How Blake Lively Saved Ryan Reynolds From a Severe Depression After His Divorce From Scarlett Johanson

Ryan Reynolds was utterly devastated after his divorce from Scarlett Johansson in 2011. The actor back then even admitted that he did not want to get married again. However, his life was transformed after meeting Blake Lively, who healed his broken heart and gave him a reason to believe in love again.

Reynolds’s divorce had left a strong impact on him.

Scarlett and Ryan filed for divorce in December 2010 after two years of marriage. Even though the actor admitted back then to be “going through a lot of pain,” he remained optimistic about his future.

However, the split seemed to have affected his view on relationships, as he expressed, “I don’t think I want to get married again.” He also mentioned that the idea of dating felt “so kind of alien” to him and stated, “I’m very happy not to be in a relationship right now.”

He met Blake and the rest is history.

In 2010, Reynolds met Blake Lively on the set of their film Green Lantern, where they played lovers. At that time, Blake was dating her Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley, and she and Ryan developed a good friendship.

Reflecting on their early connection, Reynolds said, “We were buddies for a long time, which I think is the best way to have a relationship, to start as friends.”

A year after their initial meeting, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s relationship began to evolve into a romantic one. By that time, Lively had ended her relationship with Penn Badgley. Despite Reynolds previously expressing that marriage wasn’t in his plans, he couldn’t resist falling in love with Blake, and their relationship quickly became serious.

Indeed, the initial sparks between Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively ignited during a double date, even though they were each accompanied by other people at the time. Reynolds described the experience as the “most awkward date for the respective parties” because their strong chemistry and attraction were evident.

Following that encounter, the duo began dating and eventually got married in September 2012. Today, they are proud parents to four kids and are widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s most admired and followed couples.

They are each other’s support through tough times.

And Ryan can’t stop gushing about his soulmate, Blake, whenever he gets the chance. He previously credited her for teaching him to become a more empathetic person. He noted, “She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy.”

Ryan also credited Lively for helping him reconcile with his father, James Reynolds, before his death in 2015, saying, “She made me remember the good times.”

We can’t get enough of this inspiring couple that makes us believe in true love, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.


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It does take a special kind of person who can greet adversity with empathy and change negative moments into something better for all involved. I hope that everyone has gotten better and better with time.


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