Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson are separating, MTV News has confirmed. TMZ first reported that the couple had split up and that things are "amicable" between them. As of now, neither has filed for divorce, according to the website, but they are living separately.
"After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we've decided to end our marriage," Reynolds said in a statement to MTV News. "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."
Us Weekly reports that the split happened about two weeks ago and notes that "the big problem with their relationship is the distance," a source said, adding, "They spent a lot of time apart when they are working. ... She's been unhappy for a while."
The pair married in 2008 in Canada after being engaged earlier that year, and while they remained relatively private, they have spoken about their love for each other. In the May issue of InStyle, Johansson opened up about being married to the "Green Lantern" star, saying, "I mean, you're married, and suddenly you have your own family. There's a nice comfort in that. That part of your life is certain, in a way. You've got your home in that other person."
At the Tony Awards in June, when she took the stage to accept her award, she gave a nod to her husband, thanking "the Canadian I live with."
Reynolds told GQ that the actress was "the best part" of his life and even joked about his People Sexiest Man Alive nod, explaining that Johansson would have a different way to ask him to do chores around the house. "Now it's going to be, 'Sexiest Man, take out the garbage,' " he laughed. "That does sound better."