Ryan Reynolds reflects on his and Blake Lively’s “giant” mistake.
In an interview with Fast Company published Tuesday, the “Deadpool” actor apologizes for his 2012 wedding, which was held at Boone Hall — a former slave plantation in South Carolina.
“It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” the 43-year-old told the publication. “It’s impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy.”
Though the couple — who share three daughters including James, 5, and Inez, 3 — had another ceremony at home years later, they still feel remorse for their blunder.
“Years ago we got married again at home — but shame works in weird ways. A giant ------- mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you won’t ---- up again. But repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.”
In 2019, the power couple donated $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF), as well as another $1 million the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in Chicago that helps migrant children separated from their families.
“Over the last few years, our perspective has grown and we’ve realized we have to do everything possible to foster more compassion and empathy in this world,” they said in a press release. “History’s being written right now. We’re grateful to give back to organizations who give voice to so many.”
In June, they donated another $200,000 to LDF, and wrote in a statement posted to Instagram that they “want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally.”
“We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car,” they wrote about systemic racism. “We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”
Months before, in March, they donated $1 million to be split between hunger relief organizations Feeding America and Food Banks Canada to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, a source told People that Taylor Swift’s song “Betty” — off the singer’s latest album, “Folklore” — is named after Lively and Reynolds’ third daughter, born October 4.