January 22nd marked the 10th anniversary of Heath Ledger's tragic death in 2008. The emotional day would have been the toughest to face for his family, which includes his former fiancé and mother of his 12-year-old daughter Matilda Rose, Michelle Williams.
On a day that would have been incredibly difficult for the actress, she was comforted by her best friend Busy Phillipps, who went to great lengths to be by her side. The Dawson's Creek co-stars have been friends for over a decade, and made it through the passing of Heath with each other's constant support, so it only made sense they would spend the emotional day together.
Busy documented her journey to visit Michelle in New York on Instagram Stories, later sharing a selfie of the duo in the evening.
"It's ok," she wrote over the photo, which showed Michelle leaning in to rest her head on Busy's shoulder.
Earlier in the day, Busy posted an emotional message on her Instagram story about Heath.
“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friend, Heath, who died 10-years ago and this song came on, ‘Time to Pretend,'” she said in a series of clips. “It came out after he had passed away and I remember when it came out because I thought — it made me think of him. I just thought he would have liked this song, you know? For some reason, every time I hear this song — and I was just — it’s weird. That’s all.”
Michelle and Heath met on the set of Brokeback Mountain in 2004, before welcoming their daughter Matilda in October 2005. The pair separated in late 2007 just months before his passing, with the actress later joining Heath's family in Perth, Australia for his memorial.
"My heart is broken," Michelle said in her first statement after his accidental overdose. "I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day."
"His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up in the best memories of him."