Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds (34) and Hollywood beauty Scarlett Johansson (26) decided to come to an end after two years of marriage. Even though rumors have been saying that the couple separated about six months ago and they were rarely seen in public together, the news was a shock for family and friends. The pair was always very private when it came to their relationship, therefore it is hard to tell what went wrong and what might have lead to this breakup.

According to US Weekly it seems that the main reason for the separation was time spent apart on movies. In a joint statement the two declared that “After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage. We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.” Another source said that Ryan and Scarlett separated about two weeks ago and that “They are being very civil about it.”

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The official confirmation of their marriage ending came after TMZ released a report about their separation. Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson started dating in 2007 and got married in September 2008 in a private ceremony ceremony in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. In the September issue of “GQ” magazine, Ryan said that Scarlett was “the best part” of his life, though he said having a family was “a few years down the road.”

“People” named Reynolds the Sexiest Man Alive, while Johansson was named GQ’s 2010 Babe of the Year. Throughout time it was rumored that Scarlett dated many famous men, such as Benicio del Toro, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake and Josh Hartnett. She denied the relationship with del Toro and she dated very seriously Hartnett for about two years. Ryan Reynolds was previously engaged to singer Alanis Morissette. After announcing their engagement in June 2004, their representatives announced that the couple mutually decided to end their relationship.

It seems that their breakup is not the only celebrity split announced lately. Other casualties include the marriages of model Elizabeth Hurley and Indian businessman Arun Nayar, and “Dexter” stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter.

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