Vanity Fair reveals Heath Ledger's custody battle over daughter Matilda
To outsiders, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams may have seemed the perfect laid-back, non-Hollywood couple during the time they spent working on and promoting their award-winning film, "Brokeback Mountain."
But according to an interview in the August Vanity Fair with Ledger's director pal Terry Gilliam, the romance between Ledger and Williams began to dissolve during the Oscar push for "Brokeback."
It was the Hollywood machinery that took its toll. "That was the moment when it changed, when he realized, uh-oh, we perceive the world differently," says Gilliam in the new issue of Vanity Fair. "He didn't care about things like those awards."
About the end, Gilliam recalls:
"He was trying to be decent and graceful, give her whatever she wanted. ... But once it started going south, it went very quickly. He was overwhelmed by lawyers, and there were more and more of them, as if they were breeding. I said, '... Heath, just end it. Get out -- it's bad. You've got to just walk away from it.'"
As Ledger's relationship with Williams unraveled over legal and custody issues, Ledger got angry.
Gilliam went on to say that the legal arguments over Matilda were, "the thing that really made Heath snap. ... He said, '... I'm not giving Michelle anything.'" Another Vanity Fair source adds, "there were definitely heated conversations, and emotions were high" in any discussion of Matilda's care.
Vanity Fair says that Ledger's lawyer declined to comment on part of Ledger's separation.
What do you think? This story sounds very one-sided to us. And why is Gilliam talking about this now? We bet Heath would have hated having his private life discussed like this.
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