Scarlett Johansson

Why Did Ryan Reynolds And Scarlett Johansson Get Divorced?

They were young, they were blonde, they were incredibly good-looking...what could go wrong?

Well, because Blake Lively and Colin Jost were out there waiting, right?

Not quite. The Van Wilder star and The Girl With The Pearl Earring were married between 2008 and 2011 (but started dating in 2007 and separated in 2010.) They were young, they were blonde, they were incredibly good looking…what could go wrong?

The answer isn’t “plenty,” but it seems, a few key things that made these two people say, “’til death do us part,” isn’t the only option. It’s easy to lay the blame all on the business of show, but sometimes it’s not solely the schedules, the red carpet demands, or the travel. Sometimes, partners end up just not getting along.

“After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage. We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”

It’s been nine years, so finally safe to ask: How’d this happen?

15 Looks Aren’t Everything

When they locked eyes, the Canadian hunk probably thought the Bronx girl of Danish descent was incredibly sexy; how could she not have thought he was a preppy dreamboat? The twosome is who everyone stares at and says, “What a gorgeous couple.” Yet, to work, a relationship has to be more than skin deep.

14 They Got Married Too Fast

The Lost in Translation actress and Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place actor dated for about a year before they got engaged, then married for months after that. During that period though, how much time could they have actually spent together since the two sought-after Hollywood A-listers were working steadily and fielding new projects at the time?

13 She Didn’t Know How To Express Her Feelings

The star of Woody Allen’s Match Point confessed: “I know now more of what I need…want in a relationship. And I have more tools to communicate, not just with my partner, but with myself. That’s not necessarily any reflection of who I was married to or what was happening in my marriage, but really where I was in my life.”

12 It Was A Rebound Romance

It’s not well documented as to how exactly the two blondes met, but right before the Just Friends actor and Scoop actress tied the knot, he not only dated but was engaged to Ironic singer Alanis Morisette, while she was involved romantically with 40 Days and 40 Nights box office leading man Josh Hartnett.

11 Opposites Stopped Attracting

Apparently, the Definitely Maybe star is known to be rather traditional–evidenced by his new life with a wife and three daughters, whereas the star of The Nanny Diaries is more independent. Those in the know claim what the couple does have in common is that they’re both strong-willed and stubborn.

10 Career Competition, Perhaps?

Said the Vicky Cristina Barcelona actress: “If one person is more successful than the other, that also proves challenging. It takes a man who’s not only confident in the love that you have for one another but confident in what he has going on in his own career. He has to be in a field that’s completely different from yours.”

Control Issues And Jealousy?

Is it true or just the tabloid fodder? At one point the gossips were Team ScarJo and saying, unkindly, that The Proposal actor was an overbearing control freak, as though it was unreasonable for a husband to want his wife around when he asked her to be. It was also suggested he was jealous of her male musician friends.


Although there was no Jen-Brad-Angelina love triangle scandal, The Change-Up star met his current wife on the set of the Green Lantern before he and Johansson officially ended things. A waitress reported to The Daily Mail that while dining out, the co-stars looked like they were on a date, laughing and flirting as a couple would.

Marriage Is Work

Unfortunately, no one thought of that beforehand. “I think I was not fully aware of the peaks and valleys. I wasn’t prepared to hunker down and do the work,” offered The Avengers actress, who as previously stated was in her early 20s when she married and probably like so many young women think the institution should rival that of a Disney princess.

He Was More Mature Than She Was

Eight years his bride’s senior, the then-31-year-old was ready to man-up and wife-up, from all accounts, probably wanted to start adulting. He chose a lovely young woman who was still in the FOMA stage of life; more into career, having fun, and exploring what the world had to offer. Obviously, she wanted what he wanted, just not at the same time.

She Was Too Young

“The first time I got married I was 23 years old. I didn’t really have an understanding of marriage. Maybe I kind of romanticized it. It’s a different part of my life now. I feel like I’m in a place in my life, I feel I’m able to make more active choices. I’m more present than I’ve been before.”

They Were Private Until They Weren’t

The Rough Night actress was the private one, hence there are very few photos of the couple. Also, their top-secret wedding was held before a small group of family and friends at a remote wilderness retreat in Canada. She didn’t seem too concerned about discretion on the set of The Proposal though when she screamed at him in his trailer.

Sometimes Being In The Same Profession Isn’t Healthy

Some couples thrive in the same business and even work together. For others though, there’s the as previously mentioned competition, knowing all the same people, and always talking about “the business,” makes every conversation very Johnny-one note. Her second husband French journalist Romain Dauriac, with whom she has a daughter Rose Dorothy, lasted only three years, and now she’s back to dating a writer/producer.

They Were Each Too Busy

The He’s Just Not That Into You actress has said: “I’m not saying more time in the marriage, but just having more time with my ex and really clocking those hours of face time with the person you love, really live together and not having the pressure of two people that have these careers . . . [we] were extremely busy. We spent so much time apart. It’s very difficult. It’s bad.”

She Just Wasn’t Happy

Sometimes you just have to admit it’s not working and move on. If it is true that all’s well that ends well, then there should have no regrets from either. In fact, the star of Her called her first marriage: “the best thing I ever did.” Clearly, they had to go through their journey together, to get where they are today: Married to Blake Lively, and engaged to Colin Jost.

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