What is Reese Witherspoon doing in Austin – the place where Ryan cheated

Unlike Kate Hudson, who still hasn’t filed for divorce despite announcing her separation three months ago, Reese Witherspoon has not wasted any time making her split from Ryan Phillippe official, and has filed divorce papers citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Reese checked the box terminating Ryan’s right to spousal support, and has written in that she requests “Exclusive use of the family residence,” meaning Ryan has to get out of their mansion, or has already done so. She is seeking primary physical custody of their two children, Deacon, 3, and Ava, 7, but plans to grant visitation rights to Ryan.

Meanwhile Reese was spotted at a cafe in Austin, Texas – less than a mile and a half away from the Asian restaurant where her husband was busted making out with his costar Abbie Cornish a month ago. (I actually looked this up and would call it an exclusive, but it wasn’t that brilliant of a connection.)

Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon dined Tuesday night at Austin Java Co. on Barton Springs Road with an unidentified man and dog.
Witherspoon, wearing a lavender and black jumpsuit, sat on the front porch of the popular South Austin restaurant and ate half of a chicken sandwich.
She seemed to go unnoticed by diners, but smiled at a couple of folks who recognized her as she walked out.

What was Reese doing in Austin? Ryan and Abby Cornish are said to have cheated after hooking up on the set of their movie “Stop Loss,” which was filming there. A half-assed Google search yielded no connection between Reese and Austin, and she grew up in the city of Nashville. It’s possible that Reese had a business meeting there, but it seems more likely to me – and much more salacious to report – that she was trying to get to the bottom of her husband’s cheating. Who was the guy she was having lunch with? Was he an on-set spy? An industry insider giving Reese the dirt?

Reese is due to start filming the thriller “Rendition,” but filming is said to be taking place in LA, Washington DC, Morocco and Cape Town. Austin is not on the list.

Phillippe never denied that he cheated on Reese, and gave a statement to People that “I’m not a perfect person, but I’m not guilty of a lot of the things I have been accused of. My priority is and always has been the health and safety of my family.”

Us Weekly points out how much Ryan’s new maybe-girlfriend looks like Reese (composite image above), and cites a relationship expert who claims that men look for another version of their wife who is more appreciative of them and easily dominated.

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  1. millie says:

    I always told my husband that Reese will only divorce Ryan when his behavior gets so intolerable and openly embarrassing that she won’t have a choice but to get rid of him. I think he wanted out and used Abbie Cornish to do it (I mean.. kissing in public!)–I guess strippers and waitresses were not enough. Reese has always maintained this perky facade but you could tell things were rough underneath. I’d like to feel sorry for her but she always struck me as the girl who’d sneer at you, if given a chance. I think that Ryan always felt like a second class citizen in his own home–not that I’m defending him, but I can’t entirely blame him either.

  2. AC says:

    they had a great marriage. I don’t think we should be blaming anyone… and if anyone. him. 😛

  3. RaeJillian says:

    Who knows these things, really? I do have to say, though, that this makes me sad. It’s like when the head cheer leader and the star quarter back break up the day before prom. It just does not make sense!
    🙁 Good luck to both, personally I think that Ryan will really regret pushing her so far, I think that while marriage might not be his cup of tea he is aware of what a great woman she is and how lucky he wasto have her.

  4. Angelika says:

    Has anyone of you ever thought about that Abbie Cornish girl? Man, her career is over – she stands there as a homewrecker. Even though it’s not our business, I wish we’d know more – and as long as Ryan doesn’t deny it, there’s a possilibity that this story is true indeed, which would be heart-breaking..

  5. DogRunner says:

    Interesting side-by-side picture comparison.

    Maybe he was looking for a mellower version of Reese.

  6. disco says:

    the 2nd hit may not be worth as much – but u got to agree – her warm eyes aren kinda easy on d eye..? yes no??!

  7. Mariposa says:

    Warm eyes? Yeah sure, it looks like Cornish really needs some visine. Wait, maybe that’s why Ryan liked her so much…

  8. elisha says:

    JANE magazine has a feature on Cornish this month, I thought it was weird cuz I’d never heard of her until the Phillipe thing…then here was in JANE (published before this cheating stuff obviously)
    I think their lips look similar

  9. Amanda Bynes says:

    Man everyone’s either breaking up or getting divorces lately, aren’t they?

  10. pip says:

    Of course they look the same- actresses come out of a mold, practically.

    As for ‘not guilty of a lot of things’ sounds evasive, like yes, guilty of boffing abby, but not guitly of, like, eating sushi!

  11. that *itch! says:

    I think she was there to kick Abbie’s ass.