- Ryan Reynolds has been happily married to Blake Lively since 2012.
- The couple has three daughters together and a fourth child on the way, as of Nov. 2022.
- Ryan was previously married to Scarlett Johansson from 2008 until 2010. Before that, he was engaged to Alanis Morissette.
Ryan Reynolds, 46, is a star both on the screen and off the screen, where he serves as a father and husband. He has been married to actress Blake Lively, 35, for nearly a decade and shares three adorable daughters with her: James, 7, Inez, 6, and Betty, 3. In Sept. 2022, the couple also announced that they’re expecting their fourth child. Blake made the announcement by debuting her baby bump at an event in New York City.
However, Blake isn’t Ryan’s first wife. He was previously famously married to Marvel star Scarlett Johansson, 37, for about two years. Fans may forget that he was also briefly engaged to Alanis Morissette before getting together with Scarlett, as well. Learn more about the Deadpool actor and his public romances below.
Ryan’s first public romance was with Alanis, who he started dating in 2002. Ryan and Alanis reportedly met at a birthday party for fellow star, Drew Barrymore. The couple got engaged in June 2004, with a rep confirming the news to People. Alanis gushed about the actor in an interview with the magazine prior to the engagement. “We have the perfect combination of compatibility and incompatibility that makes the relationship very passionate,” she admitted. “It’s perfect. I think it’s about stretching each other.”
Unfortunately, the two never made it down the aisle. People first reported that the pair had split via a source June 2006, but they were seemingly able to reconcile. By that October, they were seen packing on the PDA together once again. It wasn’t until Feb. 2007 that reps confirmed the breakup. “Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette have mutually decided to end their engagement,” a rep told People at the time. “They remain close friends and continue to have the utmost love and admiration for each other. They ask that their privacy be respected surrounding this personal matter.
Following the breakup, Alanis dropped her album Flavors of Entanglement in 2008. Although she’s never confirmed who her songs are about, there are plenty of signs that point to tracks about her breakup from Ryan. On song in particular, “Torch,” seems to reminisce on their romance. “I miss your smell and your style and your pure abiding way,” she sings. “Miss your approach to life and your body in my bed.”
While promoting the album, she opened up to the L.A. Times about how her breakup from Ryan inspired her to not want any more public romances. “I think it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” she admitted. “It’s having too many of them. I was a full-blown love addict, so it was like, ‘I can’t keep doing this. My body can’t take it.’ Breakups are a horrible thing for almost everyone I know. or someone who is a love addict…it’s debilitating.” She called the breakup an “amazing and horrifying time,” as well.
Ryan, on the other hand, didn’t publicly delve much into the breakup. However, he was engaged to Scarlett not long after the split. Alanis was asked about her ex’s engagement during a June 2008 interview with NewsWeek, where she laughed and responded, “I’m really happy for him.”
Scarlett and Ryan met in 2007 when they were both freshly single. Scarlett had ended her two-year relationship with Josh Hartnett, 44, in 2006 due to conflicting schedules, and Ryan was newly single following his four-year relationship and nearly two-year engagement to fellow Canadian, Alanis. Despite being A-list actors, Ryan and Scarlett’s relationship was kept very quiet and little was known about it until the pair announced their engagement in 2008. “They’re both thrilled,” Scarlett’s representative told People at the time.
Their wedding, which was held in Ryan’s native country of Canada in the charming town of Tofino on Vancouver Island, was as low-profile as their relationship. And even though their love was no longer a secret, they still chose to keep their lips sealed about their romance. “I would never ask somebody about their marriage if I didn’t know them,” Scarlett told Glamour in 2009. “I don’t profess to know anything about marriage that anybody else doesn’t know, or how to make it right. I don’t want to read about somebody who’s giving me relationship advice.”
Sadly, their love was not meant to last and the couple went their separate ways in Dec. 2010, less than three years after tying the knot. They officially divorced in July 2011. Finally opening up about the marriage shortly after the divorce, Scarlett hinted that she wasn’t ready for the commitment. “Relationships are complicated, and being married is a living, breathing process. I think I was not fully aware of the peaks and valleys. I wasn’t prepared to hunker down and do the work,” she divulged to Cosmopolitan. “Both of us were extremely busy. We spent so much time apart. It’s very difficult.” She felt the same way years later when she admitted she “romanticized” marriage before their nuptials in a 2019 interview with Vanity Fair.
Scarlett went on to marry French journalist Romain Dauriac, 40, in 2014 and had a daughter, Rose, with him the same year. They separated in 2017. She walked down the aisle a third time with Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Jost, 40, in 2020 and welcomed a baby boy, Cosmo, in 2021.
Following his divorce from Scarlett, Ryan admitted he did not see himself getting married ever again. “Anyone who gets divorced goes through a lot of pain, but you come out of it,” he explained to Details magazine (via Daily Mail) in a 2011 interview. However, he quickly overcame that pain after meeting Blake, who was previously linked to Simon Says co-star Kelly Blatz, Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley, Ryan Gosling, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Blake and Ryan met on the set of DC Comics’ Green Lantern, in which they played each other’s love interest. The movie was released in 2011. However, Blake and Ryan didn’t immediately see each other as potential partners right away. In fact, it wasn’t until they were on a double date with other people that they first realized they might have a special connection.
“About a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and we were both single we went on a double date – she was on a date with another guy and I was on a date with another girl – and it was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across,” Ryan recalled on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio Deadpool special in 2016 (via People).
As they say, the rest was history. Ryan and Blake got engaged at some point before their September 2012 wedding, although no engagement or wedding announcements were ever made to the public. They tied the knot at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with family and friends in attendance. In 2020, however, they admitted their regret for getting married on a former plantation. “It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” Ryan told Fast Company. The happy couple went on to have three children together: James in 2015, Inez in 2016, and Betty in 2019. They also confirmed a fourth pregnancy in Sept. 2022, but did not share further details like a due date or gender.
While Ryan and Blake keep their family life extremely private, they have scored some cool points with fans thanks to their shameless trolling of each other online. For instance, in 2020, Blake shared her favorite things that hail from Vancouver, Ryan’s hometown, on her Instagram Story. Instead of listing Ryan as one of them, she shared photos of local sweets. “…Who did you think I was gonna say?” she teased. Ryan has his own fun, too. On Blake’s 34th birthday, he shared a stitched duet of him singing with Mariah Carey on Twitter. “My favorite thing that’s ever happened on August 25th,” he wrote.
Ryan and Blake’s marriage seems fun, light, and sweet – and that’s exactly what they said makes it work. “We don’t take each other too serious, but we’re also friends,” Ryan revealed to Entertainment Tonight in 2021. “Falling in love is great, but do you like each other? That’s the question you gotta ask yourself, you know, going into it. We’ve always liked each other. We grow together. We learn from each other. So yeah, I’m lucky to have a buddy in that.”