The spark between Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth has faded…
For those who haven’t heard, the pair announced in a joint statement on the 47-year-old actress’ Instagram account on Friday that they are getting a divorce after nearly 12 years of marriage. They told fans at the time:
“We have some personal news to share… It is with a great deal of care and consideration that we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and are moving forward with deep love, kindness, and mutual respect for everything we have created together.”
While the news of their split came as a shock to many people, a source shared with Page Six that it was apparently a long time coming – and there were a lot of whispers amongst Hollywood insiders that a divorce announcement was imminent since late last year. As for why they’re divorcing? Another source insisted to the outlet there was no behind the scenes drama, but they just no longer had “romantic feelings for each other” now:
“There’s no big scandal or drama, just two people who essentially became co-parents and don’t really have any romantic feelings for each other anymore.”
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They added that Reese “once liked the fact that [Toth] was just a solid, dependable and stable guy” – especially after “years of s**t” with her first husband, Ryan Phillippe:
“The relative safety and security of Jim was super appealing [in the beginning].”
However, things changed over the years. Towards the end of their marriage, the insider claimed there was no “zero spark and zero romance left” between her and the 52-year-old talent agent anymore. In fact, a source for Us Weekly said things were so bad that the duo was living “very separate lives,” and they even “sleep in separate rooms.” Another insider for the outlet noted that the success of Reese’s media company Hello Sunshine was a “bonding factor for them” for a bit, as Jim – who co-owned it – “was seriously invested in it.” But once they sold the business in 2021 and Reese took on more acting roles, they also started spending “more time apart.” Ultimately, while Reese and Jim’s partnership is “still very strong, the romance just isn’t there anymore,” and they were “more focused on their careers than each other.”
Despite getting a divorce, a third source told Page Six that Reese and Jim ultimately “had a really amazing 12 years” but that “their lives moved in a way that made them want to make this decision together,” adding:
“It’s been really talked about and thought about and was a mutually worked-out situation. The timing is always going to be hard to bring it into public eye. Even in the best and friendliest of circumstances, it’s hard for any family to go through.”
Moving forward, Page Six expressed that the former couple is “both completely laser-focused” on working on their partnership as parents to their 10-year-old son Tennessee James Toth and as colleagues. At this time, the outlet reported that have not officially filed for divorce yet.
Here’s hoping their breakup remains amicable for the sake of their kid! We all know how messy some divorces can get… Reactions, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments below.
[Image via MEGA/WENN, Reese Witherspoon/Instagram]