Way before Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively became Hollywood’s most beloved couple, the former was briefly married to Scarlett Johansson. Their relationship was kept incredibly private and not many fans were aware of the Marvel stars as a couple. The couple’s split left many wondering about the reasons behind it, and the Lucy actress has only recently spilled the secrets about their short-lived marriage.
In September 2008, the former couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony on Vancouver Island after dating for nearly six years. Just a year after their wedding, both actors found themselves on the cusp of major career breakthroughs.
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Scarlett Johansson Got Her Career-Defining Role
Scarlett Johansson was cast as the iconic Black Widow for the first time in MCU’s Iron Man 2. Around the same time, Ryan Reynolds also entered a superhero franchise with his role as Green Lantern in the DC Universe, where he would eventually meet his future wife, Blake Lively. The demands of their burgeoning careers led them to live separately, making it difficult to find time for each other. The Sing voice actress shared:
“We work and then go home and I, anyway, just stare at the wall for a few hours before I go to sleep. Like in any profession, it’s difficult. You want to make sure you have time to invest in your family. It’s a challenge, but it’s worth it.”
Amid growing rumors about their relationship, the couple tried to reassure fans that all was well between them. Reynolds, in particular, expressed his desire to keep their personal matters private and out of the public eye. However, in December 2010, they eventually announced their decision to separate.
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What Happened Between Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds?
Fans remained in the dark for years about the reason for the split until Scarlett Johansson in a 2016 statement hinted that the Deadpool actor may have felt threatened by her career success:
“Acting is a very strange world to be co-existing in. It’s very volatile. There’s always going to be the more successful person. It’s related to rejection. Because actors, if they’re not having success, connect it directly to unpopularity—to the fact that nobody wants them.”
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There were rumors about Ryan Reynolds’ alleged double standards and controlling behavior during their marriage. In recent times, however, the Marriage Story actress only has had positive things to say about Reynolds, suggesting that any past feuds between them may have subsided. In August 2021, Johansson and her husband Colin Jost welcomed their first baby together.