The Fairytale Ends for Reese and Ryan
October 31, 2006

In happier times, Reese Witherspoon had only praise for her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe.

At last January’s SAG Awards, the beautiful southern belle was overjoyed for her real-life leading man, exclaiming, “’Crash’ won! That’s Ryan’s movie. Ryan won.”

But now, after seven years of marriage, the couple is calling it quits, and “Extra” is pinpointing what went wrong.

Us Weekly magazine’s Katrina Szish came straight to “Extra” to dish on their new cover story, as they break down the red flags, the rumors and the clues.

According to Szish, just two weeks before the split, Reese and Ryan had a very public blowout at the New York City premiere of Ryan’s new film, “Flags of Our Fathers.”

“They argued publicly for about 20 minutes,” Szish said. “Reese stormed off. Lots of people overheard it, lots of people saw it. This was definitely not a happy couple.” caught the Hollywood couple looking very distant later that night.

On Tuesday, “Extra” uncovered a shocking new rumor about the breakup. Us Weekly asked if another woman came between them.

“Ryan has reportedly got very close to his costar, Aussie actress Abbie Cornish, while they were shooting an indie film called ‘Stop Loss in Austin, Texas,’” Szish revealed.

But a rep for the actress tells the magazine that she and Ryan were costars, and the line was drawn there.

Whether or not the accusations of infidelity ring true, Reese and Ryan’s marriage was rumored to be on the rocks for some time, fueled by the couple’s own admission that they sought out marriage counseling.

“Marriage is difficult and it takes a lot of work,” Reese once acknowledged. “And my husband and I work on it everyday.”

Ryan, who was Reese’s co-star in the steamy film, “Cruel Intentions,” told “Extra” he got jealous watching Reese’s love scenes with other actors.

“I go nuts, I really do. I see red,” Ryan admitted.

But did Reese’s superstardom get in the way?

Witherspoon is currently Hollywood’s highest paid actress, and reportedly racked in $29 million for her latest movie, overshadowing her husband’s $2 million paycheck.

“It’s a little bit different for me right now because she has become America’s sweetheart,” Ryan confessed of his wife’s overnight fame.

Us reports that it was Reese who pulled the plug on the marriage, but only after trying to make things work.

“Reese has been hanging on to this relationship,” Szish told us.


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