and Blake Lively are royalty as far as Hollywood couples go, but the Ryan Reynolds Detective Pikachu star and the Age of Adaline actress were once just two friends out on a double date — with other people!
As Reynolds told
Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM show in February 2016: “We went on a double date. She was on a date with another guy, and I was on a date with another girl — and that was, like, the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across.”
Still, the Critics’ Choice winner said he was glad that the two started off as “buddies.” “I remember it was funny, because for about a year after
Green Lantern had come and gone and all that stuff, we were both single,” he said of their shared 2010 film. “I think the best way to have a relationship is to start as friends.”
It’s certainly worked out for the duo. Not only did they go to tie the knot in September 2012, but they have since welcomed three children together.
The pair share daughters James and Inez — born in 2015 and 2016, respectively — and a third daughter, born in the summer of 2019.
Us Weekly broke the news of baby No. 3’s arrival in October 2019.
Nearly a year later,
released “Betty” on her Taylor Swift album, sparking speculation that Folklore the couple named their youngest daughter Betty — she also sang about Inez and James on the track. In August 2020, the musician confirmed that she “named all the characters in this story after my friends’ kids.”
Ahead of becoming a family of five, Reynolds joked about the couple’s relationship trajectory.
“One of the most common things in the world is making out, having a couple of drinks, and then doing it, and then having a baby. I was perfectly sober for this one, though. I gotta say,” Reynolds told
EW in his 2016 interview, after the pair’s second child was born. “It’s amazing.”
As for the
Shallows star, she told in August 2014: “ Vogue Everything we do in life, we do together. If I’m working on a movie, he helps me with my character; I do the same with him.”
They also famously troll one another on social media: Lively razzes Reynolds about his parenting skills, while he teases her cooking abilities,
ranking them beneath pal ’s. Jake Gyllenhall
Scroll through to relive their romance!
Lively and Reynolds made their debut as
Green Lantern costars at 2010 Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. At the time, Reynolds was still married to Scarlett Johansson, and Lively was dating Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley.
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Lively presented the award for Most Anticipated Movie to costar Reynolds at the Spike TV’s Scream 2010 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The actress called it quits with Badgley in mid-September 2010.
The costars posed for photographers at Warner Bros. Pictures’ presentation of The Big Pictures 2011 at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Reynolds filed for divorce from Johansson in December 2010.
Lively and Reynolds shared a few laughs during a 2011 WonderCon press conference at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. “I’m very happy not to be in a relationship right now,” Reynolds told
Details in May 2011. “That’s OK. I didn’t plan on it, that’s for sure … but that’s OK.”
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The stars spoke on stage at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California. The actress was dating
Leonardo DiCaprio at the time.
The action stars held each other on the red carpet at the premiere of
Green Lantern at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on June 15, 2011. Lively looked stunning in a white floral Chanel dress.
Reynolds starred as Hal Jordan and Lively played Carol Ferris in Warner Bros. Pictures’
Green Lantern, which opened in theaters on June 17, 2011. Reynolds’ divorce from Johansson was finalized on July 1, 2011.
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Dating rumors swirled when Lively was seen leaving Reynolds apartment with him early in the morning in Boston. “Anyone who gets divorced goes through a lot of pain, but you come out of it,” Reynolds told
Details magazine in May 2011 of his split from Johansson. “I’m not out of it yet. At all.”
Lively visited her boyfriend on the set of
R.I.P.D. in Boston on his birthday. She put a big bouquet of balloons on her dog as a surprise.
Reynolds was seen leaving his apartment in Boston with Lively and his dog Baxter. “I’ve been with very few people,” Lively told
Marie Claire in June 2012. “If I’m not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I’d rather be by myself.”
The couple spent the holidays with Reynolds’ family in Vancouver, Canada. They held hands while walking through the Granville Island Public Market. “To be around me, you must love food or I’m the most obnoxious person you’ve ever met,” Lively told
Marie Claire. “I’m in a big cooking phase. That’s all I’ll talk about.”
Reynolds and his girlfriend Lively were seen going for a stroll in New Orleans but tried to keep hidden from cameras. “I’ve been in relationships pretty much since high school,” Reynolds told
Details magazine in May 2011. “Some people look at that as a good thing. I think wiser people might see that as a house of cards.”
The happy pair visited the Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo, British Columbia. “I don’t want to date someone just to date someone,” Lively told
Cosmopolitan in September 2008. “I want to be with a guy who’s going to better my quality of life, better me.”
The lovebirds showed plenty of affection for each other while hanging poolside with family and friends over the Fourth of July weekend.
Surprise! After enjoying a romantic boat ride in Venice in August, the couple tied the knot at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (where
The Notebook was also filmed), on September 9 after a year of dating. Lively wore a wedding gown designed by Marchesa and her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costars America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel were all in attendance. Half-sister Robyn Lively also recreated her Teen Witch dance from the late ’80s film classic.
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Ooh la la! The newlyweds shared an adorable smooch during a trip to Paris. “They were kissing the entire time,” an eyewitness told
Us Weekly. “The locals said hello, but they were only interested in each other.”
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Reynolds and Lively braved the cold weather together while stopping by the Artisan Bakery in NYC. “Right now, I’m so peaceful,” the
Gossip Girl star said in the October 2012 issue of Allure magazine. “I’ve never been happier in my life.”
The pair dressed to impress while attending The Sound of Change Live concert at Twickenham Stadium in London. “I was recently asked how my style has changed since I got married, as if I was living under some sort of dictatorship,” Lively said in the September 2013 issue of
Lucky magazine. “I’m very lucky to be with someone who has better taste than me,” she added of Reynolds. “We influence each other in different ways.”
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The couple stepped out for a good cause at the A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Cure Parkinson’s event benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in NYC.
Keeping her man close! The twosome were spotted heading back to their car after grabbing a bite to eat at a Chinese restaurant in Vancouver. Back in December, Lively admitted she re-pins pictures of her hot beau on her Pinterest account during an interview with
NY Mag‘s The Cut.
The couple walked arm in arm at the Met Gala in NYC. The duo later skipped the afterparties to eat hot fudge sundaes with peanut butter sauce at NYC hot spot Serendipity. “Everything we do in life we do together,” Lively later said in the August 2014 issue of
Vogue magazine. “I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there.”
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Picture-perfect! The couple posed together as they arrived for the screening of
Captives at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. “We’ve never gone a week without seeing each other,” Lively said in the September 2014 issue of Marie Claire. “He’s my best, best friend,” she added. “If I could spit out a litter of kids, I would.”
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A Simple Favor star announced that she was expecting her first child with the Deadpool actor in October 2014 with a photo of her burgeoning belly on her old website, Preserve.
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Three months later, the actress
gave birth to the couple’s first daughter, James, slightly ahead of schedule. “The baby came early but everyone is happy and healthy,” a source told Us at the time.
praised his spouse for her humor throughout the delivery. “My wife is the real, I mean she is a mercenary,” he told in August 2015. “At one point in the middle of the delivery, the doctor’s cell phone went off and she said, ‘Oh, no. Go ahead, take a personal call. Feel free.’ She was cracking jokes in the delivery room.” Conan O’Brien
By April, Lively joked during an appearance on
that she and Reynolds had gone from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon lovers to adversaries as they began to fight over their daughter’s first word. “We’re total rivals, by the way. I hear ‘dada, dada,’ all the time, and then I walk in the room and he’s like, ‘mama,’” she said. “And I’m like, ’How dare you do that?’”
One month later, they gave the world its
first glimpse of their little girl with an Instagram photo of James holding her “dada’s” hand.
The glowing parents made their
first red carpet appearance together as mom and dad in February 2016 while attending a fan screening for Deadpool.
Lively gushed about her significant other to
in July 2016. “I knew he would always be my Marie Claire best friend for my whole life,” she told the magazine at the time. “That was the biggest thing for me. I’d never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him.”
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welcomed a second daughter, Inez. A source told Us at the time that their visitors to the hospital included Lively’s sister, Robyn, as well as close pal . Taylor Swift
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Lively, Reynolds and their two daughters made their debut as a family of four in December 2016 to celebrate the Golden Globe nominee’s
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “ Proud is a pitiful word to describe how I felt today,” Lively captioned an Instagram photo from the event. “@vancityreynolds The permanence of your impact is undeniable …Always has been, but now we have a fancy [star] to show for it.”
Reynolds opened up about how he
knew his wife was “the one” to one month prior. “Probably after the sex,” he teased, adding, “No, we were hanging out at this little restaurant in Tribeca that’s open really late, and this song came on and I was just like, ‘Want to dance?’ No one was in there, so it was just totally empty. And it was just one of those moments where halfway through the dance, it was like, ‘Oh, I think I just crossed a line.’” GQ
By January, the twosome were back to glamming it up for the cameras, hitting the
2017 Golden Globes together in their red carpet finest — a black and gold Atelier Versace halter gown for Lively and a crisp black suit with a white undershirt for Reynolds.
That same month, the producer opened up about how his love had helped him navigate
Deadpool fandom. “By the time we were in post[-production], we’d been to Comic-Con, and people went crazy for it. The expectations were eating me alive. Blake helped me through that. I’m lucky to have her around just to keep me sane,” he told . Variety
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The couple returned to the scene of their first red carpet — the
Met Gala — in 2017. Lively opted for a gold Atelier Versace gown with blue feathers, while her man coordinated in a blue tux and tie.
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Ever the wise guy, Reynolds had the
perfect response to reports of marriage trouble between the pair: “I wish. I could use a little ’me time,’” he tweeted.
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in May 2018 that he Mr. Porter magazine credited his significant other with helping him to mend his relationship with father James “Jim” Reynolds ahead of his death (Jim lost a long-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease in 2015). “She has a gift for foresight,” he said at the time.
He shared a similar sentiment while commenting on an Instagram photo from Humans of New York in May 2017: “She always responds with empathy,” he wrote of his wife. “She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were five or six years old. And she’s made me a more empathetic person. I had a very fractured relationship with my father. Before he died, she made me remember things I didn’t want to remember. She made me remember the good times.”
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“They have such a
solid relationship,” an insider told Us of Lively and Reynolds in August 2018. “They truly couldn’t be happier and more in love.”
Lively joked about
getting it on with her husband’s , Pikachu. “Is it wrong to say I’d tap that?” she captioned a Detective Pikachu character mock audition video he posted on Instagram on April 10, 2019.
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A Simple Favor actress debuted her baby bump in a yellow dress at the Pokémon Pikachu Detective premiere in NYC, revealing for the first time that she and Reynolds are expecting their third little one.
Us exclusively revealed that Reynolds and Lively welcomed their third child together over the summer. A source told Us in October that the baby was “about 2 months old.”
Lively poked fun at her husband’s hair getting a little shaggy amid the coronavirus pandemic, after he revealed he had a mini ponytail at the back of his neck. “I dare you to forget this every time you see him for the rest of eternity,” the California native wrote via her Instagram Story in April, to which Reynolds replied, “Clearly your birth control doesn’t work, so…”
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Shallows star joked that she conceived baby No. 4 after watching a clip from her love’s 2010 movie Buried, which became available on Hulu in July 2020. In the clip, the Canadian actor drinks from a flask with “Aviation Gin” written on it and guzzles it down before a light shows even more gin next to him. “10 years later, it really holds up! Although I don’t recall the aggressive product placement. #Buried,” Reynolds wrote via Instagram.
Lively was quick to comment, writing, “I think this just got me pregnant,” to which the father of three replied, “@blakelively I will be out of the office starting July 22nd throughout the middle or forever and ever. If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact someone. Anyone. Otherwise I will respond to your message as soon as possible upon my unlikely return. Thank you.”
Swift sparked speculation that Lively and Reynolds named their third child Betty after her song, “Betty” dropped in July 2020. In the track, the artist references the couple’s oldest daughters James and Inez in addition to Betty. A month later, Swift confirmed in a radio interview that she “named all the characters in this story after my friends’ kids” and added, “I hope you like it!”
Age of Adaline actress celebrated her 33rd birthday on August 25, and detailed her food-filled day via her Instagram Stories. In addition to a homemade McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast, the mother of three enjoyed gelato and a cake presented to the birthday girl by Reynolds — and his massive biceps. “Happy birthday to me,” Lively quipped, sharing a series of photos of her husband’s biceps getting closer and closer.
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“I love being a girl dad,” Reynolds told
Access. “I have three daughters, which I never in a million years would have imagined.” The Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place alum noted that he and Lively try to be “as present as possible” while raising their girls.
“We don’t split up like I shoot movies and my wife shoots movies and we go travel all over the place and we just all go together,” he explained. “I think that’s been the best part of it is that we really don’t spend a lot of time apart. I get to spend a lot of time with my girls.”
The couple attended a New York Yankees game without their little ones, which they documented on social media. Both actors received new baseball caps that were signed by outfielder
Clint Frazier while at the stadium. “Mom&Dad Girl Summer,” Lively wrote via Instagram alongside a series of photos from the night out. “Thanks @clintfrazierr for being my personal stylist. This hat is a vast improvement from the 💩 I showed up in. After 14 years in NY, I think tonight made me an official Yankee…⚾️🍎.”
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Reynolds showed his wife support via social media after news broke of her dad, Ernie Lively’s death. The
Shallows star posted a photo with her late father, who was 74 when he died, via her Instagram Story on June 10, with a gold heart emoji. The Aviation Gin cofounder reposted the photo in honor of their loss.
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6 Underground actor gave fans insight into the early days of his romance with Lively during an appearance on the “SmartLess” podcast. “We were friends and buddies, and about a year and a half later, we actually went out on a double date. But we were dating separate people,” Reynolds explained. “We hung out and we always kind of kept in touch sort of casually and, next thing you know, she was going to Boston. I was going to Boston and I said, ‘I’ll ride with you.’ … I was just begging her to sleep with me.”
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard star called their relationship something “out of a fairy tale,” noting things moved quickly between them. “A week later I was like, ‘We should buy a house together.’ And we did,” he continued. “We’ve been together almost 10 years. That’s, like, 45 years in Hollywood terms.”