"He's tried to date, but whenever women want to take things to the next level, he retreats," a pal exclusively tells OK!. With the broody actor quarantining at home alone in NYC, "he seems lost in thoughts of the past," notes the pal, adding that Nesson's spending a lot of time at Richardson's gravesite.
"Once lockdown lifts, his friends would like him to at least consider going out with someone. But Liam doesn't see the point, because he knows he'll never find another woman like Natasha."
Following her tragic death, the Cold Pursuit star got candid about how that moment changed his life.
"I walked into the emergency — it's like seventy, eighty people, broken arms, black eyes, all that — and for the first time in years, nobody recognizes me. Not the nurses. The patients. No one. And I've come all this way, and they won't let me see her," Nesson said about what happened post-accident. "And I'm looking past them, starting to push — I'm like, F**k, I know my wife's back there someplace."
"I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work," Neeson explained. "Listen, I know how old I am and that I'm just a shoulder injury from losing roles like the one in Taken. So I stay with the training, I stay with the work. It's easy enough to plan jobs, to plan a lot of work. That's effective. But that's the weird thing about grief. You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work."
Neeson noted that the pain is hard to escape — no matter how many years it's been.
"It hits you in the middle of the night — well, it hits me in the middle of the night," he said. "I'm out walking. I'm feeling quite content. And it's like suddenly, boom. It's like you've just done that in your chest."