Julia Roberts calls half-sister’s death ‘heartbreaking’ 

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  • In this June 9, 2009 file photo released by CBS, actress Julia Roberts laughs as she holds host David Letterman's hand on the set of the "Late Show with David Letterman," in New York.
For the first time since the death of her half-sister in February, comments from Julia Roberts following the tragedy have surfaced.

Roberts spoke to WSJ Magazine in late February about Nancy Motes’ death from a possible drug overdose in an interview that was released Monday, ABC News reports.

“It’s just heartbreak,” she told WSJ, tearing up. “... There aren’t words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It’s hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead.”

Motes was found dead in Los Angeles on Feb. 9 at the age of 37.

The Oscar winner and half-sister of Motes added, “You don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world. But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It’s so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family.”

Roberts, 46, who spoke to the magazine to promote the upcoming HBO movie “The Normal Heart,” talked a bit about her life with husband Daniel Moder and her children Hazel and Phinnaeus, 9, and Henry, 5.

She joked that when her twins arrived in 2004, she wanted to be with them as much as possible. “For a long time they weren’t even aware I had a job because I was home so much,” she said.


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