December 14th, 2010
04:37 PM ET
A few months after what marked their second year of marriage, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds have decided to go their separate ways.
Johansson, who was recently named GQ’s babe of the year, and Reynolds, crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive in November, have released a joint statement explaining what they deem to be an amicable separation.
"After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we've decided to end our marriage,” the statement reads. “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."
Johansson and Reynolds started dating in 2007, and then wed in an uber-private ceremony in Vancouver in September, 2008.
The 26-year-old actress portrayed the Black Widow in “Iron Man 2” and will reprise the character in 2012’s “The Avengers,” whereas Reynolds, 34, has been working on his star turn as Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern,” arriving in theaters in June, 2011. Rumors are flying that a lot of time apart is what led to the split.
One source whispered to Us Weekly that it was the distance that left Johansson unhappy, with another source telling People that Johansson initiated the split six months ago and has begun apartment shopping in New York.
Whatever’s going on between the former couple, they’re not likely to say. Just as Johansson was happy to report that she'd been able to keep their wedding a secret, Ryan Reynolds expressed a similar sentiment about keeping quiet on their relationship in GQ's October issue.
"I'm a little more guarded, I think,” Reynolds had said of his marriage to Johansson. “I'm a little bit more wary of having my relationship turning into a soap opera. I've just unilaterally not addressed it. That's kind of been the fail-safe for me."
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