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Eight years after tying the knot, Ryan Reynolds has finally gone into more detail about his and Blake Lively’s wedding which took place on a former slave plantation in South Carolina.
The couple got married at Boone Hall in 2012, which sits on the grounds of a former slave plantation.
Akin to many other wedding ceremonies that take place on former slave plantations, pictures of their wedding were immediately banned from Pinterest.
Although they reportedly got re-married in an intimate ceremony at their home when they realized their “giant f**king mistake”, neither Ryan nor Blake has spoken about it in detail. Until now…
“It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for. It’s impossible to reconcile,” the 43-year-old actor said in an interview with Fast Company.
“What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy.
“Years ago we got married again at home—but shame works in weird ways. A giant f**king mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action.
“It doesn’t mean you won’t f**k up again. But re-patterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.”
Back in June, he and Blake Lively donated $200,000 to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. (They also donated $1m to the fund last year, while also donating another $1m to a group looking after immigrant children’s rights.)
They also made it clear that they wanted to teach their children about systemic racism, “so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern”.
“We want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally. And to play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them,” Blake Lively wrote on Instagram at the time.
“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,” a joint statement – which Blake shared on her Instagram – said.
“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.
“We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it … especially our own complicity. We talk about our bias, blindness and our own mistakes.
“We look back and see so many mistakes which have led us to deeply examine who we are and who we want to become. They’ve led us to huge avenues of education.”
What do you think about Ryan Reynolds’ interview with Fast Company? Are you glad that he finally addressed his regrets about the wedding? Or do you think it’s too little too late?