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Everything We Know About Ryan Phillippe, the Ex-Husband of Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon and her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe may be long divorced, but they remain connected by their two lookalike kids.

After seven years of marriage, Reese Witherspoon and her ex-husband called it quits. Over the years, the two have done a great job co-parenting their two kids, Ava and Deacon Phillippe.

This isn’t to say their post-divorce relationship has been all-juicy — far from it. The twosome, tried as they have, has remained riddled with the details of their past romance and the public perception of what it might have been.

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The assault claims against Phillippe by ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt further heighten this. A source has since revealed that the actress had no intention of becoming involved in her ex-husband’s messy life, especially now that their two children have already attained adulthood.

However, Phillippe believes their strained relationship involves more than just his recent scandals. The star once reflected on their failed marriage and the current state of their relationship, saying:

“People were always trying to pit us against each other, and anytime there were rumblings that we were going through a rough patch, they would make it seem like it was because I was jealous. Man, I’m so pro-woman. I have three sisters, I was raised by women, so I never felt that way.”

However, the actor acknowledged that since the world already projected a broad-brushstrokes image onto him, there was little he could do about it.

Despite the pitfalls, he admitted he and his ex-wife did great jobs as co-parents, and he would always respect and admire her. So media perception aside, who is the ex-husband of Reese Witherspoon?

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Who Is Reese Witherspoon’s Ex-Husband Ryan Phillippe?

Ryan Phillippe, the ex-husband of Reese Witherspoon, is an actor, businessman, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He landed the planet on September 10, 1974, to parents Susan and Richard Phillippe

He grew up with his parents and three sisters in New Castle, Delaware, his birthplace. As a youngster, Phillippe played soccer and baseball at New Castle Baptist Academy, where he schooled. He then proceeded to Barbizon to study modeling and acting.

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe | Image: Pinterest
Image: Pinterest

Reese Witherspoon and her ex-husband shared the same career paths, having pursued their separate acting career long before marriage. Phillippe began his professional pursuits in 1992 after signing with New Jersey’s Cathy Parker Management.

Ryan Phillipe’s Career

His first project was the drama series, “One Life To Live,” where he played Billy Douglas for thirteen episodes. He soon moved to Los Angeles, where he landed more acting gigs in movies like “Malock,” “Chicago Hope,” “The outer Limit,” and “Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare.”

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Phillippe made his big screen debut in the 1995 film, “Crimson Tide.”  Four years later, he co-starred with then-girlfriend Reese Witherspoon in 1999’s “Cruel Intentions,” just months before their wedding.

Since then, Reese Witherspoon and her ex-husband have forged ahead in their careers, becoming highly sought-after actors. Some of Phillipe’s top movies and TV shows include “set up,” “Antitrust,” “Crash,” “MacGruber,” “Secrets and Lies,” and the critically acclaimed “Flags of Our Father” among others.

Over the years, the actor has dabbled into other entertainment spheres, including production, film directing, and screenwriting. Additionally, he ventured into the business world.

Ryan Phillipe’s career ventures so far have earned him a net worth of $30 million and a handful of accolades.

Reese Witherspoon and Her Ex-Husband Had Two Kids

Ryan Phillippe became linked to Reese Witherspoon after their paths crossed in 1997, on her 21st birthday. The two kicked off their relationship thereafter and eventually married in 1999. Their union ended in 2007.

The duo welcomed two children, Ava Phillippe and Deacon Phillippe, during their seven-year romance. Both kids born to Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe have attained adulthood, with their son now nineteen, while Ava is 23, bearing a striking resemblance to her mom.

The exitusband of Reese Witherspoon with their kids | image: Pinterest
Image: Pinterest

Who Is Ryan Phillippe Dating Now?

Following his split from Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe dated his “Stop Loss” co-star Abbie Cornish. Their romance lasted from 2007 to 2010. In the summer of 2010, the actor began dating Alexis Knapp, who discovered she was pregnant for him after their split.

Knapp welcomed a daughter Kailani in July 2011. That same year, the “Crash” actor began dating law student Paulina Slagter. Following their split in 2016, Slagter filed a report against her ex, over a series of vulgar and angry texts he allegedly sent her.

His subsequent breakup was also as messy as Elsie Hewitt, whom he dated after Slagter accused him of assault. She filed a restraining order against Phillipe and then a lawsuit for allegedly attacking her and throwing her down the stairs in his home, which he denied.

Hewitt even called Reese Witherspoon to testify against her ex-husband during the legal proceedings. However, she never did, and the involved parties reached a settlement in October 2019.

As of November 2022, the actor does not appear to be in a relationship known to the public. However, with all the drama surrounding him in recent times and his previous concerns about dating “anyone with a publicist again,” it would not be surprising if he has kept his romantic life on the down low intentionally.

Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon has since moved on, dating Jake Gyllenhaal before tying the knot with Jim Toth, to whom she is happily married.

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