Ryan Phillippe has been staying out of the limelight in recent years, but his name is back on fans’ tongues this week! He is officially engaged to Paulina Slagter.
E! News confirmed the couple’s engagement on Monday. They’ve been together for almost five years and the long awaited proposal was celebrated publicly just hours after the news hit the stands.
To celebrate the engagement they headed to a club at Rockwell where DJ Khaled and QuincyCombs were. The pair danced and drank champagne and celebrated into the night.
It is Paulina’s first marriage, but of course it’s the second marriage for Ryan. His first marriage was to superstar actress Reese Witherspoon. They were wed from 1997 – 2006 and ended up having two children together (Ava Phillipe, 16, and Deacon Phillippe, 12).
Ryan has moved on, but he doesn’t have any ill feelings towards his first love. In March, he interviewed with Larry King and told him:
“I think more of the problem was age. When we got together we were so young. I think it can create issues with two people in this industry because there’s so much noise that goes along with it.”
Without the issue of being young and naive, he is certain that Paulina is the one for him. In April he told Howard Stern:
“She’s awesome. When people see her they have these judgments because she could be a model but she’s about to graduate Stanford Law. Also what’s great about it—as you get older certain issues become more important to you. I’m very involved in civil rights issues, and so to be with a woman who could actually make an impact in the legal realm—that’s a beautiful thing.”
They’ve been clubbing in Miama and now are heading to Watson Island where they will make their first official appearance as an engaged couple at the Five Star New Years Eve party. Congrats to the happy pair!