If you're a Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds fan, you have one film to thank for their relationship: Green Lantern. The couple met while filming the movie in 2010, but didn't begin dating until 2011—and they've been one of our favorite celebrity couples ever since. And while they tend to keep their private life quite private, we still know a fair amount about their love story. From their shocking first date to the births of their three daughters, here is a complete timeline of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds's relationship.
- Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds first met on the set of Green Lantern in 2010 but were both with other people at the time.
- By the fall of 2011, the actors found themselves both single and began dating.
- The pair secretly wed on September 9, 2012.
- They are currently parents to three daughters: James, 4, Inez, 2, and Betty, 13 months.
July 24, 2010: Comic-Con Debut
Blake and Ryan's love story began on the set of Green Lantern in 2010. On July 24, they made their first appearance together at San Diego's Comic-Con. But they weren't romantically involved yet. In fact, both were seeing other people at the time. Ryan was married to actress Scarlett Johansson and Blake was dating her "Gossip Girl" co-star Penn Badgley.
October 27, 2010: Blake and Penn Badgley Split
In October, however, news broke that Blake and Badgley had called off their relationship. Still, the two decided to remain friends.
December 14, 2010: Ryan and Scarlett Johannsen Divorce
And not long after, Ryan confirmed his divorce with then-wife Johansson. The couple released the following statement: "After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we've decided to end our marriage. We entered our relationship with love and it's with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn't expected, it's certainly appreciated."
Summer 2011: Blake's New Man
While both Blake and Ryan were single going into 2011, the actress had found a new man by the summer: Leonardo DiCaprio. The two reportedly dated briefly before calling things off at the end of the season.
Fall 2011: Double Date
While no one knows exactly when Blake and Ryan had their first date, we can assume it occurred in the fall of 2011. There was just one catch: The couple happened to be on dates with other people. Ryan recalled the awkward evening, later on, telling Entertainment Weekly, "We were buddies then. 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. 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 [from their perspective] probably because we were just like fireworks coming across."
October 23, 2011: Birthday Celebration
By October 2011, fans speculated Blake and Ryan were officially a couple, especially after the actress was spotted leaving Ryan's Boston apartment on his birthday weekend. A source told People at the time that they were "very much a couple" and "they're really happy together."
November 24, 2011: Thanksgiving in Utah
A month after making their relationship official, the A-listers were spotted in Utah over the Thanksgiving holiday. They stayed at Blake's sister's bed and breakfast and were spotted kissing, holding hands, and taking photos of each other throughout the visit.
December 22, 2011: Christmas in Vancouver
After spending Thanksgiving with Blake's family, the couple jetted to Ryan's hometown of Vancouver for Christmas. The two were photographed holding hands while shopping at the Granville Island market.
September 9, 2012: Secret Wedding
On September 9, 2012, Blake and Ryan secretly wed in South Carolina. While little is known about the surprise ceremony, the bride wore a Marchesa wedding dress and they served a vanilla-and-sour-cream wedding cake with peach-apricot preserves and Earl Grey-milk chocolate buttercream. The wedding was held at a former plantation with a history of slavery and the couple later expressed regret and apologized for hosting their nuptials at the venue.
May 5, 2014: Red Carpet Debut
As is the case for a few of our favorite celebrity couples, Blake and Ryan made their first red carpet appearance as a married couple at the 2014 Met Gala.
July 18, 2014: A Couple In Love
While promoting her now-defunct lifestyle website Preserve, Blake boasted her love for Ryan to Vogue. “He’s going to be a great father and leader and patriarch—he’s so meant to be all of those things. The fact that he lived so much before we got together, he’s the exact realized person that he should be. And so I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there," she said at the time. “He’s a part of it because everything we do in life we do together,” says Lively. “If I’m working on a movie, he helps me with my character; I do the same with him. Picking out a coffee table. What we’re going to eat. He’s a beautiful writer—he’s written a lot of stuff for us. And he’s got a great barometer and he knows me, so he will tell me if it’s not as good as it can be.”
October 6, 2014: Pregnancy Announcement on Preserve
On October 6, 2014, Blake turned to her lifestyle website Preserve to announce her first pregnancy with Ryan. She shared a photo of her baby bump as well as pictures of other pregnant women and wrote, "Congratulations to all the expecting mothers out there."
December 2014: The First Baby Is Born
Two months after announcing their pregnancy, Blake and Ryan welcomed their daughter, James. While the child's exact birthdate still hasn't been revealed, news of the birth was confirmed by Page Six in January 2015.
March 20, 2015: Her Name Is James
The couple wouldn't confirm their daughter's name until Ryan appeared on Today in March 2015. "It's James," said the new father. "Everyone knows. I didn't want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media because as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go, 'Why did you do that?'"
April 14, 2016: Another Pregnancy
In the Spring of 2016, rumors swirled around the couple's second pregnancy. The speculation was proven true after Us Weekly confirmed the happy news: Blake and Ryan were expecting their second child together.
October 2016: Inez Reynolds Is Born
In October, they welcome their second child—another daughter—into the world. Like her older sister, the baby's birthdate is still unknown but the proud parents named her Inez (and Taylor Swift even visited Blake in the hospital following the birth!).
November 2016: He Knew She Was "The One"
After four years of marriage, Ryan revealed to GQ the moment he knew Blake was "the one." He said, "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.' And then I walked her home. And, uh, you know, I don't really need to go into what happened after that."
December 15, 2016: Hollywood Walk of Fame
Blake and Ryan made a rare appearance with their two children on December 15, 2016, when the actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of course, the couple's young daughters stole the show—and the ceremony marked newborn daughter Inez's red carpet debut.
March 31, 2018: They're Doing Just Fine
As is the case for most A-list couples, Blake and Ryan were victims of false rumors surrounding their marriage. After publications claimed the couple struggled to spend "quality time" together the Deadpool actor clapped back with a tweet that read, "I wish. I could use a little 'me time.'"
May 2, 2019: The Third Bump Debut
Blake let her body do the talking when it came to announcing her third pregnancy with Ryan. She debuted her growing baby bump at the premiere of her husband's film Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
October 2019: Another Girl!
In October 2019, the couple welcome their third child together and third daughter. Like her sisters, the baby's birthdate is still unknown.
July 24, 2020: Introducing Betty Reynolds
When it came to sharing their third child's name (nine months after she was born!), Blake and Ryan let their dear friend and musician Taylor Swift do the honors. The singer titled a song on her new album "Betty" and in it she mentions the couple's two older daughters, James and Inez. This led fans to believe that the couple's youngest daughter's name was Betty, a theory that Swift confirmed in August.
November 13, 2020: Girl Dad
During an interview with Access, Ryan revealed his favorite aspects of fatherhood and being a Girl Dad. "I love being a girl dad. I have three daughters, which I never in a million years would have imagined. I come from all boys. I have three older brothers. I’m the youngest of four boys so for me to have three daughters has been such a ride and I love every second of it," exclaimed the star, adding, "No joke, they are the most capable people I know. If anything got crazy or scary in my life, they are the first people I would lean on because they have wisdom and strength and they’re calm under fire. They have courage under fire.”