams expresses is easily relatable: We want our loved ones close to us, whether they’re physically there or not.

via giphy She also says that her experiences in life have made her less romantic in general. “It’s hard to romanticize romance when you’re 36,” she said. “When you’ve been a parent for 11 years and you’ve done it alone, you don’t have romantic ideals, because you have a practical understanding that you can do it by yourself. The romantic idea of meeting your person and having a storybook family life that looks like the model you grew up with – that doesn’t really exist for me.”

There’s so much quiet strength in Williams’ words, and we genuinely have so much respect for the way she approaches single parenting. She went on to note how her biggest concern when choosing new projects is whether or not she can work locally.

"Everyone told me to travel while [Matilda’s] young, but they hit a certain age, and they want a life."

She describes herself and Matilda as being “stuck – in a good place,” and that actually sounds…perfect.

H/T: People