Ryan Phillippe and Alexis Knapp, 15-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Ryan Phillippe and Alexis Knapp

Sugar Daddy Ryan Phillippe and Alexis KnappRyan Phillippe jump­started his act­ing career with a recur­ring appear­ance as Billy Dou­glas on the pop­u­lar soap opera One Life to Live—Billy was the first homo­sex­ual teen char­ac­ter on U.S. day­time tele­vi­sion. After spend­ing a year on the series, Phillippe migrated to L.A. He took on sev­eral roles in tele­vi­sion and film, includ­ing the teen thriller I Know What You Did Last Sum­mer, the risqué drama Cruel Inten­tions, and the Oscar-nominated mys­tery Gos­ford Park.

Over the past decade, Phillippe has con­tin­ued to land a steady stream of roles play­ing a vari­ety of in-depth char­ac­ters, like a new­bie cop in Crash (2004), a navy corps­man in Flags of Our Fathers (2006), a young pho­tog­ra­pher in The Bang Bang Club (2010), a priv­i­leged play­boy in The Lin­coln Lawyer (2011), and a recov­er­ing addict in Straight A’s (2013).

If none of that rings a bell, you may know Phillippe as actress Reese Witherspoon’s ex-husband. The pair got engaged after a year of dat­ing and tied the knot in June 1999—on their wed­ding day, With­er­spoon was six months preg­nant with Phillippe’s child. They wel­comed their daugh­ter that Sep­tem­ber, fol­lowed by a son in 2003. Three years later, they announced that they had decided to break up. Their mar­riage offi­cially ended in Octo­ber 2007.

At 33, Phillippe was sud­denly sin­gle again—or was he? Rumors had been cir­cu­lat­ing that With­er­spoon left him because she caught him hav­ing an affair with a younger woman, his Stop-Loss co-star Abbie Cor­nish, who was eight years his junior. Both Phillippe and Cor­nish denied the alle­ga­tions of an affair. How­ever, the pair started offi­cially dat­ing shortly after his divorce from With­er­spoon was finalized—they even moved in together.

Their rela­tion­ship ended about three years later amidst more rumors that Phillippe had been cheat­ing on her too—he was report­edly caught mak­ing out with another woman at a party. The break-up didn’t hurt Phillippe’s ego too much because, since then, he’s been going younger and younger with his choice in women.

After Cor­nish, Phillippe moved on with actress Alexis Knapp—when they started dat­ing in 2010, she was 21 and he was going on 36. They were only together for a few months, but that was more than enough time for Knapp to get knocked up with Phillippe’s child. She sup­pos­edly found out about the preg­nancy after they had already bro­ken up, but decided that she would keep the baby any­ways. Their daugh­ter was born on July 1, 2011 and Phillippe was present for the birth.

Phillippe, who’s clos­ing in on 40, has most recently been linked to Paulina Slagter, a 22-year-old model and col­lege stu­dent. To cel­e­brate her recent grad­u­a­tion, Phillippe did what any sugar daddy would prob­a­bly do: whisked his beau­ti­ful younger woman on a lux­ury trip to Hawaii. Slagter has also been seen spend­ing time with Phillippe’s kids.

Slagter doesn’t seem to mind Phillippe’s bad rap when it comes to rela­tion­ships, which might be because the actor has con­vinced her that he’s not as bad as the media makes him look. “I’ve been dumped on in the press for rela­tion­ship stuff since Reese and I divorced. I’m tired of get­ting sh*t on,” he said in a recent radio inter­view. “I don’t feel like I deserve it. Things hap­pen! How many peo­ple have you bro­ken up with over your life?”

What do you think: Is Ryan Phillippe a vic­tim of unfair press reports, or does he sound like he’s try­ing to cover up his illicit behavior?

“Ryan Phillippe: ‘I’m Tried Of Get­ting S*** On’ Over Reese With­er­spoon Split,” Huff­in­g­ton Post web site; http://goo.gl/ylrgr, last accessed July 2, 2013.

  • Stephanie Mcgre­gory

    Hes so sexy!