By now I'm sure you've all heard the news. On Monday morning, a spokesperson for Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe confirmed the two are separating after seven years of marriage. I was shocked, I was sad, I cried.
But now the story is heating up even more because a possible reason for the break-up might be Ryan's infidelity. First of all, I can't say I can blame the man for wanting to cheat on Reese in the first place. I spent the first half of Legally Blonde trying to figure out which one was the chihuahua — Reese or Bruiser. And Ryan is hotter than Kirstie Alley in a room full of Krispy Kremes.
But it seems the situation took Abbie Cornish, Ryan's Australian co-star in an upcoming film by Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry), by surprise. The movie, called Stop Loss, is about a soldier who returns home to Texas from the Iraq war and then refuses to return to battle despite his obligation to do so. Apparently Ryan and Abbie were seen making out in an Austin, Texas restaurant on the last day of filming.
It's alledged that the entire situation blew up when Reese found secret dirty messages on Ryan's Blackberry the two of them had been sending back and forth the night of the Flags of our Fathers red carpet premiere. Of course, this is only rumor. There are no concrete sources confirming any specific reason for why the two split. This whole cheating saga could just be flimsy gossip.
Even if Ryan wasn't unfaithful to Reese, I think there are other reasons this marriage didn't last. Both of them have been open and honest about going to individual therapists, as well as joint marriage counseling sessions, in an effort to keep their relationship afloat. Both of these talented people have booming careers right now. Add two children to the mix, as well as a lot of press, and you have quite the challenge on your hands.
There's one question a lot of people have been asking. Now that Reese is the highest paid actress in Hollywood, just how much of her money will Ryan get when they divorce? Well, ladies and gentleman, there's a reason why Reese just hired a shark of an attorney. Ryan said, back when he was on Howard Stern, that the two of them do NOT have a prenuptial agreement. This means unless the cheating scandal is true, he's in for a pretty penny. Reese has committed to a multitude of high-profile projects and Ryan is entitled to a portion of any earnings from movies on which she's already signed contracts.
Considering their exploding careers, it doesn't seem either of them needs the other's money anyway at this point. Reese is fresh off an Oscar win and a mega box office hit. Ryan was just in an Oscar-winning ensemble film that landed him a SAG award. Reese has a crapload of movies in production, including Our Family Trouble, Penelope, and The Sports Widow. Ryan is getting Oscar buzz for Flags of Our Fathers – and, of course, there's the aforementioned film Stop Loss.
How will this affect their careers? Will their shattered relationship shatter their celebrity? Or will they pull a Brad and Jen and be even bigger after this storm of publicity? Only time will tell.