When hot young things Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe met at her 21st birthday in 1997, their attraction was instant. Liking what she saw, an emboldened Reese wasted no time in making her move on the man she officially split from 13 years ago today. “I don’t know what came over me – maybe the seven Midori sours – but I told him, ‘I think you’re my birthday present.’ He thought it was so flattering, and now that I think about it… how embarrassing!” she told Jane magazine at the time. They quickly moved in together and Ryan popped the question after they co-starred in 1999’s Cruel Intentions. The couple married on June 5 that year in Charleston, South Carolina, when Reese, then 22, was already six months pregnant with their first-born, Ava, 21. Son Deacon, 16, followed in 2003, a year after Ryan revealed they’d entered couples’ therapy in a bid to look after the health of their marriage. “The biggest mistake is not doing that, ignoring it and having the marriage fall apart because of laziness,” he told the New York Daily News at the time. For her part, Reese was keen to paint a realistic picture of… Read full this story
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