They have been dating since 2007, but since the beginning Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds have kept their relationship as private as possible. They preferred to fly under the radar and thus were rarely seen together. Between the beginning of their relationship and the announcement of their engagement, so little was heard of them that the engagement came as a bit of a surprise to many.
Four months after the engagement became public in May 2008, the couple married quietly on Vancouver Island.
During the two years of their marriage, the couple was rarely seen together and thus prompted rumors of trouble in paradise. Yet someone always refuted those rumors on their behalf. More was known about their respective careers than about their life together. The fact, however, that they did spend a significant amount of time apart on different projects, spoke volumes in itself.
Too much time spent apart in a young relationship is never good.
In December 2010 the couple announced their separation and Ryan filed for divorce. Their statement said that they entered the relationship with love and are leaving it with love and kindness. They also added that they didn’t expect privacy, but would certainly appreciate it. The split was later called ridiculously amicable and neither one of them put any blame on the other.
Whilst it took some time for Ryan and Scarlett to open up about their relationship and subsequent divorce, they only spoke about the pain of going through the divorce, which was something they both felt. Divorce, no matter how amicable, is a devastating experience and, as Scarlett Johansson put it, one of the loneliest things you can ever do in life.
Scarlett later said that she had not been in a good place before the marriage came to an end. Apparently she didn’t know what to do with herself and was unsure of the path she wanted to take. She was 25 at the time. For many people their twenties are a time of figuring things out, their lives, their relationships, what they want to do with their future. Some say it’s not a good decade in which to get married in, because you are not necessarily a fully formed adult yet.
Of her marriage Scarlett said that it was magical, all of it and that the divorce was nobody’s fault. In the end it simply didn’t work out and the couple needed to go separate ways.
Ryan for his part later revealed that he, too, was devastated and he didn’t think that he would get married again. He did concede that these things obviously change and he may get married again after all, but that he wasn’t over his divorce yet.
When the divorce was settled in July 2011, the couple moved on from each other.
Scarlett Johansson was briefly linked to Sean Penn and then another man, but in 2012 she started dating French journalist Romain Dauriac. They were engaged in 2013. But this time Scarlett didn’t want to rush the marriage, instead she preferred to enjoy and savour the engagement. In September 2014 the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, together and in October the couple was finally married secretly.
Scarlett seems the picture of happiness lately and she said that, now at 29, she was much more settled in herself and knew a lot better what she wanted out of life and out of a relationship.
Ryan on the other hand started dating his The Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively in 2011. They had known each other since they started filming together in 2010, but had each been in different relationships at the time. It’s unlikely that there was anything but friendship between them before their respective relationships had been ended.
They kept their relationship relatively low-key, but on occasion gushed about each other and when they appeared together, which was frequent, they looked very happy indeed. Blake at one point said that they never spent more than a week apart from each other. A feat not easily achieved in the relationship of a Hollywood couple.
And despite what Ryan Reynolds had said in 2011, in 2012 he married Blake in a private ceremony.
Only weeks ago Blake gave birth to their first child, also a daughter. The pair seems to be happier than ever and is enjoying parenthood.
It is likely a blessing for Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds that they didn’t have a child together. It kept things less complicated than they otherwise could have been. Now that they are both married to others, each of them the parent of a new-born daughter, they probably have more reason to make their new relationships work for the long haul.
Let’s hope that neither of them has to go through another divorce.