Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Heath Ledger's Drug Battle Takes Center Stage

Heath Ledger's battle with alcohol and drugs was so harmful to his relationship with Michelle Williams that she tried to get him to enter rehab, Us Weekly reports in its latest issue. For three years, Michelle was a firsthand witness to the gifted actor's use of alcohol and drugs, including cocaine, heroin and "a variety of pills," says a confidant of Heath.

In March 2006 – just weeks after the couple walked the Oscars red carpet and when daughter Matilda was only five months old – Michelle drove Heath to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, California, the confidant tells Us Weekly. Heath refused to check in, instead swaying her with a pledge to clean up.

Even after the couple realized "they were in way over their heads," according to a source, and split in September 2007, two sources tell Us that Michelle demanded Heath be drug-tested before his visitations with Matilda. When news of Heath's death broke last Tuesday, Michelle was inconsolable. "She cried and screamed as soon as she heard," a source on the Swedish set of her latest film, Mammoth, tells Us.


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