Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth announce divorce! Actress calls it ‘difficult decision’
Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are divorcing, following almost 12 years of marriage.
The movie star, 47, shared the news via her Instagram 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 is with a great deal of care and consideration that we have made the difficult decision to divorce,’ the mom of three wrote.
‘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.’
Reese and Jim, who wed on March 26, 2011, share one son together – Tennessee James, 10; she has two children from her first marriage to Ryan Phillippe: Ava, 23, and Deacon, 19.
The latest: Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are divorcing, following almost 12 years of marriage
Shock! The movie star, 47, shared the news via her Instagram Friday afternoon – days before their 12th wedding anniversary; seen together January 5,2020
Family: Reese and Jim, who wed on March 26, 2011, share one son together – Tennessee James, 10; she has two children from her first marriage to Ryan Phillippe: Ava, 23, and Deacon, 19
Reese and Jim continued in their statement: ‘Our biggest priority is our son and our entire family as we navigate this next chapter. These matters are never easy and are extremely personal.’
‘We truly appreciate everyone’s respect for our family’s privacy as this time – Reese and Jim.’ she concluded.
A source told People magazine after the news was announced that Reese and Jim’s split is ‘amicable.’
‘They really are the best of friends and this is such an amicable decision. They are so committed to co-parenting together. They are invested in their whole family and making this as smooth as possible for everyone,’ the insider said.
Reese shared snaps with Jim in December 2022, as they enjoyed Christmastime with their family.
In July 2022, Reese shared photos on Instagram of herself with Jim to mark his birthday, captioning the set: ‘Happy birthday to my sweet hubby, JT!
Don’t know anyone who loves Tour de France / road biking / @arsenal / @nashvillesc / @steelers …. oh and GOLF … basically all sports more than YOU. Love you so much!’
She also marked their 11th wedding anniversary last year in March 2022 on Instagram: ‘Happy Anniversary JT!! 11 years of adventures, love and laughter. I feel so lucky to share this wonderful life with you.’
In 2012, Reese recalled their first meeting in a chat with Elle magazine; the meet-cute happened at a friend’s house after she had split from actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 42.
Three months ago: Reese shared snaps with Jim in December 2022, as they enjoyed Christmastime with their family
The way they were: The former lovebirds seen in March 2022 in honor of their 11th wedding anniversary last year
Red carpet: ‘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; The couple seen at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2017
The way they were: ‘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,’ the mom of three wrote
Throwback: In 2020, Reese celebrated their 10 years of marriage with a snap from their wedding day
‘It happened out of the blue. This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me. He was, like, ‘You don’t know me.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know. I don’t know you!’ she told the magazine.
‘Jim came over and said, “Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.”
‘Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation. That’s just kind of who he is, a really good person.’
She has also told People she loved him for being a ‘wonderful organizer’ and ‘a great leader’ who ‘knows how to get people together’ and stay ‘patient’ and ‘funny’ with children.
One year prior, she told Elle UK that she was surprised she fell in love with Jim: ‘It’s an exciting feeling. “You’re the one.” And its a surprise. You know, I’m surprised when people aren’t related to see my movies. And you’re surprised somebody wants to be with you because, boy, I’ve got a lot of quirks and wrinkles.’
The way they were: Reese and Ryan first met at her 21st birthday party, which took place in March 1997; seen August 24, 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 they split in December 2009.
She met Jim in January 2010; they got engaged in December 2010 and tied the knot on March 26, 2011 in Ojai.
They welcomed their son Tennessee on September 27, 2012.
In April 2013, Reese and Jim got arrested in Atlanta, Georgia after they were stopped by police for weaving in and out of their lane on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to Variety.
They were allegedly going towards the opposing lane and then were pulled over, with Reese getting agitated by the cop, leading to her arrest.
She was arrested after repeatedly instruction from the arresting cop by not staying in the car, as well as verbally sparring at him, per the outlet.
The police report, via Variety, said that Reese ‘bean to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer. I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.’
After Jim was placed in handcuffs, Reese exited the car despite being told to get back into the car.
The report said that she told him she was a ‘US citizen’ and that she was allowed to ‘stand on American ground.’
When the officer tried to arrest her, she resisted and Jim told her to calm down.
‘Mrs. Witherspoon asked, “Do you know my name?” I answered, “No, I don’t need to know your name.” I then added, “right now.” Mrs. Witherspoon stated, “You’re about to find out who I am.”‘ the report said.
‘Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, “You are going to be on national news.” I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.’
She pled no contest her charge – disorderedly conduct (obstruction) – and paid a fine; Jim pled guilty, sentenced to community service, one year probation and an alcohol education program.
In a statement, Reese told Us Weekly: ‘I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. the words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.’
Mug shot: In April 2013, Reese and Jim got arrested in Atlanta, Georgia after they were stopped by police for weaving in and out of their lane, according to Variety
Reese and first husband Ryan Phillippe met at her 21st birthday party, which took place in March 1997; They starred together in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions.
The stars got engaged in December 1998 and wed on June 5, 1999 in South Carolina; Reese and Ryan welcomed Ava in 1999 and Deacon in 2003.
Reese and Ryan announced their split in 2006, with their marriage legally dissolved in 2007 and their divorce finalized in 2008.
Ryan is also dad to daughter Kai Knapp, 11, with ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp.
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