Love NotesRyan Phillippe Is “Open” to Getting Married Again After Reese Witherspoon Divorce

Ryan Phillippe is ready to be a husband — again!

In a new interview, the 42-year-old actor confessed he’s still “open” to getting married in the future after his past divorce from Reese Witherspoon and recent failed engagement to Paulina Slagter.

“I don’t have a date or any plans set. I haven’t closed any books!” he told People.

Ryan — then in his mid-20s — tied the knot with Reese, 40, in June 1999. The former couple are parents to two kids, daughter Ava Phillippe, 17, and son Deacon Phillippe, 13. The Cruel Intentions co-stars later divorced in October 2007 after eight years of marriage.

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Ryan and ex-wife Reese in March 2006.

The star — who is also a dad to daughter Kai Knapp, 5, from a previous relationship with actress Alexis Knapp, 27 — then announced his engagement to law student Paulina, 25, in December 2015. The couple split in November 2016 after five years together.

“[Living in the public eye] affects those in your life who didn’t choose to be a public figure: your children and the people you are in a relationship with,” Ryan told People.

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“I think that’s when it gets really difficult. Of course [dating] is a challenge. When I’ve been involved with people in my industry in the past, there is a little bit more of an understanding of what to expect, but I feel like when you are with someone who is not in the industry, the focus isn’t there to the same degree,” he continued.

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Ryan with ex-fiancée Paulina in December 2014.

“Relationships are just not territory that I have anything new to offer in terms of that experience,” Ryan said. “It’s been said by everyone. There are ups and downs in relationships.”

In the years following his divorce from Reese — who now has a four-year-old son, Tennessee Toth, with current husband Jim Toth, 46 — Ryan has developed a “pretty thick skin” when it comes to dealing with media scrutiny.

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“I’ve faced every manner of gossip, and I don’t take myself as seriously now,” he added. “There is a freedom and a release that comes with maturity. I’ve made peace with it. We live in a time where being a private person isn’t really an option anymore.”

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