Ryan Phillippe recently posted a sweet candid with his son, Deacon Phillipe, and ex-wife, Reese Witherspoon, in honor of their child’s birthday this past weekend.
“Happy 18th birthday to our gorgeous, smart, talented, and caring son. You are a true light in this world and are so loved by all who know you. We are lucky to be your mom and dad. Love you, pup..(I’d say we did pretty good @reesewitherspoon).”
While Witherspoon posted her own tribute.
“How did this happen?!! @deaconphillippe is 18?!!”
“One day he was trading Pokémon cards, singing Bruno Mars songs, and playing American Ninja Warrior in the backyard. The next day, he is taller than me, cooking the family steaks on the grill and making his own music with his best friends. My heart is bursting with pride about the young man he is becoming. Happy 18th Birthday Deacon! I love you to the moon around the sun and all the stars.”
In addition, proud mama commented underneath another photo posted on Deacon’s Instagram.
“Happy Birthday to my wonderful son ! I am so proud of the young man you are becoming. A person of great character & integrity. I ❤️you so much, D!”
Deacon also commented, “Love you mom!!”
The actors, who also share daughter Ava Phillippe, 22, were married for seven years before calling it quits in 2006. Witherspoon also shares son Tennessee James, 9, with husband Jim Toth, whom she wed in 2011.
“That makes me want to cry, the idea of having a long relationship with adult children,” she told Tracee Ellis Ross this summer.
“I never expected the kind of relationship that I have with them, but it’s so rewarding to be able to have kids that you can process life with a little bit, and they help me understand the complexities of what it means to be a human now,” Witherspoon continued. “So I’m really, really grateful that these little humans are in my life.”
“Adult humans,” she added. “I have two adult children now, Tracee. It’s crazy.”
In an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show back in September, Witherspoon spoke on becoming a mother when her career first took off. “To be completely candid, I was terrified too,” she said of being a young parent. “I got pregnant when I was 22 years old and I didn’t know how to balance work and motherhood, you just do it.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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