Thursday, April 15

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth’s Relationship Timeline


Marriage looks good on them! Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth have kept their relationship relatively low-key in the decade since they tied the knot.

The actress and the talent agent began dating in 2010 and became engaged soon after. They married in 2011 and welcomed son Tennessee the following year.

Witherspoon opened up about her first impression of Toth upon meeting him at a friend’s house. “It happened out of the blue,” she recalled in her February 2012 Elle cover story. “This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me. He was like, [slurring, scowling, pointing finger in her face] ‘You don’t know me.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know. I don’t know you!’”

The Pennsylvania native stepped in to help the Oscar winner, which sparked their romance. “Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’ Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation,” she gushed. “That’s just kind of who he is, a really good person.”

Witherspoon hinted in the May 2011 issue of Elle UK that she was not expecting to find her forever with Toth. “It’s an exciting feeling. [Somebody saying,] ‘You’re The One,’” she told the magazine. “And it’s a surprise. You know, I’m surprised when people who aren’t related to me see my movies. And you’re surprised somebody wants to be with you because, boy, I’ve got a lot of quirks and wrinkles.”

Prior to her relationship with Toth, the Big Little Lies alum was married to Ryan Phillippe from 1999 to 2008. The exes are parents of daughter Ava and son Deacon.

“I was so, so young. I was, like, ridiculously young,” Witherspoon, who was 23 at the time that she wed her Cruel Intentions costar, told Elle UK of her first marriage. “I learned a lot, though. It was an excellent opportunity for me to really find out what it means to be a partner and to be in a marriage and it’s not anything that I thought it was.”

After the Legally Blonde star made things official with Toth, Phillippe had only well-wishes for the twosome. “I’m very happy for both Reese and Jim,” he told the New York Daily News following their wedding. “I wish nothing but the best for the mother of my children.”

Scroll through the gallery below to revisit Witherspoon and Toth’s love story!

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January 2010

The Morning Show star began seeing Toth in January 2010 after her December 2009 split from Jake Gyllenhaal, whom she dated following her divorce from Phillippe. They went public with their romance in March 2010.

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December 2010

Witherspoon’s rep confirmed exclusively to Us Weekly that the two were engaged, adding that they were “extremely happy.” 

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March 2011

The Wild actress and Toth tied the knot at her ranch in Ojai, California, on March 26, 2011. “He’s a very confident guy who takes care of her,” one source told Us at the time, while a second insider said: “[Reese] really wants to be married and have that security with someone. They feel like they’ve hit the jackpot in this relationship!” 

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September 2011

Witherspoon raved about Toth’s bond with Ava and Deacon shortly after their nuptials. “I got lucky. I did. I got very lucky. He’s so wonderful with the children. I’m very blessed,” she told Marie Claire. “Somebody close to me once said, ‘Oh, no man will ever accept your children.’ And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life. And until I got remarried, I don’t think I realized how stressed I was. I feel so much relief. I don’t think I realized how stressed I was being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It’s not easy on anybody. It’s really traumatic.”  

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September 2012

The Emmy winner gave birth to her first child with Toth on September 27, 2012. “Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today,” her rep told Us at the time. “Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled.”  

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April 2013

Witherspoon and Toth were arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct and DUI, respectively. She pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay a fine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service, one year of probation and an alcohol education program.  

“I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said,” she told Us in an April 2013 statement. “It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.” 

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September 2014

The Little Fires Everywhere alum joked about how she keeps the spark alive in her marriage. “Our date nights are mainly helping our kids with homework,” she told Us in September 2014. “And then, going to sleep.” 

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February 2016

Witherspoon shared a note Toth wrote her via Instagram that read, “Happy Valentine’s Day, beautiful! I love you! Jim.” In the caption, she gushed, “Love my sweet husband!”

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January 2017

The Draper James founder gave a glimpse at a private moment with her husband as they got ready for the Golden Globe Awards. “Happy #NationalSpousesDay to this handsome fella. #TBT,” she wrote.  

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January 2018

Witherspoon and Toth hung out with her pal and frequent costar Laura Dern. “FEEL THE DERN #fridaynight,” the Walk the Line actress quipped via Instagram. 

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March 2019

The pair showed off their ‘70s-inspired attire alongside Tennessee. “Saturday Night Disco vibes (one of us has an early bedtime) #disco #letsdance,” she wrote.  

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June 2019

Witherspoon documented her “date night in Paris” with Toth.

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July 2020

“Happy Birthday to my amazing hubby, Jim!!” the Sweet Home Alabama star raved. “Everything you do, you put in 1000%! Whether he’s training for a triathlon, giving back to his community, supporting his friends, or loving his family, he gives his whole heart to so many people everyday! I [love] you so much, JT! #youmake50lookgood.” 

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February 2021

Witherspoon marked Valentine’s Day with Toth. “Love my Valentine,” she wrote. “#11years of love & laughter.” 

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