"I paid no attention to it. I knew him, I knew the family and why the hell would I sit there listening to idiots who don't know anything at all? I literally didn't read anything, didn't watch anything (after he died)," Fox News quoted Bale as saying. He added: "If I happened to be watching anything that came on, I switched over straightaway. It's incredible the way the voyeuristic outlook is accepted as news."
The 35-year-old singer said that Ledger was one of his few friends in the industry.
Bale said: "Many times I'll work with actors and I can tell they're thinking, 'What are you doing? Why are you going that far with it?' or 'You're nuts!' With Heath, I could feel him going, 'I love it!' It felt like we were really pushing each other on, to the limits of where you can go with it." He added: "He was a good guy. There's not a lot of actors who I stay in touch with. But Heath was one of them."
Heath Ledger died of drug overdose in January last year.