Blake Lively expertly uses Ryan Gosling to get revenge on Ryan Reynolds

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are many people’s favourite celebrity couple, unable to resist sharing hilarious anecdotes about one another, as well as sweet insights in their family life.

So when it comes to celebrating one another’s birthdays, they prefer to keep things on the sassy, rather than the schmaltzy, side.

To celebrate her husband’s 41st birthday on 23 October, Lively decided to share a photo of her favourite Ryan – along with a pretty short but sweet message.

There’s just one catch…

Yup, that’s Ryan Gosling. Oh sure, Reynolds is almost visible on the far left but she’s all but cropped him out of the shot.

And the Gossip Girl has a very good reason for doing so, too.

After all, her husband did exactly the same thing to her for her birthday back in August:

We have a feeling that Reynolds will be pretty impressed by his wife’s trolling abilities, given he’s waxed lyrical about her sense of humour in the past.

Appearing on Conan, the Deadpool actor said: “My wife is the real… I mean, she is a mercenary [when it comes to jokes].”

He went on to reveal that Lively was even dropping funnies while she was in labour with their daughter, recalling: “At one point in the middle of the delivery, the doctor’s cell phone went off and [Blake] said, ‘Oh no. Go ahead, take a personal call. Feel free.’

“She was cracking jokes in the delivery room.”

Of course, we all know that a shared sense of humour is a plus point in any relationship – but 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.

We’ll just have to wait and see how he wreaks his revenge come her birthday next year, won’t we?

Images: Rex Features


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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.