Ryan Phillippe posts nostalgic snap with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon: ‘We were hot’

Ryan Phillippe is feeling a bit nostalgic, posting a throwback picture of him and his ex-wife.

The actor took to Instagram to share a snap of himself and actress Reese Witherspoon from back in the day.

Taking a trip down memory lane, Phillippe shared a picture of him and Witherspoon at the 2001 premiere of Legally Blonde.

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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe

“We were hot and drenched in late 90’s angst,” he wrote alongside the image on his Instagram story. “(Such a cooler time than today).”

The former couple were looking very late ’90s as they posed with their arms around one another arriving on the red carpet.

Witherspoon was rocking a black and white striped maxi dress. The dress had a cinched waist and high neck with a matching bow.

For his part, Phillippe looked equally of the era, sporting a blue and white striped muscle tee with a collar to keep things formal. He also wore his hair in a mohawk and a pair of Rayban sunglasses. 

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The duo first met in 1997 at Witherspoon’s 21st birthday party.

“I don’t know what came over me – maybe the seven Midori sours – but I told [Ryan], ‘I think you’re my birthday present,'” she told Jane magazine in 1998 of their first meeting.

“He thought it was so flattering, and now that I think about it … how embarrassing!”

In 2006 the couple announced their split in a joint statement.

“We are saddened to announce that Reese and Ryan have decided to formally separate,” a rep for the couple said at the time.

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Reese Witherspoon with son Deacon Phillippe.Ava Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon attend the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images  for Critics Choice Association)

“They remain committed to their family and we ask that you please respect their privacy and the safety of their children at this time.”

Witherspoon filed for divorce in November 2006, citing “irreconcilable differences”.

The couple have remained on good terms over the years, co-parenting their two kids, Ava, 24, and Deacon, 20.

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