Blake Lively unfollowed Ryan Reynolds on Instagram – and his reaction was priceless

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the premiere for 'A Quiet Place' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on April 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Just flawless trolling, all day long.

Earlier this week, Blake Lively deleted every single photo on her Instagram account and edited her profile to ensure that it now only follows 24 people, all of whom are women named ‘Emily Nelson’.

Which means that, yes, she’s no longer following her husband, Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds.

Of course, there was no sinister motive behind this: in fact, the Instagram purge was all part of a promotional campaign for Lively’s upcoming movie, A Simple Favour. However, the incident was still brought up during an interview with Australian radio show, Smallzy – and Reynolds, who has form for his pithy comebacks, decided to use the opportunity to showcase his trademark wit.

“I’m very sad about that,” he said, when asked how it had felt to be unfollowed by his wife. “It definitely stinks.”

Then, poking fun at the inevitable split rumours, the actor added: “It’s a terrible way to find out that I’ve been kicked out of the house, to be honest. Absolutely terrible. I don’t know where rage like that comes from.”

Of course, the couple, who tied the knot six years ago, have long been famed for keeping their relationship on the sassy – as opposed to the schmaltzy – side. As such, they have proven time and time again that they are more than happy to make fun of each other and their marriage on social media.

Both have posted birthday messages in the past that conspicuously channel snark over schmaltz.

Reynolds cropped his wife out of his birthday greeting to her, while Lively responded by posting a picture of “rival” Ryan Gosling in the place of her husband. 

As pretty much everyone knows, a shared sense of humour is a plus point in any relationship. However, Professor Jeffrey Hall, a communications studies researcher at the University of Kansas, has revealed that the fact that people think you’re funny or that you can make a joke out of anything is not strongly related to how satisfied you or your partner will be in a relationship.

What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction, however, is the humour couples create together.

“Say you and your partner share a quirky sense of humour, but romantic comedies or sitcoms do nothing for either of you… it’s not that any style or a sense of humour is any better or worse,” Hall said.

“What matters is that you both see quirky humor as hysterical. If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter.”

In short, playfulness between partners is crucial to building a lasting relationship, says Hall, because it creates bonds and establishes security.

Which is very good news for those of you out there who have Lively and Reynolds pegged as the ultimate #relationshipgoals.

As mentioned earlier, Lively has been using her Instagram account as a promotional tool for her upcoming thriller, A Simple Favour, which sees the actress star opposite Anna Kendrick and Linda Cardellini.

The film is based on Darcey Bell’s debut novel of the same name, which Amazon describes as “a feverish and expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense – a twisting free fall filled with betrayals and reversals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.”

Check out the trailer for yourself below:

Directed by Paul Feig, the man behind 2011’s comedic highlight Bridesmaids and 2016’s female-led Ghostbusters reboot, the movie is scheduled for UK release on 14 September 2018. 

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.