Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' Relationship Timeline

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These days, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are royalty as far as Hollywood couples go, but the Detective Pikachu star and the Age of Adaline actress were once just two friends out on a double date — with other people!

As Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM show in February 2016: “We went on a double date. She was on a date with another guy, and I was on a date with another girl — and that was, like, the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across.”

Still, the Critics’ Choice winner said he was glad that the two started off as “buddies.” “I remember it was funny, because for about a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and all that stuff, we were both single,” he said of their shared 2010 film. “I think the best way to have a relationship is to start as friends.”

It’s certainly worked out for the duo. Not only did they go to tie the knot in September 2012, they welcomed two children together — daughters James and Inez, in 2015 and 2016, respectively — and have a third on the way!

“One of the most common things in the world is making out, having a couple of drinks, and then doing it, and then having a baby. I was perfectly sober for this one, though. I gotta say,” Reynolds told EW in his interview about their relationship’s course. “It’s amazing.”

As for the Shallows star, she told Vogue in August 2014: “Everything we do in life, we do together. If I’m working on a movie, he helps me with my character; I do the same with him.”

They also famously troll one another on social media: Lively razzes Reynolds about his parenting skills, while he teases her cooking abilities, ranking them beneath pal Jake Gyllenhall’s.

Scroll through to relive their romance!

July 2010

Lively and Reynolds made their debut as Green Lantern costars at 2010 Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. At the time, Reynolds was still married to Scarlett Johansson, and Lively was dating Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley.

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October 2010

Lively presented the award for Most Anticipated Movie to costar Reynolds at the Spike TV’s Scream 2010 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The actress called it quits with Badgley in mid-September 2010.

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March 2011

The costars posed for photographers at Warner Bros. Pictures’ presentation of The Big Pictures 2011 at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Reynolds filed for divorce from Johansson in December 2010.

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April 2011

Lively and Reynolds shared a few laughs during a 2011 WonderCon press conference at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. “I’m very happy not to be in a relationship right now,” Reynolds told Details in May 2011. “That’s OK. I didn’t plan on it, that’s for sure … but that’s OK.”

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June 2011

The stars spoke on stage at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California. The actress was dating Leonardo DiCaprio at the time.

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June 2011

The action stars held each other on the red carpet at the premiere of Green Lantern at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on June 15, 2011. Lively looked stunning in a white floral Chanel dress.

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June 2011

Reynolds starred as Hal Jordan and Lively played Carol Ferris in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Green Lantern, which opened in theaters on June 17, 2011. Reynolds’ divorce from Johansson was finalized on July 1, 2011.

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October 2011

Dating rumors swirled when Lively was seen leaving Reynolds apartment with him early in the morning in Boston. “Anyone who gets divorced goes through a lot of pain, but you come out of it,” Reynolds told Details magazine in May 2011 of his split from Johansson. “I’m not out of it yet. At all.”

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October 2011

Lively visited her boyfriend on the set of R.I.P.D. in Boston on his birthday. She put a big bouquet of balloons on her dog as a surprise.

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November 2011

Reynolds was seen leaving his apartment in Boston with Lively and his dog Baxter. “I’ve been with very few people,” Lively told Marie Claire in June 2012. “If I’m not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I’d rather be by myself.”


December 2011

The couple spent the holidays with Reynolds’ family in Vancouver, Canada. They held hands while walking through the Granville Island Public Market. “To be around me, you must love food or I’m the most obnoxious person you’ve ever met,” Lively told Marie Claire. “I’m in a big cooking phase. That’s all I’ll talk about.”


January 2012

Reynolds and his girlfriend Lively were seen going for a stroll in New Orleans but tried to keep hidden from cameras. “I’ve been in relationships pretty much since high school,” Reynolds told Details magazine in May 2011. “Some people look at that as a good thing. I think wiser people might see that as a house of cards.”


May 2012

The happy pair visited the Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo, British Columbia. “I don’t want to date someone just to date someone,” Lively told Cosmopolitan in September 2008. “I want to be with a guy who’s going to better my quality of life, better me.”


July 2012

The lovebirds showed plenty of affection for each other while hanging poolside with family and friends over the Fourth of July weekend.


September 2012

Surprise! After enjoying a romantic boat ride in Venice in August, the couple tied the knot at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (where The Notebook was also filmed), on September 9 after a year of dating. Lively wore a wedding gown designed by Marchesa and her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costars America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel were all in attendance. Half-sister Robyn Lively also recreated her Teen Witch dance from the late ’80s film classic.

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December 2012

Ooh la la! The newlyweds shared an adorable smooch during a trip to Paris. “They were kissing the entire time,” an eyewitness told Us Weekly. “The locals said hello, but they were only interested in each other.”

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February 2013

Reynolds and Lively braved the cold weather together while stopping by the Artisan Bakery in NYC. “Right now, I’m so peaceful,” the Gossip Girl star said in the October 2012 issue of Allure magazine. “I’ve never been happier in my life.”


June 2013

The pair dressed to impress while attending The Sound of Change Live concert at Twickenham Stadium in London. “I was recently asked how my style has changed since I got married, as if I was living under some sort of dictatorship,” Lively said in the September 2013 issue of Lucky magazine. “I’m very lucky to be with someone who has better taste than me,” she added of Reynolds. “We influence each other in different ways.”

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November 2013

The couple stepped out for a good cause at the A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Cure Parkinson’s event benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in NYC.

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April 2014

Keeping her man close! The twosome were spotted heading back to their car after grabbing a bite to eat at a Chinese restaurant in Vancouver. Back in December, Lively admitted she re-pins pictures of her hot beau on her Pinterest account during an interview with NY Mag‘s The Cut.


May 2014

The couple walked arm in arm at the Met Gala in NYC. The duo later skipped the afterparties to eat hot fudge sundaes with peanut butter sauce at NYC hot spot Serendipity. “Everything we do in life we do together,” Lively later said in the August 2014 issue of Vogue magazine. “I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there.”

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May 2014

Picture-perfect! The couple posed together as they arrived for the screening of Captives at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. “We’ve never gone a week without seeing each other,” Lively said in the September 2014 issue of Marie Claire. “He’s my best, best friend,” she added. “If I could spit out a litter of kids, I would.”


October 2014

The A Simple Favor star announced that she was expecting her first child with the Deadpool actor in October 2014 with a photo of her burgeoning belly on her old website, Preserve.

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January 2015

Three months later, the actress gave birth to the couple’s first daughter, James, slightly ahead of schedule. “The baby came early but everyone is happy and healthy,” a source told Us at the time.


Reynolds later praised his spouse for her humor throughout the delivery. “My wife is the real, I mean she is a mercenary,” he told Conan O’Brien in August 2015. “At one point in the middle of the delivery, the doctor’s cell phone went off and she said, ‘Oh, no. Go ahead, take a personal call. Feel free.’ She was cracking jokes in the delivery room.”

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April 2015

By April, Lively joked during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she and Reynolds had gone from lovers to adversaries as they began to fight over their daughter’s first word. “We’re total rivals, by the way. I hear ‘dada, dada,’ all the time, and then I walk in the room and he’s like, ‘mama,’” she said. “And I’m like, ’How dare you do that?’”


One month later, they gave the world its first glimpse of their little girl with an Instagram photo of James holding her “dada’s” hand.


February 2016

The glowing parents made their first red carpet appearance together as mom and dad in February 2016 while attending a fan screening for Deadpool.

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June 2016

Lively gushed about her significant other to Marie Claire in July 2016. “I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life,” she told the magazine at the time. “That was the biggest thing for me. I’d never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him.”

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September 2016

The duo welcomed a second daughter, Inez. A source told Us at the time that their visitors to the hospital included Lively’s sister, Robyn, as well as close pal Taylor Swift.


December 2016

Lively, Reynolds and their two daughters made their debut as a family of four in December 2016 to celebrate the Golden Globe nominee’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Proud is a pitiful word to describe how I felt today,” Lively captioned an Instagram photo from the event. “@vancityreynolds The permanence of your impact is undeniable …Always has been, but now we have a fancy [star] to show for it.”

Reynolds opened up about how he knew his wife was “the one” to GQ one month prior. “Probably after the sex,” he teased, adding, “No, we were hanging out at this little restaurant in Tribeca that’s open really late, and this song came on and I was just like, ‘Want to dance?’ No one was in there, so it was just totally empty. And it was just one of those moments where halfway through the dance, it was like, ‘Oh, I think I just crossed a line.’”


January 2017

By January, the twosome were back to glamming it up for the cameras, hitting the 2017 Golden Globes together in their red carpet finest — a black and gold Atelier Versace halter gown for Lively and a crisp black suit with a white undershirt for Reynolds.

That same month, the producer opened up about how his love had helped him navigate Deadpool fandom. “By the time we were in post[-production], we’d been to Comic-Con, and people went crazy for it. The expectations were eating me alive. Blake helped me through that. I’m lucky to have her around just to keep me sane,” he told Variety.

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May 2017

The couple returned to the scene of their first red carpet — the Met Gala — in 2017. Lively opted for a gold Atelier Versace gown with blue feathers, while her man coordinated in a blue tux and tie.

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March 2018

Ever the wise guy, Reynolds had the perfect response to reports of marriage trouble between the pair: “I wish. I could use a little ’me time,’” he tweeted.

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May 2018

Reynolds told Mr. Porter magazine in May 2018 that he credited his significant other with helping him to mend his relationship with father James “Jim” Reynolds ahead of his death (Jim lost a long-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease in 2015).  “She has a gift for foresight,” he said at the time.

He shared a similar sentiment while commenting on an Instagram photo from Humans of New York in May 2017: “She always responds with empathy,” he wrote of his wife. “She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were five or six years old. And she’s made me a more empathetic person. I had a very fractured relationship with my father. Before he died, she made me remember things I didn’t want to remember. She made me remember the good times.”

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August 2018

“They have such a solid relationship,” an insider told Us of Lively and Reynolds in August 2018. “They truly couldn’t be happier and more in love.”

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April 2019

Lively joked about getting it on with her husband’s Detective Pikachu character, Pikachu. “Is it wrong to say I’d tap that?” she captioned a mock audition video he posted on Instagram on April 10, 2019.

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May 2019

The A Simple Favor actress debuted her baby bump in a yellow dress at the Pokémon Pikachu Detective premiere in NYC, revealing for the first time that she and Reynolds are expecting their third little one.

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