Reese and Ryan broke up before the Flags of our Father premiere

Roger Friedman of Fox News claims to have witnessed Reese and Ryan’s huge fight at the “Flags of Our Fathers” premiere. He claims that they had a very obvious fight on the terrace at the party, and that they had already agreed to break up at that point. He mentions it as an aside, though, so I’m not certain he’s confident that it’s true:

The party took place in the rooftop penthouse suites of the Soho Grand Hotel, and what I saw next was something I decided not to print at the time. The couple went out on the roof terrace and had a knock-down, drag-out fight. It looked like something from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

My line of vision was partially blocked by a big exhaust pipe, so at different times during the fight they were obscured. But then Ryan would appear, disgusted, on one side of it, and Reese on the other.

Suddenly, Reese stormed back inside, crossed past me and headed for the elevator. Ryan followed in hot pursuit. Thus, their security guards assigned for the night went running after them, thinking that they were leaving.

After a couple of minutes, though, clearer heads prevailed. The couple came back from the elevator with security in tow. Perhaps they’d forgotten that many members of Ryan’s family, including his grandmother, were still in the room, oblivious to what was going on.

All of this was alluded to in our Oct. 17 column. I referred to their marriage as “tempestuous,” trying to err on the side of good manners. It was obvious from their heated exchanges that the couple was in trouble. But no one really knows what goes inside a marriage; maybe fighting was part of their deal.

In retrospect, however, Ryan and Reese already knew it was over when they came to the “Flags of Our Fathers” party. They had already committed to it, and Phillippe’s family wanted some kind of celebration.

Reese Witherspoon was photographed out and about by herself in Brentwood on 10/28. She looks gorgeous and well dressed just days before announcing the dissolution of her marriage to Ryan Phillppe. She has reportedly contacted divorce attorney Robert Kaufman, who represented Jennifer Aniston in her split with Brad Pitt. I bet Reese gets right down to it and files divorce papers soon. Still, she’s going to take a hit. Reese and Ryan have no prenuptual agreement, and Ryan is entitled to half of the couple’s fortune under California law.

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  1. millie says:

    no prenup–that’s why she took an aggressive divorce attorney like JA’s lawyer instead of going though a collaborative process or mediation, like someone who has her kids’ best interest in mind would.. bottom line is obviously still no. 1 with her. I’m very curious to see how she handles the process and if her controlling personality takes over.

  2. Joy says:

    Craziness. She did a pretty good job at smiling for the cameras.

    Remember, Reese got knocked up young, and they were in counselling. They’ve had a bumpy ride for a long time.

  3. Melissa says:

    I’m not sure why people are acting so shocked about this anyway. It was a Hollywood marriage after all! With Hollywood marriages it isn’t if they’ll divorce, its when and they stuck it out longer than many couples who married older then they did. Seriously, I think they should get some kind of reward or trophy for lasting as long as they did.

  4. Kathy says:

    I know she seems all sweet and cute and stuff, but I’ve always sensed this layer to her of…well, I’ve always thought she probably isn’t the easiest person in the world to live with. Not that he’s a big prize, either. He’s probably got some growing up to do.

    I don’t know why celebrity couples even bother to get married, though. They have to realize their chances of making it permanently are about nil.

  5. Tinkerbelle says:

    What gets me about celebrity marriages is usually the ink isn’t even dry on a divorce & they want to get married again. Can anyone say Denise Richards? I don’t think Reese will rush into anything though.

  6. julie says:

    i hope he gets nothing… even though he cheated with a girl.. i still say he is gay.. she worked hard for her money and he CHEATED on her…why should she pay him for that… i hope her career goes up and his goes way down.. surreal life anyone… hahahaha

  7. DogRunner says:

    Seemed like a marriage of a Type A personality with a Type B spouse.

    It seems that the opposite sides of their personalities brought them together to later become the reason they are breaking up.

    My mother gave me a piece of advice – what initially attracts you to them is going to be the thing that drives you crazy later.

  8. Poor Boopie says:

    No big surprise here. They were kind of long lived for a Hollywood marriage! Let’s hope they do the sensible thing and put their kids first!

  9. just me says:

    I thought they would of gotten through this bump in the road. But who knows the real reason for the brake up. I

  10. suz says:

    Anyone who has gone through a rough time in their marriage can relate. My heart goes out to Reese but what is she supposed to do?

  11. Action says:

    Kathy, I agree that I don’t think she can be that easy to live with. I also agree with the type A and type B personalities, too. However, he just seems sleezy to me.

  12. angie says:

    He cheated on her?! Stupid little…!
    Oh my God! I’ve got to

    How could he? Oh well, he’s just stupid.