Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are divorcing after nearly 12 years of marriage.
The 47-year-old movie star shared the news via her Instagram on Friday afternoon in a joint statement from her and Jim, 52 days before their 12th wedding anniversary.
“We have some personal news to share… It was with great care and consideration that we made the difficult decision to separate,” the mother-of-three wrote.
“We have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and move forward with deep love, kindness and mutual respect for all that we have created together.”
Reese and Jim, who were married on March 26, 2011, have one son together: Tennessee James, 10; She has two children from her first marriage with Ryan Phillippe: Ava (23) and Deacon (19).
The latest: Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are divorcing after nearly 12 years of marriage
Shock! The 47-year-old movie star shared the news via her Instagram on Friday afternoon – days before their 12th wedding anniversary; seen together January 5, 2020
Family: Reese and Jim, who married on March 26, 2011, have one son together – Tennessee James, 10; She has two children from her first marriage with Ryan Phillippe: Ava (23) and Deacon (19)
Reese and Jim continued in their statement, “Our number one priority is our son and our entire family as we navigate this next chapter. These things are never easy and very personal.”
“We appreciate everyone’s respect for our family’s privacy, like this time – Reese and Jim,” she concluded.
A source told People magazine after the news broke that Reese and Jim’s split was “amicable.”
“They really are best friends and it’s such a friendly decision. They are so committed to being parents together. They invest in their whole family and make it as smooth as possible for everyone,” the insider said.
In December 2022, Reese shared photos with Jim enjoying the holiday season with their family.
In July 2022, Reese shared photos of himself with Jim celebrating his birthday on Instagram and captioned it: “Happy Birthday to my lovely wife, JT!”
Don’t know anyone who does the Tour de France / cycling / @arsenal / @nashvillesc / @steelers… oh and GOLF… basically loves all sports like YOU. Love you very much!’
They also celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary in March 2022 on Instagram: “Happy Anniversary JT!! 11 years of adventure, love and laughter. I feel so lucky to share this amazing life with you.”
In 2012, Reese recalled their first meeting in a chat with Elle magazine; The sweet reunion took place at a friend’s house after she split from actor Jake Gyllenhaal (42).
Three months ago: Reese shared photos with Jim in December 2022 enjoying the holiday season with their family
As they were: The former lovebirds were spotted in March 2022 in honor of their 11th wedding anniversary last year
Red Carpet: “We have had so many wonderful years together and we move forward with deep love, kindness and mutual respect for all that we have created together. The couple was spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in 2017
As they were: “We have personal news to share … We have made the difficult decision to separate with great care and thought,” the mother of three wrote.
Flashback: In 2020, Reese celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a wedding anniversary photo
“It happened out of the blue. This very drunk man attacked me, made a fool of himself and shouted at me. He said, “You don’t know me.” And I thought, ‘Yeah, I know. I do not know you!’ she told the magazine.
“Jim came up to me and said: ‘Excuse me my friend. He just broke up with someone.’
“Jim was a very good friend, he got him out of that situation. It’s just a small part of who he is, a very good person.”
She also told People that she loved him because he was a “great organizer” and “a great leader” who “knew how to bring people together” and remained “patient” and “funny” with children.
A year earlier, she told Elle UK she was surprised to have fallen in love with Jim: “It’s an exciting feeling. “You’re the one.” And it’s a surprise. You know, I am surprised when people who are not related to me see my films. And you’re surprised that anyone wants to be with you, because, boy, I’ve got a lot of quirks and wrinkles.”
How they were: Reese and Ryan first met at their 21st birthday party, which took place in March 1997; viewed on 24 August 1998
In Character: They starred together in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions; Ryan and Reese with co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair
Reese and Jake dated for two years before breaking up December 2009.
She met Jim in January 2010; They became engaged in December 2010 and married on March 26, 2011 in Ojai.
They welcomed their son Tennessee on September 27, 2012.
In April 2013, Reese and Jim were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, after being pulled over by police for getting in and out of work on suspicion of drunk driving, according to Variety.
They entered the oncoming lane and were then pulled over, with Reese becoming upset with the officer, leading to her arrest.
She was arrested after repeated instructions from the arresting officer not to stay in the car and, according to the outlet, to verbally defend herself against him.
The police report on Variety states that Reese “hangs Bean out the window and says she doesn’t think I’m a real cop. I told mrs. Told Witherspoon to sit on her ass and be quiet.’
After handcuffing Jim, Reese got out of the car despite telling him to get back in the car.
The report said she told him she was an “American citizen” and “could stand on American soil.”
When the officer tried to arrest her, she fought back and Jim told her to calm down.
‘Woman. Witherspoon asked, “Do you know my name?” I replied, “No, I don’t need to know your name.” I then added, “Right now.” Ms Witherspoon explained: “You’re about to find out who I am,” the report said.
‘Woman. Witherspoon also said, “They will be on the national news.” I told mrs. Witherspoon said it was all right.’
She did not deny her charge – disorderly conduct (obstruction) – and paid a fine; Jim pleaded guilty, was sentenced to community service, a year’s probation and an alcohol education program.
In a statement to Us Weekly, Reese said: “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply ashamed of the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was scared for my husband, but that’s no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night absolutely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I am very sorry for my behaviour.’
Mugshot: In April 2013, Reese and Jim were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia after being pulled over by police for taking their work off and on, according to Variety
Reese and her first husband, Ryan Phillippe, met at her 21st birthday party, held in March 1997; They starred together in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions.
The stars became engaged in December 1998 and married in South Carolina on June 5, 1999; Reese and Ryan welcomed Ava in 1999 and Deacon in 2003.
Reese and Ryan announced their separation in 2006, their marriage was legally dissolved in 2007, and their divorce was finalized in 2008.
Ryan is also father to daughter Kai Knapp, 11, with ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp.
Source: Daily Mail
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