Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds: A Timeline of Their Love Story

Nicole Pomarico | May 21, 2019 Celebrities
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds: A Timeline of Their Love Story
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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds
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If any celebrity couple in Hollywood is truly #RelationshipGoals, it's Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. After six years of marriage, we've loved watching their love grow -- and their family has been growing right along with it. Now that we know Blake and Ryan are expecting their third child, we're even more excited to see what the future holds for this couple. And if it's anything like their past, they have a lot to look forward to. They laugh with each other, it's obvious how much they love each other, and they're photogenic AF.

Their relationship just keeps getting better with age.

It feels like Blake and Ryan have been together forever, so it's easy to get a little fuzzy on the details about how things started between them. But even though they've been an extremely private couple, they've shared details here and there that make it easy to piece together their history -- going all the way back to when it first started almost 10 years ago.

And in that time, so much has happened.

They've both scored awesome movie roles, welcomed two beautiful daughters, and Ryan has even scored his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Through it all, Blake and Ryan's relationship has remained stronger than ever, despite divorce rumors and the challenges that married life throws their way.

Here's a timeline of Blake and Ryan's relationship -- from the time they first met while starring in Green Lantern together in 2010, all the way up to where they are in 2019. It's been so much fun to watch their love from the sidelines, and we can't wait to see this family of four turn into a family of five soon.

  • 2010: Filming 'Green Lantern' Together

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    Ryan and Blake filmed Green Lantern together, officially kicking off their friendship. Even though the movie wouldn't hit theaters until July 2011, they spent a lot of time together promoting the movie -- like when they sat on a panel together at Comic Con 2010. At the time, Ryan was still married to Scarlett Johansson, but not for much longer.

  • December 2010: Ryan Gets Divorced

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    Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson
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    Weeks after their separation became public, People reported that Ryan filed for divorce from Scarlett in December 2010, after two years of marriage. At the same time, Scarlett filed her own response to the divorce. Reports claimed they were splitting because they'd grown apart, although their divorce was seemingly amicable.

  • October 2011: Dating Rumors Begin to Surface

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    Rumors that Ryan and Blake were a thing first started to surface in the end of 2011. They really ramped up when the pair were spotted in Boston together around Ryan's birthday. According to People, Blake was in town visiting him as he filmed R.I.P.D., and sources claimed that this wasn't a fling -- this was the real deal. 

    "They are very much a couple," an insider told the magazine at the time. "They're really happy together."

  • December 2011: Blake Meets the Family 


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    Blake Lively
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    As The Daily Mail reported, Blake was spotted in Vancouver with Ryan in December 2011, where she spent the holidays with his family. Paparazzi caught them holding hands in public, and it seemed like they were getting pretty serious. They spent their time in Canada hanging out with Ryan's mom, grabbing cupcakes, and shopping.

  • July 2012: Ryan Spends Fourth of July With Blake

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    Ryan Reynolds
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    The following summer, it was time for Ryan to join Blake and her family for a holiday: the fourth of July. Blake and Ryan were in New York, where paparazzi captured photos of them playing water games at a party. They might've tried to keep things pretty private in their relationship, but even then, it was clear they were spending a lot of time together.

  • September 2012: Surprise Wedding

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    In September that year, this couple shocked the world when they got married in secret at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina. And yes, it does happen to be the same plantation where The Notebook was filmed. Martha Stewart Weddings shared exclusive photos of their big day, and although a full photo of Blake in her wedding dress has never surfaced, we do have this close-up pic to help us imagine how beautiful she looked.

  • September 2012: Blake Opens Up About How Happy She Is

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    In a cover interview with Allure the same month she and Ryan tied the knot, Blake gushed about her happiness. She didn't go into detail, but she did share that she hoped they'd have lots of kids. "I've always wanted a big family," she told the magazine. "Oh, I'd love 30 [kids] if I could."

  • May 2014: Ryan & Blake Attend the Met Gala Together for the First Time

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    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds
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    Being that Blake and Ryan kept so much of their relationship private, seeing them on the red carpet was a rarity early on in their marriage. It was a big deal when they attended the Met Gala together for the first time in 2014, and of course, they both looked amazing. Ryan wore a classic velvet tuxedo, and Blake sported a Gucci gown.

  • October 2014: Blake Is Bumpin'

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    Once upon a time, Blake Lively had her own Goop-esque lifestyle site called Preserve, and it's there that she decided to announce she was pregnant for the first time -- along with a super artsy (and gorgeous) bump photo. Preserve has since shut down, but according to The Cut, her pregnancy announcement said: 

    "With family on our mind, we looked to the origin of it all -- to the women in our lives who are right there, at that special moment; at the creation of family. Today we celebrate them. With food to fill their tummies (as if that needs more filling), presents to soothe their tired (and swollen) soles, toys to warm their baby’s souls, projects to provoke them, and decorations to inspire creativity and merriment in all."

  • December 2014: Welcome, Baby James

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    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds
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    Blake and Ryan welcome their first child into the world in December 2014, but fans didn't find out until almost a month later. In January 2015, Us Weekly confirmed that Blake had given birth. "The baby came early but everyone is happy and healthy," an insider told the magazine. 

    In March, Ryan revealed their daughter's name, James, in an interview on the Today show.

  • May 2015: The First Photo of James

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    More than fives months passed before the proud parents finally shared the first photo of baby James. And even then, they still kept her face concealed. Days after Ryan joined Instagram, he shared a pic of James's tiny fingers gripping his.

    Absolutely adorable. It seems like their bond has only grown since.

  • February 2016: Getting Back Out There

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    Ryan and Blake attended their first event together publicly since James was born, when she was 13 months old. Together, they hit a Deadpool fan event in NYC, surrounded by fans who were dressed up as Ryan's character. They looked happy to be out and about together again.

  • February 2016: Ryan Shares Sweet Words About Blake

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    That same month, Ryan got real about how he and Blake fell in love. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly's Sirius XM show, he said their first date was technically a double date that they were on with other people, but it gave them the chance to realize how much chemistry there was between them.

    "It was funny because for about a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and all that stuff, we were both single," Ryan said on the show. "We went on a double date. She was on a date with another guy, and I was on a date with another girl. That was the most awkward date probably because we were just like fireworks coming across."

  • April 2016: Baby Number Two Is on the Way

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    In April 2016, Us Weekly confirmed that Blake and Ryan were pregnant again, expecting their second child. Much like with their first pregnancy, they kept things private. In fact, the couple never formally announced that they were expecting -- they just let fans freak out over the bump photos as they rolled in.

  • September 2016: Welcome, Ines

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    In September, Blake and Ryan's second daughter was born, and yet again, fans were left in the dark on the details. It wasn't until December that her name finally leaked in a report from Us Weekly. As the site reported, her name is Ines, and even to this day, that's basically all we know about her.

  • December 2016: First Family Photos

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    Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Ines Reynolds, James Reynolds
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    A few months after Ines was born, Ryan finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the entire family showed up to cheer him on. Ryan arrived with Blake, James, and tiny Ines in tow. Later, Blake took to Instagram to share a message about how proud she was of her husband, along with a photo of her, James, and Ryan's feet all standing over his star.

    "Proud is a pitiful word to describe how I felt today," Blake wrote. "@Vancityreynolds The permanence of your impact is undeniable ... Always has been, but now we have a fancy [star] to show for it."

  • May 2017: Ryan Gushes About Blake (Again)

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    In honor of the Met Gala, the Humans of New York shared a photo of Ryan and Blake from the event. The celeb dad had the opportunity to share his own words about what his wife meant to him. Although they rarely speak publicly about their relationship, when they do, they really make it count, huh?

    As if this relationship couldn't be more adorable.

  • March 2018: Ryan Shuts Down Divorce Rumors

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    Like any Hollywood couple, Blake and Ryan have been the subject of divorce rumors in the past. But one report in particular got a reaction out of the Deadpool star. After seeing an IB Times story that claimed their marriage was on the rocks, because they couldn't find time to spend together, Ryan shared the perfect response on Twitter.

    Doesn't look like this relationship is in jeopardy to us.

  • January 2019: Blake Opens Up About Her Marriage to Ryan

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    Blake Lively
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    In an interview with Glamour, Blake called Ryan her best friend, and that just might be the secret to how happy their relationship has seemed all these years. 

    She told the magazine: 

    "In other relationships, if something came up I would call my girlfriends or my sister, and say, 'Hey, this is what he did -- what should I do?' Whereas with him, we were friends for two years before we were ever dating. And I treat him like my girlfriend. I'm like, 'Hey, this happened. It upset me. This is how I feel. What do I do?' He does the same for me. He treats me like his best buddy."

  • May 2019: Baby Three Is on the Way

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    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds
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    Once again, Blake let the bump speak for itself. She showed up to Ryan's premiere of Detective Pikachu unmistakably pregnant, sending the world into a tailspin. So far, not much is known about her pregnancy, but knowing how private these two like to keep things, that's no surprise.

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