Reese and Ryan: What went wrong

While we may never know what hastened the end of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s Hollywood marriage, we can get a lot of information from the clues they dropped in interviews. We’ve covered a couple of Ryan’s recent interviews that suggest that he’s having trouble in his relationship and although I hyped it at the time and never thought they would actually break up.

  • In a Rolling Stone interview, Ryan revealed that he got wasted at the Golden Globes while channeling spirits with Shirley MacLaine and that his “ultimate goal” was to lay on a beach and smoke pot all day. “The ultimate 20-year plan is to be living in the Caribbean, writing, living off the land, eating from the ocean and probably smoking herb.”
  • Ryan was definitely drunk at the Golden Globes because he made out with his wife and told a reporter that they would celebrate her win at home “with hot and heavy lovemaking.”
  • Phillippe mentioned several times in an Interview article that he finds it hard to be apart from his two children. He never once said that he misses his wife, and spoke of how it’s important to keep their working lives separate and maintain individuality and mystery. He said “There are obstacles in every family… you just try to do the best you can and to create a life that is positive and full for them.”
  • Reese admitted in November 2005 on “Oprah” that she had attended marriage counseling with Ryan: ““In what capacity is working on yourself or your marriage a bad thing? What marriage isn’t a journey? … Nobody’s perfect … We all have our own set of problems.” She said in a later interview: We see our marriage not as a free ride but as a partnership you work on. You need to discuss things and be open about how to make each other feel gold and happy.”
  • Reese kind of half-denied that she and Ryan were having trouble due to Ryan’s reported jealousy of her amazing career. She said her husband flew in to be with her “He’s been in Toronto and he came all the way down here for just like 24 hours to be with me, so it was really nice.”
  • Reese also said that she dedicated her Oscar to all the guys who dumped her! She just won the most coveted award in Hollywood, she’s married to a hot guy and has two kids, and the best thing she can think to talk about is her exes.

    Reese was rumored to be pregnant with her third child in May after she gained a little weight and was said to want another baby to bolster her relationship, but she denied that rumor and sued reporting tabloid Star.

    Reese and Ryan got married in 1999 after a two year relationship. Reese was 23 and Ryan was almost 25. That seems relatively young to get married, but Reese was six months pregnant at the time with their first child, Ava. They also have a son, Deacon, who is three.

    This news isn’t a huge shock given how frank they were about their relationship, but it still seems unexpected. They were voted the most solid celebrity couple in a poll back in February.

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    1. nattie says:

      i think it is so sad that these two are separating. i love reese witherspoon she is very talented. i feel sorry for her kids that have to go through all of this

    2. AC says:

      I read this in the paper today on the subway on the way to work. I usually don’t go straight for the celebrity section but when I saw something about them on the front cover i zoomed to the gossip… im so sad! I don’t know why it matters so much to but I just love them.

    3. Badunks says:

      another failed hollywood marriage, suprise suprise

    4. Gigohead says:

      I have a feeling that Ryan needs to grow up some more. He’s clearly immature which is not his fault, since he is still a young man. I feel for their kids. That baby girl is adorable. Looks just like Reese.

    5. Action says:

      I agree that he does need to grow up some more, however, I don’t see how that’s not his fault. Because you’re right, he’s a ‘young man’. He’s no longer a kid and he has two kids and a marriage. You can be grown up and still have fun. But it’s his job to do the growing up and it’s his fault if he hasn’t.

    6. Genevieve says:

      It’s sad to see them break up– while watching the Oscars my mom kept saying she wished that Reese Witherspoon would dump her “babyish” husband and “go out with the guy who played Johnny Cash”. Yes, she is ridiculous.

    7. Daphne says:

      Can’t say I’m surprised. I’d wager they’ve been struggling for a while, even before the Nov 2005 Oprah interview, and I don’t think it has anything to do with her career. They were married (fairly) young, and I always wondered if it was mainly because she was pregnant. I don’t know if it is because he’s immature, she’s rumored to be a bitch, or a bit of both. However, I am willing to admit that I’m kinda happy for Ryan.

    8. mizzie says:

      am sooo sad! I love this couple so much. I thought that they’re gonna last forever.But in life no one can really tell. I hope they’ll still be friends.

    9. suz says:

      Only these two know what is going on. I hope they can put aside (what appears to be) longstanding anger, resentment and pride to stay together because they seem to love one another. It is hard but it can be done. I really love this couple and really hope they can work it out…