Fi­nally, a sib­ling for Matilda!

Michelle’s big news

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She’s turn­ing 12 on Oc­to­ber 28, but for­get clothes, make-up or a new phone – Heath Ledger’s lit­tle girl Matilda is ask­ing her mum Michelle Wil­liams for a sib­ling!

Sure, Matilda has surrogate sis­ters Birdie and Cricket in her mum’s bestie Busy Philipps’s girls, with Busy in­sist­ing, “They ba­si­cally feel re­lated.” But the tween has long wanted a lit­tle brother or sis­ter of her own.

“For years, Matilda has been ask­ing her mum to have an­other baby,” a fam­ily friend tells NW. “So many of her pals have sis­ters and broth­ers and she’s felt kind of left out.”

And af­ter years of beg­ging, at last she’s get­ting her wish!

Yep, now Michelle’s loved up with her new man – whose iden­tity is still be­ing kept firmly un­der wraps – the pit­ter-pat­ter of tiny feet might soon be, er, afoot.

“For the first time since Heath’s death, Michelle’s feel­ing to­tal hap­pi­ness, like she’s walk­ing on air. Now she’s con­tem­plat­ing adding a baby into her nearper­fect life,” the pal re­veals.

Michelle, 37, hasn’t al­ways had ba­bies on the brain, though.

“She was never in the right frame of mind, or re­la­tion­ship, to give it se­ri­ous thought,” con­tin­ues the pal.

But all that changed when she started dat­ing her new guy, who she and Matilda were spied play­ing happy fam­i­lies with in Rome back in July.

“She seemed to know from the be­gin­ning that he was The One. Her ma­ter­nal urge kicked into gear, too,” re­veals the friend.

And while Michelle and Matilda have hap­pily been two peas in a pod for years, they’re both ready to ex­pand their cosy duo.

“Since Michelle en­tered this new re­la­tion­ship, she’s come to re­alise that per­haps hav­ing

an­other child wouldn’t be so bad,” says the friend.

“This could be an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter in their lives!”

Hav­ing a sib­ling will no doubt be a change of pace for Matilda, who’s led a largely shel­tered life.

Michelle has worked hard to give her daugh­ter a sta­ble foun­da­tion in the years fol­low­ing Heath’s tragic death in 2008, when Matilda was just two.

When she’s not on set, Michelle’s fer­ry­ing Matilda to school in Brook­lyn, and help­ing with home­work.

And friends and fam­ily say her hands-on ap­proach has cer­tainly paid off.

“I think that [Michelle] pro­vides such a won­der­ful en­vi­ron­ment for Matilda to grow up in, es­pe­cially in the sort of in­dus­try that she’s in,” Heath’s sis­ter Kate told Peo­ple mag­a­zine in April.

“De­spite grow­ing up with­out her dad, Tilly is well-ad­justed,” adds NW’S in­sider. “She’s so much like Heath. She’s en­er­getic and loves na­ture, and she’s seen a few of his films. Michelle and Matilda watch them ev­ery now and again and rem­i­nisce about him. They miss him.”

Af­ter ev­ery­thing these two have been through, it’s time for a lit­tle bun­dle of joy! n

‘Not only has Matilda in­her­ited Heath’s looks, but his in­ter­ests and charm, too,’ says a fam­ily friend Matilda clearly got her taste in hats, sun­nies and gloves from her dad!

The cou­ple split in 2007, four months be­fore his death

Michelle and her mys­tery man took their love to Italy in July The ac­tress took time out from film­ing All The Money In The World to smooch her man

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