Though neither Michelle Williams nor her beau of several years and father of her daughter, Matilda, Heath Ledger, have outright confirmed that they have gone their separate ways, the father of the former Dawson’s Creek star is speaking out on the subject.

"We’ve known about their troubles for a while," Michelle’s father, Larry, told Aussie newspaper The Daily Telegraph. "But it’s always a very difficult thing in life when these things happen." Larry, a once-renowned commodities trader, is now based in Sydney, Australia, where he awaits an extradition hearing that could have him brought back to America on tax evasion charges.

"I know Heath and Michelle still care about each other deeply and are very committed to being great parents to their daughter," Larry added.

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