A definitive timeline of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’s super-cute relationship

’Tis a beautiful tale of romance and endless trolling.

By Rosemary Wojtkowski
16 March, 2023
A definitive timeline of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’s super-cute relationship

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are a ridiculously good-looking match made in internet troll heaven (not to be confused with internet troll hell). Twelve years and four kids later, these two jokesters are still crazy in love, and frankly, I’m jealous.

So, let’s take a look back at how it all began, maybe pick up some ~relationship pointers~ along the way, and find out what Ryan had to say about naming their third child.

July 24, 2010

Lively and Reynolds attend their first event together at Comic-Con to promote their movie Green Lantern, and for some reason, they don’t dress in cosplay. As you can tell from this photo, they are super-duper adorable—but the catch? Ryan is still married to Scarlett Johansson.

September 2010

Shit is going down! Lively breaks up with her boyfriend and Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley, but a source tells Us Weekly that “they’re still good friends and hang out on the set.” LOL, sure.

December 2010

More shit is going down! By which I mean Reynolds and Scarlett Johannson end their marriage. Hmm, two breakups within mere months of each other? Coincidence? I THINK NOT. Sounds like something Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson would pull, if you ask me.

June 15, 2011

Reynolds and Lively hit up the red-carpet premiere of Green Lantern and they look alllll kinds of cozy.

Sometime between June 2011 and October 2011

Lively and Reynolds go on a double date, which he describes years later. And I don’t want to be dramatic, but this might be the best celebrity love story ever. “We were buddies then,” Reynolds says. “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.”

But wait, there’s more! In a now-deleted Instagram post celebrating Reynold’s birthday a few years back, Lively revealed the actual restaurant where they fell in love:

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Reynolds also opened up about this moment, telling a publication, “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.”

October 22, 2011

Lively is spotted leaving Reynold’s apartment in Boston, and naturally, dating rumours begin to whip around in full force. Meanwhile, People claims the duo “are very much a couple” and “really happy together.”

December 12, 2011

Their relationship is pretty much undeniable when photos of the two of them holding hands after spending the holidays with Reynold’s family in Vancouver hit the internet. Consequently, Lively and Reynolds spend the next year or so being hounded by the paps.

September 9, 2012

SURPRISE!!!!! Reynolds and Lively shock everyone by getting married after just a year of dating. The wedding is super-secret, but we know that it goes down at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and that Lively wears a wedding gown by Marchesa.

May 5, 2014

Reynolds and Lively attend their first Met Gala together as a married couple. Feelings of extreme jealousy are normal at this point, don’t stress.

October 6, 2014

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Lively announces on her now-defunct website, Preserve (RIP), that she and Reynolds are expecting their first baby.

October 20, 2014

A few months later, the duo hits up another red carpet—only this time, Lively is pregnant and positively ~glowing~.

Late December 2015

Reynolds and Lively welcome their daughter James into the world “just before the New Year!” But FYI, we don’t find out her name until March, when Reynolds tells the Today show: “It’s James. 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?’” (FYI, James was named after Reynolds' father.)

April 14, 2016

Us Weekly reports that Lively is pregnant with baby number two after she’s seen sporting what *appears* to be a bump on the set of her movie The Shallows.

September 30, 2016

Page Six reports that Lively has given birth to her second baby, a little girl named Inez. At this point, she and Reynolds are suuuper private about their kids, so no formal announcement is made.

December 15, 2016

Flash-forward a few months, and in a shocking twist, Reynolds and Lively make their first public appearance with both their kids to celebrate Reynold’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In his speech, Reynolds says, “I want to thank my wife, Lively, who is sitting right there, who is everything to me. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. You make everything better. You make everything in my life better. You’ve given me two of the most incredible children I’ve ever hoped to have.”

April 1, 2018

Reynolds shuts down rumours that his marriage is in trouble with two perfect tweets.


July 29, 2018

Reynolds and Lively attend a Taylor Swift concert and fully flip out when they hear their daughter James’s voice on the song “Gorgeous.”


August 18, 2018

Reynolds supports Lively’s new movie A Simple Favor in the best way he knows how…by cracking a joke on Instagram.


October 23, 2018

Lively and Reynolds celebrate his 42nd birthday with a huge rager! Nah, JK, they just spend the day filling out their voting ballots.


May 2, 2019

Surprise!!! Lively shows up to the Pokémon Detective Pikachu premiere sporting a cute-ass baby bump, which completely overshadows her husband’s movie (sorry, Ry). Baby number three is officially On! The! Way!

August 25, 2019

For Lively’s 32nd birthday, Reynolds decides to show her how much he loves her by posting an entire Instagram carousel of her most unflattering photos. What a lovely husband!


October 9, 2019

Multiple outlets confirmed Reynolds and Lively welcomed their third baby two months ago. The couple didn’t share baby details and are keeping everything hush-hush to maintain their kids’ privacy.

October 16, 2019

The excited parents shared the first photo of the new addition to their family…but naturally, there was a catch: Reynolds and Lively trolled everyone and put a scribbled-on happy face over their baby’s actual face as a joke and also as a way to still have some privacy.

Whatever! We’ll take what we can get at this point! Still cute!

December 12, 2019

When Reynolds was asked about his growing family on the Today show, he revealed that he’s pumped to have three daughters now, saying, “It’s all women. I’d have it no other way.” He also joked that having all girls is just part of his master plan “to wipe men off the face of the earth.”

And when they asked how he and Lively chose their newest baby’s name, Ryan continued his comedy routine. He said, “We haven’t yet! We’re going to be original—all of the letters in her name are silent. I want to give her something to push against in life.”

March 17, 2020

Reynolds and Lively donate $1 million to multiple food banks, including Feeding America and Food Banks Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.


October 22, 2020

Lively celebrated Reynolds' first time voting in a U.S. election! The couple mailed in their election ballots, and each posted Photoshopped pics on Instagram trolling each other—as they do—once again. Naturally, Lively’s post had a hysterical caption: “It was Ryan’s first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friends. #voteearly”


October 24, 2020

For every special occasion, Reynolds and Lively *faithfully* troll each other on the internet. It’s honestly as big of a tradition as the actual occasion at this point. When Reynolds turned 44, Lively hopped on Instagram to post a few pics of her hubs celebrating his day with a pie instead of a birthday cake. She wrote, “1) Who is the lost soul that selects birthday PIE. 2) What ANIMAL eats their cake (pie) without first blowing out the candles. @vancityreynolds that’s who. Happy birthday. I honestly can’t believe we’re still married.”

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February 14, 2021

Reynolds helping Lively retouch her roots during the pandemic is the epitome of #HusbandGoals. She shared this super-speedy video of him dyeing her hair with the caption, “That time I f*d my hairdresser.” LOL, grade-A caption work, Blake! Brava!


May 9, 2021

Even Mother’s Day isn’t safe from Reynold’s endless trolling, and TBH, we’re here for the entertainment! In his post to Lively for the day, he captioned the super-cute photo, “Every blink and every thoughtful moment of vulnerability. The tender grit it takes to be a mother in 2021 is an act of pure strength and heroism. Never could I have predicted anonymous airport bathroom sex would lead to this. Or how you’d hire Dog the Bounty Hunter to find me. Either way, I’m lucky to reflect a little of the sunlight you shine on all of us. Happy Mother’s Day, my love.”


July 20, 2021

Reynolds finally revealed that he made the first move on Lively when they first got together more than 10 years ago. Yes, our fave celeb couple has been together for more than a decade! Check out these juicy deets:

“I met Blake on the darkest crease in the anus of the universe called Green Lantern,” he said when appearing on the SmartLess podcast. “We were friends and buddies.… About a year and a half later, we went on a double date, but we were dating separate people,” he said. “Next thing you know, she was going to Boston, I was going to Boston, and I said, ‘Well, I’ll ride with you.’ We got on the train and we rode together. I was just begging her to sleep with me.”

August 2, 2021

Reynolds and Lively did the *sweetest* thing to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their first date: They went back to the place where it all started! The two enjoyed dinner at Boston’s beloved Japanese restaurant O Ya. While at the spot, Lively said on her Instagram Story that “if it weren’t for this place, we wouldn’t be together. No joke. No restaurant means more to us.” Awww.

February 14, 2022

Lively shared the *perfect* Valentine’s Day tribute to Reynolds on Instagram. “Find me a better friend. ♥️ I’ll wait…” she captioned the post, which showed her and her hubby laughing together (the best kind of laugh). A-freakin’-dorable!

August 5, 2022

Lively posts a bikini pic and tags Ryan, so yep, things are still thirsty ahead of their 10-year anni.

September 18, 2022

Lively confirms that she and Reynolds are expecting their fourth child with a buncha of cute pregnancy pics! And she calls out the paps in the process.

February 12, 2023

On Super Bowl Sunday, Lively reveals that baby number four is here!!! The actor confirms the news in *the* most Lively way possible by sharing a photo of herself ~casually~ no longer pregnant. “Puppy Bowl Sunday 2023 🥘🍲🥧 been busy,” she captions the pic, taken alongside Reynolds and his mother.

Many of Lively's followers left the most L-O-L-worthy comments, including this one: “She discreetly gives birth and then looks like this right afterwards in a tight shirt. She’s good at this. 😂” Tbh, no truer words have been said.

Aaand that brings us up to date on Blake and Ryan’s love! Do you have hope yet??! Stay tuned for the next instalment of “Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Put All Other Couples to Shame: A Fairy Tale.” ’Cause, oh, it’s comin’.

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