Ava Phillippe Responds to Fans Comparing Her Boyfriend Owen to Dad Ryan Phillippe

Not so fast! Ava Phillippe doesn’t appear to be down for the comparisons between her father, Ryan Phillippe, and her boyfriend, Owen Mahoney.

The only daughter of Reese Witherspoon and the Shooter star caused a stir on Sunday, June 9, after sharing a photo with her new beau. While several social media users were quick to point out the physical similarities between Ava’s boyfriend and the 44-year-old actor, the college student only responded to a pal who didn’t see the resemblance.

Ava Phillippe Her Boyfriend Owen and Dad Ryan Phillippe Compared
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“He does not look like your dad,” Ava’s pal Taila, who has shared photos with the 19-year-old on social media in the past, wrote.

Ava then replied, “Big thx.”

Phillippe and Witherspoon, who are also parents of 15-year-old Deacon, have yet to publicly comment on their daughter’s new man. (The exes finalized their divorce in 2007 after eight years of marriage.)

Ava Phillippe Her Boyfriend Owen and Dad Ryan Phillippe Compared
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Less than a week before Ava made her relationship Instagram official, she was spotted packing on the PDA at the beach with Mahoney on June 3.

Us Weekly later confirmed that Ava and Mahoney both recently finished their freshman year at University of California, Berkeley.

Witherspoon, meanwhile, admitted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month that she struggled when the teenager left home for college.

“It’s weird when your children go away to college. It’s hard,” the Big Little Lies star explained on May 20. “I never imagined how it felt for my mom. I might have gone into her empty room, laid down on her bed and cried when she went to college. … [But] it’s OK, she’s coming back.”

A source previously told Us that the Oscar winner is extremely close to her daughter.

“They’re best friends,” the source revealed to Us in June 2018. “They just love being together. Reese and Ava talk several times a day and they go to each other for everything.”

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