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Ryan Reynolds reveals the moment he knew Blake Lively was ‘The One’

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, 29, are, without a doubt, one of our favourite celebrity couples – not least of all because they respect and treat one another as equals.

And now, in an intimate new interview, the 40-year-old Deadpool star has revealed the exact moment he realised he was in love with Lively.

“We were hanging out at this little restaurant in Tribeca that's open really late, and this song came on and I was just like, 'Want to dance?'” he told GQ Magazine.



 “No one was in there, so it was just totally empty. And it was just one of those moments where halfway through the dance, I was like, 'Oh, I think I just crossed a line.' And then I walked her home.”

He refused to reveal the name of their special song, but he did go on to hint that things got pretty steamy after their dance together.

“Uh, you know, I don't really need to go into what happened after that,” he said.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds on the red carpet together

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds on the red carpet together

The actor, who now shares two children with the Gossip Girl star, added: “Every idiotic Hallmark-card cliché is true.”

Earlier this month, Lively threw a 40th birthday party for her husband, at O Ya - aka the very same restaurant Reynolds fell hard for her.

She captioned the shot: “We fell in love at your restaurant in Boston. We stay in love at your restaurant in NY. Thank you for the BEST food and memories!

“You are our FAVOURITE!! Another happy birthday with @vancityreynolds . Hey, Reynolds, I like you a whole lot. Just sayin'...”



Thanking her for the event, Reynolds also took to social media to share a photograph of him and his partner in funny face masks.

He wrote: “Best. Birthday. Everrrrr. Courtesy of my wife, buddy, and international spy, @blakelively. With huge thanks to my favourite restaurant in NYC, @_o_ya_ - and a special shout out to our children for not ruining everything like they planned.”

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in New York together

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in New York together

The couple met while filming superhero flick Green Lantern, which came out back in 2011, but it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.

In fact, Lively and Reynolds were “buddies” for a long time, and didn’t realise there was more to their relationship until they went on a double date together… although, awkwardly, each was there with another person.

“About a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and we were both single we went on a double date – she was on a date with another guy and I was on a date with another girl,” the actor told People magazine.

  • May 2005

    Blake made a splash at one of her earliest red carpet outings, at The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants premiere (her debut film) in Los Angeles. 

  • May 2005

    Playing it down in a transparent lace top and jeans - typical teen gear for the 18-year-old actress - at a launch in New York. 

  • August 2005

    Working a cool Californian vibe at The Teen Choice Awards in 2005. 

  • August 2007

    Chic and sleek at the Rocket Science film premiere in New York.

  • October 2007

    Turning heads at a Tiffany launch in New York, in a sky blue gown by Alberta Ferretti.

  • January 2008

    Chanel is next up to dress the star, with this bolero-inspired number for an event at New York's Plaza hotel. 

  • March 2008

    Blake somehow manages to look both preppy and sexy with Gossip Girl co-stars Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen at the 25th Annual William S. Paley TV Festival in Hollywood.

  • May 2008

    The actress opts for a feathered creation by Ralph Lauren at the 2008 Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

  • May 2008

    This little minidress by Dolce & Gabbana is the perfect party piece. 

  • July 2008

    Looking gorgeous in Gucci at a New York film premiere. 

  • August 2008

    In a plunging neckline dress by Christian Cota, outside The Late Show with David Letterman in New York. 

  • December 2008

    This is a great, modern look for Blake in an orange Helmut Lang biker jacket and knee-high boots by Diane Von Furstenberg. 

  • January 2009

    Nina Ricci is the designer du jour for Blake at the 2009 Golden Globes. 

  • February 2009

    In a sumptuous pink and red ribbon frock by Oscar de la Renta, at a film premiere in Germany. 

  • March 2009

    Blake is a vision in purple, with animal print heels by Diane Von Furstenberg, in New York. 

  • May 2009

    A sultry teal-coloured gown by Versace is the name of the game for Blake at The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute in New York.

  • June 2009

    In a vibrant pink dress by Michael Kors and heels by Christian Louboutin at the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. 

  • August 2009

    Blake goes high street in a Kate Moss for Toshop beige sequinned number at the Maria Sharapova InStyle party in New York. 

  • September 2009

    In a royal blue figure-hugging number by Victoria Beckham. 

  • September 2009

    Blake is ravishing in red Versace at the 2009 Emmys. 

  • November 2009

    In a blazer jacket and black shorts by Marchesa at The Private Lives of Pippa Lee film screening, New York.

  • September 2010

    In an African print flared affair by Marchesa at Fashion's Night Out: The Show at Lincoln Centre, New York.

  • November 2010

    In shimmering Versace at a launch in New York. 

  • March 2011

    Blake in Chanel, aptly enough given she's attending a dinner thrown by Chanel in her honour in New York. 

  • May 2011

    It's another Chanel number as Blake hits the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York. 

  • June 2011

    Blake and Ryan Reynolds in one of their earliest red carpet outings together, at the Green Lantern premiere in Hollywood.

    The couple met on-set the film in early 2010. They began dating in 2011 and married in September 2012 in South Carolina. 

  • August 2011

    In orange Gucci at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards in LA. 

  • February 2012

    Blake flaunts her fashion credentials in a slim-fit white jacket at New York Fashion Week (for AW12). 

  • June 2012

    Looking hot  in halterneck Gucci at the New York premiere of Savages, Blake's crime film with John Travolta. 

  • June 2012

    At the Los Angeles premiere of Savages, in a striking ballgown by Zuhair Murad. 

  • October 2012

    Blake at a Chanel jewellery launch in October 2012. 

  • May 2013

    Feathered Gucci is where it's at for Blake at the PUNK: Chaos to Couture Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 

  • May 2014

    With husband Ryan Reynolds in a pink sequinned Gucci affair at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

  • May 2014

    Blake in a stunning monochrome gown by Gucci at Cannes Film Festival 2014.  

  • October 2014

    Blake debuts her blossoming baby bump in this sparkly Michael Kors gown at the God's Love We Deliver 2014 Golden Heart Award event in New York.

  • October 2014

    Blake in autumnal gear out and about on the streets of New York.

  • October 2014

    Styling it up a treat in pale yellow Gucci, with Ryan Reynolds at The Angel Ball in New York.

  • February 2015

    Having just had her first child, James, Blake wows in a Marchesa dress and yellow heels at New York Fashion Week.

  • April 2015

    A couple of months later, Blake shows off her style credentials in unique Roksanda Ilincic while promoting The Age of Adaline in Beverly Hills.

  • April 2015

    At a photoshoot in LA, Blake looks happy and relaxed in a beautiful satin gown with quirky yellow shoes. 

  • April 2015

    Blake poses up a storm in LA the very same week, continuing with the yellow theme in a David Koma dress and Sophia Webster shoes.

  • April 2015

    Blake wows the crowds at The Age of Adaline film premiere in New York in this dazzling scarlet Monique Lhuillier creation. 

  • April 2015

    At an after party for The Age of Adaline in New York, Blake opts for a chic, retro look with swept-back hair, a smart jacket and sheer detail. 

  • April 2015

    Before an appearance on Good Morning America in New York, Blake shows off her colourful Roksanda outfit - complete with vertiginous heels and a simple ponytail. 

  • April 2015

    The very same day, Blake rocks grown-up chic in a burgundy and grey Marc Jacobs creation.

  • April 2015

    In girly head-to-toe Cushnie et Ochs, the actress shows she's not afraid to take a fashion risk as she leaves a Midtown Manhattan office building.

  • April 2015

    In a figure-hugging jumpsuit with a bold print, Blake puts her best fashion foot forward backstage at Kelly And Michael in New York.

  • April 2015

    In a classy pearl necklace and sleek chignon, Blake accessorises her Zuhair Murad dress perfectly in preparation for her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

  • April 2015

    Later on that evening, Blake makes a quick outfit change, rocking a stylish Antonio Berardi dress, Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and Sophia Webster shoes. 

  • April 2015

    Never one to shy away from a strong look, Blake makes a splash in two-tone Balmain trousers after appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

  • April 2015

    Blake shows she could do edgy just as well as girly in standout John Galliano.

  • April 2015

    Blake makes like Wonder Woman and wears strong reds and blues in a Belman outfit during an outing in New York. 

  • April 2015

    In a gorgeous Ralph & Russo creation, Blake makes sure all eyes are on her at the Allure Magazine Cover Party in New York. 

  • April 2015

    In a Valentino patchwork-style coat and dress, Blake shows she's able to try out any style - and look great in it at the same time.

  • April 2015

    Blake chooses figure-hugging metallic Antonio Berardi for an appearance on The Chew in New York.

  • May 2015

    In a bold floral maxi-dress with a plunging neckline, Blake shows that she can do feminine at its best - we especially love the cute side ponytail.

  • May 2015

    At a photo shoot in New York, Blake wears an outfit from her very own website - this floaty dress by Carolina K.

  • February 2016

    Celebrating husband Ryan Reynolds' new film Deadpool, Blake hits the red carpet in dreamy Chanel couture, complete with a rainbow of embellishment.

  • February 2016

    More embellished Chanel couture for the 2016 amFAR Gala.

  • February 2016

    Taking florals above and beyond, Blake wows in New York wearing the Michael Kors spring/summer 2016 applique dress.

  • February 2016

    A front row fixture at the Michael Kors AW16 New York Fashion Week show, Blake models her own favourite pieces from the collection.

  • March 2016

    Dove grey Ralph & Russo to join husband Ryan Reynolds a White House dinner in honour of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

  • May 2016

    Wearing a Burberry creation designed by Christopher Bailey for the 2016 Met Gala, in celebration of the Costume Institute’s Manus x Machina exhibition.

  • May 2016

    Arriving at Cannes Film Festival in style, Blake takes centre stage in a bright red Juan Carlos Obando jumpsuit, for the Café Society photocall.

  • May 2016

    What does one wear to a dinner hosted by Chanel? The fashion house's finest Haute Couture, of course.

  • May 2016

    Another day at Cannes, another couture outfit, this time Giambattista Valli to promote new film The Shallows.

  • May 2016

    Walking the Cannes red carpet at the premiere of Ma Loute (Slack Bay) Blake wows in Vivienne Westwood couture.

  • May 2016

    Hitting the premiere of The BFG (again, at Cannes), Blake gives the world a first glimpse of her growing baby bump in embellished blue Versace.

  • June 2016

    Back in New York, it's yellow Jenny Packham while doing the media rounds on the press tour for The Shallows

  • June 2016

    Playing with shapes and textures, Blake hits the world premiere of The Shallows in show-stopping Carolina Herrera.

  • June 2016

    Nailing sleek and sophisticated for an appearance on TV show Chew, Blake dons figure hugging Oscar de la Renta.

  • June 2016

    More Versace on her press tour promoting The Shallows, this time for an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

  • July 2016

    Looking cool and comfortable despite being well into her second pregnancy, Blake wears pink Jonathan Simkhai for a photocall in New York.

  • July 2016

    An A-lister's work is never done - Blake's back on the red carpet promoting new Woody Allen film Café Society, wearing dove grey Carolina Herrera.

“It was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across.”



Lively confirmed the story to SiriusXM, adding: “But that's what I appreciate about our relationship - he's my friend, first and foremost, still. Not just in our history, but in everyday life.

“He's my friend first and I think that's the secret to happiness. I don't know the secret to happiness, but it's the secret to my happiness, at least.”

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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