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*Gemma Ward Opens Up On Her Short Lived Romance with Heath Ledger

Gemma Ward

This all just in over the weekend. Seems In November 2007, at the age of 20, and two months prior to Heath Ledger's death Gemma Ward had a romantic relationshiop with the actor.

"I have taken a break from the media spotlight for the past few years and it was something spurred by Heath's death," she said. "(Heath and I) first met in New York and we were both struggling with things that I won't get into, and we bonded over that.

"I kind of met him at first and said, 'Listen my mum's living with me right now and I'm kind of going through a hard time and I'm not interested in having a serious relationship with somebody right now' and he was like, 'You know, um, let's just be there for each other through these hard times we're both going through'. And we developed a relationship and we started seeing each other."

The articles goes on to report that "The two then spent Christmas together in Perth before heading back to New York where Ledger died less than a month later on January 22, 2008."

"There was no one like him - and no one will ever be like him," she said. "I'm just so grateful I got to meet him and get as close as I did with him.

"The time we spent in Perth was incredible because we were both from Perth and it was also a time when it was beautiful in Perth and both our families were there and we met each other's families.

"We were able to not be in any kind of a spotlight and not have to be meeting with people or be hounded by press or anything. We lived in a magical kind of world where we weren't intruded upon."

Moving on Gemma is set to hit the theater stage in the Perth Theatre Company's production of The Ugly One. This summer she's set to appear as Tamara Queen of the Mermaids in Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

"Lots of models have played mermaids throughout history and it is, kind of, a funny rite of passage (from modelling to acting)," she said. "Anyway, I've loved the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They're a lot of fun and I was very excited to hear that Rob Marshall was directing it and there'd be Johnny (Depp) and Penelope Cruz, both of whom I'm a big fan."



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