Breakups and divorce are becoming quite predominant in celebrity relationships and marriages. Most celebrities who finally get married usually end up separated or divorced much to the dismay of their fans. The case of American screen stars Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon was no exception to the statement made above.
Ryan Phillippe is a well-known actor who was born on September 10, 1974, in New Castle in the state of Delaware in the United States of America. Phillipe alongside his three sisters was raised by their parents, Susan and Richard Phillippe, in Delaware. His father is believed to be of French descent. He rose to fame in the 90s after appearing in blockbuster films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, 54 and Summer. Other notable films by the talented actor include Crash, Breach, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Bang-Bang Club, and the epic thriller, Shooter.
Reese Witherspoon, on the other hand, is also a popular figure in Hollywood as she is an award-winning actress and producer. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana State but was raised in Tennessee. Reese has made a name for herself as an actress and was honored in time past with a Primetime Emmy Award as well as an Academy Award. Time magazine recognized her in 2006 and 2015 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon are notable for their appearance in the film, Cruel Intentions. The talented lady has also showcased her talent in various movies that went on to become box office hits like Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama and Walk the Line. Her superb performance in the latter earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
How Did Ryan Phillippe And Reese Witherspoon Meet?
Ryan Phillippe met Resse Witherspoon, at a birthday party marking her 21st birthday. Towards the end of 1998, in just a little over a year that they had met, the duo got engaged. Ryan and Reese were married at Old Wide Awake Plantation in South Carolina at a small ceremony which held on June 5, 1999. The union between the pair was blessed with two children – a girl and a boy. Their daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, being their eldest child was born on September 9, 1999, while their son, Deacon Reese Phillippe, was born sometime in October 2003.
However, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon’s marriage hit the rocks a few years after the birth of their son and on October 30, 2006, Reese and Ryan released a joint statement announcing their separation. Shortly after their separation, Reese filed a divorce suit on November 8 of the same year seeking to dissolve the marriage. After a series of legal tussle, the court ruled that the couple will have joint custody of their two children. The divorce became official on October 5, 2007, ending the 8-year union between the two of them.
What Led To The Divorce Between Ryan Philippe And Reese Witherspoon In 2007?
Many things could have led to the divorce between the two celebrities but we will try to highlight only a few that seem authentic enough.
- They Married Early
What was filed at the court as the cause of the divorce was the usual ‘Irreconcilable Differences’. However, speculations have been made that given the fact Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon met while they were very young and without hesitating quickly rushed into marriage, their apparent immaturity could be an underlying reason for the divorce.
Moreso, Reese who was only 21 when they met was already far gone in her pregnancy before her marriage to Ryan. It is believed that the pressure of having to deal with the early pregnancy caused a lot of strains in the young couple’s marriage. We all know that major decisions if not properly considered can prove to be disastrous in the long run.
- Ryan Phillippe’s Flirtatiousness
Furthermore, it has been alleged that Ryan Phillippe was a notorious flirt who flirts with other women at events and parties. Many firsthand witnesses have corroborated this fact on several occasions. The actor was also believed to have engaged in an affair with popular actress Abbie Cornish. The duo was reportedly seen kissing in a restaurant.
- Lack Of Communication
Lack of communication and good quality time were also among the factors listed as possible causes for Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s divorce. They weren’t talking anymore as normal couples should and this was mainly because of their tight acting schedules. This got so bad that they had little or no time at all for themselves. Most times, they can stay away for so long at filming locations and sets forgetting to even call or establish a means of communication.