Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe have reportedly been spotted together on numerous occasions recently, fueling rumors that the former power couple may be reconciling.
The NY Post’s Page Six reports that Witherspoon and Phillipe, who separated in October after seven years of marriage, have been seen shopping, jogging and dining together in Los Angeles.
“They met for lunch this week at the Votre Sante health-food restaurant, a regular Brentwood haunt for Reese on San Vicente,” a source reportedly told Page Six. “And they’re going on runs together around the Brentwood Country Club. Both are regular, dedicated runners. Running is a very healing, meditative thing, so maybe it will work its magic on them.”
In keeping with the “running” theme, another source claims that the pair were seen together at Niketown Beverly Hills, where Reese tried on a pair of Nike Air Zoom Vomero shoes. “She took them for a demo on the treadmill on the second floor and loved them,” the source is quoted as saying.
A source described as a friend of Witherspoon’s reportedly said that “Reese and Ryan are trying to work it out. They are still close.”
Phillippe’s rep told Page Six, “It’s not true.” A rep for Witherspoon did not respond when asked for comment.
Reese and Ryan have two children, Ava Elizabeth, 7, and Deacon, 3. Reese filed for divorce from Ryan on November 8, 2006, citing “irreconcilable differences.” In her petition she sought joint legal custody of the children and sole physical custody, with visitation for Phillippe. She requested “exclusive use of the family residence,” and asked for the court to terminate its ability to award spousal support to Phillippe.
Ryan filed papers of his own in May of this year, in which he also cited “irreconcilable differences.” He requested joint custody of the kids, and asked that visitation rights be “equally allocated.” He did not request any spousal support from Reese, nor did he block her from requesting any from him.
Upon the news of their separation, rumors circulated that the rift was due to an alleged affair Phillippe had with his “Stop Loss” co-star, Abbie Cornish. Cornish’s rep denied the affair to US Weekly, and both Reese and Ryan’s people had no comment.
Reese was rumored to be romantically linked to her “Rendition” co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, in April of this year, but reports of their involvement have since cooled.
Witherspoon, an Academy Award winner (and Avon Global Ambassador!) will next be seen in the aforementioned thriller “Rendition” on October 12, and Phillippe’s “Stop Loss” opens on March 28, 2008.