Williams won’t raise daughter in Hollywood

Michelle Williams and daughter MichelleMichelle Williams says she won’t raise her daughter Matilda, whose father is the late Heath Ledger, in Hollywood. “I wouldn’t raise her there. For all the obvious reasons — being an actor’s daughter. It’s a town that’s about one thing and I want her to have options,” Williams told British newspaper the Telegraph. The actress added that she hopes Matilda will grow up to be a doctor. However, Matilda, who’s currently three, apparently has her sights set on being a cowgirl. As for her own career, Williams says she’s still too upset about Ledger’s death to think about working. Other than promoting her film Wendy and Lucy, she says she’s been taking care of Matilda and “cooking, cleaning and sewing.” Though she’s had pressure to get back to work immediately, she says, “I can be 28 and take a year off. Hopefully there’ll still be something there to go back to.”

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  1. Nancy • February 25, 2009 @ 2:26 PM

    She’s a really good mom! I agree…keep Matilda as far away from Hollywood as possible. Everyone should have choices and I think it is great that she is making sure Matilda gets hers and that Michelle is making her own choices as well.

  2. mandee • February 25, 2009 @ 3:30 PM

    i agree that it is a good idea to let her choose. she shouldnt say things like “i hope she will be a doctor” because later in life if matlida reads that, she may think her mother isnt proud of what she becomes. i personally dont think its fair that all these stars kids when they get older have the money to become whatever they want. they should have to work the same as everyone else in the world and save up the money for school. how many actors/actresses kids have you saw working in a donut shop for minimum wage? they should make them learn and have the same values as everyone else in the world. my parents would never pay for me to go to school to become something. hell they wont even let me stop paying them rent to go !!! maybe i should find out if angelina wants to adopt me so i can go to school? lol

  3. tributegirl • February 25, 2009 @ 3:58 PM

    LMAO, yeah, apparently Miley wants Angelina to adopt her! (from what I’ve read, don’t hate!)

  4. tributegirl • February 25, 2009 @ 4:01 PM

    Just kidding around, anyway, I have no problem with the stars kids having their education and everything paid for. Their parents worked hard for their money and I believe they should be able to spend it on whatever they want, including their children’s education. I know if I was as rich as some of them, my kids wouldn’t have to worry about paying for university. But after that, I think the kid should stand on their own two feet.

  5. ke • February 26, 2009 @ 12:12 AM

    good job. with a mom like her Matilda will be just fine. very unlike other ‘celebrity’ kids.

  6. JJ • February 26, 2009 @ 7:50 AM

    I agree.

  7. Jim • February 26, 2009 @ 9:48 AM

    Shockingly enough I completely agree with tributegirl. If a parent is financially able to pay for their child’s education they should. It is always the parents who brag about their child and what their child is doing with their life and their schooling which, to me, is very wrong if they are financially able to help but they choose not to. I understand if a parent just can’t pay for their child’s schooling, but if they can I believe they should. University and college is a lot for anyone to have to go through so the financial burden is another stress added onto an 18 or 19 year old. If you can elivate the stress on your child, you should.
    As for standing on their own two feet when they get out of school, absolutely. They were supported through school, and ultimately their life up until that point, they have the education and the tools to get a decent paying job, so they should. I beleive that any child should be on their own after school.

  8. mandee • February 26, 2009 @ 1:38 PM

    the way i look at it, if your parents pay for you to go to school youre not going to necessarily try as hard to get good grades or become something. my parents wont pay for me to go, so when i go it will be coming out of my own pocket, giving me a REASON to try hard, work my butt off and make something of myself. also, it will be more gratifying when im finished and im whatever i want to be BECAUSE OF ME not because someone else paid my way through school and life until that point. until you do things for yourself, you will never know what youre capable of, and i think once you hit 18, your life should then be your own rather than still depending on/relying on your parents to pay for everything. life is SUPPOSED to be hard, its supposed to be a struggle so when good things happen to you its because you EARNED it, not because your parents could afford to hand it over to you.

  9. tributegirl • February 26, 2009 @ 2:14 PM

    I totally see what you are saying, but just say your parents were millionaires, and you had a dream to become, say, a doctor. But you have no money yourself. You’d have to go to work and pay for it yourself, that’s fine.
    But down the street is a poor family, with a child with the same dream. That child goes out to look for work…but there’s no job, all the rich people’s kids have the jobs. That would be like a slap in the face for the poor family.
    And actually, if anyone has a big dream like that, they would have to work hard in school to earn great marks anyway, or they wouldn’t get accepted into university.
    I don’t know, I just feel that if I could afford it, my kids would have whatever education they wanted, I’m not planning on buying their houses or anything, that will be for them to do once they are educated and have the job they want.

    Jim….I’m shocked….

  10. Jim • February 26, 2009 @ 2:32 PM

    When I agree with someone, I tell them and in this instance I agree with you. I was shocked myself BUT I do think you are right and I support your argument.
    I disagree with you BUT I understand and respect your concerns. Those are concerns that I myself have with my intentions of paying for my daughter’s education. I plan to pay becasue I have been on your end before. I went to school and I paid my own way with the exception of books, supplies, and residence while away and a parking pass while living at home. As generous as my parents were for the expenses they did cover, I still struggled to pay for my own schooling while working and doing school work. My grades suffered tremendously because of this. I did graduate and I do have the job I wanted, however I paid student loans for an awfully long time. Depending on what you go to school for a part time job during school and a full time summer job just doesn’t cut the tuition costs. These are my reasons for thinking a parent should pay if financially able. Responsibilty will come with the school itself. University is tough and in order to stay in, an 18 year old will have to prioritize and will have to be responsible otherwise funding will end.

  11. lily • February 26, 2009 @ 5:40 PM

    I agree with Jim and Tributegirl. I paid every cent of my own university costs (parents could have but chose not to) and it was REALLY hard. Did it make me appreciate my education more? No, it just made it a lot harder to get good grades because I was always working. I swore I’d make up for it if I ever had kids of my own, and I’m now paying EVERY CENT of their costs until they graduate. My only expectation is that they do their best. They are actually ENJOYING their education, and I’m re-living those years through them and LOVING every second of it.
    No disrespect to you, Mandee. Lots of people (including my parents) agree with you. But my number one priority as a mom is to give my kids the very best life possible, and to me that means the very best education possible.
    By the way, they can live with me as long as they want as well… this never stops being their home. If they want to move “significant others” in too, we’ll just be a bigger happy family!

  12. ke • February 26, 2009 @ 7:09 PM

    i absolutely agree with lily and everyone who think parents should pay for school (if they can). school is PART of raising your children. of course, you never stop being a parent but there comes a time when you let your kids be on their own. but i think that 18 is still too young to be on your own completely. there are so many people at that age or even older who still don;t know who they are and how to provide for themselves. that’s still a ‘growing’ stage. by paying for school, parents are insuring that their kids have every possibility/opportunity in life. i understand that life is hard and that they should learn to be independent but i think 18, early 20’s is too young to inflict such struggle, especially if their parents can do something about it. there’ll be time later in life for all the hardships, if you know what i mean. i don’t think parents should spoil them. i think its a good idea to make them pay for books or gas or rent but getting an education shouldn’t be left entirely on the shoulders of the children.

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