Michelle Williams Isn't Afraid to Admit That Dating as a Single Mom Sucks Sometimes

Michelle Williams is one of Hollywood's most private celebrities, but she's always been incredibly forthright about the ups and downs of being a single mom to 11-year-old daughter Matilda. Since the death of Heath Ledger in 2008, Michelle's former boyfriend and Matilda's father, the Certain Women actress has been raising their child on her own and discussed how it's affected her dating life in the latest issue of Porter magazine. Luckily, Michelle has the support of close friend Busy Philipps, whom she shares a hilarious (or hilariously depressing?) anecdote about, and is creating plenty of Oscar buzz for her role in Manchester by the Sea. Check out what she had to say ahead, and to see the full interview with Michelle, buy the latest issue of Porter, which hits stands on Dec. 2.

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On dating as a single mom: "Talk about a learning process. I think, God, what would I say about it? I feel really sensitive about it and certainly did not expect to still be dating at 36 with an 11-year-old. This is not what I imagined."

On being cautious with new relationships: "I'm like a cat, I'm a very domestic creature. I just want to stay home and take care of people. But I'm also happy with myself and just because I might have a desire to be with someone . . . that won't lead me to marry the wrong person."

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On getting advice from BFF Busy Philipps: "My friend Busy and her husband Marc [Silverstein] said, 'Michelle, you're in like a blackout zone, everybody is now partnered up and you have to wait for people to start getting divorced.' Oh my f*cking God. Are you kidding me? I'm just sitting around and waiting for marriages to crumble? Oh wow! No!"

On her daughter growing up without her father: "In all honesty, for pretty much everything else, I feel like I'm a believer in not fighting circumstances, accepting where you are and where you've been. In pretty much all senses but one, I would be able to go totally down that line of thinking were it not for Matilda not having her dad. You know, that's just something that doesn't . . . I mean, it just won't ever be right."