Are Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds going their “separate ways”? That was the premise behind a tabloid report from exactly one year ago today. Gossip Cop looked into the claim and determined it was 100 percent false. Now 12 months later, it’s clear the magazine that floated the narrative was wrong.
On December 24, 2017, NW maintained Reynolds and Lively were going their “separate ways after five years of marriage and two kids.” The publication alleged their problems stemmed from Reynolds’s long absences while making movies and were only exacerbated when Lively went to Ireland to shoot The Rhythm Section. An unidentifiable source was quoted as telling the outlet it was hard when Reynolds was “working out of town while Blake stay[ed] home with the kids,” but when Lively was on location it got “a million times worse.”
The tipster contended the distance between the two when Lively was shooting had “taken its toll” on their marriage. According the anonymous source, her filming abroad resulted in them “fighting almost non-stop.” It became so bad, asserted the so-called “insider” that Lively “banned [Reynolds] from visiting the set altogether.” The purported source even went so far as to say Lively and Reynolds were “headed for a split,” and were “on the verge of publicly announcing the devastating news.”
Gossip Cop has no idea who the tabloid’s leaker was, but that person was unreliable. At the time, we checked with source involved in the production of The Rhythm Section and were told pointblank that Reynolds was in Dublin virtually the whole time with his wife and kids while she shot the movie. Additionally, several other people, who didn’t have the authority to speak on the record, similarly assured us the couple was happily married, and the claims in the magazine were entirely untrue. Now 365 days later, unquestionably the publication was fed bad information.
In the intervening year since that story, Lively and Reynolds themselves have publicly expressed their support and love for each other on social media and on red carpets. In August, for instance, at an event for Aviation Gin, the liquor company the actor owns, Lively posted on Instagram a photo of the two of them, along with a message that reads, “Best friend. Owner of @aviationgin. Sexy AF. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid. [heart emoji] @vancityreynolds.”
And far from Lively and Reynolds looking like they were “headed for a split,” as the magazine alleged, Reynolds and Lively appeared very much in love at the premiere of A Quiet Place. Additionally, Lively and Reynolds looked happy together at a Deadpool 2 screening the following month. Lastly, NW has a poor track record when it comes to stories about the couple.
Just three months ago, Gossip Cop busted the publication when it falsely claimed Lively warned her A Simple Favor costar Anna Kendrick to stop flirting with Reynolds. And in October we corrected the outlet when it wrongly reported Lively and Victoria Beckham were starting a fashion line together. Maybe it’s time for the tabloid to go its separate ways with its Lively and Reynolds sources.