Australian actor Heath Ledger has blasted the paparazzi in his adopted home of Sydney, for kicking him "out of the city".

After growing up in Perth, Western Australia, Ledger chose to settle on the Antipodean nation's east coast and bought a home in the Sydney suburb of Bronte.

However, after high-profile relationships with Heather Graham, Naomi Watts and fiancee Michelle Williams, who gave birth to their daughter MATILDA last week (28OCT05), Ledger is besieged by photographers whenever he visits Sydney.

Ledger fumes, "I feel the pressure there. It's like the paparazzi are kicking me out of the city.

"I absolutely love my country, but I don't feel like living there anymore. It's breaking my heart not to be able to live in Australia, but it's just not possible."